Research Day

Dr. Ahmed Hankir, founder of the Wounded Healer program will be the Keynote Speaker for this years’ upcoming Joint Mental Health Research and Innovation Day, October 20th 2022 (9:00am - 3:30pm). Dr. Hankir will be not only providing our morning keynote, but will be sharing his Wounded Healer program with us in the afternoon.

Please find the attached flyer for more information about Dr. Hankir and his work in mental health, his research focuses, and where you can find him on social media.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Whova Event Registration - NOW OPEN!

Whova Event Registration will remain open until October 20th at 4:00PM (ET)




Past Events

Joint Mental Health Research & Innovation Day 2021  


Hello everyone, 

Thanks to all the keynotes, speakers, poster presenters, planning committee members, evaluators, and moderators for making our virtual event a tremendous success!  A special shout-out to our staff: Melissa Taylor-Gates, Taryn Sendzik, Sheryl Rooth, Nicole Snake and Renee Hunt who had time for little else in the weeks leading up to this event. It truly takes a team to pull off such an event and we are so fortunate for having such a great team. The poster and oral presentations will be available for viewing through the Whova app for another THREE months. 

We are happy to report that 311 registrations actually sets a new record for this joint event of the Department of Psychiatry, Schulich Medicine; Lawson Mental Health Group; and Parkwood Institute Research - Mental Health, St. Joseph's.   

Announcing are Awards Recipients and Prize Winners
(E-Gift Cards) of the Day: 

Best Poster - Trainee $150 
Braeden Terpou:  
Moral Wounds Run Deep: Exaggerated Midbrain Functional Network Connectivity across the Default Mode Network in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 
Best Poster - Overall $150 
Dr. Rachel Plouffe: 
Validation of the Mental Health Continuum – Short Form Among Regular and Reserve Canadian Armed Forces Personnel 
Best Oral Presentation – Trainee $200 
Dr. Jenny Liu: 
Treatment approaches and efficacy for posttraumatic stress disorder in military population: A meta-analysis and systematic review   
Best Oral Presentation - Overall $200 
Dr. Ken Lee: 
Treatment retention with monthly buprenorphine extended release injection: Results from a Canadian rapid access addiction medicine (RAAM) Clinic 
For those receiving CPD credits for the day (4.5 hours), please contact to obtain your attendance certificate!

Joint Mental Health Research & Innovation Day 2021

Thursday, October 28th 2021
Time: 9:00 – 4:00pm
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Join us for the Joint Mental Health Research and Innovation Day

"The Shifting Landscape of Mental Health Across The Lifespan"

This virtual event will feature two keynote speakers:

Dr. Daphne Korczak of SickKids Hospital "Changing Childhood: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children's Mental Health"
Dr. Linda Mah, University of Toronto "Older Adults and the Mental Health Effects of COVID-19 and Past Pandemics".

 Joint Mental Health Research & Innovation Day 2020

Thursday, November 5th 2020

 Many thanks to everyone who attended our first ever virtual conference!

We are happy to report that the 227 attendees actually set a new record for this joint event of Lawson Health Research Institute - Mental Health Group, Parkwood Institute Research - Mental Health Theme (St. Joseph’s Health Care London’s Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care and Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care) and Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University.

Special thanks to our amazing keynotes Dr. Kim Corace, Vice President of Innovation and Transformation at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, and Dr. Kim Hellemans, Chair of the Department of Neuroscience at Carleton University who provided a comprehensive view of addiction and mental health from a neurobiologic and clinical practice perspective, with an emphasis on identifying novel care models and recognising the importance of collaborative partnerships in research and care in a presentation entitled Innovations in Addiction: How Can We Drive System Change?

Congratulations to our Award Recipients


Best Poster Presentation

Angelica Silva

Small Words that Matter: Disorganised Speech in First Episode Schizophrenia


Best Oral Presentation - Trainee

Areej Al-Hamad

Listening to the Voices of Syrian Refugee Women in Canada: An Ethnographic Insight into the Journey from Trauma to Acculturation


Best Oral Presentation - Faculty

Eva Pila

Mobile Mental Health Surveillance in First-year Undergraduate Students During COVID-19

We hope to see all of you at our upcoming Joint Mental Health Research and Innovation Day.