Research Day & Events

Research Day


J O I N T M E N T A L H E A L T H R E S E A R C H A N D I N N O V A T I O N D A Y 2 0 2 3 Wednesday, October 25th, 2023 9:00am - 4:00pm The Future of Mental Health Research, Innovation, and Practice CALL FOR ABSTRACTS On behalf of the Planning Committee, we are pleased to invite you to submit an abstract for presentation at this year's Joint Mental Health Research & Innovation Day, to take place in-person at the Lamplighter Inn on Wednesday, October 25th, 2023. The deadline for submissions is July 14, 2023. Joint Mental Health Research and Innovation Day is dedicated to highlighting new and novel mental health research being conducted by the many renowned healthcare professionals, academics, students, and trainees across Lawson Health Research Institute, Western University's Department of Psychiatry, and St. Joseph's Health Care London's Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care and Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care. Abstracts should be a maximum of 250 words and submitted electronically using the submission portal. Any questions or concerns should be directed to Notification of decisions will be distributed in late August. ABSTRACT REQUIREMENTS Indicate preference for poster, oral presentation, or symposium (three [3] oral presentations linked thematically) Include a title and list of authors; indicate if presenting author is a student/trainee Summarize the study objectives, methods, results, and conclusions Ideally outline implications for care, policy development, and/or future research and evaluation Acknowledge sources of funding as appropriate Include three (3) learning objectives for your audience (check acceptability using the Learning Objectives Tool) We will consider submissions for studies currently in progress, with preference given to completed projects. Awards will be given for best oral and poster presentations across different categories. SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JULY 14, 2023



Joint Mental Health Research & Innovation Day 2022   


Thank you so much to all 195 attendees at the Joint Mental Health Research & Innovation Day 2022!

Thanks to Dr. Ahmed Hankir, Bill Hill, Elder Donna Philips and the Biigajiiskaan team, our event speakers, poster presenters, evaluators, and facilitators for making our virtual event an incredible success! 

A special shout-out to our staff: Melissa Taylor-Gates, Taryn Sendzik, Renee Hunt, Nattasha Clements, and Monique Lewis who had time for very little else in the weeks leading up to the event - We are so fortunate to have such a great team to be able to pull off such a great event!

If you'd like to re-watch any of the presentations (or missed one you were hoping to see), the live streams, including the keynote and workshop presentation, and poster and oral session presentations will be available for viewing through the Whova app for another 3 months! If you want to share any of the presentations with your colleagues, friends or family, they can register for the event and then view the recordings in the same way.

If you have any questions or want to carry on discussions, you can visit the attendee list on Whova and send your questions directly to the correct presenter.

JMHRID 2022 Awards Recipients and Prize Winners of the Day:

Best oral presentation overall ($200 e-gift card):

Theta Burst Stimulation for Treatment Resistant Depression: Follow Up on a Naturalistic Observation Study Comparing Unilateral vs Bilateral Treatment

  • Emily Pearce - Lawson Health Research Institute


TIE - Best oral presentation trainee ($200 e-gift card):

Supporting STEM Practice Skills among Students with Neurodevelopmental Disorders: A Multi-Component Intervention Package

  • Kailee Liesemer – Applied Child Psychology Program, Western University

Ketamine Disrupts Gaze Patterns During Face Viewing in the Common Marmoset

  • Janahan Selvanayagam – Neuroscience Program, Western University


Best poster presentation overall ($150 e-gift card):

The Impact of the COVID 19 Pandemic on Families Receiving Services at a Children’s Tertiary Service Agency

Kim Arbeau & Serena Attalah – Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI)


Best poster presentation trainee ($150 e-gift card):

A Network Meta-Analysis Comparing the Efficacy and Safety of Ketamine, Etomidate, Propofol, Methohexital, and Thiopental in Electroconvulsive Therapy for Neuropsychiatric Conditions

Lili Meng – Physiology Program, Western University

Best lunch photo ($25 e-gift card):

Tri Le

Most upvoted photo ($25 e-gift card):

Tri Le  

Whova Point Leaderboard:

1 st Place ($75 e-gift card): Tri Le

2 nd Place ($50 e-gift card): Ashrafunissa Janmohammad

TIE - 3 rd Place ($25 e-gift card): Jo-Anne Vandieredonck & Kulveer Nagra

Take care, and we can't wait to see you next year!  


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 North 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
Virtually with Whova

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.


Research Events

8th Annual Dr. Benjamin Goldberg Developmental Disabilities Provincial Research Day - Call for Abstracts.
This annual Research Day has been held at Western University since 2016. It began as a small event for Western faculty and trainees with invited speakers. It has grown over the years in size and scope, and recently has featured presentations from researchers at other Universities in Southwestern Ontario.

In 2023, the Developmental Disabilities Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University is excited to increase the scope of this event even further, and will now accept abstracts for presentation from all Post-Secondary Institutions across Ontario.

This event will be held as a hybrid model. It will be held in person at the Great Hall at Western University and will also be streamed live as a webinar. Presentations will be accepted for both in-person and virtual presentation.

Awards will be presented for best presentations by students and/or trainees.

For more information about the call for abstracts or to access the submission portal, please visit our website.  

For more information, please contact