Each year, one in five Canadians experiences an issue with mental illness. Mental illness costs the Canadian economy more than $50 billion annually and is the primary cause of short- and long-term disability.
Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry has experts who can comment on mental health and illness – from clinical expertise with vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, refugees and aboriginal people to integrating people with mental illness into the workplace.
Dr. Amer Burhan, chair, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry
Areas of expertise: Geriatric psychiatry, accessing mental health care in smaller communities throughout southwestern Ontario
Marnin Heisel, PhD, associate professor, Departments of Psychiatry, and Epidemiology and Biostatistics, psychologist
Areas of Expertise: Clinical psychology, psychotherapy, research on the assessment and treatment of depression and suicide risk among older adults
Dr. Arlene MacDougall, assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry, psychiatrist
Areas of Expertise: Employing people with mental illness, intervention and engagement strategies for people with early psychosis
Dr. Mithu Sen, assistant dean, Faculty Equity and Wellness
Areas of Expertise: Mental wellness in the workplace
Lloy Wylie, PhD, assistant professor, Schulich Interfaculty Program in Public Health, Departments of Psychiatry and Pathology
Areas of Expertise: Mental health services and health systems transformation for refugee and aboriginal clients, social determinants of health, health care access for socially excluded populations, health policy
MEDIA CONTACT: Tristan Joseph, Media Relations Officer, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, t. 519.661.2111 ext. 80387, c. 519.777.1573, firstname.lastname@example.org
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