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Myrna Lashley, PhD

Dr. Myrna Lashley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, McGill University as well as an adjunct researcher at the Culture and Mental Health Research Unit of the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research. She was an Associate Dean at John Abbott College. She holds a doctorate in counseling psychology from McGill University and serves as a psychological consultant to institutions, including the juvenile justice system. She has worked both as a consultant to First Nations and the Jewish communities, and as the Cross Cultural Trainer for the Grievance Committee Office of the Secretariat for McGill University. She has also conducted training workshops locally, nationally, and internationally and has acted as a consultant to the Brazilian health care system. She was a director of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and has also served on the Comité consultatif sur les relations Interculturelles et Interraciales de la Communauté Urbaine de Montréal. Currently, she is the Chair of the Cross Cultural Roundtable on Security, as well as Vice-chair of the board of the École Nationale de Police du Québec. She has also been appointed to the Comité expert en matière de profilage racial of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal. She has authored two training manuals on intercultural issues in the workplace and has received several awards including the 2006 Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Award for Holocaust studies; the 2004 Martin Luther King legacy award; as well as the 1995 Merit Award for the Kahnawake Native survival school. She is currently Honorary Consul of Barbados to Montreal. Her current research interests are in cultural aspects of youth mental health, and cultural aspects of radicalization leading to violence.

myrna [dot] lashley [at] mcgill [dot] ca (e-mail)


Selected Articles

Rousseau, C., Hassan, G., Measham, T., Moreau, N., Lashley, M., Castro, T., Blake, C., & McKenzie, G. (2009). From the Family Universe to the Outside World: Famiy Relations, School Attitude and Perception of Racism in Caribbean and Filipino Adolescents. Health and Place, 15, pp.721-730.

Rousseau C., Hassan G., Measham T., & Lashley M. (2008). Prevalence and correlates of conduct disorder and problem behavior in West Indian and Filipino immigrant adolescents. European ChildAdolescent Psychiatry.

Hassan G., Rousseau C., Measham T., & Lashley M. (2008). Caribbean and Filipino adolescents’ and parents’ perceptions of parental authority, physical punishment and cultural values and their relation to migratory characteristics. Canadian Ethnic Studies.

Lashley, M. (2008). Pour ou contre les écoles afrocentriques au Canada? L’autre, cliniques, cultures et sociétés, 9(3), 427-432.

Kirmayer, L., Rousseau, C., & Lashley, M. (2007). The Place of Culture in Forensic Psychiatry. The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 35, pp.98-102.

Greenfield, B., Rousseau, R., Slatkoff, J., Lewkowski, M., Davis, M., Dubé, S., Lashley, M.E., Morin, I., Dray,P, Harden, B. (2005). Profile of a Metrepolitan North American IImmigrant Suicidal Adolescent Population. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. 51, pp. 155-159.

Lashley, M., Blake, C., Hussain, M., MacLean, R.,Measham., Rousseau, C. (2005). Student Success: The identification of strategies used by Black Caribbean youth to achieve academic success.

Lashley, M. (2000).  Caribbean families — the unrecognized social stressors of migration and reunification. Journal of Transcultural Psychiatry, 37, pp. 201-215.

Lashley, M., Talley, W., Lands L.C., & Keyserlingk, E.W. (2000). Informed Proxy Consent: Communication between Surgeons and Surrogates about Pediatric Surgery. Pediatrics, 105, pp. 591-596.

Lashley, M. (1997). Performance appraisal in a cross-cultural context - Training Manual. Multiculturalism Programme, Montreal Children's Hospital.

Lashley, M. (1994). The Patient's Preference - Training Manual. Multiculturalism Programme, Montreal Children's Hospital.

Stelling, J., Waller, M., de Broin, M., & Lashley, M. (1988). Employee Assistance Programme: Piloting and Evaluating a model for the health care setting. Conseil québécois de la recherche sociale.


Selected Books

Lashley, M. (1995). Child abuse within the West Indian Community.  In M. Meyer & A. Estable (Ed.), Child Abuse in Minority Ethnocultural Communities: An Exploratory Study (pp. 9-13). Ottawa: Multiculturalism Program, Department of Canadian Heritage and Family Violence Prevention Division, Health Canada.