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Morton Beiser, MD, is Director of the Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement (CERIS) in Toronto and has over 30 years experience in cultural psychiatric research including path-breaking research on Aboriginal youth and Southeast Asian refugees with whom he conducted a 10-year longitudinal study of adaptation of 1300 "Boat people." He is PI on the CIHR-funded New Canadian Children and Youth Study (NCCYS), the first large-scale longitudinal population survey of the mental health and adaptation of immigrant and refugee youth. He is also PI on a project funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada to produce computer-assisted university courses on immigration and its impact on Canada. Since 1995, he has supervised 6 post-doctoral fellows and 5 doctoral candidates. He has extensive experience in research dissemination to policy makers and lay audiences.

 

Gilles Bibeau, PhD, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Université de Montréal, is a medical anthropologist with extensive research experience in Africa, Latin America, North America and South Asia. His research includes social and cultural analysis of health services; religious systems and globalization; ethnocultural and national identities; and the social dynamics of street gangs and marginal milieus in Montreal. He chairs a Université de Montréal CIDA project with a consortium of five universities in Costa Rica, Peru and Brazil developing teaching programs and audiovisual materials on social determinants of health. He has trained over 50 graduate students in medical anthropology.

 

Ellen Corin, PhD is Associate Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Psychiatry, McGill. She has 30 years of experience carrying out research in psychological anthropology and medical anthropology in Africa, South Asia and Canada. Her past research includes studies of the therapeutic impact of traditional medicine and local systems of signs, meanings and practices and their relevance for culturally sensitive mental health services. Her current research centers on the influence of culture on psychosis: the framing of the experience for patients and family members, help-seeking pathways in early psychosis, and the role of culture in the clinical setting. She also chairs a research team in partnership with community groups in the area of mental health, immigration and refuge; projects aim at supporting pluralistic models of practice grounded in the meaning systems and practices of persons and communities. She has trained about 35 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in medical anthropology and the evaluation of culturally relevant mental health services.

 

François Crépeau, LLD, PhD is Professor in the Faculty of Law, Université de Montreal. He was the founding Director of the Centre d'études sur le droit international et la mondialisation (CEDIM) at UQAM. His current research includes studies of refugee law in international perspective, the process of determination of refugee status, and the impact of globalization on vulnerable populations. He teaches juridical research methodology and has supervised numerous doctoral theses.

 

Kathleen Glass, PhD is Associate Professor and Chair, Biomedical Ethics Unit, McGill. She has extensive research experience in the areas of ethical and legal issues relevant to children, the elderly, psychiatric patients and research subjects, including participants in genetic research. Recently, she has worked on the use of local knowledge and community experience in the design and ethics review of research with First Nations communities. She chaired the McGill Specialization in Bioethics, an interdisciplinary master's program, and has supervised 20 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

 

Laurence J. Kirmayer, MD, is James McGill Professor and Director, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill. He has over 20 years of research and teaching experience and has conducted funded research on culture and somatization in primary care, Inuit mental health, and barriers to mental health services for immigrants and refugees. He directs the Culture and Mental Health Research Unit at the Jewish General Hospital where his research centers on the integration of culture in psychiatric theory and practice. Current studies include: models of culture-biology interaction in psychiatry; the cultural formulation in psychiatric consultation; cross-national comparative studies of models of multicultural mental health care. He founded the McGill Summer Program in Social and Cultural Psychiatry, and has trained over 30 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from psychiatry, family medicine, anthropology, psychology, sociology, and public health.

 

Margaret Lock, PhD, Professor, Social Studies of Medicine and Anthropology, McGill, has 25 years experience carrying out funded comparative research in medical anthropology. Subject matter covered includes life cycle transitions and aging; the relationship of culture to both professional and popular knowledge about the body in health and illness; and how values and moral assumptions are related to innovation in and application of biomedical technologies. Her current research focuses in part on genetic testing and screening for neuropsychiatric disorders. Thirty graduate students have been trained in medical anthropology under her supervision.

 

Charo Rodríguez, MD, PhD, holds the position of Assistant Professor in the area of Health Services and Policy Research of the McGill Department of Family Medicine as of June 2003. She is also a Member of the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, and a Collaborator of the Culture and Mental Health Research Unit. After seven years of clinical practice as general practitioner in Alicante (Spain), Charo developed her master studies in Public Health (Management option) at the Valencia Institute of Public Health. Charo also holds a Ph.D degree in Public Health (Health Organization option) with distinction from the University of Montreal. Her field of inquiry is critical management studies in healthcare organizations. Her current research interests include: organizational power, inter-organizational collaboration, organizational change, information technology, identity and organizational discourse. Dr. Rodríguez can supervise trainees and graduates students from medicine and allied life sciences, management, psychology, and social sciences.

 

Cécile Rousseau, MD, MSc, is Associate Professor, Dept of Psychiatry and Director, Transcultural Psychiatry Service, Montreal Children's Hospital. She has conducted epidemiological and ethnographic research on the personal, family and cultural determinants of refugee children's mental health. She has developed innovative school prevention programs for refugee and immigrant children and adolescents. In partnership with researchers in international law and community organizations, she has analyzed the cultural and psychological construction of immigration policies and their consequences for the mental health of refugees. The MCH Transcultural psychiatry team has received more than 25 postgraduate students in the last 5 years from local, national and international universities.

 

Morton Weinfeld, PhD, Professor and Chair, Canadian Ethnic Studies, Dept of Sociology, McGill. has expertise in the field of ethnic relations, immigration, and related policy matters. He is experienced in both quantitative and qualitative research, and has long served as an advisor to the Canadian government in matters of immigration and multiculturalism. He is particularly interested in the retention of ethnic identity, the impact of ethnic match in health services and the experience of minority clinicians. He will focus on the links between policy and practice in cross-national perspective. His graduate sociology seminar on Ethnicity and Public Policy focuses on North American cases, and includes a module dealing with health and social services that regularly attracts students from outside Sociology as well.

 

Allan Young PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Dept of Social Studies of Medicine, McGill. He is jointly appointed in the Departments of Anthropology and Psychiatry. His earliest research was in Ethiopia, on cultural idioms of distress and the practice indigenous medicine. Subsequent research in Nepal was on the intercalation of indigenous medicine into health services in rural areas. Since 1985, his work has focused on subjects relating to transcultural psychiatry and the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of posttraumatic disorders. He is co-director of McGill's Graduate Program in the Anthropology of Medicine where he has trained numerous MD-PhD candidates.

 

Associate faculty

Guillaume Galbaud du Fort, MD, PhD (Psychiatric Epidemiology), is Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University. He is chair of training for the Canadian Association for Psychiatric Epidemiology. His research focuses on treatment seeking for depression, geriatric psychiatry, and pharmacoepidemiology.

 

Danielle Groleau, PhD, (Public Health), Assistant Professor, Dept of Psychiatry, McGill and Research Associate, Culture and Mental Health Unit, Jewish General Hospital, has expertise in ethnography, qualitative data analysis, and intercultural training. Her research includes: sociocultural determinants of compliance in post-MI patients, breastfeeding among lower SES and immigrant women, analysis of illness narratives, and process evaluation of the Cultural Consultation Service.

 

Myrna Lashley, PhD (Bioethics and Psychology) is Professor of Psychology and Vice-Dean, John Abbott College. She has extensive experience in research on the impact of cultural diversity on doctor-patient communication and in training and consultation in policy milieus including municipal, provincial and federal government as well as corrections and law enforcement. Her current research concerns the mental health impact of family reunification for immigrant families from the Caribbean.

 

Eric Latimer, PhD (Health Economics) is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, McGill. He has conducted funded research on the U.S. Medicare Free Schedule for physicians and contributed to evaluations of mental health programs and other social interventions. His current research concerns the organization of community support services for the severely mentally ill, as well as policies that affect them.

 

Lourdes Rodriguez del Barrio, PhD, (Sociology) is Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of Montreal. Her work centers on community mental health and the evaluation of mental health and social services from the perspectives of consumers and ethnocultural communities.

 

Ellen Rosenberg, MD (Family Medicine) Associate Professor of Family Medicine, McGill, practices family medicine at CLSC Cote des Neiges, which serves a highly culturally diverse population with many very recent immigrants. She has expertise in the study of doctor-patient communication, in particular with patients with mental disorders and in intercultural clinical encounters. She directs the multicultural primary care research group of the Culture and Mental Health Research Unit.

 

Leigh Turner, PhD, (Religion and Social Ethics) is Assistant Professor, Biomedical Ethics Unit and Dept of Social Studies of Medicine, McGill. He is trained in both philosophical, conceptual research methods and the tools of qualitative research. His research focuses on cultural models of moral reasoning and the comparative study of health care ethics. He is PI for a SSHRC-funded project exploring processes of ethical deliberation and policy making within multiethnic societies. Turner's clinical experience includes serving as a clinical ethicist at Montreal General Hospital. He is currently thesis supervisor for two graduate students and two of his trainees have received awards from the Canadian Bioethics Society.

 

Phyllis Zelkowitz, Ed.D. (Human Development) Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, McGill and Coordinator of Training in Psychology, Jewish General Hospital has 15 years of experience studying children and families at risk. She has conducted funded research on developmental outcome in very low birth weight (VLBW) infants, postpartum depression and its effects on family functioning, cultural factors related to parenting attitudes and behavior among parents of VLBW children, and risk factors for postpartum depression in immigrant women.

 

International collaborating faculty

International faculty (1) share curriculum materials and assist with development of new curriculum; (2) recruit trainees from among their students and colleagues; (3) teach as visiting faculty; (4) provide mentorship through e-mail and distance learning modalities and onsite visits; and (5) provide fieldwork settings and additional opportunities for training at their home institutions.

Didier Fassin, MD, PhD, Professor of Sociology, EHESS Paris.

Soma Ganesan, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.

Byron Good, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Social Medicine, Harvard University, Boston, MA.

Sushrut Jadhav, MD, PhD Senior Reader in Cross-Cultural Psychiatry, University College London, UK.

Roland Littlewood, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Anthropology, University College London, UK.

Steven Lopez, PhD, Professor, Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry, UCLA.

Harry Minas, MD Professor and Director, Centre for International Health, University of Melbourne, Australia.

Gretty Mirdal, PhD Professor of Cultural Psychology, University of Copenhagen, Denamrk.

Richard Rechtman, MD, Professor and Director, Institut Marcel RiviËre, Paris, France.

Leslie Swartz, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Charles Watters, PhD, Professor and Director, European Centre for the Study of the Care of Minority Groups and Refugees, University of Kent, UK.