Hanie Edalati

Dr. Hanie Edalati is a Postdoctoral Researcher with Dr. Patricia Conrod at the Centre de recherche du CHU Sainte-Justine, department of psychiatry, Université de Montréal. She is the recipient of CIHR/IRSC and CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships and the Young Investigator Fellowship from the Fonds Maria et Georginia Daoussis for studying child and adolescent mental health. Her research investigates the interactions of adverse childhood experiences and social context with neurocognitive and personality development through late childhood and adolescence, and how this path confers risk and resilience to substance use and mental health problems. Hanie’s research contributes to designing and implementing intervention programs for promoting mental health of adolescents living in vulnerable context and a better understanding of mental health during adolescence.

Hanie has become a member of the CRCF and joined Dr. Collin-Vézina’s Research Group on Social Responses to Complex Trauma in 2018 to conduct a new project, Well-Venture project, funded by a two-year Postdoctoral fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR/IRSC). The Well-Venture project aims to adapt an evidence-based personality-targeted drug and alcohol intervention programme (i.e. Preventure Programme) for the needs of adolescents receiving services within the child welfare system. The pilot Well-Venture RCT will test the efficacy of these interventions on reducing substance use and related problems in a sample of high-risk adolescents receiving child welfare services in Batshaw Youth and Family Centres in Montreal.

Prior to joining her current position at Université de Montréal, Hanie was a Postdoctoral Researcher with Dr. Tonia Nicholls at the BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services and University of British Columbia (2015-2016). Her research focused on studying the clinical outcomes of childhood maltreatment in individuals with complex mental illness and substance use and evaluation of psychological assessments at the BC Forensic Psychiatric Hospital. She completed her PhD in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies in Department of Psychology at University of British Columbia under primary supervision of Dr. Marvin Krank, and the co-mentorship of Drs. Christian Schütz and Zach Walsh. Her doctoral research focused on the impact of childhood adversity on vulnerability to alcohol use disorders in adolescents, young adults, and patients under treatment for substance use disorders, funded by a PhD fellowship from the Intersections of Mental Health Perspectives in Addictions Research Training (IMPART). Dr. Edalati has a background in clinical psychology from Iran where she worked both as a clinician and researcher with individuals with substance use disorders for four years.

Contact: hanie.edalati [at] alumni.ubc.ca (Email)