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Dr. Christopher Mushquash, C.Psych., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, & NOSM

Dr. Mushquash appointed Canada Research Chair

April 13, 2015 by Christopher Mushquash

Dr. Mushquash has been appointed Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Mental Health and Addiction.

Through his research, Dr. Mushquash is identifying culturally and contextually appropriate targets of intervention by examining culture-based and Western approaches for addressing mental health difficulties and addiction among Indigenous peoples, and then developing evaluation methods. This approach to research and intervention involves collaborative partnerships. His work is grounded in community and the idea that Indigenous understandings of wellness and methods of healing are holistic. Dr. Mushquash disseminates knowledge broadly in Indigenous communities and in scientific and health care communities, as well as with policy and decision-makers. He also works to increase capacity in Indigenous health research through training and mentorship. Building upon the knowledge that exists within Indigenous traditions, languages, histories, and methods of healing, this work will support community-based priorities and efforts at improving the health of Indigenous peoples while reducing disparities in mental health and addiction. Dr. Mushquash is an assistant professor in Psychology at Lakehead University and in the Division of Human Sciences at NOSM. In addition to his academic appointments, Dr. Mushquash is a clinical psychologist at Dilico Anishinabek Family Care.

The Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) stands at the centre of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world’s top countries in research and development.

In 2000, the Government of Canada created a permanent program to establish 2,000 research professorships—Canada Research Chairs—in eligible degree-granting institutions across the country.

The CRCP invests approximately $265 million per year to attract and retain some of the world’s most accomplished and promising minds.

Chairholders aim to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences. They improve our depth of knowledge and quality of life, strengthen Canada’s international competitiveness, and help train the next generation of highly skilled people through student supervision, teaching, and the coordination of other researchers’ work.

The CRCP is committed to excellence in research and research training, and to ensuring equal access to opportunities for all qualified candidates. The goals of excellence and equity are both compatible and mutually supporting. Sound equity practices ensure that the Chairs program accesses the largest possible pool of qualified candidates, without affecting the integrity of the program’s selection process. The CRCP is committed to the federal government’s policies on non-discrimination and employment equity.

The Chairs Secretariat works collaboratively with institutions to identify and share strategies and practices that respect the spirit of openness, transparency and equity of the program.

For more, see: https://www.lakeheadu.ca/about/news-and-events/news/archive/2015/node/24186 and http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/home-accueil-eng.aspx