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

  1. Dr. Mushquash is on sabbatical

    July 1, 2017 by Christopher Mushquash

    Dr. Mushquash is on sabbatical from July 1, 2017 until June 30, 2018. For information related to the Lakehead University Department of Psychology, please contact the Psychology Department Main Office at 807-343-8441. For Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research business, please contact Dr. Mary Ellen Hill at 807-766-7278. Dr. Mushquash remains available to accept new trainees. If you wish to contact him by email, please do so but expect a delayed response.

  2. Dr. Mushquash appointed adjunct in Department of Indigenous Learning

    February 15, 2017 by Christopher Mushquash

    Dr. Mushquash was appointed as an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Indigenous Learning at Lakehead University on January 23, 2017.

  3. Dr. Mushquash featured in International Innovation

    February 4, 2016 by Christopher Mushquash

    “A psychologist and researcher at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, is looking at ways of overcoming challenges in Indigenous health by understanding what mental wellbeing means from the perspective of communities.”

    For more information:

  4. Dr. Mushquash recipient of Northwestern Ontario Visionary Award

    January 25, 2016 by Christopher Mushquash

    On January 23, 2016, the Top 20 Under 40 Young Professionals in Northwestern Ontario were recognized at the 2016 Northwestern Ontario Visionary Award (NOVA) gala at the Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay.

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  5. Dr. Mushquash promoted to Associate Professor with tenure

    July 2, 2015 by Christopher Mushquash

    This past winter, Dr. Mushquash successfully received promotion and tenure at Lakehead University. On July 1, 2015, he officially began his appointment as Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Psychology.

  6. Follow Dr. Mushquash’s new column on Anishinabek News

    June 18, 2015 by Christopher Mushquash

    Dr. Mushquash is collaborating with Anishinabek News on a column related to issues of mental health, addiction, and wellness in First Nations communities. Readers of “Ask Dr. Mushquash” can submit questions or topics for discussion by clicking on the “Contact the Editor” link. The plan is to publish a new column every two weeks. Read Dr. Mushquash’s introduction column here:

  7. 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: and

  8. Follow @DrMushquash on Twitter

    January 29, 2015 by Christopher Mushquash

  9. Two Upcoming Talks in Indigenous Health – Jan. 22 & 23, 2015

    January 19, 2015 by Christopher Mushquash

    Dr. Fred Wien, Professor Emeritus, School of Social Work, Dalhousie University, will give talks about Indigenous health as part of the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Distinguished Speaker Series.

    Intervening on Poverty as a Determinant of the Health in First Nation Communities

    Date: Thursday, Jan. 22
    Time: 4 pm
    Location: RC1002

    This presentation describes First Nation perspectives on poverty and well-being as well as the process by which a project of this nature becomes engaged with communities. Poverty is often described as an important social determinant of health, yet interventions seldom target poverty directly. Dr. Wien is a researcher participating in the Poverty Action Research Project (PARP), which is funded by the CIHR.

    Aboriginal Health Research: From the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research 

    Date: Friday, Jan. 23
    Time: 10 am
    Location: ATAC1006 in Thunder Bay and OA1025 in Orillia

    Research on Aboriginal health has been a relatively undeveloped field but it received a major boost from the work of the RCAP and the formation of the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health within CIHR. Over the last three years, however, the field has faced a more challenging environment within CIHR and efforts are currently underway to reset the direction.

    Dr. Wien is a former Deputy Director of Research for RCAP, former member and Chair of the IAPH Advisory Board, and Co-chair of the Aboriginal Health Research Steering Committee which is meeting with CIHR senior management to address the issues that have been raised.

    Please send questions to Mary Lysenchuk at

  10. Dr. Mushquash receives Outstanding Young Alumni Award

    May 29, 2014 by Christopher Mushquash

    On May 28, 2014, Dr. Mushquash received the Lakehead University Alumni Association‘s Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Initiated in 2004, the award is presented in recognition of a graduate from the last ten years who is 35 years of age or younger, and who has achieved significant accomplishments since graduation, either in his/her profession, sport or community service. Dr. Mushquash received the award at the Annual Alumni Awards Dinner alongside Ahmoo Angeconeb and Mae Katt, who both received Alumni Honour Awards.

    The opportunity for working closely with mentors in the field of indigenous health research was really something that enabled me to find my way and find what was most important for me so I could develop the skills that I thought might be helpful.” – Dr. Mushquash

    If you would like to nominate someone for an Alumni Award, click here for submission guidelines and nomination forms.