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

  1. Dr. Mushquash to be inducted into the RSC College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

    October 26, 2017 by Christopher Mushquash

    Dr. Christopher Mushquash will soon be the first Lakehead University professor inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

    The Associate Professor of Psychology at Lakehead University’s Thunder Bay campus will travel to Winnipeg for the November 24 induction ceremony.

    The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists is a new initiative within the Royal Society of Canada that recognizes scholars who are early in their career. Dr. Mushquash is one of 70 incoming members who represent the emerging generation of scholarly, scientific and artistic leadership in Canada.

    “It’s a great honour to be included among those new scholars, artists and scientists who are doing such important work,” said Dr. Mushquash, who began his career at Lakehead University in 2011.

    Dr. Mushquash holds a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Mental Health and Addiction and an appointment in the Human Sciences Division at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. He is a clinical psychologist with Dilico Anishinabek Family Care in Thunder Bay and a member of Pays Plat First Nation, located approximately 175 km northeast of Thunder Bay.

    His area of interest could have been very different. Dr. Mushquash started studying biochemistry in university, and then switched to psychology.

    “I began thinking about the skills I would need to be helpful to my community. I had a longstanding interest in mental health and addiction, and decided to develop my knowledge as a means of helping Indigenous peoples experiencing difficulties in these areas,” he said.

    Dr. Mushquash said it’s important to understand the culture and context of the people you are helping.

    “My work is focused on determining evidence-based approaches that align with First Nations values, understanding culture-based approaches to healing and wellness, and ensuring that these approaches are appropriate for the context – depending on the community and factors such as remoteness, and access to other resources, or determinants of health,” he said.

    Dr. Mushquash thanked Lakehead University, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, staff and leadership at Dilico Anishinabek Family Care, Dr. Andrew Dean and Dr. Batia Stolar for their support and the nomination, as well as the Canada Research Chairs program, his mentors Dr. Sherry Stewart and Dr. Patrick McGrath, collaborators, colleagues, and especially the Indigenous communities and organizations he works with each day.

    “I’d also like to thank my wife, my son, my family, and Pays Plat First Nation for all of their support,” he said.

    Dr. Mushquash was nominated because he is a prolific researcher who has published 41 articles in peer-reviewed journals, three book chapters, and 27 reports, letters, and non-peer reviewed publications. He has given more than 150 presentations to local, regional, national, and international audiences on a range of topics in Indigenous mental health and addiction. This output far exceeds the norm in his field and is of the highest caliber, his nomination letter said.

    “Congratulations to Dr. Mushquash,” said Dr. Brian Stevenson, Lakehead’s President and Vice-Chancellor. “He is an outstanding researcher whose work and outreach activities are already having a substantial impact, and we are very proud of him and this prestigious recognition of his invaluable work.”

    This induction builds on the achievements of Dr. Roger Mitchell, Professor Emeritus of Geology at Lakehead University, who was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1994, one of the highest honours bestowed upon a scientist in Canada.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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:

  5. 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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  6. 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.

  7. 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:

  8. 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

  9. Follow @DrMushquash on Twitter

    January 29, 2015 by Christopher Mushquash

  10. 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