Virtual Conference: Joint Mental Health Research & Innovation Day

On behalf of:

  •    Lawson Health Research Institute - Mental Health Group
  •    St. Joseph’s Health Care London’s Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care
  •    Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care
  •    Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University

We are pleased to announce that the Joint Mental Health Research & Innovation Day will be held virtually on Thursday, November 5, 2020. We are also pleased to announce our keynote speakers, Dr. Kim Corace & Dr. Kim Hellemans. In addition to our keynote speakers, the day will include research updates from Parkwood Mental Health Care and Lawson Health Research Institute; poster and oral presentations on topics related to mental health care research and innovation.

This is a FREE Virtual event - register to attend


9:00 – 9:45 am - Opening remarks and land acknowledgement
9:45 – 10:00am - How to engage throughout the day
10:00 – 11:30am - Innovations in Addictions: How can we drive system change
11:30 –12:30 pm - Oral Presentations: Session 1
12:30 – 1:30 pm - Virtual posters session / lunch
1:30 – 2:30 pm - Oral presentations: Session 2
2:30 – 2:45 pm  - Networking break
2:45 – 3:15 pm  - Closing panel and remarks
3:15 – 3:30 pm  - Awards presentation


Keynote presenters

Dr. Kim Corace is the Vice President of Innovation and Transformation at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Ottawa, an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University, a Clinical Investigator with the Institute of Mental Health Research, and a Clinical Health Psychologist. Working at provincial, national, and international levels, her work focuses on improving treatment access and outcomes for people living with substance use and mental health co-morbidities, with a focus on developing collaborative care models.

She contributes her expertise to numerous standards and guidelines committees as well as policy development initiatives to improve mental health and addictions care. She was the recipient of The Royal’s 12th Annual Inspiration Award in the Young Researcher Category. The Ontario Ministry of Health Innovation Fund awarded the “Best Innovation in Mental Health Care Delivery” to Dr Corace and her colleague for the Regional Opioid Intervention Service. Dr. Corace is currently the President of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), and Chairs the CPA Opioid Crisis Task Force. 

Dr. Kim Hellemans is a teaching professor and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience at Carleton University. She has received several prestigious teaching awards that recognize her passion and dedication to university teaching, including the Provost’s Fellowship in Teaching Award and, most recently, the OCUFA Provincial Teaching Award. Her current research is focused on student mental health, with a focus on how current life stressors, cannabis use, and social media among university students relate to mental health and academic outcomes.

She is also passionate about knowledge translation and knowledge mobilization and has created several freely available animations on the topic of neuroscience, addiction, and stigma. She is also the co-host of the award-winning podcast “Minding the Brain.”

Location & Details

November 5, 2020 from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
This is a FREE Virtual event - register to attend

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