Virtual Conference: Mental Health Research & Innovation Day

On behalf of the Planning Committee (Lawson Health Research Institute - Mental Health Group and St. Joseph’s Health Care London’s Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care and Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care), we are pleased to announce that the Mental Health Research & Innovation Day will be held on Thursday, November 5, 2020 through our virtual platform, Whova.

We are pleased to announce our keynote speakers, Kim Corace & 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, as well as art and musical compositions by individuals with lived experience of mental illness.

This is a FREE Virtual event - register to attend


9:00 – 9:45 am - Opening remarks
9:45 – 10:00am - Getting to know each other and the platform
10:00 – 11:30am - Keynote address: "Innovations in Addictions - How can we drive system change?" By Dr. Kim Hellemans and Dr. Kim Corace
11:30 –12:30 pm - Oral Presentations: Session 1
12:30 – 1:30 pm - Lunch / Virtual posters open
1:30 – 2:30 pm - Oral presentations: Session 2
2:30 – 2:45 pm  - Break / Meeting opportunities
2:45 – 3:15 pm  - Closing panel and remarks
3:15 – 3:30 pm  - Awards, door prizes / draws

Keynote presentation learning objectives:

  • Describe novel care models to reduce barriers and improve outcomes
  • Identify evidence-based psychological therapies to enhance care delivery
  • Understand the role of trauma in changing brain circuits implicated in decision-making and reward
  • Recognize the value of translating knowledge to engage diverse community members in cultivating compassion and breaking down stigma around substance use and addictions
  • Recognize the importance of collaborative partnerships, including with people with lived experience

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