HRI Shares findings and makes major funding announcement at HRI Research Day 2019

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On May 9, 2019, guests from across South-Western Ontario were invited to attend a special event celebrating the impact of mental health research.

First responders, mental health professionals and other community members were in attendance for HRI Research Day, an annual event hosted by HRI. Guests had the opportunity to speak with HRI staff, scientists and trainees about research projects underway that are helping to improve treatment outcomes for Canadians living with mental illness and addiction.

Some of the research topics included:

  • Testing cognitive training to improve trauma recovery in veterans, military members and first responders
  • Exploring the use of CBD in treating alcohol use disorder
  • The Recovery Journey Project: evaluating addiction and mental health treatment in Canada
  • Using brain imaging to understand moral injury and trauma

HRI also announced a new partnership and a donation of $207,000 from the RBC Foundation, which will support a project aimed at improving digital mental health resources for youth.

Representatives from RBC were on-site to share details of the project, which will involve experts from HRI and Harvard Medical School and focus on evaluating the quality of mobile mental health apps. The project will benefit consumers and healthcare providers alike, generating evidence about how to select and make the best use of mental health apps.

Members of HRI’s trauma research team. L-R: Dr. Margaret McKinnon, Homewood Research Chair in Mental Health and Trauma; Heather Millman, Project Coordinator; Alina Protopopescu, HRI Research Trainee (McMaster University); Chantelle Lloyd, HRI Research Trainee (Western University)

Anna Park, HRI Research Trainee (McMaster University)

HRI Research Trainees from McMaster University L-R: Sophia Roth, Bethany Easterbrook, Aamna Qureshi, Anna Park, Chantalle Lloyd