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How does impulsivity change during addiction treatment and what impact does it have on treatment outcomes?

By Emily Levitt OVERVIEW WHAT IS THE RESEARCH ABOUT? Impulsivity, briefly defined as acting without thinking, can be a problem for people living with substance use disorders. However, there is limited research on how impulsivity changes during treatment. This is complicated by the fact that impulsivity can be measured in several different ways. This study […]

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Five Years of Legal Cannabis: What Have We Learned?

Event Information September 14, 20237:00-8:00pm (ET)Virtual on Zoom This session shed light on how the change in cannabis’s legal status has affected the landscape of mental health and substance use research and treatment. Our panel of experts explored various facets of cannabis legalization, focusing on the public health and research dimensions of this transformative policy […]

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HRI Leads National Collaboration to Develop Standards for Mental Health and Substance Use Health Apps in Canada

HRI is pleased to announce a new research project that will help shape the future of digital health in Canada. Commissioned by Health Canada and the Standards Council of Canada, HRI is leading a national, collaborative team of key partners, including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the Canadian Centre on Substance Use […]

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HRI’s Dr. Kait LaForge-MacKenzie Speaks to Wellington Advertiser About The Grove YWHO Evaluation Project

Text and photo originally published in the Wellington Advertiser. Written by Joanne Shuttleworth. The Grove Hubs and the Homewood Research Institute have received a $100,000 grant to evaluate the reach and delivery of services provided at youth hubs dotted across Guelph and Wellington County. “We’re interested in the outcome to continue to improve service,” said […]

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Mind the Gaps: Navigating Concurrent Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

Event Information June 7, 20237:00-8:00pm (ET)Virtual on Zoom In Canada, one in three people will experience mental illness in their lifetime. Concurrent disorders are defined as co-occurring substance use disorders with other mental health conditions. For example, up to 40% of people who are diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder will also have a co-occurring substance […]

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Examining a “One-Stop-Shop” for Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Dr. Jean Costello, HRI’s Director of Research and Evaluation, and Cyndy Dearden, Executive Director of The Grove, YWHO Wellington Guelph, have received $100,000 to evaluate the reach and delivery of services provided by The Grove YWHO Wellington Guelph, a network of Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario (YWHO) sites delivering integrated youth services within the Wellington-Guelph region. […]

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Why Community Matters: The Role of Connection in Substance Use Health

Event information March 23, 20237:00-8:00pm (ET)Virtual on Zoom Why does having the support of a community affect a person’s journey to wellness? Join us to learn about the latest research on the importance of community for people living with substance use issues. In this HRI Talk, our panelists explored the critical role of social support […]

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Social Media and Teen Suicide: A New Paradigm for Regulation

By Jacqueline Mitchell, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Yuri Quintana, PhD, HRI Senior Scientist, believes in the power of technology. While there’s little debate that social media has the potential to cause great harm, Quintana – who is chief of the Division of Clinical Informatics, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – notes there’s a growing body of evidence […]

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Exploring the Impacts of Cannabis Legalization

HRI received $100,000 from the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) and Health Canada to study the effects of cannabis legalization on at-risk populations. HRI’s Director of Evaluation, Dr. Jean Costello, led the study, which utilized patient data from Homewood Health Centre and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. The study was co-led by HRI […]

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