Trauma Research in Canada

HRI is building a groundbreaking clinical research and knowledge translation program with leading experts in trauma research from across Canada. Among these thought leaders is Dr. Margaret McKinnon, who is Homewood Chair in Mental Health and Trauma. Dr. McKinnon leads HRI’s trauma research team, which also includes affiliated experts Drs. Ruth Lanius, and Andrew Nicholson. In addition, our research trainees are helping to inform evidence-based practice to find solutions for people with trauma-related illnesses.

Trauma in Health Care Workers and Public Safety Personnel

The stress of the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on all of us, particularly health care workers and first responders. Polling from Mental Health Research Canada indicates that mental illness among health care workers and first responders has risen from 30% to 40% during the pandemic. Trauma-related illnesses, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are rising at an alarming rate.

Thanks to generous funding from our founding partner Homewood Health, we have launched a study investigating pandemic-related trauma in health care professionals and first responders, including people within equity-deserving communities. This study will inform the rapid development of new prevention and intervention strategies.


Learn more about why Canada needs trauma research and how HRI is helping to improve care:


Characterizing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on health care professionals and first responders

This study examines the impact of COVID-19-related stress, moral injury, and minority stress on mental health among health care workers and first responders in Canada.

Characterization of individuals receiving treatment for PTSD

HRI, McMaster University, and Western University are working to understand how various types of trauma and trauma symptoms affect a patient’s response to treatment.

Factors affecting the mental health of female military members and veterans

Researchers are exploring the experiences of female military members and veterans during deployment. In particular, they are looking at factors that may affect mental health, participation, and retention rates.


You can find all of HRI’s peer-reviewed academic articles, research snapshots and reports in our publications directory.

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