Growing Up Resilient: Ways to Build Resilience in Children and Youth
This book arose out of an interdisciplinary collaboration. Its authors are mental health professionals whose research, education
and practice are in the field of child and youth mental health promotion and treatment.
Tatyana Barankin, MD, FRCPC, DCP
Dr. Tatyana Barankin is a staff psychiatrist in the Child, Youth and Family Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental
Health and staff psychiatrist at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. She is an associate professor and Head of Continuing
Medical Education, Child and Adolescent Division, in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Barankin graduated from medical school in St. Petersburg, Russia (formerly Leningrad, Soviet Union) and then specialized
in pediatrics. She completed her psychiatric training at the University of Toronto, sub-specializing in child psychiatry.
Her main areas of work include mood and anxiety disorders across the life spectrum, school psychiatry, preventive interventions
in populations at risk, and gender and cultural aspects of mental health problems. Dr. Barankin teaches medical students,
residents and community physicians in the Child, Youth and Family Program at CAMH. She has also been a consultant to community
agencies, the Toronto District School Board and French boards of education. Dr. Barankin has won numerous awards for her leadership
and knowledge dissemination in Continuing Medical Education and was quoted as an opinion leader in Time magazine. To balance
her professional life, she devotes time to her family and friends, and to her hobbies, music and art.
Nazilla Khanlou, RN, PhD
Dr. Nazilla Khanlou is an associate professor at the Faculty of Nursing and Department of Psychiatry at the University of
Toronto. Her graduate work includes an MSc in community health from the University of Toronto and a PhD in clinical health
sciences from McMaster University in Hamilton. Her clinical background is in psychiatric nursing. Dr. Khanlou’s research is
in the interdisciplinary field of community-based mental health promotion, focusing on youth and women in multicultural and
urban settings where immigrants settle. Her research focuses on youth self-concept, particularly as it relates to cultural
identity and self-esteem; gendered post-migration resettlement experiences; and participatory mental health promotion.
Dr. Khanlou teaches at undergraduate and graduate levels and provides student super-vision. She has received many academic
awards—most recently, a Mentorship Award from the Centre for Equity in Health and Society. Dr. Khanlou is the Health Domain
Leader of the Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement (CERIS) in Toronto and was a visiting scholar
(2005–2006) at the Wellesley Urban Health Institute. She is a member of the University of Toronto’s Social Justice Cluster
and the Faculty of Nursing’s Diversities and Politics of Health Research Cluster. Dr. Khanlou has published articles and reports
on immigrant youth and women, and mental health. She speaks fluent Farsi and Azari.
Dr. Khanlou also devotes herself to family, friends and community participation. She writes poetry, and enjoys walks in nature