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2007 Centre for Addiction
and Mental Health

CAMH staff members' achievements recognized

Join us in congratulating the following CAMH staff members whose outstanding work has recently been recognized and awarded.


Dr. Ray Blanchard received CAMH’s first Research Training Award recognizing excellence in research supervision and teaching. It honours supervisory/teaching quality, service to the boarder community and educational leadership. An expert in gender identity disorders, sexual orientation and sexual offending, Dr. Blanchard started mentoring young scientists when he became the head of Clinical Sexology Services. This unit only started research training activities when Dr. Blanchard introduced his talents as a teacher, supervisor, and role model. His commitment and enthusiasm for research has been the foundation for many successful scientists.

Dr. Ballon

Dr. Bruce Ballon is the 2007 recipient of the Association for Academic Psychiatry regional Teaching Award for Region XI.


Dr.Paula Goering, Section Head for the Health Systems Research and Consulting Unit in CAMH’s Social, Prevention and Health Policy Research department is being given the Distinguished Nursing Alumnus for the University of Kansas Medical Center, for demonstrating the highest principles of the health care profession and for serving as a role model for current and future health care professionals. Dr. Goering will receive her award at the Kansas University Medical Centre in September 2007.


Dr. Bernard Le Foll, Clinician Scientist and Head of the Translational Addiction Research Laboratory in the Neuroscience Department, received $100,000 from the Early Researcher Award program, sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Reseamrch and Innovation. The Early Researcher Award program helps promising, recently appointed Ontario researchers undertake cutting-edge research and build their research teams of graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and research associates. Dr. Le Foll’s work building on recent evidence showing that antagonists to the D3 type of dopamine receptors are potentially useful in the treatment of nicotine addiction.


Dr. Jan Malat of the CAMH Addictions Program received the Allan B. Tennen Award for Excellence in Psychotherapy teaching and supervision from the department of Psychiatry of the University of Toronto in June.

Dr. Selby

Dr. Peter Selby, Clinical Director of Addictions at CAMH and Executive Director of the TEACH Program, is one of the first 17 family physicians in Ontario who will receive an Award of Excellence from the Canadian Family Physician College (CFPC). This award recognizes family physicians who have made an outstanding contribution within the past two years in areas pertaining to their field.


Dr. Laura Simich’sStudy of Sudanese Settlement in Ontario project was the first major Canadian investigation of the settlement and integration of Sudanese immigrants and refugees. In recognition of her exemplary leadership in community-based research, Dr. Simich and her project team received an honourable mention of the second annual Community Based Research Award of Merit sponsored in partnership by the Centre for Urban Health Initiatives, the Wellesley Institute, and University College at the University of Toronto. Also honoured were Co-Investigators, Dr. Hayley Hamilton, Dr. Haile Fenta, and members of the Association of Sudanese Women in Research and Development.

Dr. Muntaner

CAMH Research’s Social Equity and Health (SEH) section has been recognized as one of the organizational co-hubs of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Employment Conditions Knowledge Network (EMCONET), chaired by Dr. Carles Muntaner and Dr. Joan Benach, both of SEH. EMCONET will help to develop models and measures to clarify how different types of jobs, conditions of underemployment, and the threat of becoming unemployed affect workers’ health.

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