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Community Advisory Committee for Research

CAMH’s Community Advisory Committee for Research (CACR) provides a structured opportunity for discussion and consultation among CAMH research staff and community members.

One aim of the CACR is to inform community members about the role and activities in CAMH research and foster collaboration. Another is to gain advice and support in improving the translation of social and epidemiological research into the community.

CACR membership reflects diverse research interests within CAMH and the community that may include: clients and family members who have received mental health and substance use/abuse services, as well as representatives of relevant community agencies, educational institutions, government agencies, industry partners and research-related organizations.

Meetings are held approximately four times a year.​​​​​​​​​

Dennis Long
Executive Director
Breakaway Addictions Services


Committee members

Crystal Basi
Executive Director
Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council

Mary Birdsell
Acting Executive Director
Justice for Children and Youth

Jennifer Chambers
Coordinator, Empowerment Council
Carmen Jones
Research Manager
Chiefs of Ontario

Amber Kellen
Director, Community Initiatives Research and Policy
John Howard Society
Laural Raine
Manager, Policy
City of Toronto-Shelter Support and Housing Administration 

Nandini Saxena
Manager, Knowledge Exchange
Provincial Systems Support Program, CAMH

Anita Dubey
Manager, Research Dissemination & Outreach
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)


Joyce Brown
Executive Director       
Working for Change

Renee Boi-Doku

Public Health Nurse, Urban Issues Team
Toronto Public Health

Anne Marie DiCenso
Executive Director

Janet Mawhinney
Director, Community Engagement and Planning

Dr. Jürgen Rehm
Director, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research

a Sarang
Executive Director
Across Boundaries: An Ethnoracial Health Centre 

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