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Dr. Svetlana (Lana) Popova

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
33 Russell St.
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2S1​

Dr. Svetlana (Lana) Popova, MD, PhDs, MPH is a Senior Scientist at CAMH's Institute for Mental Health Policy Research. She is also an Associate Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Epidemiology Division and the Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. She has an appointment as a Graduate Faculty Associate Member with the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto.

Areas of Research

Dr. Popova has a national and global presence as a researcher in the field of mental health and addiction, particularly fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), which are recognized as the leading known preventable cause of developmental delay and intellectual disability among Canadians. Dr. Popova’s research focuses on the epidemiology, economic cost, prevention and intervention strategies related to FASD.

Currently, Dr. Popova is co-leading one of the largest studies – funded by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) – on determining the global prevalence of neurodevelopmental disorders (with focus on FASD) among children in more than 10 low- and middle-income countries of Eastern and Central Europe, Africa, as well as Canada (with more countries to join within the next five years). Dr. Popova is a principal investigator of the Canadian component of this study, which is part of the National Strategic Projects Fund in Canada. She is also a principal investigator of the study on estimating the burden and economic cost associated with FASD in Canada, supported by the Public Health Agency of Canada. She was also one of the conductors of the second Canadian Cost Study on Substance Abuse and Avoidable Cost of Alcohol Abuse in Canada.


Dr. Popova collaborates on the Global Burden of Disease studies on alcohol consumption as a risk factor for burden of disease. She also serves as an Associate Editor for the BMC Public Health and PLoS ONE.

View recent media coverage of Dr. Popova's research​.


View Dr. Popova's publications on PubMed.

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