Health Systems and Health Equity Research Group
Institute for Mental Health Policy Research
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
33 Russell Street
Toronto, ON M5S 2S1
Dr. Violet Kaspar is an Independent Scientist with the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and a faculty member of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.
Areas of Research
Dr. Kaspar’s research is focused on racial/cultural disparities and cultural, psychosocial, and socioeconomic determinants of mental health and psychiatric disorders in minority children and adolescents. Despite directed policies for reducing inequalities in health status, minority youth continue to be disadvantaged relative to non-minority youth on numerous markers of health outcomes. Dr. Kaspar’s research program is comprised of studies aimed at addressing these more intractable inequalities and establishing an empirical basis for culturally relevant clinical and community interventions for sustaining the mental health status of racial and cultural minority children and adolescents.
Kaspar, V. (2014). The lifetime effect of residential school attendance on Indigenous Health Status. American Journal of Public Health, 104(1), 2184-2190.
Kaspar, V. (2013). Long-term depression and suicidal ideation outcomes subsequent to emancipation from foster care: Pathways to psychiatric risk in the Métis population. Psychiatry Research, 215, 347-354.
Kaspar, V. (2012). Mental health of Aboriginal children and adolescents in violent school environments: Protective mediators of violence and psychological/nervous disorders. Social Science and Medicine, 81, 70-78.