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Institute for Mental Health Policy Research

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CAMH is home to the new Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, which replaces the Social and Epidemiological Research department. 

​The Institute has a mandate to conduct policy-relevant research that improves the lives of people with mental health or substance use problems.

The Institute is home to Canada’s leading scientific experts dedicated to informing policy on mental health and substance use. Institute scientists conduct collaborative research on communities, populations, global health and health systems. Their work also involves developing and evaluating prevention and intervention initiatives. The Institute is committed to equity, informed by the social determinants of health.

Our key research areas are:

Population Health and Community Transformation (PHACT): Conducting Ontario-wide surveys of mental health and substance use among adults and youth, and experiments using modern research technology such as a driving simulator.

Community Addiction and Mental Health Research & Evaluation (CARE): Conducting state-of-the-art evaluations of community-based interventions.

Health Outcomes and Performance Evaluation (HOPE): Analyzing data, including from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), to guide health system improvement across Ontario.

The Ontario Laboratory (O-Lab): A unique “big data” unit that synergizes data for Ontario into prediction models to evaluate the impact of system change on the general population.

The Institute also houses the following centres and units:

Office of Transformative Global HealthJointly develops, implements and sustains collaborative programs for health professionals and allied professionals, in Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Africa.

• World Health Organization/Pan-American Health Organization (WHO/PAHO) Collaborating Centre in Addiction and Mental Health: Monitors alcohol trends, a pillar of global estimates of alcohol-attributable disease burden. 

Ontario Tobacco Research Unit​: An Ontario-based research network focused on tobacco control research, monitoring and evaluation, teaching and training.

Centre for Research on Employment & Workp​lace Health​​: Built around four research streams: epidemiology, prevention and promotion, diagnosis and treatment, and disability management of mental disorders at the workplace. ​​​​​​​​​​


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