Conducting collaborative research locally, nationally and globally.
At the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, scientists conduct collaborative research on communities, populations, health systems and global health. Our work also involves developing and evaluating prevention and intervention initiatives. The Institute is committed to equity, informed by the social determinants of health.
Dr. Samantha Wells
Senior Director, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research
We provide evidence to drive system and policy change, and reduce the burden of mental illness, including addictions, across populations.
The Institute for Mental Health Policy Research (IMHPR) is a key driver in building the knowledge base for policy decisions, intervention development and health system improvement. Our experts track mental health at the population level, and identify social and economic factors affecting mental illness. We are dedicated to providing evidence to inform policy and improve the healthcare system for people with mental illness. We develop and evaluate community and population level interventions to reduce mental illness. Core to our work is building collaborations and partnerships within and outside CAMH to promote research synergies and enhance the reach and impact of our work.
Research with Impact
Our research has direct and enduring impacts. It has been applied to:
develop community-generated programming in First Nations communities
target public health campaigns for youth substance use, road safety and more
improve Ontario’s mental health care system
inform policies on Canada’s opioid crisis and cannabis legalization
influence alcohol policy and prevention in Ontario, Canada and around the world.
Research Focus & Projects
From monitoring health trends and service use across entire populations, to digital- and community-based interventions and lab experiments, our work is informing policies, programming and practices from the local to global level.