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. Jürgen Rehm
Senior Director, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research
We provide evidence to drive improvement in health care delivery and systems.
The Institute is a world-class leader in epidemiology, health services and policy research. We are home to scientific experts dedicated to building knowledge about mental illness, including addictions. We embrace a social determinants of health perspective, which recognizes the substantial impacts of the social and economic circumstances in which people live and how they affect mental illness. We examine whether health care programs and services are working, what they cost, and who benefits from them. Our goal is to provide social and epidemiological evidence to drive improvements in how health care is delivered, and how the health care system as a whole works for people with mental illness including addictions.
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.