The Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities and Mental Health (CGSM) has three organizational priorities:

Research Development

The Centre supports research initiatives in five key theme areas:

  • Mental Health Reform and Policy
  • Recovery and Housing
  • Reproductive Mental Health
  • Violence, Mental Health, and Substance Use
  • Criminal Justice System, Mental Health, and Substance Use.

These themes reflect critical areas of inquiry from gender, social inequities, mental health, and substance use scholarship.

We explore and apply sophisticated research designs and methodologies including: gender and sex-based analysis, intersectionality, eco-social approaches, life course approaches, indigenous methodologies, and participatory community-based research.

The Centre provides support to team members to directly build on, and extend their ongoing programs of research, so that researchers may individually, or in collaboration with other team members, apply for, and undertake seed grant projects. Read more about our research.

Knowledge Exchange

Knowledge exchange, and its subsequent application, are central organizing and driving components of the Centre.

We endeavour to develop research that is directly relevant to individuals with mental health and/or substance use issues, as well as policy makers, decision makers, managers, and service providers.

Potential research users are engaged in research, knowledge exchange and dissemination in a variety of ways including: setting research agendas, designing and implementing research, knowledge exchange activities, and evaluation.

Activities and Outputs

The major components of the Centre’s knowledge exchange plan include:

  • Mental Health Commission of Canada: The Centre is partnered with the MHCC’s National Strategy Team to ensure that research findings regarding gender and social inequities in mental health are shared within the Commission.
  • Knowledge Broker Partnerships: The Centre has partnerships with groups and organizations that are engaged with end-users of research and policy and will be used to mobilize end-users for discussions around the uptake of evidence from the research. The Knowledge Brokers will also lend their expertise to the development of the research and aid in a wide range of knowledge exchange activities to ensure that the research has practice and policy impact.
  • World Cafés: The Centre hosts one World Café per year to engage people in critical dialogue focused on specific research results, policy developments or pertinent questions emerging from the work of the research theme groups.
  • E-Bulletin: A quarterly Centre e-bulletin disseminates information on the activities of the Centre, of use to front line workers; academics; managers; policy makers; people with lived experience of mental health or substance use problems; family members; women’s organizations, immigrant serving organizations, and Aboriginal serving organizations.
  • Publications: Journal articles, papers, presentations, and reports are published and disseminated through the Centre.

Training, Mentoring, and Capacity-Building

The Centre will support three categories of trainees:

  • student trainees (e.g., masters, doctoral)
  • community researcher trainees
  • post-doctoral fellows

Trainees are involved in research and other Centre activities and will gain experience with innovative qualitative and quantitative methodologies, data analysis, and knowledge exchange. Read more about our training opportunities.