Trainee-led Projects

“Imams’ Role as First Responders for Mental Health Problems among the Muslim Community in Metro Vancouver: An exploratory study”

Mohamed Ibrahim, 2013 trainee, is exploring the role played by imams in addressing mental health issues of the Muslim community in the Lower Mainland, including: what kinds of mental health problems come to their attention and the services they render; their training and skills to support this work; resources they use; and their recommendations on how best to collaborate with the community regarding mental health problems.

“Indigenous Knowledge-Centre Practices and Mental Health Equity: Community Research Dialogue and Planning”

Ruby Peterson, 2012 trainee, developed and submitted a CIHR planning grant proposal in collaboration with Helen Brown (principal investigator) and Gladys McPherson (co-invesitgator) as her CGSM project. The conceptualizing of this proposal was done in collaboration with community members. The planning grant include a Roundtable in each of four communities to (1) engage Kwakwaka’wakw Chiefs, Elders and youth as stakeholders in dialogue about Indigenous approaches to mental health research in their communities and (2) develop recommendations for implementing a health research and policy framework for Indigenous knowledge centred mental health and wellness for Northern Vancouver Island.

“Creating & Sustaining Collaborative Social Justice Solidarity & Decolonizing Communities of Practice”

Sabina Chatterjee, 2012 trainee, focused on creating spaces for, and writing about, communities of practice and collaborative enactments of social justice solidarity and decolonization.  Through the creation of co-operative inquiry discussion groups – one in British Columbia, and another in Ontario – Sabina will explore how social justice solidarity can ensure that it is an active act of decolonization, and can strengthen personal and community work done by people who are committed to activism, academic inquiry and community development.

“Inviting voice/creating space: Exploring women’s barriers to participation through action research in the Cowichan Valley”

Thanya Al-Saadoon, 2011 trainee, aims to explore the intersecting factors that are hindering women’s progress in attaining full access to health care, safe housing, emotional supports, and living a safe and inclusive life. This poster and pamphlet was presented at the Centre’s annual workshop Critical Inquiries in Mental Health: Paradigms and Praxis, May 9th, 2011.

“Deskilling as a trans-generational social determinant of mental health among Chinese immigrants to Canada”

Mei Lan Fang’s (2011 trainee) proposed project will explore potential pathways through which deskilling impacts the mental health of immigrants and their children. This poster and pamphlet was presented at the Centre’s annual workshop Critical Inquiries in Mental Health: Paradigms and Praxis, May 9th, 2011.

“‘Cultural safety’ in Aboriginal mental health reform”

Viviane Josewski, 2010 trainee, engaged in a variety of scholarly activities that ranged from knowledge transfer and community consultation to ongoing, collaborative research activities and the development of new research. This poster and pamphlet was presented at the Centre’s annual workshop Critical Inquiries in Mental Health: Paradigms and Praxis, May 9th, 2011.

“Transforming family: Trans voices on parenting”

Jake Pyne, 2010 trainee, worked with Dr. Lori Ross of the Reproductive Mental Health team to develop a qualitative research project to explore the experiences of discrimination among trans parents as well as their perceptions of their unique parenting strengths. This poster and pamphlet was presented at the Centre’s annual workshop Critical Inquiries in Mental Health: Paradigms and Praxis, May 9th, 2011. Later this work was developed into a short documentary film “Transforming Family” and was the impetus for the CBC documentary “Transgender Parents” airing in 2014.