Embedded in one of the most research-intensive universities in the world, research and scholarship activities are a core pillar of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. Clinical and research scientists, along with educational scholars, work collaboratively to enhance our understanding of factors leading to the onset and maintenance of mental illnesses and addiction, as well as to develop and carefully evaluate of new assessment methods and treatment approaches. The overall goal of this work is to improve quality of life and treatment outcomes in individuals struggling with mental illness and addiction.  

Many of our researchers and scholars are physicians and health-care workers embedded in our local hospitals in Hamilton and surrounding regions, enhancing greatly our ability to rapidly translate our research findings to the clinical arena. Our educational programs, aimed at training the next generation of clinician scientists, scientists and scholars in the area of mental health and addictions, also draw heavily on the knowledge gained from our research and scholarship efforts. This continuity between the clinical, education and research arms of our department has allowed us to make rapid progress in our understanding of the psychological, biological, neural, and sociological underpinnings of mental health conditions and addictions, as well as in translating knowledge gained through research and scholarship to enhanced clinical care and quality of life for individuals and their families affected by mental illness and addiction.

Margaret McKinnon
Associate Chair, Research

Margaret McKinnon
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