York-CAMH Collaborative opens dedicated space for research

Partners in the York-CAMH Collaborative celebrated the opening of dedicated space at the Queen Street site of the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH) on Dec. 12.

Left to right: Professor Mahdieh Dastjerdi; Paul McDonald, dean, Faculty of Health; Professor Elsabeth Jensen; Professor Nazilla Khanlou; Professor Attia Khan; Rani Srivastava, chief of nursing and professional practice, CAMH; Catherine Zahn, CEO of CAMH

The York-CAMH Collaborative brings education and service together to develop knowledge and skills for promoting mental health locally, nationally and globally. This unique partnership enables the partners to conduct leading research, education, practice and system improvement, benefiting mental health promotion, health care, safety and patient outcomes.

The new space includes an office for the director and a room with four fully equipped stations for research assistants, research volunteers and other York University Faculty of Health researchers. Catherine Zahn, CEO of CAMH, and Paul McDonald, dean of York University’s Faculty of Health, made opening remarks at the event.

Two projects already funded through the collaboration include Nursing Care for Persons with Developmental Disabilities, under the leadership of Nazilla Khanlou, Chair in Women’s Mental Health at York University; and Understanding Compassion in Mental Health Care from the Perspectives of Culturally Diverse Patients and Families, led by Elsabeth Jensen, director of the York-CAMH Collaborative and associate professor with the School of Nursing at York University.