During this era of Truth and Reconciliation, it is incumbent upon mental health and addiction systems and services to improve outcomes among Indigenous peoples.

Canada’s Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) peoples are diverse, with rich cultural traditions, languages, histories, and methods of healing. Historic and ongoing processes of colonization have disrupted the health and mental wellness of Indigenous peoples. Research and evaluation efforts specifically designed to understand culture- and contextual- aspects of wellness present mechanisms for improvement.

Photo of Dr. Chris Mushquash, CRC in Indigenous Mental Health and Addiction

Dr. Christopher Mushquash

Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Mental Health and Addiction (Tier 2)

Areas of Research:

  • Indigenous mental health
  • Substance use

Overview of Research

Dr. Mushquash’s research program pursues Indigenous mental health and addiction research from four interconnected directions with the following goals: identify culturally- and contextually-appropriate targets of intervention; develop methods for measuring community outcomes; develop and test intervention approaches which bring together culture-based knowledge with scientific methods; and, disseminate knowledge broadly in Indigenous and academic communities, and among clinicians, policy-, and decision-makers.

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Dr. Mushquash's research exemplifies Lakehead University's commitment to advancing the following United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

UN SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-BeingUN SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Contact Information

Dr. Christopher Mushquash
Department of Psychology
Email: chris.mushquash@lakeheadu.ca