In 2018, Lakehead became the first university in Re$earch Infosource’s history to be ranked undergraduate Research University of the Year for the fourth year in a row.
Growing up in rural Northwestern Ontario, I saw the effects of trauma, geographic isolation, language and cultural differences, and socio-economic challenges on the lives of Indigenous people. I wanted to develop skills that I could use to contribute to efforts at improving mental health in the north. I completed my undergraduate degree and master’s degree in psychology at Lakehead University and eventually went on to earn my PhD in clinical psychology at Dalhousie University. I returned to Lakehead to pursue research and clinical work in Indigenous mental health, developing culturally-appropriate tools and programs in partnership with our communities, organizations, and people.
Lakehead University is the ideal university for my research and collaborations. Our partnerships with regional First Nations, healthcare organizations, and other educational and research institutions such as Northern Ontario School of Medicine allow us to collaborate broadly on projects of benefit to northerners. At the same time, we are able to provide great research opportunities for students – especially undergraduates. The lessons we are learning have the potential to be adapted to rural and Indigenous populations around the world.
Our research is leading to findings that help build healthy pathways for people in Northwestern Ontario and beyond!
Dr. Christopher Mushquash
Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Mental Health and Addiction
Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology