Laurence J. Kirmayer

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McGill University

Laurence J. Kirmayer, MD, FRCPC, is James McGill Professor and Director, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University. He is Editor-in-Chief of Transcultural Psychiatry, a quarterly scientific journal published by Sage (UK) and directs the Culture and Mental Health Research Unit at the Department of Psychiatry, Jewish General Hospital in Montreal where he conducts research on mental health services for immigrants and refugees, psychiatry in primary care, the mental health of Aboriginal peoples in Canada, and the anthropology of psychiatry. His current projects include studies on resilience among indigenous peoples, the usefulness of the cultural formulation in psychiatric consultation, and a cross-national comparative study of models of mental health care for multicultural societies. His past research includes studies on the development and evaluation of a cultural consultation service in mental health, pathways and barriers to mental health care for immigrants, somatization in primary care, the comparative study of psychiatry in Canada and Japan, cultural concepts of mental health and illness in Inuit communities, risk and protective factors for suicide among Inuit youth in Nunavik (Northern Québec), and the role of metaphor in psychiatric theory and practice. He founded and directs the annual Summer Program in Social and Cultural Psychiatry at McGill. He is also founder and Co-Director of the National Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. He co-edited the volumes Current Concepts of Somatization (American Psychiatric Press, 1991), Understanding Trauma: Integrating Biological, Clinical and Cultural Perspectives(Cambridge University Press, 2007), Healing Traditions: The Mental Health of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada (University of British Columbia Press, 2008) and Encountering the Other: The Practice of Cultural Consultation (Springer SBM). For further information see the description of the Culture and Mental Health Research Unit of the Jewish General Hospital.

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