Laurence J. Kirmayer, MD, FRCPC, James McGill Professor and Director, Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University; Director, Culture & Mental Health Research Unit, Department of Psychiatry, Jewish General Hospital, Montréal Website | Publications
Bio: Laurence J. Kirmayer, M.D. is James McGill Professor and Director of the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry, McGill University. He is Editor-in-Chief ofTranscultural Psychiatry. He directs the Culture & Mental Health Research Unit at the Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry, Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, where he conducts research on culturally responsive mental health services, the mental health of indigenous peoples, and the anthropological critique of psychiatry. He founded and co-directs the CIHR-IAPH Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research. He also directs the annual Summer Program and Advanced Study Institute in Cultural Psychiatry at McGill. His past research includes studies on cultural consultation, pathways and barriers to mental health care for immigrants and refugees, somatization in primary care, cultural concepts of mental health and illness in Inuit communities, risk and protective factors for suicide among Inuit youth, and resilience among Aboriginal peoples in Canada. Current projects include: culturally based, family centered mental health promotion for Aboriginal youth; development of a web-based multicultural mental health resource centre; and the use of the cultural formulation in cultural consultation. He co-edited the volumes, Current Concepts of Somatization (American Psychiatric Press), Understanding Trauma: Integrating Biological, Clinical, and Cultural Perspectives (Cambridge University Press), and Healing Traditions: The Mental Health of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada (University of British Columbia Press) as well as two forthcoming volumes: Encountering the Other: The Practice of Cultural Consultation (Springer), and Re-Visioning Psychiatry: Cultural Phenomenology, Critical Neuroscience and Global Mental Health (Cambridge). He is Chair of the Section of Transcultural Psychiatry of the Canadian Psychiatric Association. He has received a CIHR senior investigator award, a presidential commendation for dedication in advancing cultural psychiatry from the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and both the Creative Scholarship and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture.