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Laurence J. Kirmayer

Lau­rence J. Kir­mayer, MD, FRCPCJames 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.