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ARLENE MACDOUGALL

Director and Principal Investigator

Dr. Arlene MacDougall is an accomplished psychiatrist, researcher, educator and academic health care leader. As a visionary global health systems leader, she has led the development of transformative systems initiatives for mental health. She has authored over 30 publications and has been recognized as a global Young Physician Leader by the InterAcademy Partnership.

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Renee Hunt

Research Coordinator

Renee is passionate and accomplished researcher whose focuses on general health and well-being, with an emphasis on mental health related to positive psychological practices and patterns of interpersonal behaviour. She was most recently a Mitacs Elevate Program Postdoctoral Fellow, Western University and graduated with her PhD in Social Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier.

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Melissa Taylor-Gates

Innovation & Evaluation Manager

Melissa believes foremost in empathy and compassion for those in the world around us. Her work centralizes around power inequality and authentic communication. She strive to foster safe spaces where people can learn from and care for each other in a holistic way. Outside her work, she is a storyteller, archer, tea-lover, feminist, writer, and gamer.

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Lily Yosieph

Youth Research Assistant

​Lily is a Youth Research Assistant at MINDS. Prior to joining MINDS, she was a founding member of the Youth Mental Health and Addictions Council, and now serves as an adult liason. Lily admires the transdisciplinary approach to solving complex mental health system challenges within the MINDS lab; outside of work, she enjoys catching up on quality time with friends and family.

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Alec Cook

Youth Research Assistant

​​Alec is a undergraduate student at Western University, completing an honours specialization in psychology. Alec has been a part of MINDS since 2018, starting as a co-op student in his senior year of high school. He is currently leading the studying Youth-Centred Practice project. Alec is also a facilitator of the Youth Mental Health and Addictions Council (YMHAC).

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IYLAH NEVES

Youth Research Assistant

Iylah is an undergraduate student at King’s University pursuing an Honors double major in Psychology and Sexuality Studies. They joined MINDS in 2019 to work on the Safe Storytelling Toolkit, and now also lead the Mental Wellness Profile and Queer in the Classroom initiatives. Outside of work, they are passionate about volunteering, writing, and advocacy.

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Richard Booth

Researcher

​​Richard Booth is an associate professor at the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing (Western University) and a clinician researcher with an active research program exploring health informatics, human-technical relationships, and psychiatric-mental health nursing. Richard is an avid angler and will find any excuse use his charcoal barbeque in the rain, snow, or sun.

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Kelly anderson

RESEARCHER

​Kelly Anderson is a Canada Research Chair in Public Mental Health Research, and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Epi-demiology & Biostatistics and Psychiatry. Her research program is focused on risk and protective factors for population mental health, and access to mental health care. Kelly enjoys reading and building Lego with her kids.

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ABE OUDSHOORN

Researcher

​Abe is Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and the Department of Psychiatry at Western University. Abe is passionate about using research for system change to ensure those experiencing health and social challenges are adequately supported and stably housed. Abe enjoys swimming, biking, running and spending time with the family outdoors.

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JASMINE WU

Youth Research Assistant

Jasmine is an incoming medical student at McMaster University who is passionate about advocating for culturally-safe mental health systems. Her research with Indigenous mental health services has outlined this disparity within the current mental health system. Jasmine strives to work with marginalized communities to promotes equity, diversity, inclusion and decolonization.

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