Research & Clinical Partners

Our work would not be possible without the important contributions of our research and clinical partners.

Karen Urbanoski, PhD

Dr. Urbanoski is a Scientist with the Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia and Assistant Professor in Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. She holds the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Substance Use, Addictions and Health Services Research (2015-2020). Prior to coming to the University of Victoria in 2015, she was a Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Ontario, where she still holds a position as a Collaborator Scientist. Dr. Urbanoski also worked as a Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School after completing her PhD.

Dr. Urbanoski draws from her training in epidemiology and behavioural research to study the social determinants of substance-related problems and addiction, and how these affect access to health care and addiction treatment. She is particularly interested in the effectiveness and implications of coercion and compulsory addiction treatment. She studies the ways people recover from substance problems both with and without treatment, and considers how insights generated from this research can be used to inform a more equitable and efficient treatment system. As much of her research is based on large populations or whole treatment systems, she works to support the ongoing development and improvement of structures for system-level data collection, needed for rigorous addiction services research, performance measurement and quality improvement.

Dr. Urbanoski is the Co-Principal Investigator on the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Families study.

Child Development Institute: The Integra Program

Located in Toronto, the Child Development Institute (CDI) is the only accredited children’s mental health agency providing evidence-informed, therapeutic programs and services to children, youth and their families who are dealing with mental health issues complicated by learning disabilities.

The Integra Program provides the following family-centred, evidence-informed, direct clinical services to children and youth ages 8 to 18:

  • Psychological consultation to understand the child’s learning profile
  • Individual, parenting and family therapy or counselling
  • Triple P Positive Parenting Group Program
  • Integra Mindfulness Martial Arts (MMA) (ages 12 to 18 years)
  • Integra Young Warriors (ages 9 to 11 years)
  • Integra Social Competence Group Program
  • Towhee Summer Residential Program

Alison Niccols, PhD

Dr. Niccols is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University, and the Clinical Director of the Infant-Parent Program at McMaster Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Niccols is a Co-Investigator on the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Families study.

Louis A. Schmidt, PhD

Dr. Schmidt is a Professor and Director of the Child Emotion Laboratory at McMaster University.

Point in Time Centre for Children, Youth, and Families

Trillium Lakelands District School Board

Brock University