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Vice President Research & Academics

In August 2017, Dr. Nathan Kolla joined Waypoint as the incoming Vice President Research & Academics. Dr. Kolla’s appointments include as a psychiatrist, a Clinician-Scientist at CAMH, and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. We are delighted to have Dr. Kolla on board to help direct, develop and promote the important
research done at Waypoint. Details about his research interests can be found here.


Waypoint’s previous Vice President Research & Academics, Dr. Howard Barbaree, retired in December 2016. During his six years in the role, Dr. Barbaree forged many partnerships and increased research capacity by expanding the research team. Thanks to Dr. Barbaree the research strategic plan includes a critical component on implementing evidence-based practices
to help improve patient outcomes. Dr. Barbaree continues to be involved with research at Waypoint and maintains his academic appointment at the University of Toronto, Department of Psychiatry.

Waypoint Research Institute 5th Annual Conference, May 16-17, 2017

As in previous years, this year’s conference on Implementing Evidence-Based Practice in Mental Health and Addictions was
a great success. The conference served as an excellent venue to explore ideas on how to best bridge the gap between what mental health and addictions researchers know and what is actually done in practice and policy. Our two keynote speakers, Nicolas Watters, Mental Health Commission of Canada, and Nadine Wathen, Western University, truly inspired. Watch our video interviews to hear their insights on Knowledge Translation, Hints for Students, and Research and Policy.


The day before the conference, two workshops engaged participants to discuss and share First Nation community
challenges. We are thankful for generous funding from SSHRC and CIHR, as well as support from Janssen, Healthtech,
Sysco, and the University of Toronto. Please take a look at our Conference Report 
for more detail about this year’s
conference and our goals for our 2018 Conference.


SAVE THE DATE: Next year’s conference will be held May 15-16, 2018, with a preconference workshop on May 14.


Canada 150

Waypoint’s salute to Canada’s 150th birthday!

A video series showcasing the social history of a psychiatric hospital in small town Ontario,stigma to compassion.


Sneak a peek at our preview!


Thanks to funding from a SSHRC Canada 150 grant, Waypoint Research & Academics is delighted to have had the
opportunity to develop a series of videos that tell the story of the impact of Waypoint on mental health over the past 150
years. Our own Laura Ball is the lead on this project, working with two talented university students, Gary Bold
(York University) and Rachel Gerow (Yorkville University)
. This project builds on the comprehensive Remembering Oak
project that was developed by Jen Bazar, who held a post-doctoral fellowship at Waypoint. Important for this Canada
150 initiative is to build a better understanding of mental illness and how it can affect our lives, and to help eliminate stigma
and increase compassion. The videos will be showcased in the fall of 2017 at Waypoint’s Annual Gala Fundraiser, Mental
Health in Motion, Annual General Meeting, and other events.

The full series will be posted here soon!




SSHRC Connection Grant, April 2017; Waypoint Research Institute 5th Annual Conference: Implementing Evidence-Based Practices in Mental Health and Addictions; H. Barbaree PI, L. Ball, Co-applicant.

SSHRC Connecting for Canada’s 150 Grant, April 2017; Social history of a psychiatric hospital in small town Ontario through visual ethnography, from stigma to compassion; K. Askland PI, L. Ball, Co-applicant.

CIHR Planning & Dissemination Grant, May 2017; Building Synergy in Research: Symposium on Sharing Electronic Health Records among Psychiatric Hospitals; S. Riahi (Ontario Shores), K. McCleary (Waypoint), Applicants; L. Ball (Waypoint), I. Fischler, C. McGregor, M. Wasdell (Ontario Shores), Co-applicants.

CIHR Planning & Dissemination Grant, May 2017; Waypoint Research Institute 5th Annual Conference: Implementing Evidence-Based Practices in Mental Health and Addictions; H. Barbaree PI, L. Ball Co-applicant.

WorkSafe BC Innovation at Work, July 2017; PTSD and Help-Seeking among Psychiatric Workers: Workplace Factors and Barriers to Support; Z. Hilton (Waypoint) PI, M. Seto (The Royal) Co-lead.

Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, August 2017; Tobacco Intervention Implementation Site; L. Adams, PI; M. Forget,
D. O’Connor, Co-applicants.


Research & Academics Newsletter

R&A Vol 2 Issue 4

The Newest Edition of Research & Academics News is now available.


Click on the image or HERE to access the full version.