The Team

The project is led by a Steering Committee consisting of  (in alphabetical order) Dr. David Este, Dr. Kenneth Fung, Dr. Sepali Guruge, Dr. Daniel Lai, Dr. Kwame McKenzie, Dr. Marina Morrow, Dr. Souraya Sidani and Dr. Josephine Wong.

The research team also includes co-investigators from the three provinces who represent key stakeholders including, researchers, clinicians, educators, immigrant men and women, family and community members, mental health, social and settlement service providers, and policymakers. Team members represent several disciplines: nursing, psychiatry, mental health, addictions, gender studies, social work, health equity, sociology, psychology, and criminology.

Together, the team has a history of engagement in men and boy’s health, immigrant’s health, mental health/ illness, and share a perspective that supports a gender and diversity-based approach to research.

The team (in alphabetic order)

Amy Bender (Co-Investigator)  Kwame McKenzie (Co-Principal Investigator)
Stephanie Bryson (Co-Investigator) Marina Morrow (Co-Principal Investigator)
Naila Butt (Co-Investigator) Sridhar Pendakur (Co-Investigator)
David Este (Co-Principal Investigator) Yogendra Shakya (Co-Investigator)
Kenneth P Fung (Co-Principal Investigator) Souraya Sidani (Co-Principal Investigator)
Sepali Guruge (Nominated PI) Shireen Surood (Co-Investigator)
Daniel Lai (Co-Principal Investigator) Lana Wells (Co-investigator)
Rod Lal (Co-Investigator) Josephine Wong (Co-Principal Investigator)
Jamie Livingston (Co-Investigator) Miu Chung Yan (Co-investigator)


Community Partner Agencies

Community agencies knowledgeable about, and interested in, reducing stigma of mental illness among Asian Communities in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver will join as Community Partner Agencies. They will provide support to the research team in project implementation, community engagement and in raising community awareness about addressing the stigma of mental illness.

Toronto, Ontario  Calgary, Alberta Vancouver, British Columbia
Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services Calgary Chinese Community Services Association Mosaic
Across boundaries Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens’ Association Philippine Women’s Centre
Asian Initiative in Mental Health Center for Newcomers Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS))
Bangladeshi-Canadian Community Services (BCS) Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
Hong Fook Immigrant Services Calgary Moving Forward Family Services
KCWA Family and Social Services Philippine Cultural Center Foundation of Calgary 
Punjabi Community Health Services
Social Services Network
Vasantham Tamil senior’s wellness center
Vietnamese Association, Toronto
Vietnamese Women’s Association of Toronto Family Services
Yee Hong center for Geriatric care


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