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Arlene MacDougall PhD
Arlene MacDougall
Assistant Professor (clinician-researcher)

Dr. Arlene MacDougall is an Assistant Professor (clinician-researcher) with the Departments of Psychiatry and Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. She is the Director of Research and Innovation at Parkwood Institute Mental Health at St. Joseph’s Health Care London. Her main areas of research have been recovery-oriented interventions for people with serious mental illness and global mental health. She is studying the use of mindfulness meditation and participatory video interventions to promote recovery among youth with early psychosis. She is also leading the CREATE project in Kenya that involves the use of social businesses and an accompanying psychosocial rehabilitation toolkit to create meaningful employment, promote social inclusion, and support the overall functioning and recovery of people living with serious mental illness in low resource settings.

More recently, Dr. MacDougall has become involved in developing and leading trans-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder educational and research initiatives that apply social innovation approaches for tackling complex mental health system challenges both locally and globally.

She has worked as a consultant psychiatrist in specialized early psychosis intervention programs and in primary care settings as part of a collaborative care model.

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