Shalini LAL

Shalini LAL


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Associate Professor School of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal

Research Chair

Chairholder Chaire de recherche du Canada sur l'innovation et les technologies pour les services de soins de santé mentale pour les jeunes / Canada Research Chair in Innovation and Technology for Youth Mental Health Services

Other Affiliation

Associate Researcher Douglas Mental Health University Institute

Research Interests

Improving access and quality of youth mental health interventions and services: 

  • Development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative models to increase access to mental health care for youth and their families 
  • Leveraging information and communication technologies to support and augment the delivery of mental health care to youth and their families 
  • Knowledge translation and implementation science 
  • Mental health policy and mental health service delivery 
  • Understanding the impact of services on youth resilience, recovery, and service engagement based on patient and family perspectives 
  • Program evaluation, stakeholder engagement, and participatory research leveraging qualitative, quantitative, arts and technology-based methods 

Shalini Lal's research program focuses on youth mental health, services, and technology. Her research is supported by a prestigious Canada Research Chair in Innovation and Technology for Youth Mental Health Services, and previous to that by New Investigator Salary Awards from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Quebec’s Health Research Funding Agency (FRQS). Her research aims to improve mental health service delivery using peer-based, psychosocial, lifestyle/wellness, and artistic approaches. She also conducts research on the impact of services on youth mental health, the process of recovery, the development of resilience, and service engagement. Mixed-methods research, leveraging qualitative and participatory methods are used in her work. 

Shalini Lal is involved in research projects with collaborations in Canada, India, and Australia, and is one of the Principal Leads of ACCESS-Canada, a pan-Canadian network that is implementing and evaluating service transformation in youth mental health in 14 sites across Canada. This network was funded by CIHR’s Strategy in Patient Oriented Research (SPOR Network) ($25 million over five years). 

She is also the principal investigator of PRISM-ACCESS Open Minds (Rapid Internet-based self-referral pathway to youth mental health services) funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Graham Boeckh Foundation, and Horyzons-Canada, originally funded through the U.S.-based Brain and Behaviour Foundation.

Health innovation and evaluation hub

This research theme was born out of the desire to make the CHUM a learning, teaching and communicating hospital and to help achieve sustainable development goals related to individual and population health issues. Research at the HUB is therefore multidisciplinary and cross-cutting. Teams con…

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