Lal, Shalini


Principal scientist

CHUM Research Centre

Research theme

Associate Professor
School of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal

Canada Research Chair in Innovation and Technology for Youth Mental Health Services

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Other affiliations

Associate Researcher
Douglas Mental Health University Institute


Youth mental health services; virtual care, telepsychiatry, digital mental health, e-mental health; review methodologies (e.g., rapid reviews, scoping reviews); knowledge translation and implementation science; mixed-methods, pilot, and feasibility studies; qualitative, participatory, arts-based methods; recovery, well-being, resilience.

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.


Selected publications

Publications indexed on ResearchGate