Understanding the impact and pathways of intergenerational trauma and resiliency on the mental health and wellness of First Nations peoples in Canada

Last modified by Andrew Tomayer on 2019/03/18 13:44

The health and wellness of Indigenous peoples in Canada continue to be impacted by the intergenerational consequences of harmful government policies, such as the Residential School system. Our work uses population data to examine the link between residential schools with current day mental health and resiliency among First Nations peoples in Canada. 

IMHR2018155byMichelleValberg_High_Resolution.jpgDr. Robyn McQuaid

Dr. McQuaid is a Scientist in the Culture and Gender Research Unit at The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR), affiliated with the University of Ottawa. She is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa and in the Department of Neuroscience at Carleton University. Dr. McQuaid’s research examines the impacts of stress and trauma on mental health, exploring how adverse experiences interact with biological factors, such as genetics and inflammation, to promote or buffer against depression and suicide behaviors. One aspect of her research program examines the intergenerational impacts of trauma on current health and wellness and resiliency among First Nations peoples in Canada. This work is done together with Dr. Amy Bombay, professor at Dalhousie University.