Women in Mind - A Conference on Women's Mental Health

Ottawa, Ontario
Friday, October-21-11



Pauline M. Maki, PhD is Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Maki’s research over the last 12 years has focused on women’s mental and cognitive health. Her brain imaging research led to novel insights into the neural targets of hormone therapy in postmenopausal women.  Dr. Maki is a member of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) Board of Trustees, the Chair Elect of the NAMS Research Affairs Committee, and the Director the NAMS Mentorship Program. She has numerous publications on hormones and cognitive function, won a number of NIH awards for her research and service, serves on executive committees for several women’s health advisory boards, and is a frequent international and national speaker on women’s cognitive health.  

Dr. Maki serves as the Chair of the Neurocognitive Working Group of the Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS). In this role she directs the largest study of neurocognition in women with HIV to date; approximately 1,000 HIV-infected women and 600 controls participate in that longitudinal neurocognitive study. Dr. Maki’s particular scientific interests are in the role of genetics and sex-specific risk factors for cognitive impairment, including menopause and sex steroid hormones. She is the PI on two NIH-funded neuroimaging studies examining the impact of HIV and drug use on verbal memory and related neural systems. In other HIV-related service activities, she serves on the Executive Committee Member and Leader of HIV and Aging Emphasis Group, Chicago Developmental Center for AIDS Research.


Dennis Raphael, PhD   
Dennis Raphael, PhD is a professor of health policy at the School of Health Policy and Management at York University.  Currently he is working on the social determinants of the incidence and management of Type II diabetes in vulnerable communities and the impacts of globalization on the health of Canadians. Dr. Raphael is the editor of Social Determinants of Health: Canadian Perspectives (2009, 2nd edition) and Health Promotion and Quality of Life in Canada: Essential Readings (2010); co-editor of Staying Alive: Critical Perspectives on Health, Illness, and Health Care (2010, 2nd edition); and the author of About Canada: Health and Illness (2010) and Poverty and Policy in Canada (2007).  He is co-author of Social Determinants of Health: The Canadian Facts which is a primer for the public on these issues. It is available for free downloading at http://thecanadianfacts.org/.

Charmaine C. Williams Associate Dean
Academic Associate Professor Factor-Inwentash Chair in Social Work Health and Mental Health Associate Professor (status only), Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto Cross-listed faculty, Women and Gender Studies Institute, Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto.
Charmaine C. Williams is the Associate Dean Academic of Social Work and the Factor-Inwentash Chair in Health and Mental Health. Her research bridges practice and access and equity issues that affect access to primary health care for racial minority women, HIV prevention in the Black communities, and individual and family experience of living with serious and persistent mental illnesses. The majority of her practice experience has been in the mental health care system where she worked in inpatient and outpatient services, providing interventions for individuals, families and groups. 


Dr. Catherine Shea
Dr. Catherine Shea is Chair for the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Dept of Psychiatry, and an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa. She is a staff geriatric psychiatrist at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre and Director of Day Hospital and Rural Outreach for the geriatric psychiatry program. Her interests include undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, the teaching of community/rural geriatric psychiatry to all learners, collaboration in shared mental health care models with family physicians and staff in Long Term Care Homes, models of care for complex, frail elderly patients, and systems of remuneration for academic physicians. Dr. Shea completed medical school and a psychiatry residency at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and clinical fellowships in Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa and in regulatory affairs at the Therapeutic Product Division of Health Canada, CNS Division.

Cláudio N Soares
Claudio N Soares, MD, PhD, FRCPC is an Associate Professor in the Depts. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences and Obstetrics & Gynecology at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, where he is also the Academic Head of the Mood Disorders Division and Director of the Women’s Health Concerns Clinic (WHCC) at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. Dr. Soares is a psychiatrist who earned his medical degree (1989), completed his residency training (1994) and later earned his PhD in Psychoneuroendocrinology (1998) from the University of Sao Paulo Medical School, in Brazil. During his tenure at the University of Sao Paulo, Dr. Soares implemented the first outpatient clinic in Brazil that was exclusively devoted to clinical, research and educational activities in women’s mental health. His postdoctoral fellowship in Perinatal and Reproductive Psychiatry was completed in 2001 at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard Medical School (HMS). He continued to work as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at HMS and Director of Research of the Perinatal and Reproductive Psychiatry group at MGH until joining McMaster University in 2005. Dr. Soares’ research career has been focused on mood and anxiety disturbances across the female reproductive life cycle (e.g., premenstrual events, pregnancy/ postpartum, menopausal transition). His primary research focus has been on the relative contribution of changes/fluctuations in gonadal steroids for the development of female-specific psychiatric disorders (i.e., ‘windows of vulnerability’) and the development of hormonal and non-hormonal treatment strategies for depression and other complaints during the menopausal transition. His most recent research is focused on immune and psychiatric disturbances among female immigrants and their offspring. Dr. Soares is a sought after educator and speaker both nationally and internationally. He is a member of various psychiatric and menopause-related medical societies (APA, CCNP, NAMS) and recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology (NASPOG) Award, and 3 National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) awards. He has written extensively in the areas of mood disorders and women’s mental health, with more than 140 publications (peer-reviewed manuscripts, books, book chapters and abstracts). His articles are published in Archives of General Psychiatry, Journal of Affective Disorders, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry and Menopause, to name a few. He serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Archives of Women’s Mental Health and is member of the Editorial Board the Menopause (the North American Menopause Society – NAMS - official journal). From 2006 to 2009, he contributed as Associate Editor for the Journal Watch Women’s Health – from the publishers of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Dr. Valerie Taylor
Dr. Valerie Taylor is an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at McMaster University, where she also heads the Mood Disorders Somatic Health Program. She is Director of the Bariatric Surgery Psychiatry Program. She obtained an Honours degree in Biology/Biochemistry at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where she also attended medical school. She completed her FRCPC training in psychiatry at McMaster University in 2004, a 2-year post-doctoral research fellowship in Mood Disorders with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences in 2006, a clinical Investigator 4-year fellowship in 2007 and a PhD in medical science in 2008.  Dr. Taylor is involved in clinical and research work looking at the associations between addiction, obesity and mental health. Her current focus is on mechanisms of medication induced weight gain and cardiovascular disease and obesity in patients with chronic mental illness. She has also integrated mental health research with a variety of different medical sub-specialties.

Dr. Jasmine Gandhi, MD, FRCP(C)
  Clinical Lead for Ottawa Regional Perinatal Mental Health Program, The Ottawa Hospital, Head of Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Department of Psychiatry, Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa

Dr. Gandhi is a staff psychiatrist at The Ottawa Hospital and head of Interpersonal Psychotherapy training at the University of Ottawa.  She established the Ottawa Maternal Wellness Clinic in 2007 to address the mental health needs of pregnant and postpartum women in the capital region.  Currently, she is working with Echo: Improving Women’s Health in Ontario to develop provincial recommendations for postpartum depression as well as with the Champlain Maternal Newborn Regional Program to develop a perinatal mental health plan for the LHIN.  She trains medical and allied healthcare learners in Women’s Mental Health from the student to the fellowship level.  Her areas of research include knowledge translation and program evaluation in perinatal mental health.


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