The Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre is a multidisciplinary team of professionals from different ethnocultural backgrounds from across Canada. Research Team members are responsible for the implementation, follow-up and daily activities related to the project.
Ana Gómez-Carrillo, MD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry of McGill University. She obtained her medical degree from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) and recently completed a psychiatry residency and specialized training as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist at the Charité University Hospital in Berlin (Germany). She spent the last two years working on an in-patient crisis and depression ward with perinatal mental health services, treating mood and somatoform disorders. During her fellowship, she is receiving subspecialty training in immigrant and refugee mental health. Dr. Gomez-Carrillo received funding from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for her doctorate research on depression as a risk factor for cerebrovascular disease. She then spent two years researching the processing of emotions in the primary visual cortex at the Visual Perception Lab of the Charité University Hospital. Her current research focuses on cultural adaptation of psychological interventions and culturally responsive web-based mental health resources. Dr. Gomez-Carrillo also takes a special interest in the philosophy and anthropology of psychiatry, specifically how integrative frameworks guide clinical assessments and interventions. Her work seeks to delineate the intersubjective nature of the diagnostic process and clarify the use of metaphors in the creation of illness narratives and meaning co-construction.
Fahimeh Mianji, PhD, Subject Matter Expert (SME), is a doctoral candidate in Social and Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill. Prior to her studies at McGill University, she obtained her PhD in Child Psychology in Iran. To fulfill the licensure requirements of the Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec (OPQ), she is currently re-specializing in Clinical Psychology and training as an Intern at the Argyle Institute and the Cultural Consultation Service at the Institute for Family and Community Psychiatry, Jewish General Hospital, in Montreal. To further develop her interest in global mental health research and policy, intervention, Fahimeh completed a two-year Doctoral Fellowship in Global Health Research Capacity Strengthening (a CIHR-funded Training Grant) and a research fellowship in Health and Social Policy at the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP). Pursuing her clinical and research interest in immigrants’ and refugees’ mental health care, she is the co-investigator of a research project on “Mental Health Care for Linguistic Minorities: Improving Access and Quality of Care for Farsi-speaking Newcomers in Quebec,” funded by the McGill Training and Retention of Health Professionals Project for the Health Care Access for Linguistic Minorities Network (HCALM-Network). This research aims to identify barriers to access and utilization of mental health care for Farsi-speaking newcomer immigrants and refugees in Quebec and to examine how access and utilization of mental health services can be improved for this demographic in Quebec.
Antonella Clerici, BA, is Coordinator for the Cultural Consultation Service (CCS), a service that provides links to community resources. It offers formal cultural psychiatric assessments and recommendations for treatment under the direction of Dr. G. Eric Jarvis, Department of Psychiatry, Jewish General Hospital. She is also the website manager and editor for the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University and the Culture and Mental Health Research Unit, Jewish General Hospital. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Concordia University.