Mental Health Research - early identification, prevention & treatment

Welcome to the Mathison Centre

The Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education is a centre dedicated to advancing research and education on early identification, treatment and prevention of mental illness. The centre is located at the University of Calgary and is based on a close partnership between the  Hotchkiss Brain Institute and the Department of Psychiatry. The roles of the centre include the following:

  • Funding and supporting international researchers of tomorrow
  • Providing a hub for mental health research at the University of Calgary
  • Coordinating ‘state of the art’ learning events
  • Promoting and sharing research findings

Our Centre works closely with academic and community partners in Calgary, across the country and internationally to foster research and innovation to advance the mental health across the lifespan with particular focus on children, youth and emerging adults

Dr. Iliana Ortega

Researchers study impact of COVID-19 on youth mental health

With the restrictions and uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, many students experience added stress on top of already high levels of academic anxiety. A new study led by Dr. Paul Arnold, MD, PhD, and Dr. Iliana Ortega, MD, and their research team from The Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education is investigating the mental health impact of COVID-19 on youth who are particularly vulnerable.

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COVID study school kids

Study finds students are more stressed about isolating than the pandemic.

A team of Mathison Centre researchers are pursuing a year-long study to find out how school aged kids (ages 12-18) are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. Initial results investigating everything from resiliency to their mental health found that while most students in Calgary and Edmonton are coping with the stresses of COVID-19, about half fear the social isolation resulting from quarantine protocols more than the health impacts of the pandemic.

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UCalgary announces $10M gift to create Hopewell M.I.N.D. Prize

Local philanthropist hopes donation will lead to groundbreaking discoveries in brain and mental health...

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Med school commits to further advance reconciliation and healing with Indigenous Peoples

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Mindfulness meditation in brief daily doses can reduce negative mental health impact of COVID-19

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