Mental Health Research - early identification, prevention & treatment

COVID-19 Updates

The situation regarding the COVID-19 virus is constantly evolving and many of us find ourselves thrust into life and work situations that we have not previously encountered.  We are all learning new ways to function in our daily lives as this pandemic continues to unfold.

We have compiled a list of links to various supports that you may find useful during these challenging times.

The University has a webpage that is full of updates on the latest news information, links on where to find practical supports and mental health supports.

Alberta Health Services has put out a list of community resource partners that people can reach out to for supports during this time. 

We hope that you will find these resources helpful.  If you have suggestions of information you would like to see here, please send an email to Danica (

Other Helpful Links

Links to helpful articles:

"Coronavirus: 5 tips for navigating children's screen time during social distancing"

"How to Cope with Anxiety about Coronavirus (COVID-19)"

"Mental Health tips for working from home"

"How to talk to your kids about coronavirus"

"How to cope with loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic"

"What are coronavirus scams?"  and how to protect yourself

Webinar Link:  "The impact of COVID-19 on post-secondary education students, staff and faculty."

For our University Staff & Students:

How to set up a Zoom account  :  Go to and click on the "Sign In" button.  Use your standard U of C login credentials.  This will automagically add you to the Zoom account.

How to successfully work and learn from home:  University of Calgary article

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

Director photo

Dr. Paul Arnold, Director, Mathison Centre For Mental Health Research & Education

Message from the Director

In Canada today, 1.2 million children and adolescents are affected by mental illness and 75 per cent of mental illnesses in adults begin before the age of 24. This reality has a profound impact on communities, families and people with lived experience. The Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education is leading research into mental illness across the lifespan with a focus on the mental health of children, youth and emerging adults.

As Director, I am excited to be leading our researchers and community partners in research that will revolutionize the early identification, treatment and prevention of mental illness.

We are the centre that serve as a collaborative hub for mental health research at the University of Calgary. With membership from six faculties within the university, we lead and provide a unifying direction for mental health research under the university’s Brain and Mental Health research strategy.



Upcoming Events

Mathison in the News

Mathison & Owerko Centres lead research at the Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health

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Mathison Centre tackles complexity of youth-to-adult mental health transition

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Rajamannar Ramasubbu:  UToday, University of Calgary “UCalgary research leads to life-changing improvement for some people living with depression”

Paul Arnold & Valerie Taylor:  Calgary Herald feature "Stewards of city of Calgary's Mental Health Strategy"

Chad Bousman:  Global News video Story "Pharmacogenetics research support for children and adolescents"

Gabrielle Wilcox: Conversation Canada article on providing teachers with training to support students with mental health challenges can prevent classroom violence.  

Sheri Madigan:  CTV News article on preschoolers and screen time and Psychiatry Advisor article on excess screen time among toddlers.

In the News

Is it rare to be awarded the trifecta of research grants – CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC – all in one year? You betcha. And Dr. Jeff Dunn has done it!

This noteworthy achievement will greatly influence his ability to advance research studying oxygen levels in tissues, and how they relate to disease processes. ...

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Don't miss Neuro Nexus Demo Day November 30!

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Schizophrenia researcher inducted into Royal Society of Canada

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Med school prof named to Royal Society College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

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