...BARBARA BECKETTAssistant Director, Canadian Institutes of Health Research - INMHABarbara has been Assistant Director of the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA) at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) since October 2004.She
has helped to lead INMHA's response to the recent Standing Senate Committee
on Social Affairs, Science and Technology reports on mental health and addiction (the "Kirby report").She is a member of the Interdepartmental Task Force on Mental Health and Addiction, a federal government committee representing multiple government departments that is coordinating a response to the Kirby report.She
has been involved with a number of different INMHA research initiatives relating to mental health , Mental Health in the Workplace, Knowledge Translation in Mental Health, Research in Addictions, and Early Life Events.She
is responsible for INMHA partnerships with the Canadian not-for-profit sector and has worked closely with a number of NGOs in the area of mental health (e.g. Mood Disorders Society of Canada
, Schizophrenia Society of Canada
, Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre).
As the sister and mother of individuals with intellectual disabilities, she
has a personal interest in the subject of stigma and has experienced its effects first-hand.She
firmly believes that stigmatization and discrimination have to be acknowledged and discussed, and a plan developed to overcome them.This will only be successful if those with the best understanding of what stigma really means , consumers , are involved from the beginning. Barbara has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin.