Board of Directors

North America

Laurence Kirmayer

Laurence Kirmayer

Laurence Kirmayer

Laurence J. Kirmayer, MD, FRCPC, FCAHS, FRSC is James McGill Professor and Director, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University. He is Editor-in-Chief of Transcultural Psychiatry, a Senior Investigator at the Lady Davis Institute, and Director of the Culture & Mental Health Research Unit at the Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry, Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, where he conducts research on culturally responsive mental health services, the mental health of Indigenous peoples, the integration of culture in global mental health, and the anthropology and philosophy of psychiatry. He founded and directs the annual McGill Summer Program in Social and Cultural Psychiatry (www.mcgill.ca/tcpsych). In Canada, he founded the national Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research (www.namhr.ca), the Cultural Consultation Service (www.mcgill.ca/ccs), and the Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre (www.mmhrc.ca). His publications include over 300 articles and book chapters as well as the co-edited volumes, Understanding Trauma: Integrating Biological, Clinical and Cultural Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 2007), Healing Traditions: The Mental Health of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada (University of British Columbia Press, 2008), Cultural Consultation: Encountering the Other in Mental Health Care (Springer, 201); Re-Visioning Psychiatry: Cultural Phenomenology, Critical Neuroscience, and Global Mental Health (Cambridge, 2015). He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the Royal Society of Canada.