The invited speaker for the event is Dr Srividya Iyer, Psychologist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. She is also an Associate Member in McGill’s School of Population and Global Health and a Researcher at the Douglas Research Centre in Montreal, Canada. Her work focuses on youth mental health and early intervention, including for serious mental health problems such as psychosis. She seeks to ensure that more young people have timely access to high-quality, youth-friendly mental healthcare and enjoy well-being and social and economic participation.
Srividya partners with youth, families and communities to influence practice and policy in Canada and globally. She leads ACCESS Open Minds, a pan-Canadian network of 250+ diverse stakeholders serving urban, rural, Indigenous, post-secondary and homeless youths at 16 sites. Srividya has also been involved in various mental health capacity building and research projects globally, particularly in India, where she was born and obtained her initial training. Srividya has received numerous awards and was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists and named on the inaugural list of Canadian Women leaders in Global Health. She is the Vice President of the International Association for Youth Mental Health.