World-mental-health-dayGlobal Mental Health is concerned with equity in mental health—through addressing the social determinants of health and illness and ensuring access to appropriate and effective services for all.

The Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill has a very active research and training program in the areas of global mental health in partnership with low- and middle-income countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as work with displaced populations, refugees, and indigenous peoples..

We have monthly talks and a film series as well as an annual summer program in social and cultural psychiatry offering courses and workshops for graduate students and health professionals from Canada and abroad. Videos from past Advanced Study Institutes are available online.

All featured articles, editorials and videos are by researchers at McGill and their collaborators.



Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry

Global Mental Health

Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research

Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre
Transcultural Psychiatry (Official journal of the World Psychiatric Association, Section on Transcultural Psychiatry)

Social Media

Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry

Film Series in Cultural Psychiatry


Kirmayer, L. J., Guzder, J. & Rousseau, C. (Eds.) (2014). Cultural Consultation: Encountering the Other in Mental Health Care New York: Springer.

Kirmayer, L. J., Lemelson, R., & Cummings, C. A. (Eds.). (2015). Re-Visioning Psychiatry: Cultural Phenomenology, Critical Neuroscience, and Global Mental Health. Cambridge University Press.

Lewis-Fernández, R., Aggarwal, N. K., Hinton, L., Hinton, D. E., & Kirmayer, L. J. (Eds.). (2015). DSM-5® Handbook on the Cultural Formulation Interview. American Psychiatric Pub.

 Book Chapters

Kirmayer, L.J. & Swartz, L. (2013). Culture and global mental health. V. Patel, M. Prince, A. Cohen, & H. Minas (Eds.) Global Mental Health: Principles and Practice (pp. 44-67), Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Kirmayer, L.J. (2014). Wrestling with the angels of history: Memory, symptom, and intervention. In: A. Hinton & D. Hinton (eds.) Genocide and Mass Violence: Memory, Symptom, and Recovery (pp. 388-420). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Kirmayer, L.J. (2014). Medicines of the imagination: Cultural phenomenology, medical pluralism and the persistence of mind-body dualism. In: H. Naraindas, J. Quack, & W. S. (Eds.) Asymmetrical Conversations: Contestations, Circumventions and the Blurring of Therapeutic Boundaries (pp. 26-55). Oxford: Berghahn Books.

Pedersen, D. (2015). Reflections: Social inequalities and mental health outcomes – Toward a new architecture for global mental health. In L. J. Kirmayer, R. Lemelson  & C. A. Cummings (Eds.), Re-visioning psychiatry: Cultural Phenomenology, Critical Neuroscience and Global Mental Health (pp. 613-622). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Pedersen, D. (2015). Rethinking trauma as a global challenge. In M. Schouler-Ocak (Editor). Trauma and Migration – Cultural Factors in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Traumatized Immigrants (pp. 3-32). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Pedersen, D. & Kienzler, H. (2015). Exploring pathways of distress and mental disorders: The case of Quechua-speaking populations in the Peruvian Andes. In D. Hinton & B. Good (Eds.) Culture and PTSD (pp. 240-274). New York: Cornell University Press.

Pedersen, D. & Kienzler, H. (2014). Mental health and illness outcomes in civilian populations exposed to armed conflict and war. (Chapter) In S. Okpaku (Ed.) Essentials of Global Mental Health. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 307-315.

Ruiz-Casares, M., Guzder, J., Rousseau, C., & Kirmayer, L.J. (2014). Cultural roots of well-being and resilience in child mental health. In: Ben Arieh, A., Frones, I. Casas, F. & Korbin, J. (Eds.) Handbook of Child Well-Being (pp. 2379-2407), New York: Springer.

Kirmayer, L. J. (2015). Mindfulness in cultural context. Transcultural Psychiatry, 52(4), 447-469.

Kirmayer, L. J. (2015). The health and well‐being of Indigenous youth. Acta Paediatrica, 104(1), 2-4.

Kirmayer, L. J., Gone, J. P., & Moses, J. (2014). Rethinking historical trauma. Transcultural psychiatry, 51(3), 299-319.

Kirmayer, L. J., & Pedersen, D. (2014). Toward a new architecture for global mental health. Transcultural Psychiatry, 51(6), 759-776.

Adeponle, A. B., Groleau, D., & Kirmayer, L. J. (2015). Clinician Reasoning in the Use of Cultural Formulation to Resolve Uncertainty in the Diagnosis of Psychosis. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry, 39(1), 16-42.

Cloninger, C. R., Salvador-Carulla, L., Kirmayer, L. J., Schwartz, M. A., Appleyard, J., Goodwin, N., … & Rawaf, S. (2015). A time for action on health inequities: foundations of the 2014 Geneva declaration on person-and people-centered integrated health care for all. International Journal of Person Centered Medicine, 4(2), 69-89.

Gureje, O., Oladeji, B. D., Araya, R., Montgomery, A. A., Kola, L., Kirmayer, L., … & Groleau, D. (2015). Expanding care for perinatal women with depression (EXPONATE): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial of an intervention package for perinatal depression in primary care. BMC psychiatry, 15(1), 136.

Kirmayer, L. J., & Crafa, D. (2014). What kind of science for psychiatry? Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8.

Kronick, R., & Rousseau, C. (2015). Rights, Compassion and Invisible Children: A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Parliamentary Debates on the Mandatory Detention of Migrant Children in Canada. Journal of Refugee Studies, fev2015.

Measham, T., Guzder, J., Rousseau, C., Pacione, L., Blais-McPherson, M., & Nadeau, L. (2014). Refugee Children and Their Families: Supporting Psychological Well-Being and Positive Adaptation Following Migration. Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care, 44(7), 208-215.

Pedersen, D. (2014). Vertical trauma-focussed interventions vs. broader horizontal psychosocial interventions. Intervention: Journal of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Conflict Affected Areas, 12 (2): 278-282.

Rousseau, C., Guzder, J., Santhanam-Martin, R., & de la Aldea, E. (2014). Trauma, culture, and clinical work: The “House of Stories” as a pedagogical approach to transcultural training. Traumatology, 20(3), 191.

Rousseau, C., Jamil, U., Bhui, K., & Boudjarane, M. (2015). Consequences of 9/11 and the war on terror on children’s and young adult’s mental health: a systematic review of the past 10 years. Clinical Child psychology and Psychiatry, 20(2), 173-193.

Ruiz-Casares, M., Kolyn, L., Sullivan, R., & Rousseau, C. (2015). Parenting adolescents from ethno-cultural backgrounds: A scan of community-based programs in Canada for the promotion of adolescent mental health. Children and Youth Services Review, 53, 10-16.

Ruiz-Casares, M. (2014). Global Mental Health: Advancing Culturally Responsive Mental Health Research. Transcultural Psychiatry, 51(6), 1-16.

Sapkota, R.P., Gurung, D., Neupane, D., Shah, S., Kienzler, H. & Kirmayer, L.J. (2014). A village possessed by “witches”: A mixed-methods, case-control study of possession and common mental disorders in Nepal. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, 38(4): 642-668.

Whitley, R. (2015). Global Mental Health: concepts, conflicts and controversies. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 24(04), 285-291.

Re-Visioning Psychiatry
2012 Advanced Study Institute: Global Mental Health

with Vikram Patel, Derek Summerfield, Kwame McKenzie, Gilles Bibeau , Joop de Jong, Suman Fernando, Charles Watters, Geoffrey Walcott, William Sax and Rachel Tribe

2013 Advanced Study Institute: Mindfulness in Cultural Context

with Robert Sharf, Geoffrey Samuel, Anne Carolyn Klein, Lauren Leve, Chikako Ozawa-de Silva, Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Harvey Aronson

2014 Advanced Study Institute: The Politics of Diversity

with Uzma Jamil, , Daniel Weinstock, Natacha Premand, Ghayda Hassan, Abdelwahed Mekki-Berrada, Morton Weinfeld, Sushrut Jadhav,