Post-traumatic Stress Injuries among Public Safety Personnel – Catalyst Grants


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The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has funded 22 projects through the Catalyst Grants in Post-Traumatic Stress Injuries (PSTI) among Public Safety Personnel competition. The grants are designed to support research projects focused on understanding, identifying, mitigating and/or preventing PTSI and adverse mental health outcomes among public safety occupations.

Note: The project titles are provided in the language in which they were submitted by the researcher.

Researcher Research Institution Project
Greg Anderson Justice Institute of British Columbia (New Westminster, BC) Development and validation of a mental health screening tool for public safety professionals
Alain F. Brunet Douglas Hospital Research Centre (Québec) Standard vs. enhanced reconsolidation therapy for public safety personnel: a pilot study
Dr. R. Nicholas Carleton University of Regina Evaluating critical incident management and peer-support programs for public safety personnel
Dr. R. Nicholas Carleton University of Regina Pan-Canadian public safety personnel: ongoing knowledge translation and strategic development
Nicola Cherry University of Alberta Mental ill-health in firefighters deployed to the Fort McMurray fire
Steve Geoffrion Centre de recherche Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal Psychological first aid for emergency medical technicians to prevent post-traumatic Stress injuries after exposure to a traumatic event: can it work?
Dianne L. Groll Queen's University  Understanding the prevalence of mental health disorders in provincial correctional officers - a national study
Stéphane Guay Centre de recherche de l'Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal A smartphone ecological momentary assessment 'app' for collecting real-time data on post-traumatic stress injuries in firefighters
Simon Hatcher Ottawa Hospital Research Institute Suicide among public safety personnel compared to the general population in Ontario: a case-control study.
Ji Hyun Ko University of Manitoba Do cognitive behavioral therapy skills classes increase a resiliency-related brain connectivity pattern to post-traumatic stress disorder?
Joy C. MacDermid University of Western Ontario Cross-jurisdiction and contextual evaluations of mental health resiliency training in firefighters
David C. Malloy University of Regina Compromised conscience: towards managing moral injuries in public safety personnel
Michelle C. McCarron Saskatchewan Health (Regina) Research 101 for public safety personnel: Course development and pilot testing
Meghan McConnell University of Ottawa Unpacking the sociocultural characteristics of operational stress injury among paramedics: a mixed methods approach
Margaret McKinnon, McMaster University A randomized control trial examining the treatment efficacy of a novel approach to cognitive remediation in public safety personnel with post traumatic stress disorder and co-morbid conditions
Sandra Moll McMaster University "e-Ami": Co-designing a mobile health approach to PTSI prevention and peer support with Ontario public safety personnel
Janine V. Olthuis University of New Brunswick (Fredericton) Firefighters accessing care for trauma: a clinical case series testing the efficacy of distance-delivered narrative exposure therapy in reducing PTSD symptoms
Rose Ricciardelli Memorial University of Newfoundland Understanding the impact of prison work on the mental health of correctional officers employed by Correctional Services Canada: beginning a longitudinal study
Rose Ricciardelli Memorial University of Newfoundland An interdisciplinary and mixed method analysis of the Correctional Services Canada Academy's 13-week Correctional Personnel Training program: building a 'toolbox' for correctional officer mental health and occupational success by identifying ways to optimize the impact of training for public safety personnel
Kathryn E. Sinden Lakehead University (Thunder Bay, Ontario) Identifying the impact of formal and informal critical incident interventions on firefighters' exposure to post-traumatic stress injury in a Northwestern Ontario fire service
Eliana Suarez Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario) Mapping resilience pathways and preferences for help-seeking among police forces in the context of post-traumatic stress injuries: A community engaged research project in Ontario
Akshya Vasudev Lawson Health Research Institute (London, Ontario) The SKIP study: Sudarshan Kriya Yoga In Post-traumatic stress injury (SKIP), an randomized control trial for public safety personnel

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