New funding will support research exploring impact of COVID-19 on mental health

James MacKillop

Dr. James MacKillop

HRI Senior Scientist, Dr. James MacKillop, has received $491,000 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for a study that will examine the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and substance use.

Dr. MacKillop is one of 16 researchers from McMaster University to be granted funding that will help Canada understand the impacts of COVID-19 on various aspects of healthcare – from diagnostics and therapeutics to patient management and mental well-being.

The funding is part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Rapid Research Funding Opportunity, which aims to mobilize science to address the health challenges of the current global pandemic. 139 projects have been supported across the country, for a total of $109 million.

Dr. MacKillop is currently running a long-term study investigating patterns of change in mental health and substance use over time among a cohort of adults. Recently he added a new stream of data collection to explore changes following the legalization of cannabis. He will now add additional data collection to this study to see how COVID-19 impacts both mental wellness and substance use over a one-year period.

Click here to read the announcement from McMaster University outlining all COVID-19-related projects funded through the CIHR grants.

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