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Dr. LaurenceJ.Kirmayer, MD,FRCPC
James McGill Professor


Cultural psychiatry
Psychiatric anthropology
Philosophy of psychiatry


Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry
1033 Pine Avenue West
Montreal
Quebec
H3A 1A1
514-398-7302
514-398-4370

laurence.kirmayer@mcgill.ca


Institute of Community & Family Psychiatry
4333 Cote-Ste-Catherine Rd.
Montreal
Quebec
H3T 1E4
514-340-7549
514-340-7503



Dr. Kirmayer is a James McGill Professor and the Director of the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. He is editor-in-chief of Transcultural Psychiatry (the official journal of the Section on Transcultural Psychiatry of the World Psychiatric Association) and directs the Culture and Mental Health Research Unit at the Department of Psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital, where he conducts research on mental health services for immigrants and refugees, the mental health of indigenous peoples, and the anthropology of psychiatry. He founded and directs the annual McGill Summer Program in Social and Cultural Psychiatry and the annual Advanced Study Institute in Cultural Psychiatry. He codirects the National Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research as well as the FRSQ Network on Suicide Strategic Group on Aboriginal Suicide. His past research includes studies on the development and evaluation of a cultural consultation service in mental health, pathways and barriers to mental health care for immigrants, somatization in primary care, cultural concepts of mental health and illness in Inuit communities, risk and protective factors for suicide among Inuit youth in Nunavik (northern Quebec), and resilience among indigenous peoples. Current projects include the refinement of the cultural formulation for DSM-V; an international consortium to study the effectiveness of cultural consultation; cross-national comparative study of models of mental health services for diverse populations; the development of an online multicultural mental health resource centre to improve the delivery of mental health services in primary care to culturally diverse populations; culturally-based, family-centred mental health promotion for Aboriginal youth in communities across Canada; analysis of Inuit mental health epidemiological surveys in Nunavik and Nunavut; the role of metaphor in ritual and sumbolic healing; and critical neuroscience perspectives on the interaction of mind, brain, and social world in psychiatry theory.


Undergraduate: McGill University
Medical School: McGill University

Residency: University of California, Davis


Canadian Psychiatric Association
American Psychiatric Association

World Psychiatric Association



Kirmayer LJ. Beyond the 'new cross-cultural psychiatry': cultural biology, discursive psychology and the ironies of globalization. Transcult Psychiatry. Mar 2006;43(1):126-144.

Kirmayer LJ. Empathy and alterity in cultural psychiatry. Ethos. 2008;36(4):457-474.

Kirmayer LJ. Psychotherapy and the cultural concept of the person. Transcult Psychiatry. Jun 2007;44(2):232-257.

Kirmayer LJ, Lemelson R, Barad M, eds. Understanding trauma: Integrating biological, clinical, and cultural perspectives. New York: Cambridge University Press; 2007.

Kirmayer LJ, Sartorius N. Cultural models and somatic syndromes. Psychosom Med. Dec 2007;69(9):832-840.

Kirmayer LJ, Weinfeld M, Burgos G, du Fort GG, Lasry JC, Young A. Use of health care services for psychological distress by immigrants in an urban multicultural milieu. Can J Psychiatry. May 2007;52(5):295-304.

Kirmayer LJ, Valaskakis GG, eds. Healing traditions: the mental health of aboriginal peoples in Canada. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press; 2008.

Seligman R, Kirmayer LJ. Dissociative experience and cultural neuroscience: narrative, metaphor and mechanism. Cult Med Psychiatry. Mar 2008;32(1):31-64.

Choudhury S, Kirmayer LJ. Cultural neuroscience and psychopathology: prospects for cultural psychiatry. Progress in Brain Research. 2009;178:261-281.

Mezzich JE, Caracci G, Fabrega H, Jr., Kirmayer LJ. Cultural formulation guidelines. Transcultural Psychiatry. 2009;46(3):383-405.