Dr. MyraPiat, PhD
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

Recovery, mental health, consumer perspective, participatory research, housing, peer support, caregivers, qualitative methodology, evaluation services, homelessness and mental illness

Douglas Mental Health University Institute
6875 LaSalle Blvd
H4H 1R3
514-761-6131 ext. 2521


As well as having earned a doctorate in social work from the Université Laval in 1997, Dr. Piat has over 20 years of experience in social services in the public and community sectors, both as a practitioner and as an administrator. Her research focuses on two major areas: housing for persons with serious mental illness and recovery from serious mental illness. Research in the area of housing includes studies on consumer housing preferences, client satisfaction, and the role of non-professional caregivers. Current research on recovery includes studies of the meaning of recovery for different stakeholders across Canada, the role of housing in recovery, and peer support. She has also been instrumental in developing a partnership with the Yale University Program on Recovery and Community Health. She is currently leading a Montreal-wide effort to implement a recovery centre for mental health providers. A consumer’s website, www.crrg-gcrr.ca, was created to broadcast information on mental health recovery and ongoing research on recovery. Her priority is to develop research that is pertinent and that will ultimately help improve services for this vulnerable population. Dr. Piat’s research program aims at furthering knowledge regarding: • our understanding of recovery and how it is being implemented in services; • current and future housing for persons with psychiatric disabilities; • the consumer’s point of view on services, specifically on housing and employment; • new and innovative peer support programs; • homelessness and mental illness.

Undergraduate: BSW, McGill University
Graduate: MSW, McGill University

Graduate: PhD in Social Work, Laval University

Member of the Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health (CJCMH)
Peer Evaluator, Canadian Journal of Nursing Research

Peer Evaluator, Psychiatric Services

Piat M, Sabetti J, Bloom D. The transformation of mental health services to a recovery-oriented system of care: Canadian decision maker perspectives. International Journal of Social Psychiatry 2010:1-10.

Fleury M-J, Piat M, Grenier G, Bamvita J-M, Boyer R, Lesage A, Tremblay J. Factors associated with adequacy of help for consumers with severe mental disorders. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research (accepted for publication)

Larue C, Piat M, Racine H, Ménard G, Goulet M-H. The nursing decision making process in seclusion episodes in a psychiatric facility. Issues in Mental Health Nursing. 2010;31:208-215.

Piat M, Sabetti J. The development of a recovery-oriented mental health system in Canada: what the experience of Commonwealth countries tells us. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health. 2009;28(2):17-33.

Pelletier J-F, Piat M, Côté S, Dorvil H. Hébergement, logement et rétablissement en santé mentale : Pourquoi et comment faire évoluer les pratiques? Québec: Presse de l'Université du Québec, collection Problèmes sociaux et interventions sociales; 2009.

Piat M, Barker J, Goering P. Happenings: A major Canadian initiative to address mental health and homelessness. The Canadian Journal of Nursing Research. 2009;41(2):79-82.

Piat M, Sabetti J, Bloom, D. The importance of medication in consumer definitions of recovery from serious mental illness: a qualitative study. Issues in Mental Health Nursing. 2009;30:482-490.

Piat M, Sabetti J, Couture A, Provencher H, Sylvestre J, Botschner RJ. What does recovery mean for me?: perspectives of Canadian mental health consumers. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. 2009;32(3):585-593.

Piat M, Boyer R, Lesage A, Dorvil H, Couture A, Bloom D. Housing for persons with serious mental illness: consumer and service provider preferences. Psychiatric Services. 2008;59(9):1011-1017.

Piat M, Sabetti J, Couture A. Do consumers use the word “recovery?” Psychiatric Services. 2008;59(4):446-447.