Enhancing patient care through innovation and research

We do more than simply deliver outstanding care

Through our partnership with the Homewood Research Institute we also help raise the bar in mental health treatment by creating new ways of helping people. We are refining existing practices, inventing new approaches and documenting the effectiveness of novel tactics—all in the pursuit of better results for our patients and clients.


The Homewood Research Institute

The Homewood Research Institute (HRI) is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to improve the outcomes of mental health and addictions treatments by partnering in research that enhances practice. HRI facilitates the development of networks that enable top researchers to collaborate with patients, clients, worksites, clinicians, and donors in work that advances both science and practice. Homewood Health is HRI’s primary practice partner in this enterprise, which aims to continually improve outcomes at Homewood and around the world.

Our focus will be on the immediate application of research into practice for the benefit of patients.

- Dr. Ron Schlegel,Chair, Homewood Research Institute

Improving outcomes and practice

HRI is particularly focused on improving outcomes and practice in the areas of addictions, concurrent treatment, post-traumatic stress and return to work. Homewood Health staff who work with our patients and clients are involved in planning and conducting studies to ensure they are relevant to improving practice and outcomes.

HRI Collaborating Scientists

The HRI team is connected to a network of university research programs including the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging at the University of Waterloo. Additionally, the Research Ethics Board oversees all research practices at Homewood to ensure that our research meets the highest standards for ethics, sensitivity, inclusivity and respect.

Paul Frewen, PhD, C Psych

Assistant Professor, Western University, Research Scientist, Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Science, School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, Lawson Health Research Institute, University of Western Ontario and London Health Sciences Centre

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Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and Director PTSD Research Unit, Western University
Harris-Woodman Chair in Mind-Body Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University

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James MacKillop, PhD

Peter Boris Chair in Addictions Research, Director of the Boris Centre for Addictions Research, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University

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Margaret C. McKinnon, PhD, C Psych.

Associate Co-Chair, Research and Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University
Clinical Neuropsychologist, Mood Disorders Program and Academic Head, Research, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Division of St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton

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Donald Meichenbaum, PhD

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo
Research Director, Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention, Florida

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