About the editors
Akwatu Khenti, MA, is an assistant professor with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, and director of the Office of Transformative Global Health at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He is co-director of the Caribbean Institute on Alcoholism and Other Drug Problems at the University of the West Indies, and of the Drug Research Capacity Building Program (CAMH and the Inter-American Drug Control Commission, Organization of American States). He is former chair of the Working Group on Community Based Treatment for the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime TREATNET project. He is completing a PhD in health policy and equity at York University. In 2005, Akwatu was awarded the City of Toronto's William P. Hubbard Award for pioneering work in community development, human rights and public education. He won the Educational Excellence for Community Health Care Award from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine in 2007, and the Harry Jerome Award for Professional Excellence in 2010.
Jaime C. Sapag, MD, MPH, earned a Family Medicine Specialist (Adults mention) from the Universidad Católica de Chile, and a master's degree in public health from Harvard University. He is a special advisor and project co-ordinator in the Office of Transformative Global Health at CAMH, and a lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He is one of the founders and former directors of the Chilean Journal of Family Medicine. In 2011, he became a CIHR Fellow in Interdisciplinary Primary Health Care Research. Since 2008, Jaime's work has focused on strengthening mental health and addiction capacity worldwide, with emphasis on primary care in the Americas. He co-led two local CAMH initiatives: Mental Health and Addiction Capacity Building for Community Health Centres in Ontario (2009–2012) and Mental Health and Substance Use Anti-Stigma/Discrimination Intervention for Primary Health Care in Ontario (2010–2012). Jaime received the Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and is completing a PhD at the University of Toronto.
Sirad Mohamoud, MPH, is a senior policy advisor with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in Ontario. She has spent most of her career in the mental health field and has extensive experience in both government and not-for-profit organizations with a focus on program evaluation, public health, stakeholder engagement, policy development, knowledge transfer, health promotion, capacity building, strategic planning and program development. Sirad is the former project co-ordinator with the Office of International Health (now the Office of Transformative Global Health) at CAMH. In that capacity, she co-led development of this manual and managed CAMH's innovative education program designed to integrate mental health and addiction into primary health care. Sirad also provided leadership in the development of culturally adapted cognitive-behavioural therapy manuals for three enthocultural communities. At CAMH, she was primarily responsible for planning and delivering large-scale international health programs designed to promote knowledge transfer and apply best practices. She holds a master's degree in public health from the University of Waterloo.
Arun V. Ravindran, MBBS, MSc, PhD, FRCPC, FRCPsych, is a psychiatrist and clinical director in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program at CAMH. He is also a professor and director of Global Mental Health Affairs in the Department of Psychiatry, and a graduate faculty member in the Department of Psychology and Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto. He is a Fellow of the U.K. Royal College of Psychiatrists, a founding member of the Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations (an affiliated organization of the World Psychiatric Association) and chair of the South Asian Forum for Mental Health and Psychiatry International, Canadian chapter. He is a two-time recipient of the R.O. Jones Research Award from the Canadian Psychiatric Association and has published and presented extensively in the areas of psychopharmacology, psychological and alternative therapies and neuroimaging approaches in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders.