Sean Kidd (PI) is a clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor with the University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry. He is a clinician scientist in the CAMH complex mental illness program and is the Psychologist in Chief at CAMH. The focus of Dr. Kidd's career has been upon marginality and service enhancement. The populations of focus, often overlapping, are homeless youth and individuals with severe mental illness. Specific domains of contribution include his publishing landmark papers in qualitative methods in psychology, international recognition for his research into youth homelessness with his being one of the most published scholars in that area, and his extensive work in developing and testing psychiatric rehabilitation interventions and examining social inclusion amongst marginalized populations.
Dr. Kwame McKenzie is CEO of the Wellesley Institute. He is an international expert on the social causes of mental illness, suicide and the development of effective, equitable health systems. As a physician, psychiatrist, researcher and policy advisor, Dr. McKenzie has worked to identify the causes of mental illness and in cross-cultural health for over two decades. He is an active, funded researcher of social, community, clinical and policy issues and has nearly 200 academic publications including four books. Dr. McKenzie has set up award winning services. He sees patients and trains clinicians and researchers as well as developing health policy for governments. He has international experience in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and United States. After completing his medical training at the University of Southampton, Dr. McKenzie undertook psychiatric training at the Maudlsey Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry, UK and Harvard University, US. In addition to joining the Wellesley Institute as CEO in March, 2014, Dr. McKenzie is Medical Director responsible for Dual Diagnosis, Child Youth and Family and Geriatric services and Director Health Equity at CAMH. He is a full Professor and the Co-Director of the Division of Equity Gender and Population in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. Dr. McKenzie is President of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Toronto, sits on the Board of the United Way Toronto and had a role in the development of the Mental Health Strategy for Canada.