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Dr. Heather Stuart PhD
Dr. Heather Stuart
Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, Department of Psychiatry and the School of Rehabilitation Therapy
Bell Canada Chair Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research
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Heather Stuart is the Bell Canada Chair in Mental Health and Anti-stigma Research, the first ever in Canada, as well as a Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and the Department of Psychiatry and Rehabilitation Therapy. Dr. Stuart is also the Senior Consultant to the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Opening Minds, Anti-stigma initiative and the Chair of the World Psychiatric Association’s Stigma and Mental Health Scientific Section.

She has worked in both hospital and community based mental health treatment systems and with international agencies such as the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, and the World Psychiatric Association. Dr. Stuart is Co-founder and Co-chair of the Scientific Section on Stigma and Mental Disorders for the World Psychiatric Association and the Founding Editor of the International Federation of Psychiatric Epidemiology Bulletin.

In 2018, Dr. Stuart was named to the Order of Canada, and inducted as a Fellow in the Royal Society of Canada.  

She has a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Calgary and an MA in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario.


Dr. Stuart's main research interests are in the areas of psychiatric epidemiology and community mental health research. Dr. Stuart’s research program focuses on mental health services research with a specific focus on the stigmatization of mental illnesses. She has contributed to the peer reviewed scientific literature in the areas of mental health needs assessments; suicide and suicide prevention; stigma and stigma reduction; and workplace mental health and is the co-author of several books. Her most recent books deal with anti-stigma programming and human rights legislation.


EPID 832 Mental Health / Critical Inquiry


Dr. Stuarts publications are available on Pubmed.