The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, recently announced the appointment of Dr. Sherry Stewart to the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) Board of Directors for a three-year term.
"Dr. Stewart's professional background on substance abuse will greatly contribute to the Centre’s mandate of providing objective, evidence-based information and advice to help reduce the health, social and economic harms associated with substance abuse and addictions,” said Minister Clement. "With 20 years' experience in academic research and teaching, her expertise will be of enormous value to the centre."
Dr. Stewart is a Killam Research Professor and CIHR Investigator in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at Dalhousie. She is internationally respected for her research on psychological factors contributing to addictive disorders, mental illness and addictions. Dr. Stewart has published several clinical trials of novel approaches for the treatment and prevention of substance abuse and co-occurring mental health problems. She has received over $10 million to support her addictions and mental health research from granting agencies worldwide. She is also past coordinator of the Doctoral Training Program in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie.
Dr. Stewart has devoted much of her time and knowledge to the research of addictions and substance abuse in relation to cognitive behavior, having written and co-written more than 600 pieces of academic literature on the subject. A registered clinical psychologist, she holds a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from McGill University. Dr. Stewart is presently lending her expertise to the University of British Columbia as a visiting professor.
The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse is Canada’s national addictions agency and is supported by Health Canada through the National Anti-Drug Strategy.
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