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Dr. Rachel Kronick

Rachel Kronick, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Psychosocial aspects of disease

Child and adolescent psychiatry, Cultural psychiatry, Ethnography, Immigrants and refugees, Mental Health, Migration policies and practices, Participatory action research
  • Principal Investigator, Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research
  • Assistant Professor, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University
  • Child psychiatrist and Co-Director of Outpatient Child Psychiatry Services, Jewish General Hospital

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Dr. Rachel Kronick is a researcher and child psychiatrist and co-director of Outpatient Child Psychiatry Services at the Jewish General Hospital and child consultant with the Cultural Consultation Service. She completed her residency training at as well as her masters in Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill University. Her clinical and research Fellowship in child and youth psychiatry was based at the University of Toronto and focused on trauma, homelessness and refugeed families.

Her primary research is on the social determinants of mental health for refugee, asylum-seeking and precarious migrant children and families, with a specific focus on migration policies and practices in Canada. She has held 5 Tri-Agency grants as PI since 2018, with her most recent work focusing on preventative community- and school-based ecosocial interventions for refugee claimant and newcomer families. Her current CIHR and SSHRC research-to-policy projects address the present public health crisis of mass arrivals of asylum seekers with the resultant need for temporary accommodation sites in Ontario and Québec and the stressful context this creates for children and families during the first months after arrival Canada. Her research uses qualitative and mixed-methods methodologies including critical Ethnography and Participatory Action Research.

Major Research Activities

The specific research areas in the laboratory include:

  • Refugee and refugee claimant mental health
  • Child and family mental health and wellbeing
  • Immigration detention
  • Immigration policy
  • Social determinants of health
  • Arts-based methods
  • Participatory Action Research
  • Ethnography

Recent Publications and References