Leena is the Research Manager for two global mental health projects, helping to coordinate research and knowledge dissemination activities. The first, MAC-FI, is a randomized controlled trial that aims to improve depression care in adults in Vietnam through a low-cost community-based supported self-management intervention. The second, IRIS-DSV, aims to identify barriers and drivers to the implementation and scale-up of that intervention. Leena also coordinates planning of the CARMHA Research Seminars.
Prior to CARMHA, Leena was at the University of British Columbia (2010-2017) Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, the School of Nursing, and most recently the GF Strong Rehabilitation Research Lab, where she was responsible for overseeing research activities, operational duties including finances, and provided leadership to a team of research staff and trainees.
Leena received her MSc in Population and Public Health and her BA in Psychology from UBC. She will be pursuing her PhD studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU in September 2019. Her current research interests include global mental health, mental health service delivery and policy, and the social determinants of health.