Marlene Moretti renews her Tier 1 Canada Research Chair

September 06, 2023

Psychology professor Marlene Moretti renewed her Tier 1 CRC (Canada Research Chair) in Youth Clinical Psychological Science. The CRC Program annually invests $311 million to draw in and retain a diverse group of exceptional researchers, bolstering the excellence of academic training and research within Canadian postsecondary institutions. 

Over the past decade, rates of mental health disorders in youth have been steadily rising, posing significant challenges to the well-being of individuals and communities.

Concurrently, there has been a surge in the need for emergency, inpatient, and outpatient services, reflecting the escalating demand for mental health support. These trends have been further intensified by the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has magnified mental health burdens faced by adolescents.

Recognizing the urgent need to address the factors contributing to adolescent mental health risks and resilience, Moretti has devoted her research career to shedding light on this critical area of study. Her work goes beyond understanding the causes and consequences of mental health disorders in youth; she is equally focused on translating research findings into tangible actions and solutions.

One of Moretti's primary objectives is to address the gaps that exist in the availability and accessibility of mental health services. She recognizes that effective interventions and treatments must not only be evidence-based but also reach those who need them most. To accomplish this, Moretti has cultivated extensive international community research networks, fostering collaborations among universities, government stakeholders, community leaders, and mental health service providers.

By nurturing these partnerships, Moretti aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and best practices, encouraging the development of innovative approaches to youth mental health care. Through her collaborative efforts, she hopes to bridge the gap between research and practice, ensuring that evidence-based interventions are effectively implemented and made widely accessible.