UBC research leads the way to more effective mental-health treatments

September 23, 2022

CANADA, September 22 - Sexuality and Well-being (SWell) Laboratory                                    

Sexual dysfunction, which includes distressing problems with desire, arousal, orgasm and pain, is among the most prevalent of all psychiatric disorders and affects between 28% and 40% of women and 18% to 30% of men in Canada. The SWell lab aims to identify novel cognitive and emotional mechanisms associated with the onset and persistence of sexual dysfunction. These factors will inform the development of psychologically based empirically supported interventions. SWell lab trainees will gain access to one-of-a-kind psychophysiology and observation research infrastructure. In the long term, health-care providers in B.C. will have better capacity to assess and treat sexual dysfunction.

The BC Knowledge Development Fund awarded $238,819 to the project.

Canada research chair in person-centred care in addictions and public health 

The research program is in the multidisciplinary and multi-level area of public health and addictions, focusing on innovation in treatments for opioid-use disorder. The goal of the research program is to inform the development of programs that best meet the unique needs of each client in order to optimize health outcomes. The project will build an advanced data infrastructure that will enable performing this dynamic research.

By extending and embedding person-centred addiction research capacity, B.C.’s capabilities are strengthened in conducting interdisciplinary research in this field that leads to effective policy development.

The BC Knowledge Development Fund awarded $125,000 to the project.

Persistent symptoms after concussion: Psychological mechanisms and treatment        

How people cope with headaches, fatigue, forgetfulness and other symptoms after concussion powerfully influences their recovery. The Coping with Neurological Symptoms (CNS) Lab studies why people often cope in counterproductive ways, how their beliefs and actions affect their brain health symptoms, and what psychological treatments can help. The funded infrastructure will enable the CNS Lab to directly measure brain activity and leverage telehealth technology. CNS Lab discoveries can improve daily functioning and quality of life in Canadians who sustain a concussion or who otherwise experience brain-health symptoms that are not fully explained by neurological disease.

The BC Knowledge Development Fund awarded $125,000 to the project.

A programmatic data platform for bio-eco-social population-level research on child and youth mental health in B.C.  

The funded infrastructure will help to build a programmatic child development data platform in B.C. This data platform will:

  • develop a programmatic child development data platform that will support a rich research program on the well-being of B.C.’s children and youth; and
  • develop metadata and documentation for high-quality research in population-level child and youth data throughout B.C.

This approach will facilitate innovative, cost-effective, timely and high-quality collaborative research that will serve as a springboard to improving collective understanding of the mental health of children and youth in B.C.

The BC Knowledge Development Fund awarded $80,000 to the project.