Lal, Shalini


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Shalini Lal

Theme: Health Innovation and Evaluation Hub
514 343-6111, ext. 29924

Principal Scientist

Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation, Faculté de Médecine, Université de Montréal


Mental health services; eMental health; qualitative, participatory, and mixed methods research; mental health recovery, well-being, and resilience.

Research interests

Improving access and quality of youth mental health interventions and services:

  • Development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative models to increase access to mental health care for youth and their families
  • Leveraging information and communication technologies to support and augment the delivery of mental health care to youth and their families
  • Knowledge translation and implementation science 
  • Mental health policy and mental health service delivery 
  • Understanding the impact of services on youth resilience, recovery, and service engagement based on patient and family perspectives
  • Program evaluation, stakeholder engagement, and participatory research leveraging qualitative, quantitative, arts and technology-based methods

Shalini Lal is involved in research projects with collaborations in Canada, India, and Australia, and is one of the Principal Leads of ACCESS-Canada, a pan-Canadian network that is implementing and evaluating service transformation in youth mental health in 12 sites across Canada. This network was recently funded by CIHR ($25 million over five years).


Associate Researcher, Douglas Mental Health University Institute