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Mental Health Impact Studentships spark collaborative work in First-Responder and ER settings

Updated: Oct 20, 2023

Mental Health Research Canada (MHRC) and the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) are excited to announce two Saskatchewan-based Mental Health Impact Studentship recipients for the winter of 2023.

Mental Health Impact Studentships provide funding to support students through a 6-month research project on mental health that is co-supervised by both an academic supervisor and a community-based supervisor.

In total, SHRF has contributed $30,000 to this winter's Mental Health Impact Studentships.


Alexandria Pavelich | University of Saskatchewan | $15,000 Understanding If and How Therapy Dog-Handler Teams Benefit Emergency Department Patients with Mental Health Concerns

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Coatlicue Sierra Rose | University of Regina | $15,000 The Cultural Humility Immersive Assessment (CHIA) Project: Extended Reality, Intercultural Communication, and the Future of Healthcare in the Metaverse

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The Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) is the provincial funding agency that funds, supports and promotes the impact of health research that matters to Saskatchewan. SHRF collaborates with stakeholders to contribute to the growth of a high-performing health system, culture of innovation and the improved health of citizens by strengthening research capacity and competitiveness, increasing the investment in health research in Saskatchewan and aligning research with the needs of our stakeholders.

Mental Health Research Canada (MHRC) is an innovative national charitable organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians by advancing mental health knowledge in an unique but important way: they ensure the fulsome engagement of people with lived experience throughout the entire research process. MHRC prides themselves on being nimble, collaborative, forward-looking and committed to excellence in all that they do.

For more information about the Mental Health Impact Studentships with Mental Health Research Canada visit MHRC's website or contact Karen Tilsley, SHRF's Director of Programs and Partnerships at

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