Srividya Iyer

Interim Scientific Director

As a researcher and a service provider, Srividya is interested in youth mental health and early intervention, including for serious mental illnesses such as psychosis, in Canada and beyond. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. She is a Researcher at the Douglas Hospital Research Centre and a psychologist at the Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychosis (PEPP) in Montreal. Srividya is currently supported by a CIHR New Investigator Salary Award, and earlier received a salary award from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS). She is the recipient of several awards including the Principal’s Prize for Outstanding Emerging Researchers and the Maude Abbott Prize for outstanding research accomplishments. In 2017, she was selected as a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Srividya is the Scientific-Clinical Director of ACCESS Open Minds, a national network funded as CIHR’s first Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research initiative that seeks to positively transform youth mental health services and outcomes in Canada. In this role, she provides leadership to the development, execution and evaluation of a transformation of youth mental health services at 14 sites in six provinces and one territory. These sites serve urban, semi-urban, rural, Indigenous, immigrant, ethnic minority and homeless youths, university students, and youths under state protection and youths involved in the criminal justice system. She also co-leads ACCESS Open Minds’ research, training and knowledge translation (KT) strategy and its vibrant collaboration of 200+ youths, families, service providers, researchers, policymakers and Indigenous communities from all over Canada.

Srividya is part of FRAYME’s key leadership team. Her ACCESS Open Minds and FRAYME roles build on her earlier experience coordinating one of Canada’s leading clinical and research program for early psychosis, PEPP. It also forms the core of her larger program of youth mental health research that is funded by CIHR, National Institutes of Health (USA) and National Institutes of Health Research (UK). For over a decade, Srividya has also been actively involved in mental health capacity building and research projects in India, particularly in Kashmir, Chennai and Delhi. In all aspects of her work, Srividya works closely with multiple stakeholders, particularly youth and families with lived experience.

As a psychologist, Srividya gained assessment and treatment experience in India, in the United States, and in Canada. Her specific clinical interests are in building sustainable, collaborative capacity within community contexts; the design and delivery of mental health services and early intervention strategies; cognitive-behavioral therapy; mindfulness-based approaches; clinical supervision and program leadership. She is also passionate about the mental health care of disadvantaged communities.

Srividya completed her Master’s in Clinical Psychology at the University of Mumbai, India and went on to work in Mumbai as the sole psychologist in one of the world’s busiest public hospitals. She then pursued her doctoral training in psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and University of California, Los Angeles, and her post-doctoral training at the Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychosis (PEPP) at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute.