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Dr. Alyson Mahar receives Colonel Russell Mann Military Family Health Research Award

Congratulations to Dr. Alyson Mahar, recipient of the 2017 Colonel Russell Mann Military Family Health Research Award! 

Each year, the Vanier Institute of the Family recognizes high-quality Canadian research that increases our understanding of military and Veteran family health with the Colonel Russell Mann Military Family Health Research Award, delivered annually at Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) Forum events.

Dr. Mahar was recognized at Forum 2017 as the lead author of the study A Comparison of Mental Health Services Use in Older Dependants and Spouses of Service Personnel in the Canadian Armed Forces to Age and Sex Matched Civilian Comparison Cohort. Dr. Mahar, who recently completed her PhD in the department of Public Health Sciences, worked closely with Dr. Alice Aiken while she was at Queen's University.

This study investigates mental health service use among military-connected families, and helps fill a knowledge gap resulting from the fact that there had previously been no population-based Canadian data describing patterns of mental health services use in older dependants and spouses of active service personnel in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). Dr. Mahar and her team found that these dependants and spouses are indeed accessing mental health services in the public system (though less so than their civilian counterparts), and these services may be used differently than in the civilian population.

Learn more about this study and others featured at CIMVHR by reading the Forum 2017 abstract compendium.