Research & Publications
Gerald is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health (PRCH). He recently received his PhD from the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. His doctoral research used multiple methods to explore how young people experience positive change/growth following a first episode of psychosis, as well as predictors/perceived facilitators of such change. As a Postdoctoral Fellow, he is exploring ways that persons with mental illness give back to others and society at large, and predictors/perceived facilitators and barriers to giving back. He is funded by grants received from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Fonds de Recherche Santé - Quebec.
His interests include disability studies; neurodiversity; mad pride; serious mental health problems; psychosis; youth mental health; ultra-high risk states; recovery; posttraumatic growth, benefit-finding, thriving, stress-related growth; environmental/social factors which foster resilience; coping; social support; subjective experiences; remission; functioning; cannabis use; pathways to care; social determinants of health; cultural determinants of mental health; cultural competence among service providers; service implementation and evaluation; peer support; spiritual emergency; stigma, prejudice and discrimination; portrayals of mental health problems in video games; indigenous mental health; service-user engagement; political participation, civic engagement, activism and civil disobedience.
Education & Training
- PhDMcGill University, Psychiatry (2018)
- MAMcGill University, Educational Psychology (2011)
- BAConcordia University (2007)