The Applied Psychiatric Epidemiology Across the Lifecourse (APEAL) program of research examines a variety of long-term processes surrounding common mental disorders and their treatment, including suicidal behaviour. Our research has a particular focus on early developmental and environmental stressors, and the long-term outcomes of common mental disorders.

Our lab is currently running projects funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Norlien Foundation, the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute, and the SickKids Foundation.

More Stories from the Lab


The annual scientific symposium of the Canadian Academy of Psychiatric Epidemiology was held this year in beautiful Quebec City. This year’s conference focused on the use of administrative health data in psychiatric epidemiology research. With lab director Ian Colman on sabbatical in Oslo, APEAL lab sent…

Posted: September 24, 2019 at 9:04 am

Good neighbourhoods may mitigate effects of life stress

New research from APEAL lab suggests that neighbourhood social cohesion (i.e., sense of trust and shared responsibility within the neighbourhood) may protect adolescents from some of the known negative consequences of experiencing stressful events in childhood. The paper, authored by APEAL members Mila Kingsbury, Zahra…

Posted: September 24, 2019 at 9:03 am