Farah Mawani

Dr. Farah Mawani is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Human and Social Development at the University of Victoria; and affiliate scientist, MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, Unity Health Toronto. She is a community-engaged scholar who focuses on systemic racism and discrimination as drivers of global, national, and local social and mental health inequities. She specializes in social epidemiology, implementation science, and global, national, and local social and health equity solutions. Her global research is shaped by years of experience leading community-based participatory research while embedded in applied research, policy, community, and clinical environments, combined with insight from her lived experience of migrating to Canada from Kenya. Farah applies a life course approach to designing, implementing, and evaluating program and policy interventions to promote mental health, prevent mental illness, and support recovery among racialized immigrant and refugee children and youth, their families, and their communities. She has adapted her research program to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly widening social and mental health inequities.