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U of R’s R. Nicholas Carleton honoured as Canadian Academy of Health Sciences 2020 Fellow

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: September 18, 2020 8:00 a.m.

Dr. Carleton has been accepted as a 2020 Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences for his leadership to improve the mental health of Canadian PSP.
Dr. Carleton has been accepted as a 2020 Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences for his leadership to improve the mental health of Canadian PSP. Photo: U of R Photography

Dr. R. Nicholas Carleton has made it his life’s work to understand human response to trauma and the development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as he helps, alongside colleagues at the University of Regina, across Canada, and around the word, improve the mental health and resiliency of Public Safety Personnel (PSP) who work every day to help people in distress.

As a professor of psychology at the University of Regina and Scientific Director for the U of R’s Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT), Carleton has been working tirelessly to connect PSP leaders across Canada, researchers, and policy-makers to develop and mobilize the knowledge needed to better support PSP mental health.

Today, Carleton is being honoured for his work as a leader in Canadian health sciences with one of the highest accolades granted to scholars in Canada. He has been accepted as a 2020 Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS), an association of Canada’s top-ranked scientists and scholars in health sciences. CAHS Fellows play a vital role in developing actionable solutions to the urgent health concerns of Canadians by providing independent, objective, strategic, and evidence-based analyses to inform public policy development. 

“I am extremely humbled to be elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences,” says Carleton. “I will work diligently to honour the Fellowship and to support the mental health of our more than 325,000 currently serving Canadian Public Safety Personnel.”

Carleton’s ability to move from classroom to clinic and from meetings with ministers to meetings with PSP families is a challenging practice he’s developed over years of hard work and dedication.

“As the Scientific Director of CIPSRT and an independent scholar, Dr. Carleton provides an abundance of experience, knowledge, and leadership to advance the synthesis of evidence-based research in support of Public Safety Personnel throughout Canada,” says Dr. Nicholas Jones, Interim Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, and Executive Director of CIPSRT. “His passion for and dedication to addressing the mental health challenges experienced by Public Safety Personnel - as a result of performing their duties in service of Canadians - is unsurpassed.  His ability to bridge the worlds of academe, our government leaders, and the community we serve has resulted in the dissemination of research to those on the front lines - those for whom the research matters.”

Unprecedented at the time, Carleton’s research was cited as evidence in the 2018 Canadian federal budget to support a $30M investment made by the Federal Government to create the CIPSRT and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) consortium. The consortium provides national and international leadership in PSP mental health, mobilizing knowledge into action to support PSP, their families, and their community.

“Dr. Carleton’s decades of rigorous academic work and dedication to improving the lives and mental well-being of public safety personnel is unparalleled,” says Dr. Kathy McNutt, Vice-President of Research at the University of Regina. “His tangible, groundbreaking research accomplishments and collaborative manner make him an ideal recipient of this Fellowship and an invaluable professor, leader, researcher, and mentor to students at the University of Regina.” 

Carleton’s acceptance into the CAHS follows closely on the heels of his induction into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, just over one year ago. 

“The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences Fellowship will provide me with tremendous opportunities to learn from health scientists who have improved the well-being of Canadians,” says Carleton. “In doing so, I hope to help further improve PSP mental health as a professor and through my collaborative efforts with CIPSRT.”

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