Dr. Chris Mushquash


Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Dalhousie University


Canada Research Chair Indigenous Mental Health

Associate VP Research Thunder Bay Regional Hospital

Associate Professor Lakehead University

Director Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research


Dr. Mushquash is a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Mental Health and Addiction, an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Lakehead University and the Division of Human Sciences at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, holds adjunct status in the Department of Health Sciences and the Department of Indigenous Learning at Lakehead University, and is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. He is also the Associate Vice President Research at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and Chief Scientist at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute.

He is the Director of the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research at Lakehead University. In addition to his academic appointments, Dr. Mushquash is a registered clinical psychologist providing assessment, intervention, and consultation services for First Nations children, adolescents, and adults at Dilico Anishinabek Family Care.

He completed his pre-doctoral residency in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba, specializing in rural and northern clinical practice and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Dalhousie University in 2011. 

In 2017, Dr. Mushquash was inducted in the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. He is currently the vice-chair of the Institute Advisory Board for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health.  Dr. Mushquash also serves as a board member for the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) and the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

Dr. Mushquash is Ojibway and a member of Pays Plat First Nation.