Chair & Awards
1. Canada Research Chair in Perinatal Community Health
Dr. Dennis currently (2007-2012) holds a Canada Research Chair in Perinatal Community Health.
The Canada Research Chairs program stands at the centre of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world’s top countries in research and development. The Canada Research Chairs program invests $300 million per year “to attract and retain some of the world’s most accomplished and promising minds”. In 2007, Dr. Dennis was nominated by the University of Toronto and awarded a Canada Research Chair in Perinatal Community Health. This chair is for 5 years and can be renewed for another 5 years.
2. Shirley Brown Chair in Women’s Mental Health Research
Dr. Dennis currently (2011-2016) holds the Shirley Brown Chair in Women’s Mental Health Research.
The Shirley Brown Chair in Women’s Mental Health Research is based at the Women’s College Research Institute. This research chair was established in collaboration with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and the University of Toronto is designed to foster women’s health research efforts at its three founding institutions and provide a focal point for advocacy on women’s mental health issues. The Chair was created by a dynamic community-based fundraising compaign honouring a young lawyer who succumbed to severe depression. It helps bring research disciplines together to explore issues that address both the biological and social aspects of women’s mental health, creating networks that sustain a holistic program of women’s mental health research. This chair is for 5 years and can be renewed for another 5 years.
3. Other Notable Awards and Distinctions
- Canadian Who’s Who (2009) – Listed Biographee
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) (2005-2010) – New Investigator Award $300,000
- Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (2003-2008) – Career Scientist Award $300,000
- CIHR and National Health and Research Development Program (NHRDP) (2000-2002) – Postdoctoral Fellowship Award $80,000