MINDS Core Team

Arlene MacDougall

Director of Research and Innovation Parkwood Institute Research - Mental Health

Dr. Arlene MacDougall is an accomplished psychiatrist, researcher, educator and academic health care leader. As a visionary global health systems leader, she has led the development of transformative systems initiatives for mental health. She has authored over 30 publications and has been recognized as a global Young Physician Leader by the InterAcademy Partnership. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to now invest and leverage her knowledge, expertise and networks into supporting GCC grantees and their innovations to lift off.

Nicole Snake

Administrative Assistant

Nicole provides administrative assistance for the Director of Research at the Department of Psychiatry at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University and Director of Research and Innovation for Mental Health at St. Joseph's Health Care London and Parkwood Institute Research. She serves as the primary contact for research activities/scheduling and assists on special events such as Research Day, the PIR-Mental Health: Research Imaginarium Series, and assists with booking research space. Nicole provides technical and logistical support for multiple projects within the Research department.

Renee Hunt

MINDS Coordinator

Renee is passionate and accomplished researcher whose interests have lived broadly in the realm of overall general health and well-being, with an emphasis on mental health especially as it relates to positive psychological practices and patterns of interpersonal behaviour. She was most recently a Mitacs Elevate Program Postdoctoral Fellow, Western University and graduated with her PhD in Social Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier in 2018.

Melissa Taylor-Gates

Innovation & Evaluation Manager

Melissa believes foremost in empathy and compassion for those in the world around us. Her work centralizes around power inequality and authentic communication. She strive to foster safe spaces where people can learn from and care for each other in a holistic way. Outside her work, she is a storyteller, archer, tea-lover, feminist, writer, and gamer.

Lily Yosieph

Youth Research Assistant

Lily is a Youth Research Assistant at MINDS. Prior to joining the MINDS team, she was a founding member of the Youth Mental Health and Addictions Council, which began in 2016 under the Transition Age Project. As of 2019, YMHAC has been under the stewardship of MINDS, which led to Lily becoming one of the new co-facilitators with Alec Cook. Lily admires the transdisciplinary approach to solving complex mental health system challenges within the MINDS lab; outside of work, she enjoys catching up on quality time with friends and family.

Abe Oudshoorn


Abe is Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and the Department of Psychiatry at Western University. Abe is passionate about using research for system change to ensure those experiencing health and social challenges are adequately supported and stably housed. The MINDS project is a wonderful opportunity to re-think how we respond to youth mental health in London. Outside of his academic work, Abe enjoys swimming, biking, and running as well is time with the family in the outdoors.

Richard Booth


Richard Booth is an associate professor at the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing (Western University) and a clinician researcher with an active research program exploring health informatics, human-technical relationships, and psychiatric-mental health nursing. Richard enjoys the collaboration and energy brought by MINDS, especially related to the area of how innovation can be used to support mental well-being and health of youth. Along with his teaching and research responsibilities, Richard is an avid angler and will happily find any excuse use his charcoal barbeque in the rain, snow, or sun.


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