Heather Bullock, a Health Policy PhD student studying the best ways to embed mental health policy into daily practice across the different layers of Canada’s social system, has been awarded a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation doctoral scholarship.
The prestigious award, one of 15 given nationally, is worth $60,000 for each of three years.
“Mental health presents the greatest disability burden on the planet,” Bullock says. “ People with mental health problems encounter many societal barriers often stemming from stigma and discrimination that can affect their ability to participate as full members of society.”
She says the scholarship will enable her to conduct international field work that would otherwise have been severely reduced, and allow her to gain a richer understanding of health policy supports.
Bullock, who is supervised by John Lavis, is McMaster’s third Trudeau scholar since the scholarships were established in 2003, and the second in two years from the Health Policy PhD program. Last year Avram Denburg also received the award for his research into developing a decision-making framework about public funding for new drugs to treat childhood cancers in Canada.