About the Author: Dr. Bianca Lauria-Horner
Dr. Lauria-Horner obtained her medical degree from the “Université de Montréal” Montreal Quebec. She held a private practice in Lower Sackville Nova Scotia for 13 years, and subsequently joined the Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1999 where she currently holds an academic position as Associate Professor. In 2011 she took on the role as the Primary Mental Healthcare Education Leader for the Department of Psychiatry. In addition, in 2004, concurrent to her role at Dalhousie, she was appointed as the Officer in Charge of the Occupational Health and Safety Unit for the Atlantic Region Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
She is the technical expert in Mental Health in Primary Care, lead in the development of in-service Primary Mental Health Training Program, and co-lead in Curriculum Development initiatives for Formal Psychiatry Training Programs in Guyana. Some of her accomplishments include: co-directing a Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) project which entailed enhancing psychiatry research capacity in Cuba in keeping with International Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines, supervising two national research projects—evaluating the feasibility of implementing a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy intervention tailored specifically for busy family physicians and evaluating effective methods of enhancing primary care physicians’ skills in the management of major depressive disorder ; directing the design and delivery of a national web-based training initiative in support of law enforcement first responders, such as police, sheriffs, and correctional officers when dealing with, and responding to Emotionally Disturbed Persons (EDPs); and writing a series of school resources Healthy Mind Healthy Body which help students talk about mental health. Healthy Mind Healthy Body series have been approved by the Nova Scotia Department of Education for use as part of the Healthy Living curriculum; English and French Program Services. Dr. Lauria-Horner has trained a number of Department of Education stakeholders such as teachers, school administers, and counselors in the school delivery of Healthy Mind Healthy Body resources. Her main area of interests includes teaching, design and evaluation of community based mental health programs.