Biography

Dr. Rahel Eynan is an Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University and a Scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute. 

Dr. Eynan received her BA in sociology from York University, an MA in sociology from Concordia University, and  a PhD in Medical Science from  the Institute of Medical Science at University of Toronto. She has worked at the Suicide Studies Research Unit with the Arthur Sommer Rotenberg Chair in Suicide Studies at St Michael’s Hospital  for 14 years before moving to London.  

Over the years she has been involved with multiple advocacy and programs in mental health Services. Dr. Eynan was the Research Chair of the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP),  the past President of the Ontario Association for Suicide Prevention (OASP), and for ten years held a Lieutenant Governor of Ontario appointment to the Board of Directors of the Ontario Mental Health Foundation (OMHF).

In 2009 together with the team from Trillium Health Centre she received the Sharing the Flame Award from the Canadian Council on Learning for the development and implementation of the Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training Program for employees at the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). 

Dr. Eynan has published over 40 articles in scientific journals, book chapters, co-edited and co-authored two books, and presented extensively at national and international conferences.   

Dr. Eynan has quantitative and qualitative research methodological expertise and her current research at Lawson Health Research Institute continues to focus on suicidal behaviour and suicide prevention.   

Professional and Academic Experience

  • 1992: Bachelor of Arts with Merit),  Sociology, York University
  • 1997: Magistrate in Arts, Sociology, Concordia University 
  • 2011: Doctor of Philosophy, Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto
  • 2012: Research Associate, Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University 
  • 2013: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University 
  • 2014- 2017: Research Chair, Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention
  • 2018: Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University   

Appointments

  • 2013 Adjunct Assistant Professor,  Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University 
  • 2018-Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University   

Research Interest Area 

Mental health and behavioural disorders
Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour