Deena Hamza

Deena Hamza is a PhD Researcher in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.

Her research centres on addictions, specifically investigating the impact of early prevention and intervention programmes in youth and their subsequent mental wellness outcomes. Currently, she is part of a school-based universal prevention and selective intervention programme (also known as SBIRT – Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) operating in 10 public schools in Red Deer, Alberta. This programme screens youth in Grades 6-12 on five dimensions of mental wellness: depression (including suicidality), anxiety, substance use, quality of life and self-esteem. At-risk youth are presented with the opportunity to participate in guided online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) programmes, with referrals to more acute care provided. In addition, she is investigating the epidemiological factors associated with substance use across the lifespan.

In her early career, Deena has published two significant manuscripts on alcohol use disorder treatment, and is the recipient of the 2015 Dr Hassan Azim Award for Excellence in Clinical Research in Psychiatry. Deena is also part of a team of researchers in Alberta determining the mental health needs of women during and after pregnancy, along with developmental and mental health outcomes of their growing infant. She works specifically with women with high risk pregnancies who are inpatients at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women in Edmonton. Further, she is investigating the mental health and service needs of men and women seeking treatment for fertility challenges.

Published: 16 June 2015

Last updated: 15 October 2016

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