UBC Psychology researcher Dr. Amori Mikami awarded the CIHR Project Grant Program

UBC Psychology Professor Dr. Amori Mikami received the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Fall 2023 Project Grant Program for her research titled “Cultural Considerations to Improve Treatment Engagement, Retention, and Satisfaction among Asian Canadian Families of Children with ADHD.”

“The goal is to better understand (and ultimately, break down) barriers to equitable health care. I am incredibly grateful to CIHR, and to our ADHD Family Advisory Board, for making this study possible.”
Professor, UBC Psychology

Dr. Mikami’s research study focuses on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among Asian Canadian youth in the Metro Vancouver area and aims to help service providers who treat ADHD to deliver better care for diverse families.

“Asian Canadians as a group face challenges to accessing culturally appropriate, efficacious, mental health services in this country. Some of these challenges include stigma within Asian Canadian communities, service providers’ biased assumptions about Asian Canadian clients, and potential mismatch between our empirically supported treatments and the explanations for mental illness among Asian Canadian clients,” said Dr. Mikami.

To address these issues, the awarded grant will be used “to recruit Asian Canadian and White Canadian families of youth being assessed for ADHD, and to follow them through the diagnosis and treatment process over one year.” 

The CIHR Project Grant Program funds health-related research to encourage diverse ideas and collaborations across disciplines and advance global health. The Fall 2023 Project Grant Program totals approximately $325 million in funding awarded to 374 research projects, 30 of which are led by UBC researchers.