Dr. Flora Matheson (Director):

Dr. Flora Matheson is a medical sociologist who applies a gender lens to her work to improve treatment for mental health and addiction. She is particularly interested in:

  • Improving the health of people in prison by looking at screening and treatment for traumatic brain injury and exploring experiences of trauma.

  • Improving the correctional system to ensure people in prison have access to treatment for mental health problems and drug and alcohol addiction.

  • Exploring and addressing problem gambling, in particular among people facing homelessness, mental health problems and/or drug and alcohol addiction.

Dr. Matheson is a Scientist with the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital and with the Mental Health and Addictions Program at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. She is an Associate Professor with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Centre for Criminology & Socio-legal Studies, University of Toronto.

Susan is a public speaker, educating people about the criminal justice system and legal rights. She exudes confidence and speaks with passion. It is hard to imagine that just a year ago, Susan was struggling with low self-esteem and was extremely shy. After a long history of incarceration, Susan was determined to change her life for the better. Susan joined the Peer Leadership program and developed public speaking skills, connected with positive role models and built her confidence. Susan is now a community educator, has re-connected with her family and is mentoring new members of the Peer Leadership program.