Dr. Lunsky has focused her research on the mental health needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families for over twenty years. She studies psychosocial risk factors for psychiatric disorders and health service utilization patterns in this population. Dr. Lunsky is the principal investigator of several studies examining clinical and systems issues related to health services. She is also involved in a number of projects focused on improving primary and emergency health care, as well as research on innovative approaches to improving the mental health of families.
Dr. Yona Lunsky is a Clinician-Scientist in Adult Neurodevelopmental Services and Director of the Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities (H-CARDD) Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). She earned her PhD in clinical psychology from The Ohio State University, and trained at the Nisonger Center UCEDD there prior to joining the University of Toron= to Faculty of Medicine. She is currently the Developmental Disabilities Lead, a newly established role within the Department of Psychiatry, with a focus on integrating research, education and clinical excellence in the developmental disabilities area across the Adult Psychiatry and Heath Systems andChild and Youth Mental Health Divisions.