Dr Goering RN PhD, a Professor at the University of Toronto and an affiliate scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, has a long career of mental health services research and knowledge translation activities. She has consistently been committed to work that includes rigorous methods and is focused upon practical solutions. Her ongoing, related interest in knowledge translation has involved working creatively with diverse constituencies and audiences, including government policy makers. Areas of expertise include: psychiatric epidemiology, case management evaluation, homelessness, mental health services delivery and policy reform.
From 1980 to 2011 she was Section Head of the Health Systems Research and Consulting Unit at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She developed linkages between policy, research and practice, holding a ten year CIHR/CHSRF Chair in Health Services Research that ended in 2010. The Chair, entitled Generating and Disseminating Best Practices in Mental Health and Addictions, created opportunities for interdisciplinary training, mentorship, research and collaboration between researchers and decision makers.
Dr Goering is currently the research lead for At Home/Chez Soi, a $110 million research demonstration project on mental health homelessness. This five city pragmatic, multi-method intervention trial is being conducted by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. This project is generating a wealth of empirical and experiential knowledge about Housing First that will for the basis for policy and practice change.