Dr. Farah Mawani

CIHR Health System Impact Fellow, MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, Unity Health Toronto & Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change, York University

Migration and Health, Immigrant and Refugee Health, Mental Health, Health Inequities, Non-Communicable Disease, Social Determinants of Health Inequities, Human Rights and Health, Social Epidemiology, Psychiatric Epidemiology


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Dr. Farah Mawani is a CIHR Health System Impact Fellow (postdoctoral) with the MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michael's Hospital/Unity Health Toronto, and the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change, York University. She has more than 20 years of experience as a social and psychiatric epidemiologist, and community-based researcher in global, national and local research, and policy initiatives focused on health and mental health inequities among Indigenous peoples, immigrants, and refugees. Her lived experience of migration (from Kenya to Canada) and exclusion, inform her substantive areas of focus, the populations she works with, and her approaches to research, collaboration, and community engagement. Her experience ranges from living and working with the Maasai in Kenya; to working as a Senior Policy and Research Analyst at the Mental Health Commission of Canada developing Canada’s first National Mental Health Strategy, National Coordinator for the New Canadian Children and Youth Study, and Traveling Faculty, Health & Community Program, International Honors Program; to serving as Board Chair, Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services.


  • Migration Health
  • Immigrant and Refugee Health
  • Mental Health
  • Health Inequalities
  • Non Communicable Diseases
  • Social Determinants of Health Inequalities
  • Human Rights and Health