Dr. Avison

Dr. Avison

It is with the support of Dr. Avison's dedication to mental health research that Vanier and other mental health centres are even able to function. A former board member of Madame Vanier Children's Services, Dr. Avison has spent his entire career focused on mental health.

Dr. Avison received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Alberta in 1977, and has been a faculty member at the University of Western Ontario since 1975. His research focuses on the ways in which various factors affect the mental health of families and children. Widely published in international sociology and psychiatry journals, Dr. Avison was named Senior Research Fellow of the Ontario Mental Health Foundation from 1994 to 2000.

Actively involved in the community, Dr. Avison has played a leadership role in the development of children's mental health services. He established and directed the Centre for Health and Well Being for 13 years. Dr. Avison is also a former chair of the Resource Steering Committee of Kids Count and was the first Chair of Investing in Children in London.

In 2000, he was recognized as an Honorary Life Member of Vanier.