Morton Beiser


Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Dr. Morton Beiser is a Scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. He is a Professor Emeritus of Cultural Pluralism and Health at the University of Toronto, Professor of Distinction at Ryerson University and Founding Director, Ontario Metropolis Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement.

His research interests include epidemiology, cross-cultural psychiatry, resettlement policy and health, immigrant and refugee health, immigrant and refugee children, global health and human rights. He has been Principal Investigator for research grants totaling more than 20 million dollars awarded by peer review sources including the Grant Foundation; US National Institutes of Mental Health; National Health Research and Development Program Canada; Medical Research Council Canada; Ontario Mental Health Foundation; Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care; Social Science and Humanities Research Council Canada; and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Research Projects past and present include the Refugee Resettlement Project, a ten-year investigation of resettlement and health among Southeast Asian refugees; Markers and Predictors of Schizophrenia; Flower of Two Soils, a study of mental health and academic achievement among Native children in Canada and the US; New Canadian Child and Youth Study, a longitudinal investigation of the health and development of immigrant and refugee children in Canada with its web-site; Lending a Hand to Our Future a demonstration/evaluation project to assess and treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder among refugee youth in the Greater Toronto Area. Dr Beiser has authored two books, plus approximately 200 book chapters and scientific articles.

Recognitions and awards (selected): Chair, Federal Task Force on immigrant and refugee mental health issues; Josiah Macy Jr. (New York) Faculty Scholar Award; Rockefeller Foundation Resident Scholar Award; Beverley Distinguished Professor Award University of Toronto; Alexander H Leighton Award for Research Excellence, the Canadian Psychiatric Association; Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals; Order of Canada.


Dr. Morton Beiser is no longer accepting applications from students for entry into the 2018 Keenan Research Summer Student Program.

Recent Publications

  1. Beiser, M, Hou, F. Predictors of positive mental health among refugees: Results from Canada's General Social Survey. Transcult Psychiatry. ;54 (5-6):675-695. doi: 10.1177/1363461517724985. PubMed PMID:28854860 .
  2. Kovess-Masfety, V, Husky, M, Pitrou, I, Fermanian, C, Shojaei, T, Chee, CC et al.. Differential impact of parental region of birth on negative parenting behavior and its effects on child mental health: Results from a large sample of 6 to 11 year old school children in France. BMC Psychiatry. 2016;16 :123. doi: 10.1186/s12888-016-0832-7. PubMed PMID:27142482 PubMed Central PMC4855752.
  3. Beiser, M, Hou, F. Mental Health Effects of Premigration Trauma and Postmigration Discrimination on Refugee Youth in Canada. J. Nerv. Ment. Dis. 2016;204 (6):464-70. doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000516. PubMed PMID:27101023 .
  4. Beiser, M, Hou, F. Chronic health conditions, labour market participation and resource consumption among immigrant and native-born residents of Canada. Int J Public Health. 2014;59 (3):541-7. doi: 10.1007/s00038-014-0544-z. PubMed PMID:24504154 .
  5. Beiser, M, Goodwill, AM, Albanese, P, McShane, K, Nowakowski, M. Predictors of immigrant children's mental health in Canada: selection, settlement contingencies, culture, or all of the above?. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2014;49 (5):743-56. doi: 10.1007/s00127-013-0794-8. PubMed PMID:24318040 .
  6. Beiser, M, Taa, B, Fenta-Wube, H, Baheretibeb, Y, Pain, C, Araya, M et al.. A comparison of levels and predictors of emotional problems among preadolescent Ethiopians in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Toronto, Canada. Transcult Psychiatry. 2012;49 (5):651-77. doi: 10.1177/1363461512457155. PubMed PMID:23015641 .
  7. Oxman-Martinez, J, Rummens, AJ, Moreau, J, Choi, YR, Beiser, M, Ogilvie, L et al.. Perceived ethnic discrimination and social exclusion: newcomer immigrant children in Canada. Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2012;82 (3):376-88. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.2012.01161.x. PubMed PMID:22880976 .
  8. Beiser, M, Simich, L, Pandalangat, N, Nowakowski, M, Tian, F. Stresses of passage, balms of resettlement, and posttraumatic stress disorder among Sri Lankan Tamils in Canada. Can J Psychiatry. 2011;56 (6):333-40. doi: 10.1177/070674371105600604. PubMed PMID:21756447 .
  9. Beiser, M. A career in culture and psychiatry research: reflections on forty-plus years. Transcult Psychiatry. 2011;48 (1-2):6-23. doi: 10.1177/1363461510383183. PubMed PMID:21511843 .
  10. Beiser, M, Zilber, N, Simich, L, Youngmann, R, Zohar, AH, Taa, B et al.. Regional effects on the mental health of immigrant children: results from the New Canadian Children and Youth Study (NCCYS). Health Place. 2011;17 (3):822-9. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2011.03.005. PubMed PMID:21463966 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Professor Emeritus of Cultural Pluralism and Health, University of Toronto
  • Professor of Distinction, Ryerson University