Cheryl Forchuk, PhD

Cheryl ForchukDistinguished University Professor

Parkwood Institute 
Suite B3-110
519 685-8500 x77034


  • PhD (Wayne State)
  • MScN (Toronto)
  • BScN, BA - Psychology (Windsor)

Graduate Program Supervision

Online Presence

Research In Profile

Cheryl Forchuk is the Beryl and Richard Ivey Research Chair in Aging, Mental Health, Rehabilitation and Recovery; a Distinguished University Professor at Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing (Western University); and Scientist and Assistant Director at Lawson Health Research Institute. Professor Forchuk’s research interests lie in the area of mental health, in particular the development and testing of supportive models of care. Her research explores therapeutic relationships, and explores systems issues related to mental health care including implementation of the transitional discharge model, housing/homelessness issues, poverty, community integration and the use of technology in mental health.

Featured Publications and Projects


  • Forchuk, C., Csiernik, R.(Eds) (2021). Poverty, Mental Health and Social Inclusion. Canadian Scholars’ Press.
  • Akhtar, N., Forchuk, C., McKay, K., Fisman, S., & Rudnik, A. (2020). Handbook of person-centred mental health care. Toronto, Canada: Hogrefe.
    Title of the book. Publisher.

Chapters and Reports

  • Forchuk, C. (2021) Research competencies. In E. Staples, R. Pilon, & R. Hannon (Eds.), Canadian perspectives on advanced practice nursing (pp. 235-247, 2nd ed.). Canadian Scholars Press

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Shariff, S., Richard, L., Hwang, S.W., Kwong, J.C., Forchuk, C., Dosani, N. & Booth, R. (2022) COVID-19 vaccine coverage and factors associated with vaccine uptake among 23,247 adults with a recent history of homelessness in Ontario, Canada: a population-based cohort study. Lancet Public Health 2022 ISSN 2468-2667
  • Forchuk, C, Serrato, J., Lizotte, D., Mann, R., Taylor, G. & Husni, S. (2022) Developing a Smart Home Technology Innovation for People With Physical and Mental Health Problems: Considerations and Recommendations. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth 2022;10(4):e25116
  • Forchuk, C., Gyamfi, S., Martin, M-L., Corring, D., Srivastava, R., Harerimana, B. (2020) Transitional Discharge Model for Community Mental Health Integration: A Focused Ethnographic Study of Clients’ Perspectives. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing.
  • Forchuk, C., Richardson, J. & Atyeo, H. (2021) Qualitative findings from a Housing First evaluation project for homeless Veterans in Canada. Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health (Vol. 8 Issue 1 – 2022) pp.79-89 doi:10.3138/jmvfh-2021-0052

Visit Google Scholar for a comprehensive list of publications.

Current Grants and Research Projects

  • Forchuk, C. & Booth, R. et al (2020 – 2024). Enhanced Surveillance for Chroic Disease Program (ESCDP) Homelessness Counts. Public Health Agency of Canada.
  • Forchuk C. & Silverman, M. (2020-2024). Integrating Harm Reduction Strategies into Hospital Setting for People Who Use Methamphetamine. Health Canada.
  • Forchuk, C. & Booth R. (2019-2021). Process and Outcome Evaluation of the Community Homes for Opportunity (Phase II). Ontario Ministry of Health.
  • Forchuk, C. et al (2020-2023). Preventing Discharge to No Fixed Address – Youth (NFA-Y). Making the Shift - Youth Homelessness Social Innovation Lab.
  • Forchuk, C. (2019-2022). Smart Technologies for Youth Mental Health. Royal Bank of Canada (through St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation; Ontario Centres of Excellence).
  • Forchuk, C. (2019-2020). Smart Technologies in the Home: Developing and Testing Strategies for Seniors with Severe Mental Illness. AGE-WELL NCE.
  • Forchuk, C. (2019-2020). Smart Homes: Supporting Community Integration for Clients with Severe Mental Illness. Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation.

Graduate Student Projects

Family Members' Perceptions of living with Persons suffering from SUDs among Black Communities: A Focused Ethnography Study

  • Monari, E., PhD Nursing

Predictors of patient stigma perception appraisal: Developing and testing a dynamic stigma model of mental illness.

  • Gyamfi, S., PhD Nursing

Syrian Refugee Women's Experiences with the Ontario Health Care System: A Critical Ethnography Study.

  • Al-Hamad, Areej (2021), A. PhD Nursing

Visit Scholarship@Western for a list of completed student theses and dissertations.

Additional Information

Academic Appointments and Research Affiliations

  • Beryl and Richard Ivey Research Chair in Aging, Mental Health, Rehabilitation and Recovery
  • Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
  • Lawson Health Research Institute
    • Associate Director and Scientist
    • Group Leader, Mental Health Research


  • Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research, Western University (2020)
  • Innovation Award, Lawson Health Research Institute (2020)
  • Eileen Skellern Lecturer Award, United Kingdom (2016)
  • Lighthouse Award in Innovation, Ontario Peer Development Institute (2016)
  • Order of Ontario (2016)
  • Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2015)

Professional Activities

  • Member, Community Advisory Group (CAG). Housing First Youth Emergency Shelter - Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) (2017-present)
  • Member, College of Reviewers, Canadian Institutes of Health Research/Government of Canada (2017-present)
  • Distinguished University Professor Selection Committee (2021)
  • ESDC Reaching Home’s National Homelessness Estimate Working Group/Government of Canada. (2021 – Present)