Melanie Lalani

I am a third year PhD student in the Social & Behavioural Health Sciences program at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Inspired by my family’s experiences as carers on my mother’s journey with dementia, my research uses arts-based methods to explore the relationships between people living with dementia in long-term care and young children. 

I am a Steering Committee member of the Reimagining Dementia Coalition and practitioner of relational caring at the Bitove Method, two organizations using creativity, engagement, learning and connection to challenge the stigma of dementia and promote innovative dementia care practices. 

Prior to my studies, I undertook research to inform policy and programs at Health Canada, the Information and Privacy Commissioner’s Office of Ontario and the City of Toronto. 

Project

IMPROV-ing our Approach to Treating Mental Health: An Observational Study Exploring Therapeutic Improv in the Treatment of Childhood Anxiety Disorders