Every year, CSIH presents a Lifetime Achievement Award to one of its exceptional members. The 2016 award was presented post-humously to Dr. Duncan Pedersen at the Annual General Meeting in October 2016. His two sons were present to accept the award.
A world renowned researcher, Dr. Pedersen was Associate Scientific Director of International Programs at the Douglas Institute of McGill University and held the rank of Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry.
As a researcher and physician trained in public health, social epidemiology and medical anthropology, Dr. Pedersen had extensive experience in Latin America, mostly amongst indigenous peoples and the urban poor. More recently, he had extended his global mental health research to Guatemala, Jamaica and Nepal.
Dr. Pedersen was known as a kind-hearted,caring man who was always in good spirits. He was a highly respected member of the community and long-time member of CSIH.
He passed away on January 27, 2016.