Dr. Mary Chiu
Dr. Mary Chiu is a Researcher at The Cyril & Dorothy, Joel &
Jill Reitman Centre for Alzheimer’s Support & Training (Reitman
Centre) at Mount Sinai Hospital and a clinician scientist at the
Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute.
The Reitman Centre was established to address the complex needs and
challenges of informal carers caring for persons with dementia at home.
It provides innovative training and education programs for informal
carers and health professionals.
Dr. Chiu’s research interests lie within geriatric psychiatry,
specifically the social psychology of older adults and the concept of
psychological resilience in the context of informal caregiving and
Her primary research aim is to identify individual level factors
(e.g. psychological and somatic well-being) and community-level factors
(e.g. social-connectedness and workplace enablers and barriers) that
promote resilience and effective coping by exploring the interactions
within and across these levels using an ecological framework applied to
In addition, her work aims to identify components of group
psychotherapy programs that make them effective and relevant for
informal carers. Mixed methods research is employed in her work.
Dr. Chiu is co-principal investigator on the “Caregiver team” within
CIHR Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging’s “Quality of
Life” theme. The multisite, collaborative research team leads and
conducts national studies aimed at investigating the clinical
effectiveness, national implementation and rural adaptation of the
Reitman Centre’s Working CARERS Program, which is an evidence-based
psychotherapy and skills building intervention designed for individuals
with the dual roles of informal carer and employee.
Dr. Chiu is also involved in a project funded by Employment and
Social Development Canada (ESDC) that aims to reduce the rate of social
isolation in senior caregivers in Toronto by identifying and engaging
senior caregivers, connecting them with community-based education
activities and building public awareness of resources.
Currently, Dr. Chiu is supervising two MScOT candidates from the
University of Toronto on a phenomenological study to explore the effect
and impact of an art-based creative program designed for persons with
dementia and their family members.
Dr. Chiu holds an MSc and a PhD from the University of Toronto. She
is appointed as a Lecturer at the Department of Psychiatry, University