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Billy Chan

MSW (University of Hawaii at Manoa); Ph.D. (University of Toronto)

Billy is currently a social worker at the Law and Mental Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. His social work experience includes clinical, policy and research work, primarily in the areas of forensic mental health.

His research interests focus on the needs and rights of family caregivers of persons living with serious mental illness, with the goal of advocating in collaboration with community agencies to establish a proposed Ontario Caregiver Recognition Act. As a practitioner-researcher, he conducts research on forensic mental health practice issues to guide evidence-informed practice to empower persons living with serious mental illness, caregivers and mental health professionals in violence risk management.

He has made presentations at international conferences and published articles in scholarly journals on issues pertinent to caregivers of persons with serious mental illness, including risk factors of violence on family caregivers, caregiver burden and Expressed Emotion, and the right of caregivers to access health information of their ill relatives.