UBC Psychiatry Well Represented at the 2019 Drishti Awards


The Annual Drishti Awards Gala was held in Surrey, BC on Friday November 15th, 2019 to celebrate leaders across BC who have demonstrated excellence and innovation within the fields of health and medicine, science, technology, business, and community.

The UBC Department of Psychiatry was well represented, with Department Head Dr. Lakshmi Yatham receiving the Health Achievement Award in recognition for innovation and exceptional contributions to the progression of healthcare and the field of medicine.

Dr. Yatham accepting the 2019 Health Achievement Award. Photo credit: Aziz Ladha


Additionally, the Department congratulates Ms. Shawna Narayan for being awarded the Power of Youth Leadership Award for her remarkable achievement in bringing recognition to, and improving quality of life of, her community. Ms. Narayan is a UBC Experimental Medicine graduate student and researcher who is currently leading the Cultural Responsiveness in E-mental Resources for Depression and Anxiety (CREDA) study under the supervision of Dr. David Kealy, Assistant Professor in the UBC Department of Psychiatry. Co-investigators on this study include Dr. Kendall Ho (UBC Emergency Medicine), Sharan Sandhu (Surrey Mental Health & Substance Use), and UBC Psychiatry Clinical Professor and Cross-Cultural Psychiatry Program Director, Dr. Hiram Mok.

Congratulations to both Dr. Yatham and Ms. Narayan on this outstanding recognition!

Dr. Lakshmi Yatham (back row, second from right) and Ms. Shawna Narayan (front row, centre). Photo credit: Aziz Ladha



About the CREDA Study:

For her CREDA study,  Ms. Shawna Narayan is currently leading efforts to recruit survey participants who are visible minorities and are interested in resources for anxiety or depressive symptoms.  Ms. Narayan hopes that, in achieving its participant recruitment goal, the CREDA study will shed light on visible minorities’ experiences with online mental health resources and treatments and will help support the creation of culturally responsive e-mental health services.

To participate in the survey, visit http://bit.ly/ubccreda . To learn more about the CREDA study, please visit the CREDA homepage or contact Shawna Narayan at shawna.narayan@ubc.ca.

About the CREDA Lead Researcher:

Shawna Narayan is the Founder and Executive Director of Empower The Future, a non-profit that aims to support inner-city students with the transition from high school to post-secondary life through mentorship and workshops. On top of her academics and volunteerism, she currently works with the BC Centre on Substance Use. Last week, she received the Youth Volunteer of the Year by Surrey Now-Leader and the Youth Leadership Award by Drishti in recognition of exceptional achievements that have brought recognition to, or improved the quality of life in, the community.  Additionally, in 2019 she won the U.N. John Gibbard Memorial Award and was nominated for a YWCA Young Woman of Distinction Award.  In 2018, Ms. Narayan received the Medal of Good Citizenship from the Government of BC, becoming the youngest recipient of this award.