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Mary Bartram

PhD Graduate

Mary Bartram has extensive experience in mental health policy development with federal and territorial governments, indigenous organizations and NGOs, including as the Director, Mental Health Strategy with the Mental Health Commission of Canada and as an independent consultant.  Mary completed her PhD at the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University in 2017, and is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at McGill University. She is an RSW and holds an MSc in Family Therapy from Purdue University.

Mary’s doctoral research focused on equity in access to psychotherapy in Canada, Australia and the UK, with a particular focus on financial barriers and how government structure shapes service system design. Her postdoctoral position is with McGill University’s Faculty of Law and the Institute for Health and Social Policy. As part of a broader grant on Harm Reduction as Public Policy, Mary will be studying the potential for harm reduction to act as a bridge between recovery models in the mental health and addictions sector.

In the spring of 2018, Mary developed and taught the first-ever graduate seminar on mental health policy at Carleton’s School of Public Policy. Mary has also given guest lectures and webinars on a range of policy topics, and been a regular presenter at conferences in the mental health and broader policy fields.

Recent publications

Bartram, M. (2018, in press). Expanding Access to Psychotherapy in Canada: Building on Achievements in Australia and the United Kingdom. Journal of Healthcare Management.

Bartram, M. & Stewart, J. (2018). Income-based inequities in access to psychotherapy and other mental health services in Canada and Australia. Health Policy.

Mental Health Commission of Canada. (2018). Expanding Access to Psychotherapy: An Exploration of Key Considerations in the Canadian Context – Discussion Paper. Ottawa: Prepared on behalf of the MHCC by M. Bartram and H. Chodos.

Diminic, S. & Bartram, M. (2018). Does introducing public funding for psychotherapy lead to reduced private insurance claims? Lessons for Canada from the Australian experience. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.

Bartram, M. (2017). Making the most of the federal investment of $5 billion for mental health. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 189(44), E1360-E1363.

Bartram, M. & Lurie, S (2017). Closing the mental health gap: The long and winding road?  Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 36(2), 5-18.

Bartram, M. (2016). A targeted federal transfer for mental health: Are prospects better under the Trudeau Liberals? In G. B. Doern & C. Stoney (Eds.), How Ottawa Spends 2016-2017, pp. 216-239. Ottawa: Carleton University School of Public Policy and Administration.

Mulvale, G., & Bartram, M. (2015). No more ‘us’ and ‘them’: Integrating recovery and well-being into a conceptual model for mental health policy. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 34(4).

Mulvale, G., Chodos, H., Bartram, M., MacKinnon, M., Abud, M. (2014). Engaging civil society through deliberative dialogue to create the first Mental Health Strategy for Canada. Social Science & Medicine, 123, 262-268.

Bartram, M & Chodos, H. (2013). Changing directions, changing lives: The mental health strategy for Canada. Calling for critical deliberation on implementation. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 32(4), 1-8.