The Intersections of Mental Health Perspectives in Addictions Research Training (IMPART) program was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and ran from 2003-2015. It was created to train new researchers- graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and clinician researchers- to conduct research in women, gender and addictions, with a focus on the intersections of violence, trauma and mental health. The curriculum was framed by a transdisciplinary perspective with the aim of generating new and more complex approaches to addiction that included knowledge from cell to society. Given its innovative approach to addiction research and education, IMPART was one of only 86 programs to gain funding in the initial competition in 2002 and one of only 36 original STIHR programs to receive renewal in 2009.

The following tutorials cover four (4) key areas for enhancing addiction research and its translation to health care and policy: transdisciplinary approaches to addiction, bringing sex and gender into addiction, integrating addictions with mental health, violence and trauma and transdisciplinary knowledge translation for improving systems of care. These modules are intended as an introduction to these areas and offer multiple examples and current resources to assist readers in incorporating these approaches into their own training, research and practice.

Key Resources

IMPART Fact Sheets