CRISM: Ontario Node


The Ontario CRISM Node Team (OCRINT) comprises a team of 30+ individual members including: investigators from universities and academic institutions across Ontario, community-based and intervention providers as well as system/policy representatives, next to people with lived experience. OCRINT is housed at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Canada’s largest research and treatment hospital for mental health and substance use problems, and led by Dr. Benedikt Fischer, Senior Scientist at CAMH and Professor (Dept. of Psychiatry & Institute of Medical Science), University of Toronto, together with an interdisciplinary team of academic and systems/policy-based co-lead investigators.

Nominated Principal Investigator

Dr. Benedikt Fischer is a Senior Scientist with the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research (IMHPR), CAMH, and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry; the Institute of Medical Science; and the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto;

Dr. Fischer is considered an international leader in his fields of research on illicit and prescription drug use. His interdisciplinary work emphasises on knowledge translation, epidemiology, prevention, intervention, and policy development, in a public health framework. His extensive research collaborations span CanadaLatin America, Europe and Australia. Dr. Fischer primarily contributed to CAMH’s recent Legalization Policy Framework for Cannabis.

Dr. Fischer has also held numerous Advisory Board positions, such as with CIHR’s Institute of Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction and the Mental Health Commission of Canada. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Drug Policy.​

Principal Investigators

Principal Knowledge Users


As one of four pillars of the pan-Canadian CRISM Network, OCRINT will: participate in CRISM-wide intervention studies; facilitate and/or conduct Ontario-based intervention studies; and make efforts to generate and disseminate evidence and knowledge towards improved and more effective interventions, for illicit/prescription substance use related risks and problems in Ontario. As one of its initial key efforts, OCRINT will implement a community-based intervention/service needs assessment for young substance users in Northern Ontario communities. This study, to be conducted conjointly with community-based partners in each of the study sites, will help to better understand the distinct characteristics and intervention/service use, needs, and barriers for young substance users in the region, and subsequently feed this information into relevant systems.

Contact information

Farihah Ali
Knowledge Broker, Ontario CRISM Node Team (OCRINT)
Telephone: 416-535-8501 ext. 36344

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
33 Russell St.
Toronto, ON M5S 2S1

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