Dr. Shay-Lee Bolton is a rising star in the field of psychiatric epidemiology, with a passion for exploring the complex interplay between trauma, at-risk populations, and suicidal behaviors. As an assistant professor in psychiatry at the University of Manitoba's Max Rady College of Medicine, she has made significant contributions to the understanding of these issues, through her extensive research and innovative program evaluations.
Born and raised in Manitoba, Dr. Bolton has a strong connection to the community and a deep commitment to improving the lives of those around her. She received her Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Manitoba, before going on to earn her Master's and PhD in Community Health Sciences from the same institution. Throughout her academic journey, she excelled academically, receiving numerous awards and scholarships, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Research Award, and the CIHR Brain Star Award.
Since April 2004, Dr. Bolton has been affiliated with the Manitoba Population Mental Health Research Group, where she has honed her skills as a complex population-based quantitative data analyst. She has published over 45 peer-reviewed research papers, five book chapters, and numerous reports and abstracts, showcasing her expertise and making a real impact on the field.
In recognition of her groundbreaking work, Dr. Bolton has received over 25 local, national, and international awards, including the Young Investigator Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the Manitoba Health Research Council Studentship. Most recently, she was awarded a national-level research award from the CIHR to evaluate virtual cognitive-behavior therapy classes for mental wellness in public safety personnel using a randomized controlled trial design.
With her exceptional talent, passion, and commitment, Dr. Bolton is poised to make a lasting impact in the field of psychiatric epidemiology, and to improve the lives of countless individuals through her innovative research and program evaluations.