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Susan (Suze) Berkhout

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Co-Investigator SSHRC IG A Situated Neurology


Susan (Suze) Berkhout is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and a Clinician-Investigator in the University Health Network’s Centre for Mental Health based out of Toronto General Hospital (TGH). She is an affiliate faculty member at University of Toronto’s Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, a researcher with the Wilson Centre, and a member of The Institute for Education Research (TIER) at UHN. Dr. Berkhout holds more than $500,000 in active research funding, including a New Frontiers Research Fund project, “Frictions of Futurity and Cure in Transplant Medicine.” She is co-investigator on SSHRC and CIHR grants spanning a range of topics including feminist explorations of the field of placebo and nocebo studies and psychosocial issues and experiences of stroke in young people; she also holds pilot funding to study material-discursive practices in the construction of treatment resistance in mental health. Her research and scholarly activity come together under two umbrellas: (1) exploring how knowledge practices in biomedicine intersect with social identities and agency in different clinical populations, shaping lived experience and the outcomes of medical practices themselves; (2) innovating qualitative methodologies to address research questions at the intersection of ontology and epistemology.

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