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Faculty Member

Branka Agic MD, MHSc, PhD

Email Address(es)
Office Address
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) 33 Russell Russell St. Toronto, ON M5S 2S1
Clinical Public Health Division
Assistant Professor
SGS Status
Associate Member
Appointment Status
Status Only

Research Interests

  • Mental health and substance use among immigrants, refugees and ethnic groups
  • Social determinants of mental health
  • Health equity and access to services
  • Knowledge translation

Education & Training History

PhD in Health and Behavioral Sciences, University of Toronto

MHSc in Health Promotion and Collaborative Program in Addiction Studies, University of Toronto

MD, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Other Affiliations

Independent Scientist, CAMH

Director of Knowledge Exchange, Provincial System Support Program (PSSP), CAMH

Research & KT Projects

Cannabis Knowledge Exchange Hub. Funded by: Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program. 2019-2022.  Role: Principal Investigator.

Road Safety Impact of Cannabis Retail Stores. Funded by: Ministry of Transportation Ontario. 2020-2022. Role: Co-Investigator.

Newcomer Mental Health E-Project. Funded by: Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC), 2017-2020.  Role: Principal Investigator.

Refugee integration and long term health outcomes in Canada. Funded by: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), 2016-2020. Role: Co-Investigator.

Exploring the mental health and service needs of Syrian refugees within their first two years in Canada. Funding Source: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), 2016-2017. Role: Co-Investigator.

Global mental health equity: Promoting better outcomes and fair access to care                   through an assessment of three integrated innovations. Funding source: Grand Challenges Canada. 2015-2016. Role: Co-Principal Investigator.

The Case for Diversity. Funding source: Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). 2014-2015. Role: Co-Principal Investigator.

SELECTED Publications

Tuck, A., Oda, A., Hynie, M., Bennett-AbuAyyash, C., Roche, B., Agic, B. & McKenzie, K. (2019) Unmet Health Care Needs for Syrian Refugees in Canada: A Follow-up Study. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 15(5)1-7, DOI 10.1007/s10903-019-00856-y

Tuck, A., Agic, B. & McKenzie, K. (2018) Refugees in host countries: psychosocial aspects and mental health. In Kienzler, H., Spence, C. M. & Wenzel, T. The health of refugees – An interdisciplinary perspective. Springer.

Oda A, Hynie M, Tuck A, Agic B,4, Roche B, McKenzie K. (2018). Differences in self-reported health and unmet health needs between government assisted and privately sponsored Syrian refugees: A cross-sectional survey. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 2018 Jun 29. doi: 10.1007/s10903-018-0780-z

Pottie, K., Agic, B., Archibald, D., Ratnayake, A., Tapia, M., Thanos, J. (2018) HEIA tools: inclusion of migrants in health policy in Canada. Health Promotion International, day016,

Tuck, A., Hamilton, H., Agic, B., Ialomiteanu, A.R., Mann, R. E. (2017). Past year cannabis use and problematic cannabis use among adults by ethnicity in Ontario. Drag and Alcohol Dependence,

Oda, A, Tuck, A., Agic., B., Hynie, M., Roche, B., McKenzie, K. (2017). Health needs and service use of newly arrived Syrian refugees in Toronto: A cross-sectional study. CMAJ Open doi:10.9778/cmajo.20160170

Tuck, A., Robinson, M., Agic, B., Ialomiteanu, A. & Mann, R.E. (2016). Religion, alcohol use and risk drinking among Canadian adults living in Ontario. Journal of Religion and Health, doi:10.1007/s10943-016-0339-z

McKenzie, K., Agic, B., Tuck, A. & Antwi, M. for Mental Health Commission of Canada. (2016). The Case for Diversity: Building the Case to Improve Mental Health Services for Immigrant, Refugee, Ethno-cultural and Racialized Populations, Ottawa, ON: Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Agic, B., McKenzie, K., Tuck, A. & Antwi, M. (2016). Supporting the Mental Health of Refugees to Canada. Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC).

Pottie , K. , Agic , B., Tugwell, P., McKenzie, K., Antwi, M., Hatcher, J….Astely, S. (2016). Health Impact Assessment (HEIA) immigrant populations supplement. Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC).

Agic, B., Mann, R.E., Tuck, A., Ialomiteanu, A., Bondy, S. Simich, L., & Ilie, G. (2015). Alcohol use among immigrants in Ontario, Canada. Drug and Alcohol Review doi:10.1111/dar.12250

Agic, B., Mann, R.E., Tuck, A., Ialomiteanu, A., Bondy, S. & Simich, L. (in press). Gender differences in alcohol use and risk drinking in Ontario ethnic groups. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse.

McKenzie, K., Tuck, A., Agic, B. (2014). Mental healthcare policy for refugees in Canada. In Simich, L. & Anderman, L. (Eds). Refuge and resilience. Promoting resilience and mental health among resettled refugees and forced migrants. New York: Springer.

Kim, J., Agic, B. McKenzie, K., (2014). The mental health of Korean transnational mothers: A scoping review. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, PMID: 24595263.

Khenti, K., Chalin, K. G., Agic, B. (2013). The role of international mental health professionals in health and piecebuilding. In Langsam, M., Fritchle J. The Praeger Handbook of Community Mental Health Practice. Santa Barbara, California: Praeger.

Wray, R., Agic, B., Bennett-AbuAyyash, C., Kanee, M., Lam, R. Mohamed, A., Tuck, A. Hyman, A. (2013).  We ask because we care. The tri-hospital + TPH health equity data collection research project report. A joint project of CAMH, TPH, Mount Sinai Hospital & St. Michael’s Hospital.

Agic, B. (2012). Trauma informed care for refugees. In Poole, N. & Greaves, L. Becoming trauma informed. Toronto: CAMH.

Agic, B. Mann, R.E. & Kobus-Matthews, M. (2011). Alcohol use in seven ethnic communities in Ontario: A qualitative investigation. Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy, 18(2), 113-23.