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Roula Markoulakis
Roula Markoulakis, PhD


Family Navigation Project
c/o Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
1929 Bayview Ave., Room 215D
Toronto, ON
M4G 3E8

Phone: 416-482-0566
Fax: 416-482-6699


  • BSc, 2007, Kinesiology, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
  • MSc, 2009, Kinesiology, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
  • PhD, 2014, Rehabilitation Science, University of Toronto, Canada

Appointments and Affiliations:

  • Scientist, Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Hurvitz Brain Sciences Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute
  • Assistant professor (status), Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto

Research Foci:

  • Youth mental health and/or addictions
  • Navigation of the mental health and addictions system
  • Barriers and facilitators to mental health care
  • Family and caregiver involvement in youth mental health care
  • Youth engagement in mental health care

Research Summary:

Dr. Markoulakis’ research interests focus on supporting youth with mental health and/or addictions concerns and their families in finding and accessing needed care in the system, particularly through system navigation supports.

Selected Publications:

See current publications list at PubMed.

  1. Markoulakis, R., Bowles, K., Chan, S.,Weingust, S., Dobbin, K., Levitt, A. (2021). Changes in Perception of Caregiving Experience Following Caregiver Peer Support within a Mental Health and Addictions Navigation Service. Community Mental Health Journal.
  2. Markoulakis, R., Chan, S., Levitt, A. (2020). The needs and service preferences of families with youth with mental health and/or addictions concerns. BMC Psychiatry, 20, 409.
  3. Markoulakis, R., Chan, S., & Levitt, A. (2019). Identifying the key outcomes of Navigation services for youth with mental health and/or addictions issues and their families: A Delphi study. BMC Health Services Research, 19, 137.
  4. Markoulakis, R., Turner, M., Wicik, K., Weingust, S., Dobbin, K., Levitt, A. (2018). Exploring peer support needs of caregivers for youth with mental illness or addictions concerns in Family Navigation services. Community Mental Health Journal, 54(5), 555-561.
  5. Markoulakis, R., Levitt, A., Weingust, S., Foot, J. (2016). The Family Navigation Project: An innovation in working with families to match mental health services with their youth’s needs. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 35(1), 63-66. 

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