Your Story Line Team

Your Storyline App

Chantalle Clarkin, RN, PhD
Allison Crawford, MD, PhD
David Mastey, PhD
Eva Serhal, MBA, PhD

CAMH: Award Amount $30,000


Chantalle Clarkin RN, PhD is a registered nurse with over 19 years of experience working with children and youth in variety of practice contexts. Her career began at the bedside in pediatric surgery and acute care, then transitioned to community-engaged research with a focus on youth participatory methods. Chantalle completed a Master's of Science in Nursing (2009, University of Ottawa), and a Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Society, Culture, and Literacies (2018, University of Ottawa). Her doctoral research focused on maternal health and meaning-making with pregnant and parenting youth living in a temporary urban maternity shelter. Years of bedside nursing practice and arts-engaged research projects fueled her passion to explore the restorative power of story-sharing across the continuum of health and wellness. This resulted in the completion of a diploma in Non-Fiction Media and Documentary Filmmaking (Documentary Film Institute, 2017). Her current research interests include community-based intergenerational storytelling, digital storytelling with underserved groups, film as a mechanism for education and change, and arts-engaged research for civic engagement and social activism. Chantalle is a Project Scientist in Virtual Mental Health and Outreach at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She is also the Associate Director of HeART Lab, a research unit that aims to enhance health and equity through arts-based research and technology.

Allison Crawford MD, PhD is a psychiatrist, Clinician Scientist and Associate Chief of Virtual Mental Health and Outreach at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and English at the University of Toronto. She has extensive experience in innovative program development and virtual mental health. Allison’s research focuses on health equity, digital health, digital compassion, and working with communities to provide care that is culturally relevant. Within that, she has worked on initiatives related to suicide prevention and early childhood adversity, including in Indigenous communities, nationally and internationally. Her clinical expertise is in psychological trauma, including trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy and narrative exposure therapy. In addition to extensive research and practice in mental health, Allison has a PhD in English literature, and brings arts-informed approaches to community engagement, public health, research, and education. She is Editor-in-Chief of Ars Medica, a biannual literary journal that explores the interface between arts and health, and co-curator of The Body Electric, an annual visual art exhibition that explores themes in health from new critical and artistic angles. She is the founding Director of HeART LAB (

David Mastey is manager of HeART Lab, a health humanities research unit based at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada. Trained as a literary critic (PhD English, 2015), he is also manager of the Northern Psychiatric Outreach Program at CAMH, as well as managing editor of Ars Medica, an arts-focused health humanities journal. His published research can be found at