The Collaborative RESearch Team to study psychosocial issues in Bipolar Disorder (CREST.BD) is a multidisciplinary collaborative network of researchers, healthcare providers, people living with bipolar disorder, their family members and supporters.

We are dedicated to collaborative research and knowledge exchange about psychological and social factors in bipolar disorder. Our mission is to optimise the health and quality of life of people living with bipolar disorder. Read our Strategic Plan here.


We are charting new directions in bipolar disorder research, treatment and care. Your support is essential to CREST.BD’s research and knowledge implementation.

Improving Research, Treatment and Care in Bipolar Disorder

CREST.BD: A Collaborative Research and Knowledge Exchange Network.

CREST.BD was the recipient of a major funding award from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) in the agency’s 2010 ‘Network Catalyst – Knowledge Translation’ competition. CREST.BD’s application was ranked first in the entire competition and was awarded 3 years of funding to support the growth of the provincially-focused team (British Columbia) into a Canada-wide network.

Our vision is that we will contribute to a world where people living with bipolar disorder enjoy optimized health and quality of life and minimal stigma as a result of tailored treatment and/or self-management interventions informed by effective psychosocial research and knowledge exchange.

Partners and Funders

Our network and collaborators includes researchers from a variety of fields, along with healthcare providers, people who live with bipolar disorder their family members and supporters.

The opportunities to collaborate and support the work of CREST.BD researchers, advisory committees and projects across Canada, come in all shapes and sizes. We welcome ideas on research and knowledge exchange activities in bipolar disorders from people with lived experience of bipolar disorder and their supporters, other community stakeholders, researchers, healthcare providers, and decision and policy-makers.

Our work would not be possible without our valued research partners, collaborators and funders:

Get Involved

Collaborate with us. Get involved with the CREST.BD network.

Contact us if you don’t see an opportunity listed below that fits your interests and experience.

Current volunteer opportunities: