PhD, Neuropsychiatric Genetics, University of British Columbia
MSc, Genetic Counselling (CCGC/CGC)
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia
Researcher, BC Mental Health & Addictions Research Institute
Canada Research Chair in Translational Psychiatric Genomics
Dr. Austin’s research interests are around the clinical implications of psychiatric genetics, with a focus on mental health conditions, including bipolar disorder. Specifically, she does ongoing research into genetic and environmental contributors to post-partum episodes of mental illness, the impact of psychiatric genetics on mental illness stigma, and the outcomes of providing genetic counselling to individuals with mental illness and their family members. Dr. Austin developed the first and only specialist psychiatric genetic counselling service in the world.
When I’m not working, I really enjoy food related activities - cooking, of course, but also foraging mushrooms, fishing, scuba diving to catch crabs, or just going to the farmers market. My own mental health self care is all about CrossFit, getting the right amount of sleep (my partner describes me as a “motivated sleeper’), hanging out with my partner and cats (I’m an introvert!), mindfulness, and being outdoors.
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