Erin Michalak, PhD, Network Lead

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Associate Professor, Mood Disorders Centre, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.

Research & Publications
Dr. Erin Michalak is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Her background is in Psychology, with a B.Sc from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, and a PhD awarded from the University of Wales, College of Medicine. Her research interests are in bipolar disorder, self-management, seasonal and non-seasonal depression, quality of life and the development of outcome instruments for mood disorders. Dr. Michalak’s research has been supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and the Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation She leads the ‘Collaborative RESearch Team to study psychosocial issues in Bipolar Disorder’, a CIHR-funded Canadian network designed to foster psychosocial research and knowledge translation in BD.  She has published over 60 scientific articles and several books and book chapters on psychosocial issues in mood disorders.

Contact
Mood Disorders Centre
University of British Columbia
2255 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 2A1

Tel: 604-827-3393
Email: erin.michalak@ubc.ca

Jehannine Austin, PhD, MSc (Genetic Counselling) CCGC/CGC

Jehannine Austin, PhD,
MSc (Genetic Counselling) CCGC/CGC
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.

Research
Dr. Jehannine Austin is an Associate Professor within the UBC Departments of Psychiatry and Medical Genetics, and a Researcher at the BC Mental Health and Addictions Research Institute. She is a board certified genetic counselor with a PhD in Neuropsychiatric Genetics. Her research focuses on major psychiatric illnesses including BD – she is broadly interested in the clinical implications of psychiatric genetics. Specifically, she has ongoing research into genetic and environmental contributors to postpartum episodes of mental illness, the impact of psychiatric genetics on mental illness stigma, and the outcome of providing genetic counseling to individuals with mental illness and their family members. She developed the first and only specialist psychiatric genetic counseling service in the world, here in BC. Information about the service can be found here on their Facebook page.

Dr. Austin holds the Canada Research Chair in Translational Psychiatric Genomics, and is supported by the Michael Smith Foundation, CIHR, Pfizer, and BCMHARI.

Contact
CFRI Translational Lab Builidng Rm A3-112 – 3rd Floor
938 W 28th Ave
Vancouver BC V5Z 4H

Tel: 604 – 875 – 2000 (ext.5943)
Email: jehannine.austin@ubc.ca

Steven Barnes, PhD

Steven BarnesSteven Barnes, PhD
Instructor, Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia

Research
Dr. Steven Barnes holds a B.Sc., M.A., and Ph.D. in Behavioural Neuroscience from the Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia (UBC).  He also held a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neurophysiology at the Department of Epileptology, University of Bonn.  His neuroscientific expertise lies in the areas of psychiatric disorders, epilepsy, learning and memory, and neuroplasticity.  Dr. Barnes currently has a keen interest in the translation and visualization of knowledge from each of these research areas, but especially from research on bipolar disorder.  Currently, Dr. Barnes teaches in the Department of Psychology at UBC (metaplasticity.com), and helps direct a peer-run support group for individuals experiencing mental health issues (the-kaleidoscope.com).

Dr. Barnes is also an active artist: He did a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Interactive Arts and New Media at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University.  His current art practice involves the production of new media pieces that aim to inspire dialogue on the ways we think about and use modern technologies (dprime.org).  Dr. Barnes also produces traditional paintings and drawings (stevenjbarnes.com), and is a collective member in a Vancouver-based artist-run collective (gachet.org) where he sometimes shows his artwork.

Contact:

Email: sjb@stevenjbarnes.com

Lesley Berk, PhD

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School of Medicine, Deakin University

Research
Lesley has worked extensively in the area of bipolar disorder as a psychologist and more recently as a researcher. She has contributed to journal articles, chapters and books on psychosocial topics such as the treatment alliance, adherence to treatment, psychoeducation, diagnosis, and psychosocial interventions. She is passionate about doing research that involves active collaboration with people with bipolar disorder and their close family members/friends. For example, she ran focus groups with people with bipolar disorder, family members and clinicians to develop the MAPS group program for bipolar disorder sufferers. A subsequent RCT showed that MAPS helped reduce bipolar relapse. As part of her PhD she conducted a Delphi study with caregivers, consumers and clinicians with experience in dealing with bipolar disorder to develop guidelines for caregivers. These guidelines have been translated into booklets in Portugal and Brazil, and formed the basis of an information website www.bipolarcaregivers.org that was reported to be useful in an evaluation study involving web-users.

Contact

Email: lberk@unimelb.edu.au

Michael Berk, PhD

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Alfred Deakin Chair in Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Deakin University

Research
Professor Michael Berk is currently Alfred Deakin Chair of Psychiatry at Deakin University. He also is an Honorary Professorial Research fellow in the Department of Psychiatry, the Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health and Orygen Youth Health at Melbourne University. He is immediate past president of the International Society for Bipolar disorders and the Australasian Society or Bipolar and Depressive Disorders. He has published over 450 papers predominantly in mood disorders.  His greatest contribution to the field is in the discovery and implementation of novel therapies.  He has published over 25 self-initiated, non-industry randomised controlled trials. These include the first two published randomised trials of the atypical antipsychotics and lamotrigine in bipolar disorder, all of which are now established treatments. He completed one of the first and largest trials of fluoxetine in acral lick dermatitis, which is now a routine veterinary treatment and the largest trials of verapamil in mania and norethisterone in depression. Three RCT’s of antidepressants in schizophrenia have been completed, including the first of mirtazapine and reboxetine. The positive finding of the former has been repeatedly replicated, and is now routinely used in practice and incorporated into current guidelines. He has recently completed a number of trials as principal investigator. These include the first positive large scale trial of internet psychotherapy for bipolar disorder, the largest trial of Vitamin D in a community cohort. He has completed the first two randomised placebo controlled trials of N-acetyl cysteine in both depression and bipolar disorder maintenance treatment, which follow up two positive trials of NAC in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. These have broken new ground in establishing both an entirely novel treatment and implicating a novel mechanism of disease. NAC has begun to be used globally and appears in the latest treatment guidelines.

He is the recipient of a number of grants, including National Institutes of Health (US), Simon Autism Foundation, NHMRC CRE and project grants, Beyondblue, Stanley Medical Research Institute awards and is a lead investigator on a successful Collaborative Research Centre application. He is a committee member of both the Collegium Internationale Psychopharmacologicum and World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry is a member of a number of international advisory boards. He was the founding editor of The Journal of Depression and Anxiety, has served as guest editor or is on the editorial board of 12 other journals as well as being a reviewer of over 40 journals.

Contact

Email: mikebe@barwonhealth.org.au

Colin Depp, PhD

Colin Depp, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego

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Elliot Goldner, MD, FRCPC

Elliot Goldner, MD, FRCPC
Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University

Research & Publications
Dr. Goldner founded Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health & Addiction (CARMHA), a research unit at Simon Fraser University designed to provide research support to government ministries, health authorities and community agencies in their efforts to advance the quality of mental health and addiction services. Previously, Dr. Goldner was on faculty at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine for 20 years, where he was Head of the Division of Mental Health Policy & Services. Dr. Goldner continues to hold a faculty position at the University of British Columbia as Affiliate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry.

Currently, Dr. Goldner is the Scientific Lead of the Knowledge Exchange Centre (KEC) and Chair of the Science Advisory Committee of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Dr. Goldner is undertaking a key role in the operation of the KEC’s project addressing primary mental healthcare, the Collaborative Healthcare: Exchange, Evaluation & Research (CHEER) project and is active in many of the KEC programs and projects.

Dr. Goldner has published more than 100 scientific papers, book chapters, and policy publications. He is first author of a book entitled ‘A Concise Introduction to Mental Health in Canada’ published in 2011. He directed a national research training program, entitled ‘Research in Addiction & Mental Health Policy & Services’, funded by CIHR in order to train scientists to conduct research to advance the healthcare system’s approach to mental illness and addiction.

Steve Hinshaw, PhD

Steve Hinshaw, PhD
Professor and Chair of the Deparment of Psychology, University of California at Berkeley.

Research & Publications
Dr. Hinshaw’s main interests lie in the fields of clinical child and adolescent psychology and developmental psychopathology. Major themes diagnostic validity, family and peer relationships, subcategories of externalizing behavior, early prediction of behavioral and learning disorders, neuropsychology and neurobiology, expressions of psychopathology in female samples, and multimodal treatment strategies.

Increasingly, his research interests are focusing on adolescent and young adult outcomes, as the children in his continue to participate in prospective, longitudinal studies. In addition, he is increasingly interested in stigmatization of mental illness.

He has received numerous research grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health and is Past President of the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychology and the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the editor of Psychological Bulletin, the most cited journal in the field of psychology.

Dr. Hinshaw has authored over 200 articles and chapters in the field plus seven books, including “The Mark of Shame: Stigma of Mental Illness and an Agenda for Change,” “Breaking the Silence: Mental Health Professionals Disclose their Personal and Family Accounts of Mental Illness,” and “The Triple Bind: Saving Teenage Girls from Today’s Pressures.”

Contact
Department of Psychology
Tolman Hall #1650
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-1650

Tel: 510-643-8586
Email: hinshaw@berkeley.edu

Catriona Hippman, MSc (Genetic Counselling) CCGC/CGC

Catriona Hippman, MSc (Genetic Counselling) CCGC/CGC
Genetic Counsellor , Department of Psychiatry of the University of British Columbia.

Research
Catriona has undergraduate degrees in psychology and biology at Queen’s University in Ontario, and her Master’s degree in Genetic Counselling at UBC.

Catriona has recently won funding from the BC Medical Services Foundation as Co-Principal Investigator with Dr. Jehannine Austin to conduct a study investigating the impact of genetic counselling for individuals affected by bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. In this study, genetic counselling will be provided to individuals affected by mental illness, and will then evaluate whether the counselling helped to ameliorate some of the negative psychosocial consequences of their mental illness. The Women’s Health Research Institute has funded a parallel study that will investigate the impact of genetic counselling for family members of individuals with mental illness.

Catriona’s research interests also include the integration of routine depression screening into prenatal care, the emotional impact of prenatal screening for conditions such as Down syndrome on prospective parents, participatory action research, and causal attributions for major mental illnesses.

Contact
Centre for Complex Disorders
BCMHARI – Translational Lab Building
3rd Floor – 938 West 28th Ave.
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4H4

Tel: 604-875-2000 ext. 4718
Email: catriona.hippman@ubc.ca

Rachelle Hole, PhD

Rachelle Hole, PhD
Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of British Columbia Okanagan

Research

Dr. Hole’s research and teaching areas are in critical disability studies and qualitative inquiry with a commitment to community-based research. Rachelle worked for over 20 years in a variety of capacities with Deaf individuals and their families including a position as a community mental health worker for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind Well-Being Program.

Rachelle’s scholarly work has developed along two complementary streams: 1) a substantive focus on the complex ways that society produces practices of inclusion and exclusion informed by critical disability studies; and, 2) a methodological focus on qualitative and mixed-methods research. Both streams are informed by an overarching commitment to community-based research. With respect to the first stream, a specific focus of Rachelle’s research is in the community living sector working to promote and advance the inclusion of individuals with intellectual disabilities in community. She is the co-director for the Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship and the Centre for Social Spatial and Economic Justice at U.B.C.

Contact
Faculty of Health and Social Development
UBC Okanagan

Tel: 250-807-8741
Email: rachelle.hole@ubc.ca

Sheri Johnson, PhD

Sheri Johnson, PhD
Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of California Berkeley

Research
Dr. Johnson’s work has focused on psychosocial facets of BD for the past 15 years, with a particular emphasis on understanding the predictors of mania. Much of this work has centered around reward sensitivity, using life event, cognitive, personality, and behavioral research to understand the ways in which reward sensitivity operates within bipolar disorder.

She serves on the board for Psychological Bulletin, as well as for the Society for Research in Psychopathology. Her work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Cancer Institute, the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, and the National Science Foundation.

Contact
Department of Psychology
3210 Tolman Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720

Email: sljohnson@berkeley.edu

Steven Jones, PhD

Steven JonesSteven Jones, PhDCo- Director, Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research, Lancaster University

Research
Steven received his PhD and clinical training at the Institute of Psychiatry in London where he had an academic post before moving to the North West of the UK where he has worked in the NHS as well as at the University of Manchester until  2008 when he was founding Director of the Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research at Lancaster University. Since 2013 in recognition of the growth of the Spectrum Centre a co-directorship model was initiated between Steven and Fiona  Lobban (formerly associate director).

Steven’s research interests have always centred on the psychology of severe mental health problems. For over 15 years his primary interest has been in the psychology and psychological treatment of bipolar disorder and associated condition. In line with this interest he has over 100 publications, mainly on the development of cognitive therapy approaches for bipolar disorder and on psychological models relevant to the development and recurrence of bipolar experiences. External funding for his research work has come from diverse sources including NIHR, MRC, Wellcome Trust and NHS Trusts. The work of the Spectrum Centre is focused on research into the psychological understanding and treatment of bipolar disorder, working across academic, NHS and voluntary sector services to improve outcomes for individuals with this diagnosis.

Contact

Email: s.jones7@lancaster.ac.uk

Nasreen Khatri, PhD, CPsych

Dr.Nasreen Khatri 2012 Nasreen Khatri, PhD, CPsych Clinician Associate, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest

Dr. Nasreen Khatri is a registered clinical psychologist who specializes in the assessment, treatment and study of mood and anxiety disorders. From 2004 to 2012, she led the Mood and Related Disorders Clinic and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) service at Baycrest. Prior to joining Baycrest, Dr. Khatri completed both her clinical internship and her Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – funded postdoctorate in personality, CBT and mood disorders at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Currently, Dr. Khatri is a clinician associate at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest. Her research includes studying the cognitive mechanisms underlying depression in older adults, workplace mental health,caregivers, innovating CBT treatment for mood disorders in an aging population, women’s mental health and knowledge translation. Dr. Khatri’s research and collaborations have been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research. She has given over 100 presentations, workshops and seminars. She has been cited in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Wall Street Journal and UK Daily Mail. She has a blog on the Huffington Post site called: Mind your Mood. Currently, she serves on the Board of Trustees of The Psychology Foundation of Canada.

Contact
Rotman Research Institute
Baycrest
Room 714, 3560 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario, M6A 2E1

Tel: (416) 785-2500, ext. 3515
Email: nkhatri@research.baycrest.org

David Kreindler, MD, FRCP(C)

David Kreindler, MD, FRCP(C)
Assistant Professor, Mood & Anxiety Program,  Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

Research
Dr. Kreindler completed an Astronomy and Physics Specialist degree at the University of Toronto. After working as a software designer for the Department of Neurosurgery at the Hospital for Sick Children and some more time at the University of Toronto studying cognitive science, he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio for medical school. He returned to Toronto for residency, completing a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Since 2002, he has been working in the Division of Youth Psychiatry at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. He also is a member of the Centre for Mobile Computing in Mental Health a team which explores the role of handheld computers, cell phones and rich media in mental health.

David’s research interests include the aetiology of mood, the application of nonlinear dynamics to psychiatry, and the clinical applications of handheld computers. He also has an interest in information security for clinicians.

Contact
Department of Psychiatry
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Room FG-53 – 2075 Bayview Ave.
Toronto, ON M4N 3M5

Work: 416-480-5328
Email: david.kreindler@utoronto.ca

Raymond W. Lam, MD, FRCPC

Ray LamRaymond W. Lam, MD, FRCPC
Professor and Head of the Division of Clinical Neuroscience, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia,
Director of the Mood Disorders Centre of Excellence, UBC Hospital

Research & Publications
Dr. Lam’s research examines clinical and neurobiological factors in seasonal, atypical, difficult-to-treat and workplace depression, biological effects of light, clinical trials, clinical guidelines and treatment programs for depression. This work has been supported by many agencies including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation, and by industry research grants.

Dr. Lam has published over 250 scientific articles and book chapters, and edited or authored 6 books on depression. He also sits on the editorial boards of 6 international journals, including the Journal of Affective Disorders and the Cochrane Collaboration, and reviews for numerous journals and funding agencies.

Dr. Lam has received many awards for his research and teaching, including the Silver Anniversary Leadership Award (UBC Medical Alumni, 2006), the Scientific Achievement Award (Vancouver Coastal Health, 2003), the Douglas Utting Prize and Medal for Depression Research (SMBD-JGH/McGill University, 2001), the Nancy Roeske Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education (American Psychiatric Association, 1998), and a Special Recognition Award (Canadian Mental Health Association, 1999).

Contact
UBC Department of Psychiatry
2255 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 2A1

Tel: 604-822-7325
Email: r.lam@ubc.ca

Sara Lapsley

Sara Lapsley 2013Sara Lapsley, MSc Counselling (Candidate)
Master’s student in Counseling Psychology, University of British Columbia; Peer Support Coordinator, Forensic Psychiatric Hospital

Research
Sara Lapsley lives well with BD and has been involved in CREST.BD for a number of years as a peer researcher. Sara has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from SFU and is currently completing her Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology at UBC.  She recently developed and implemented a Peer Support Program at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Port Coquitlam as part of the Patient Engagement Project funded by CHSRF, and was a peer researcher on the Police Project funded by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Sara has worked on various projects with CREST.BD, including a recent article on stigma and a narrative review on recovery in people who live with BD. Currently, she is a peer researcher on a Delphi consensus study funded by the Coast Foundation which will identify effective strategies for the self-management of mania. She also is a member of CREST.BD’s Community Advisory Group.

Sara is active locally as a musician, writer, and volunteer broadcaster at the UBC campus radio station. She hopes to address stigma by being open about mental illness, and share the message that recovery is possible.

Contact
Email: saralapsley@hotmail.com

Mark Lau, PhD, RPsych

Mark LauMark Lau, PhD, RPsych
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia
Founding Fellow, Academy of Cognitive Therapy

Research & Publications
Mark Lau is a registered clinical psychologist in private practice at the Vancouver CBT Centre, a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia and a Founding Fellow of both the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behaviour Therapies. He specializes and he provides consultation and supervision in both MBCT and CBT.  Dr. Lau has 17 years clinical and research experience with both mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) and cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders.  Dr. Lau’s research interests include investigating the mechanisms underlying MBCT’s effectiveness, using MBCT to prevent depressive relapse in the workplace and in individuals with Bipolar II disorder, the development and validation of the Toronto Mindfulness Scale, and evaluating effective methods of disseminating MBCT and CBT.  In addition, he has provided leadership in developing models of mental health care delivery including innovative ways of delivering MBCT & CBT as well as in training and education including providing MBCT and CBT professional trainings nationally and internationally.  He is an Associate Editor of the journal Mindfulness.  He has been awarded the Scientist-Practitioner Award from the British Columbia Psychological Association and the Excellence in Continuing Mental Health Education Award from the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. http://www.vancouvercbt.ca/dr_lau.html

Contact
Email:
mark.lau@vancouvercbt.ca
Web: http://www.vancouvercbt.ca/dr_lau.html

Jamie Livingston, PhD

Jamie LivingstonJamie Livingston, PhD
Criminologist and Researcher

Research
Dr. Livingston is interested in issues of social inclusion and social justice for people with mental illness who are involved in the criminal justice system. Jamie’s current research program is primarily concentrated on understanding the effects of stigma on the lives of people with mental health and substance use problems, which includes studying how people with mental illness experience stigma (i.e., self-stigma) and examining how social structures produce social inequality and exclusion (i.e., structural stigma).

Dr. Livingston’s other areas of research focus on improving the interaction between people with mental illness and the police; increasing meaningful patient engagement in the design, delivery, and evaluation of forensic mental health services; and improving health service delivery to criminal justice populations. Dr. Livingston’s research uses innovative methodological approaches, such as community-based participatory action research, mixed methods, and systematic review / meta-analysis.

Contact
Email: dr.jdlivingston@gmail.com

Fiona Lobban, PhD

LANCASTER UNIVERSITY, PRESS OFFICE, ANNUAL REPORTFiona Lobban, PhD
Co- Director, Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research, Lancaster University

Research
Fiona Lobban is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the University of Lancaster, UK. Her interest in clinical research began during her undergraduate degree at University of Oxford, and continued through a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a PhD at the University of Manchester. In 2008 she moved to Lancaster University where she is now the Co-Director of the Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research which focuses on the development and evaluation of psychological interventions for people with bipolar disorder and related experiences. Her main aim is to increase access to effective psychological support for people with mental health problems and their relatives. She is author of over 40 peer reviewed publications and holds research grants from National Institute for Health Research, Medical Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council, and Department of Health. She lives in the Lake District with her family and spends a lot of time wet and muddy, usually on a bike.

Contact

Email: f.lobban@lancaster.ac.uk

Victoria Maxwell, BFA / BPP

Victoria MaxwellVictoria Maxwell, BFA / BPP

Since being diagnosed with BD, psychosis and anxiety, Victoria has become one of North America’s top speakers and educators on the ‘lived’ experience of mental illness and recovery, reducing stigma and successful return to work strategies.

For over 20 years, Victoria has worked as an actress and writer for both film and stage and a mental health worker for over seven. Her one-person shows, Crazy for Life and Funny… You Don’t Look Crazy?! tour internationally and have garnered awards in both the United States and Canada.

Her company, Crazy for Life Co., offers keynotes, solo shows and programs to corporations and conferences worldwide helping professionals, individuals and families understand the ‘insider’s’ experience of mental illness, identify elements of effective therapeutic relationships and offering tools and hope to build wellness and recovery and reduce stigma of this, one of the very last taboos.

*Bachelor of Fine Arts / Bi-Polar Princess

Contact
Crazy for Life Co.
PO Box 1354
Sechelt, BC V0N 3A0

Tel: 604-885-7465
Email: info@victoriamaxwell.com
Web: www.victoriamaxwell.com

David J. Miklowitz, PhD

David MiklowitzDavid J. Miklowitz, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, UCLA Semel Institute
Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, Oxford University.

Research
Dr. Miklowitz completed his undergraduate work at Brandeis University and his doctoral (1979-1985) and postdoctoral (1985-1988) work at UCLA. His research focuses on family environmental factors and family psychoeducational treatments for adult-onset and childhood-onset bipolar disorder.

Dr. Miklowitz has received the Joseph Gengerelli Dissertation Award from UCLA (1986), Young Investigator Awards from the International Congress on Schizophrenia Research (1987) and the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD; 1987), a Research Faculty Award from the University of Colorado (1998), and a Distinguished Investigator Award from NARSAD (2001). He is the recent recipient of the 2005 Mogens Schou Award for Research from the International Society for Bipolar Disorders. He has received funding for his research from the National Institute of Mental Health, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Robert Sutherland Foundation. He currently holds two major NIMH grants and two private foundation grants.

Publications
Dr. Miklowitz has published more than 180 research articles and book chapters on bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and three books, including The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide, a bestseller. His articles have appeared in the Archives of General Psychiatry, the American Journal of Psychiatry, the British Journal of Psychiatry, the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Biological Psychiatry, the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

His book with Michael Goldstein, Bipolar Disorder: A Family-Focused Treatment Approach (Guilford), won the 1998 Outstanding Research Publication Award from the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy. His book The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide is the second best-selling book on bipolar disorder, having sold over 160,000 copies. His latest book, also with Guilford, is titled The Bipolar Teen: What You Can Do to Help Your Teen and Family.

Contact
Jane & Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior
760 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Email: dmiklowitz@mednet.ucla.edu

Roumen Milev, MD, PhD, FRCPsych (UK), FRCPC

Roumen MilevRoumen Milev, MD, PhD, FRCPsych (UK), FRCPC
Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, and Head of Department of Psychiatry, Queen’s University

Research & Publications

Dr. Milev graduated medicine in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1983, obtained Specialty of Psychiatry in Bulgaria, MRCPsych in England and FRCPC in Canada. Defended his PhD in Forensic Psychiatry. In 1995 he moved to Regina, Canada where he became Medical Director of the Mental Health Clinic. In 2001 he was appointed Clinical Director of the Mood Disorder Research and Treatment Service in Kingston. In 2007 he became the Head of Department of Psychiatry at Queen’s University.

He is actively involved in research with patients with Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, and other Affective Disorders. Main areas of his research include issues of Stigma and ways of dealing with it, Sleep architecture, psychopharmacological and rTMS treatments.

Dr. Milev has many publications and significant teaching experience.  He lead workshops and panel discussions at conferences and has presented numerous lectures to Psychiatrists, Family Physicians and other health professionals.   Dr. Milev is involved actively in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, including supervision of masters and PhD students. He has been involved with CANMAT guidelines for management of patients with Bipolar Disorders, and with Depression. He has won several prizes and awards.

Contact
Department of Psychiatry
Queen’s University
Providence Care, Mental Health Services
752 King Street West
Kingston, ON K7L 5H6

Tel: 613-546-1101 ext. 5823
Email: milevr@providencecare.ca

Greg Murray, PhD

Greg Murray, PhD
Professor and Head of Psychological Sciences and Statistics (PSS),  Swinburne University of Technology, Australia.

Research & Publications
Professor Murray’s major research interest is the chronobiology of mood, especially the relationship between sleep, circadian function and positive mood states. Since taking out his PhD from University of Melbourne in 2001, he has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, won individual awards for teaching and research and been a chief investigator on more than $5 million of national competitive grants in Australia and overseas. Recent grants focus on the neurobiology of bipolar disorder, sleep as a vulnerability to depression, and knowledge dissemination around psychosocial factors in bipolar disorder. He currently supervises ten Doctoral/PhD students on projects related to bipolar disorder and emotion regulation. The majority of his research is collaborative and multi-disciplinary. In Australia he works with researchers investigating psychosocial treatments (live and online) for bipolar disorder. Internationally, he is a founder member of the Canadian CREST group investigating determinants of well-being in people with bipolar disorder. He collaborates with colleagues at UC Berkeley, Harvard, Yale and University of Massachusetts on studies of sleep, circadian rhythms and mood. (Greg has a parallel life as a drummer and can be seen around Melbourne with the Elwood Dads Band)

Contact
Faculty of Life and Social Sciences
Swinburne University of Technology
PO Box 218 John St.
Hawthorn 3122, Australia

Tel: +61-3-9214-8300
Email: gwm@swin.edu.au

Sagar V. Parikh, MD, FRCPC

Sagar ParikhSagar V. Parikh, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Parikh is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, where he has been Director of Continuing Mental Health Education, and Head of General Psychiatry.  At Toronto’s major hospital grouping, the University Health Network, he completed two terms as Deputy Psychiatrist in Chief and currently serves as the President of Medical Staff Association.  Previously, he was head of the Bipolar Clinic and Director of CME at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto.

Research and Publications

Dr. Parikh is the author / editor of two books and over 120 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and co-author of CANMAT treatment guidelines for Depression and for Bipolar Disorder. He holds research grants from multiple funding agencies, covering studies in clinical treatments in mood disorders, health services research, genetics, epidemiology, and educational research.  He has conducted clinical trials looking at the combination of medication and psychotherapy for bipolar disorder and for depression, as well as pharmacotherapy trials in mood disorders.  Current major projects include a multi-site study of Biomarkers in Major Depression, Anti-Stigma interventions in Bipolar disorder, Workplace Depression interventions, and a RCT of Telephone-Delivered CBT for Bariatric Surgery patients.    As medical director of Mensante, he helped create a novel internet system for recognition and management of mental disorders. He was awarded the Dave Davis CEPD Research Award from the University of Toronto in 2008 and the R.O. Jones Award for Best Research Paper by the Canadian Psychiatric Association in 2011. He serves as Secretary of the International Society for Affective Disorders, and Co-Head, Section of Affective Disorders, World Psychiatric Association.  He was honored by the Canadian Psychiatric Association by delivering the Distinguished Member Lecture at the 2007 CPA Annual Meeting.  His teaching has won him three local, two national, and one international awards, most recently the Association of Chairs of Psychiatry Award for Excellence in Education.

Contact
Toronto Western Hospital, Main Pavillion
9th Floor Rm 324
399 Bathurst St.
Toronto, ON M5T 2S8

Tel: 416-603-5734

Barbara Pesut, PhD, RN

Barb PesutBarbara Pesut, PhD, RN
Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia – Okanagan.

Research
Dr. Pesut’s research focuses on exploring the role that spirituality and religion play in health and on the ethical integration of diverse spiritual values and beliefs into healthcare. She brings expertise in qualitative research methodologies, rural and remote issues healthcare delivery, and understanding the lived experience of spirituality.

Currently, she is researching the negotiation of religious and spirituality plurality between patients and care providers, and the implications of changing societal conceptualizations of spirituality on healthcare practice.

Contact
University of British Columbia Okanagan
3333 University Way
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7
ART360 (Arts Building)

Tel: 250-807-9955
Email: barb.pesut@ubc.ca

Melinda Suto, PhD

Melinda SutoMelinda Suto, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy< University of British Columbia

Research & Publications
Melinda completed her graduate training at the University of Southern California (MA, Occupational Therapy) and UBC (PhD, Educational Studies). Her doctoral research explored how resettlement processes and environments shape leisure participation and meanings for immigrant women in Canada.

Melinda’s research interests span leisure (with a focus on gardening and well-being), community mental health, social support, and interpersonal communication. In collaboration with Erin Michalak and several other CREST.BD team members, Melinda is using a qualitative research design to investigate self-management strategies that people with BD use to stay well. Past and present interest in psychosocial aspects of BD arises from teaching psychosocial occupational therapy at UBC, working with clients in community and inpatient settings, and ongoing personal interactions with people living with this disorder.

Future plans with CREST.BD include contributing qualitative expertise to a variety of projects and also addressing these questions: 1) What are the important occupations that BD disrupts and how can education and intervention change individuals’ quality of life and well-being? 2) How can friendship and other forms of social support contribute to improved health outcomes for individuals with BD? 3) What role do leisure occupations play in promoting well-being for individuals with BD?

Her latest publication is a co-authored book, Qualitative research for occupational and physical therapists: A practical guide.

Contact
T325 – 2211 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 2B5
T-333 Koerner

Tel: 604-822-739

Ivan J. Torres, PhD

Ivan TorresIvan J. Torres, PhD, R.Psych
Clinical Associate Professor,  Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia
Research Scientist, British Columbia Mental Health and Addictions Services

Research
Dr. Torres’ research interests involve investigation of cognitive functioning in psychosis and mood disorders, with an emphasis on memory, executive, and self-regulatory functions. Current work in BD includes investigation of neuropsychological functioning in euthymic first episode bipolar disorder, as well as changes in cognition throughout the early course of the illness. Additionally, although preliminary research has linked cognitive functioning with psychosocial outcomes in bipolar disorder, there is little understanding of the specific cognitive processes that best predict functional outcome in BD, or whether the cognition / psychosocial functioning relationship is present early in the course of illness.

Contact
Tel: 604-524-7687
Email: itorres@bcmhs.bc.ca

Samson Tse, PhD

Samson TseSamson Tse, PhD
Associate Professorship, Department of Social Work and Social Administration, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong.

Research & Publications
After residing in New Zealand for twenty years, Samson returned to Hong Kong in late 2008 where he takes up the Associate Professorship at the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, Faculty of Social Sciences in The University of Hong Kong. He is also the Program Director of Master of Social Sciences in Counseling and provides doctoral supervision, mainly in areas of recovery approach for people affected by mood disorders, addiction problems, or family violence and strengths-based mental health interventions.

Prior to his return, he worked as Associate Professor, Director of Mental Health, Director of Centre for Asian Health Research and Evaluation in the School of Population Health, The University of Auckland, New Zealand. He was the Faculty’s Associate Dean and played a significant role in the Centre for Gambling Studies.

Samson is trained in occupational therapy and psychology. He has successfully completed his Master’s degree training in psychology and received his Doctoral degree from the Department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. His doctoral work focused on people with BD and their experiences in returning to paid employment. His recent projects include comparing the recovery experiences of those living with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, reviewing the effectiveness of consumers-led mental health services, evaluating the use of strength-based model in mental health services and examining problem gambling among adults.

Contact
Department of Social Work & Social Administration
Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Hong Kong
Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong

Tel: 852-28591071
Email: samsont@hku.hk
Web: www.socialwork.hku.hk

Vytas P. Velyvis, MA, PhD Candidate

Vytas Velyvis
Vytas P. Velyvis, MA, PhD Candidate

Vytas Velyvis has been working in both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings in Ontario since 1990, and has been involved in a wide array of mental health clinical, research and teaching roles ever since. He has worked at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health and at the University Health Network, both in Toronto, Ontario, for over 15 years, and most recently has been at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (formerly, Whitby Mental Health Centre).

For the past 10 years, his research, teaching and clinical interests have been particularly attuned to psychosocial and psychological issues related to bipolar disorder. Vytas served as a CBT and psychoeducation therapist for Drs. Ari Zaretsky and Sagar Parikh’s recently published NARSAD funded study evaluating the efficacy of CBT and PE psychosocial interventions. He later coordinated and coauthored Canada’s largest (CIHR) funded psychosocial randomized controlled trial in bipolar disorder with Dr. Parikh, which recently has been submitted for publication.

Through his early collaborative research and clinical experience with bipolar disorder, he has continued to offer psychosocial treatment for bipolar patients in Toronto through CBT Associates of Toronto, and he continues to pursue research into the relationships among bipolar self-concept, bipolar schemas, and internalized stigma. Vytas has also worked in supervised psychological practice specializing in diagnostic assessment and has had extensive experience in CBT for anxiety and mood disorders in general.

Vytas Velyvis has taught internationally and presented numerous courses and workshops on CBT for anxiety and mood disorders as well as on the use of clinician rating scales and diagnostic tools. He is often sought to formally teach health professionals about CBT and psychoeducation for bipolar disorder through local CME, as well as through the University of Toronto affiliated, continuing education program psychotherapy series for Toronto Advanced Professionals Education (TAPE).

Lakshmi N. Yatham, MBBS, FRCPC, MRCPsych (UK)

LakshmiLakshmi N. Yatham, MBBS, FRCPC, MRCPsych (UK)
Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Head of Research and International Affairs,  Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.

Research & Publications
Dr. Yatham’s major areas of research interest include neurobiology and treatment of BD and major depression.Dr. Yatham was a recipient of the Michael Smith Foundation Senior Scholar Award, and his work has been funded by a number of peer-reviewed funding agencies such as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation, Stanley Foundation, and National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, USA. Dr. Yatham leads a Canadian consortium on BD, which is currently pursuing testing of new treatments for BD using pragmatic and controlled trials with substantial funding from CIHR.

He co-led the development of Canadian guidelines for treatment of BD in 1997 and his group recently revised the guidelines for 2005 and these were published with International Commentaries in Bipolar Disorders Journal in June. He is Chair of the bipolar group of the Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CANMAT), and is actively involved at a national and international level in continuing medical education and public education on diagnosis and treatment of BD for psychiatrists, family physicians, and the general public.

Dr. Yatham is currently the President for the International Society for Bipolar Disorders and he is on the editorial boards of a number of journals including Bipolar Disorders, Brain Pharmacology, Human Psychopharmacology, Quarterly Journal of Mental Health etc. He has published over 140 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and presented his research work at numerous international conferences. Dr. Yatham is a ‘qualified health researcher’ (QHR) within the CREST.BD team.

Contact
UBC Mood Disorders Centre
2255 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 2A1

Tel: 604-822-7325
Email: yatham@interchange.ubc.ca

Eric Youngstrom, PhD

Eric YoungstromEric Youngstrom, PhD
Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Associate Director, Center of Excellence for Research and Treatment of Bipolar Disorder

Eric Youngstrom, Ph.D., is the first recipient of the Early Career Award from the Division of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology, and has also been an American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Travel Fellow.

Research & Publications
Dr. Youngstrom is a licensed psychologist who specializes in the relationship of emotions and psychopathology, and the clinical assessment of children and families. He teaches courses on assessment and therapy, developmental psychopathology, research design, and multivariate statistics, and has earned the Carl F. Wittke, Glennan Fellowship, and the Northeastern Ohio Teaching Awards. He also actively investigates ways of improving the use of clinical assessment instruments for making better differential diagnoses, predictions about future functioning, or monitoring of treatment progress – particularly with regard to bipolar disorder across the lifespan.

He has served as the Director of the Data Management and Statistical Analysis Unit and Research Methods Core of the Center for Research in Bipolar Disorder across the Life Cycle. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Delaware, and he completed his predoctoral internship training at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic before joining the faculty at Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Youngstrom has spoken on the topic of pediatric bipolar disorder at scientific meetings in Canada, Europe, South America, and Asia, as well as around the United States. Dr. Youngstrom has published more than 100 peer reviewed publications on the topics of clinical assessment and emotion, and he has served as an ad hoc reviewer on more than thirty prominent psychology and psychiatry journals as well as being on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, and Psychological Assessment.

Dr. Youngstrom is the principal investigator on a five year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (R01 MH066647) and co-investigator of a second, multi-site R01, both designed to improve the assessment of bipolar disorder in diverse community samples. He has received grants from the NIMH, the Ohio Department of Mental Health, Cuyahoga County, and the Schubert Center for Child Development, and has been principal or co-investigator on more than $14 million in funded projects.

Contact
248 Davie Hall
Psychology Departmen
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3270

Tel: 919-962-3997
Email: eay@unc.edu
Web: http://www.unc.edu/~eyoungst/

CLINICIAN LEADS

Joanna Cheek, MD

JCheekJoanna Cheek, MD, FRCPC
Psychiatrist, Vancouver Island Health Authority, Mood Disorders Program and Co-lead Physician, at the University of Victoria, Mood and Anxiety Clinic.

Joanna Cheek is a psychiatrist with the University of Victoria Mood and Anxiety Program and Victoria Mental Health Affective Disorder Program.  She previously trained as a kinesiologist, focusing her undergraduate degree on health promotion, and continued on at the University of British Columbia to attain her medical degree.  Recently graduating from the University of British Columbia’s psychiatry post-graduate program, she specializes in individual and group psychotherapy modalities including psychoeducation, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based interventions, dialectical behavioral therapy, and psychodynamic therapy.  She is a founding member of the new British Columbia Association for Living Mindfully and has been developing a variety of psychosocial groups to be offered in her local mental health programs.  Her interests include stigma reduction and translating evidence-based psychosocial wellness strategies into effective mental health programs and accessible information for the public.

Rosalind Irving, M. Ed. (Counselling Psych)

Rosalind Irving, M. Ed. (Counselling Psych)
Family Therapist with Community Psychiatric Services in North Vancouver (VCH). Research

irvingRosalind holds a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology and her practice as a psychotherapist has a strong focus on family self-care, collaborative identity-building and recovery from mental illness. In addition, Rosalind is an experienced educator, and has spent over 20 years teaching secondary school in Canada and the UK.

Rosalind has recently been awarded a Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute team grant to study the use of recovery narratives in facilitating wellness in people living with BD. The research explores the therapeutic value of narratives both for the individual writing their own story and for others reading them. In addition to her practice and research, Rosalind is also active in mental health advocacy; in April 2010 she participated in a Canadian Mental Health Commission Roundtable discussion in Ottawa identifying innovative services for families and people with lived experience of mental illness.

Contact
North Shore Community Psychiatric Services
Vancouver Coastal Health

Phone: 604-983-6035
Email: rosalind.irving@vch.ca

Sandra Hale, BSc OT

Sandra Hale, BSc OT

haleSandra Hale, BSc OT

Sandra has practiced as an occupational therapist since 1987. She has worked in a number of mental health programs since 1994 in hospital and community settings and has been a core member of CREST.BD since its inception. She recently completed her Master of Science graduate degree at the University of British Columbia. With support from her research committee, CREST.BD, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Sandra studied the employment experiences of people living with BD.

Her publications include two book chapters, several papers and conference presentations on the topics of bipolar disorder, employment, wellness strategies and recovery.

Contact
Tel: 778-322-9739
Email: sandra49@telus.net

Rob Tarzwell, MD, FRCPC

RobTarzwell1 CroppedRob Tarzwell, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Robert Tarzwell is certified in both psychiatry and nuclear medicine by the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, and he actively practices both specialties.  His main clinical and research interest is the use of functional brain imaging in diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders.  He is a Clinical Assistant Professor on the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, with a cross-appointment as external faculty of Green College.  He is also active and interested in new media as a clinical teaching tool, and he created the One Minute Medical School channel on YouTube to disseminate brief videos on medical topics for a general audience.  Along that same line, he is a co-founder of Viewers Like You Productions, a new Vancouver and Toronto based film and television production company which just finished its first feature film, FOCUS, on which he was Executive Producer.  Dr. Tarzwell is also interested in the use of technology to improve health care delivery, and he is a Medical Director of Psychiatry for Medeo.ca, a new telemedicine company which links doctors to patients via bank-grade encrypted video, at no cost to the patient.  He holds the world record for a continuous table hockey match, 30 hours.

TRAINEES

Guillermo Perez Algorta, PhD

Guillermo Perez Algorta, PhD
Guillermo
Postdoctoral researcher, Child and Mood Disorders Lab, Department of Psychiatry, Ohio State University.

Research
Dr. Perez Algorta is a post-doctoral researcher in the Child Mood Disorders lab at the Ohio State University. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Palermo University, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and his B.A. in psychology at Catholic University in Montevideo, Uruguay. Dr. Perez Algorta’s research interests include phenomenology and assessment of bipolar spectrum disorders.

Laurent Coque, PhD

Laurent Coque, PhD

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Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia

Research

Following his Ph.D. graduation in 2006, Dr. Coque applied his molecular biology expertise to researching the biology of bipolar disorder. From 2007-2011, Dr. Coque led a research project focusing on the manic phase of bipolar disorder (using a mouse model) and from 2011-2013, he explored the biology of impulsivity in rats with a behavioral task that models gambling. Dr. Coque currently researches the factors and domains that influence quality of life for people living with bipolar disorder and, through his participation with CREST.BD since 2013, has also added knowledge translation to his research.  He looks forward to exploring new ways of researching bipolar disorder in the future. Dr. Coque’s passion for biology research emerged from observing nature during outdoor activities and he enjoys weekend hikes and bike trips with friends.

Contact
Email: laurent.coque@gmail.com

Cindy Holmes, PhD

Cindy Holmes, PhD
Cindy Holmes

Dr. Cindy Holmes is a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities and Mental Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University. Dr. Holmes is an interdisciplinary health scholar examining the intersections between violence, social inequity, health and place. She completed her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at UBC in 2013, where her research explored violence prevention and intervention strategies in lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and transgender communities. Her current research examines the relationship between violence, place, and mental health in the lives of transgender and gender non-conforming people. This qualitative study uses Photovoice, a community-based participatory research method that combines photography, dialogue and social action. Dr. Holmes’ research is also supported by a CIHR-funded IMPART Postdoctoral Fellowship, which extends her research into the area of addictions. Her work reflects a commitment to social justice and health equity that is embedded in over two decades’ experience in public and population health and social work.

Contact:

Email: clholmes@sfu.ca
http://www.msfhr.org/cindy-holmes

Emma Gliddon, PhD Candidate

Emma Gliddon, BAppSc(Psych), BSc(Hons)
Emma GliddonDoctoral Student, School of Medicine, Deakin University
Research
In 2009, Emma began working on the MoodSwings online self-help program for bipolar disorder as a voluntary research assistant while completing my bachelor’s degree in psychology at RMIT University. In 2010, she worked on the program as an honours student at the University of Melbourne. During this time Emma conducted a usability test and pilot study on an updated version of the MoodSwings program, under the supervision of Professor Michael Berk, Ms Sue Lauder and Associate Professor Seetal Dodd. Following the completion of her honours in 2010, Emma was invited to continue working on the MoodSwings program as a research assistant with the University of Melbourne, funded by the National Institutes of Health. At this time, the MoodSwings program became a collaborative project between the University of Melbourne and the VA at Stanford University in the United States.

In 2013, Emma commenced her Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine) at Deakin University. Her PhD study involves a three-arm randomised controlled trial (n = 300) of the MoodSwings online self-help program for bipolar disorder. The MoodSwings program consists of bi-weekly educational modules, a number of interactive tools and group based discussion boards. This research will evaluate the impact of the included online discussion boards on outcomes, with particular focus on social support, by comparing three treatment groups: Discussion board only, discussion board plus psychoeducation material, and discussion board, psychoeducation material, and interactive tools.

Contact: 
Tel: +61 03 4215 3307
Email: eglidd@gmail.com

Dennis Jasper, RN, BSN
Dennis profile pictureDennis Jasper RN, BSN
Lecturer, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus
Dennis graduated from the BSN nursing program at Okanagan University College in 2000 and has spent 10 years working as an acute mental health nurse on an inpatient psychiatric unit at Kelowna General Hospital.  In 2010 he joined the staff of UBC’s School of Nursing as a clinical instructor and then as a faculty lecturer in 2011.  He started his MSN in 2011 and is currently transferring to the IGS PhD program to undertake research in bipolar disorder, quality of life, and rural care delivery.

Contact: 
Email: dennis.jasper@ubc.ca

Emma Morton, PhD Candidate

Emma E. Morton, BSc(Hons), PhD Candidate (Australia)

EmmaMortonEmma Morton completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours in psychology at The University of Melbourne in 2013, and is currently a PhD candidate at Swinburne University. She is also currently undertaking clinical training in psychology.

Emma’s research interests include the relationship between quality of life and bipolar disorder symptoms over time, and the use of quality of life as a treatment outcome variable.

Contact
Email: emma.e.morton@gmail.com

Alicia Semaka, PhD
Alicia Semaka, MSc, PhD, (C)CGC
IMG_1922Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia
Research
Dr. Alicia Semaka is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. She received her MSc in Genetic Counselling in 2005 and her PhD in Medical Genetics in 2012. In January 2013, she joined Dr. Jehannine Austin’s research team at the B.C. Mental Health and Addictions Research Institute. Her research will explore how genetic counselling impacts outcomes for individuals affected by bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. Increasing our understanding of how the process of genetic counselling influences patient outcomes, such as treatment adherence and illness management related to self-efficacy, will support the standard provision of this health services for persons with serious mental illness. Her research will also facilitate improvements to the counselling process and inform clinical practice recommendations for psychiatric genetic counselling.
Contact:
B.C. Mental Health & Addictions Research Institute
Translational Research Building
Rm A3 – 113, 3rd Floor
938 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, B.C.
Tel: 604 875 2000 ext. 5379
Email: alicia.semaka@ubc.ca

STAFF

Nusha Balram-Elliott, Research Coordintaor

photo1Nusha Balram-Elliott, MA, Research Coordinator

Nusha received her Masters in Public Policy from UBC in 2012 where her interest was primarily in Canadian immigrant and refugee policy. Nusha is interested in community-based participatory research and especially social determinants of health. She has experience in front-line immigrant services and social justice research as well as art and photography. Nusha is originally from Singapore and came to Vancouver, via Victoria and Idyllwild, California, where she has now lived for the past 7 years.

Nusha plays a key role in coordinating all facets of CREST.BD’s research studies and our community events.

Contact
Department of Psychiatry
University of British Columbia
#420-5950 University Boulevard
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3

Tel: 604-822-7247
Email: nusha.elliott@ubc.ca

Chandra Jade, Research Assistant

Chandra Jade, BA, Research Assistant

ChandraHaving recently completed her B.A. in Psychology at UBC, Chandra is very excited to have joined the CREST.BD team to study psychosocial issues in bipolar disorder. With a particular interest in equity issues surrounding gender, race, culture, sexual orientation, disabilities and mental health, Chandra is very interested in CREST.BD’s goals of helping to reduce stigma and improve quality of life for individuals with bipolar disorder.  As a mentor and tutor for UBC students with Asperger’s syndrome, physical and/or learning disabilities during her undergrad and having worked as computer animator in film and television for many years before that, Chandra brings a diverse skillset in psychology, fine arts, computers and education to the CREST.BD team.

Contact:
Department of Psychiatry
University of British Columbia
#420-5950 University Boulevard
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
Tel: 604-827-3115
Email: chandra.jade@ubc.ca

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