The AMA is LIVE! Join us for the next 48 hours to have your question answered by our bipolar disorder experts!
We’re hosting our 4th annual “Ask me Anything” on Reddit for World Bipolar Day! At the AMA, we bring together a panel of experts to answer your questions about bipolar disorder.
Date: March 30, 2022
Time: Starting 10:00AM Pacific, 1:00PM Eastern (continues for 48 hours!)
Link: https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/tsalxc/we_are_bipolar_disorder_experts_amp_scientists_in/ (Check for precise link closer to the date!)
We’ll host the AMA on r/IAmA on Reddit! It’s a platform for question and answer events, where anyone with a Reddit account can ask a question. They’ve hosted lots of different interviewees in the past, including Barack Obama, Dr. Jane Goodall, and Bill Gates. Our diverse team will reply to your bipolar disorder questions from our /u/CREST_BD Reddit account.
Our Bipolar Disorder Experts
This year our team includes over 40 bipolar disorder researchers and people who live with bipolar disorder from 9 countries! This includes people who are researchers or clinicians and live with bipolar disorder.
Actress, Mental Health Advocate
About Alessandra / The EmotionAL Support Podcast / @alessandratorresani
I’m an actress and mental health advocate. I’ve appeared on the Big Bang Theory, American Horror Story, and Caprica! I’m also an ambassador for the National Alliance on Mental Health, and I host the EmotionAL Support podcast, where I talk with guests about mental health to break through stigma!
Annemiek Dols, MD, PhD
Psychiatrist and Senior Researcher
Annemiek Dols is a psychiatrist working in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She does research on aging in bipolar disorder with a focus on cognitive and physical health. Next to that, she has set up several psychotherapies trials in older age bipolar disorder, as she believes that empowerment is most important. She is co-Chair of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders Older Adult Bipolar Disorder Task Force, and helps to lead a global study combining data on late-life bipolar disorder from studies across the world.
Co-Founder and President, Stigma-Free Society
About Andrea / @bipolar__babe
Andrea Paquette is the President and Co-Founder of the Stigma-Free Society and also known as the Bipolar Babe. Andrea is passionate about educating all youth about mental health. She focuses her discussions on stigma that negatively affect people’s perceptions of themselves and others. Andrea presents throughout multiple venues across the country. She is an award-winning mental health activist, educator, facilitator, speaker, and published author.
Benjamin Goldstein, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Professor of Psychiatry
crestbd.ca/benjamin / @bengoldstein73
I’m a child and adolescent psychiatrist and professor at the University of Toronto, and Director of the Centre for Youth Bipolar Disorder at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. My research efforts focus on teenagers with, or at familial risk for, bipolar disorder.-
Chris Gorman, MD
I’m a psychiatrist with a special interest in Bipolar Disorders, and Clinical Professor at UBC Dept. Of Psychiatry, Vancouver, BC. My current work is with the Vancouver General Hospital Psychiatry Outpatient Service and as a Community Advisor for CREST.BD.
Mental Health Advocate, Lived Experience
Don Kattler has worked as the Substance Use Recovery Worker for Island Health’s Mental Health and Substance Use Intensive Case Management Team in Port Hardy on northern Vancouver Island, and is active in the mental health community as a volunteer. Don lives well with bipolar disorder and works to support those living with mental health conditions.
Emma Morton, PhD
Psychologist, Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychiatry
crestbd.ca/emma / @morton_emm
I’m an Institute of Mental Health Marshall Fellow at UBC Psychiatry. My research has focused on improving the understanding and treatment of of quality of life in serious mental health conditions, self-management strategies, and digital mental health tools.
Erin Michalak, PhD
CREST.BD founder, Professor of Psychiatry
crestbd.ca/erin / @erin_michalak
I’m the founder and Network Lead of CREST.BD, and Professor at UBC Psychiatry. My work focuses on enhancing quality of life and reducing stigma for people living with bipolar disorder.
Fabiano Gomes, MD, PhD
I am an academic psychiatrist with a special interest in bipolar disorder. I am an assistant professor at Queen’s University, Canada, where I work with people living with mood disorders to promote their stability and quality of life.
Glorianna Jagfeld (she/her/hers), PhD Student
PhD Candidate, Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research
About Glorianna / @glorisonne
I’m in my final year of my PhD at the Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research at Lancaster University in the UK. I’ve published the first conceptual framework for personal recovery in bipolar disorder, POETIC. Now I’m applying it to a large dataset of public Reddit posts by people with a self-reported bipolar diagnosis that I collected to see what they can tell us about the experience of personal recovery in bipolar disorder.
Georgina Hosang, PhD
I am a senior lecturer (associate professor) at Queen Mary University of London, UK. There, I investigate the social factors that impact on the development and course of bipolar disorder. I also teach undergraduate and master students on topics concerned with bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses.
Greg Murray, PhD
Co-director of CREST.BD, Psychologist, Professor of Psychological Sciences
crestbd.ca/greg / @profrnb
Professor Greg Murray conducts research into mood disorders, circadian rhythms, and personality. He is ranked in the top 1% of researchers worldwide in each of these fields, and is recognised as a world expert in bipolar disorder (Expertscape.com).
Ivan Torres, PhD
Psychologist, Clinical Professor
I’m a clinical neuropsychologist and clinical professor at UBC Psychiatry, and an investigator within BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services. My work involves the study of cognitive functioning in bipolar disorder and psychosis and its impact on daily functioning
Ives Cavalcante Passos, MD, PhD
About Ives / Instagram
I am the psychiatrist in chief of the bipolar disorder outpatient clinic in the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. My work focuses on the study of the longitudinal course of the disease and the use of new technologies to provide better care to patients with bipolar disorder.
Jorge Cabrera, MD
President, Chilean Society of Bipolar Disorders
Jorge Cabrera, MD, Psychoanalist, is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Chile Santiago, President of Chilean Society of Bipolar Disorders, (SOCHITAB), the Chilean Chapter of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders, (ISBD). He is editor of the website www.sochitab.cl and founder of the Chilean Depression and Bipolar Support Group Circulo Polar (www.circupolar.cl).
Kamyar Keramatian, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UBC
About Kamyar / crest.bd/kamyar
I am an adolescent and adult psychiatrist and a clinical assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. My research is focused on early interventions in bipolar disorder.
Outreach Worker & Mental Health Advocate, Lived Experience
I am the mother of 9 year old twin identical boys. I had children later in life because of the disruption of bipolar disorder. I have had 5 bipolar episodes including 3 hospitalizations. I have taken part in many studies. I recently presented with Catriona Hippman on Bipolar and Pregnancy with CRESTBD. It has been 15 years since my last episode. I worked as an outreach worker for 11 years for Vancouver Coastal Health and recently completed a Master of Public Policy and Administration: Social Change Leadership. I am currently working on a project to train peer advocates across BC to support mothers and families who are at risk of government intervention.
Lisa Eyler, PhD
Clinical Research Psychologist, Professor of Psychiatry
Lisa Eyler, PhD is a Professor of Psychiatry at UC San Diego and the Director of the Mental Health and Aging Unit of the Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. She does research on the aging process in bipolar disorder using methods such as brain imaging, cognitive testing, mobile surveys, activity watches, and blood draws to look at immune-related compounds. She is co-Chair of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders Older Adult Bipolar Disorder Task Force, and helps to lead a global study combining data on late-life bipolar disorder from studies across the world.
Lisa O’Donnell, PhD, MSW
Cognitive Therapist, Social Worker
Lisa O’Donnell is an assistant professor and her work focuses on improving work outcomes for individuals living with bipolar disorder.
MSW, Lived Experience
crestbd.ca/louise / My Bipolar Story
I am a regular blog writer for CREST.BD, currently living well with bipolar disorder. I like to use my 30 years’ experience to help the newly diagnosed in their journey to wellness. I am writing a young adult novel in my spare time.
Luke Clark, PhD
Director, UBC Centre for Gambling Research
I’m the director of the Centre for Gambling Research at UBC and a Professor in the Department of Psychology. I’m interested in decision making, financial behaviours, and behavioural addictions as they might be relevant to people with bipolar disorder.
Madelaine Gierc, MPD, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, UBC
Dr. Gierc is a postdoctoral fellow in the Population Physical Lab at UBC, and works in health psychology in Vancouver. Her research looks at the connection between exercise, health, and psychology; and strategies to promote physical activity in people with depression. She is currently training for her first 10K, and is learning how to play the cello.
Manuel Sanchez de Carmona
Professor, Anahuac University Mexico City
Manuel is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, at the Anahuac University Mexico City and founder of the International Society of Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) Mexican Chapter. He is past president of the ISBD and has over 25 years of clinical experience in the treatment of mood disorders.
Mollie Pleet, PsyD
I’m a psychologist with expertise in psychedelic assisted therapies. As part of my advocacy for including underserved populations in psychedelic research, I conducted a study exploring the risks and benefits that occur when adults with bipolar disorder use psilocybin mushrooms.
Natasha Reaney, MEd
Counsellor, Lived Experience
I have bipolar disorder and I live a full and rich life. I work full-time as a mental health and addictions counsellor/case manager with my local health authority. I am very passionate and outspoken about my experiences with bipolar and my love of chocolate.
Nigila Ravichandran, MBBS, MMed
Senior Psychiatrist in Singapore
crestbd.ca/nigila / Institute of Mental Health (Singapore)
She is primarily a clinician caring for her patients with mental health conditions, particularly attending to patients presenting in crisis to the emergency department of a psychiatry hospital. In addition, she is an academician and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor teaching younger generations of medical staff on psychiatric management. She is also passionate about taking mental wellness into the community and speaks frequently on broadcasting media like radio, television, webinars, in public forums, in regional and international conferences and believes that adequate information and education on mental health awareness will take mental health into further depths in the society.
Paula Villela Nunes, PhD
Psychiatrist & Researcher
I’m Psychiatrist, researcher and Professor of Psychiatry at USP – Brazil. My work focuses on old age psychiatry and care partners of people living with bipolar disorder.
Poet, Former Social Worker Lived Experience
I’m a young 78 year old who experienced hypomania episode and mania, a regular blog writer for CREST.BD, a published writer and poet. Thanks to prescribed medication and support of loved ones, I manage to live well with my underlying BD and made many community presentations about my life story.
Rebekah Huber, PhD
About Rebekah / @rebekahhuberphd
I’m a a licensed psychologist and a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Utah School of Medicine. My research aims to identify risk factors for suicide with a specific focus on youth with bipolar disorder.
Rob Tarzwell, MD
crestbd.ca/rob / @1MinMedSchool / @Rob_Tarzwell
I’m a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia. My main research interest is the use of brain imaging for treating and diagnosing psychiatric disorders. I also create and run the One Minute Medical School YouTube channel.
Rosemary Xinhe Hu (she/她)
Poet, Educator, Lived Experience
I am a Chinese Canadian woman, who is a poet and educator. I live well with bipolar, and am open about my experience living with this mental illness because I know from first hand experience that visible representation of mental illness (especially among visible minorities) makes people feel less alone, and more equipped to seek help. I am so proud to be part of the brilliant mentally ill community, nurturing and providing radical care for one another.
Senior Case Worker, Lived Experience
I am a trained counsellor and work as a case worker with Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH) Oasis Day Centre , a psychiatric rehabilitation day centre, in Singapore . I live with Bipolar Disorder will be happy to share my personal experiences.
Sagar Parikh, MD
Medical Director, National Network of Depression Centres
About Sagar / crestbd.ca/sagar
Dr. Parikh is the medical director of the National Network of Depression Centres and a professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan. His research interests lie in clinical treatments for mood disorders, health services research, genetics, epidemiology and educational research.
Sarah H. Sperry, PhD
Clinical Psychologist & Researcher
About Sarah / @DrSarahSperry
I am an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan where I serve as a primary investigator with the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program. My research and clinical work focuses on understanding and developing targeted interventions for emotion dysregulation, sleep disturbances, and co-occurring alcohol and substance use in individuals with bipolar disorder.
Serge Beaulieu, MD, PhD, FRCPC
I am the Medical Chief of the Bipolar Disorders Clinic at the Douglas Mental Health Institute in Montréal and Vice-President of Revivre (now Relief: https://myrelief.ca/). I am delighted to participate in the World Bipolar Day AMA in whichever language you prefer (English or French).
Sheri Johnson, PhD
Clinical Psychologist, Professor
Sheri L. Johnson, Ph.D. is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology and the Director of the CAL Mania (CALM) Program at the University of California Berkeley. She has conducted research on goal-setting, emotion and impulsivity in bipolar disorder for 20 years, and is happy to answer questions.
Steven Barnes, PhD
Co-director of CREST.BD, Senior Instructor, Artist, Lived Experience
crestbd.ca/steven / @sj_barnes / stevenjbarnes.com
I’m the deputy network lead for CREST.BD, Associate Professor of Teaching in UBC Psychology, and 3M National Teaching Fellow. I like teaching, research, painting, drawing, and developing novel technologies for learning and knowledge translation. I’m happy to answer questions about my experiences living with bipolar disorder!
Steve Jones, PhD
Co-Director of Spectrum Centre, Professor, Lancaster University
About Steve / #TalkBD with Steve / crestbd.ca/steve
I am Co-Director of the Spectrum Centre at Lancaster University and Professor of Clinical Psychology. My research focus is on development and evaluation of new psychological interventions developed in partnership with people with lived experience of bipolar to address their priorities in living well. My research takes a life span approach from children at risk to older adults.
Tamsyn van Rheenen, PhD
Head, Mood-Psychosis Sprectrum Research Group, Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre
Dr. Tamsyn Van Rheenen is an NHMRC Research Fellow and Head of the Mood-Psychosis Spectrum Research Group at the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre, University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on understanding the brain and behaviour in severe mental illness, with a focus on bipolar disorder. Tamsyn’s work has been influential in the characterization of a neuropsychological profile for bipolar disorder, and she hopes that it will inform the development of treatments aimed specifically at cognitive symptoms.
Mental Health Advocate, Lived Experience
Tera Armel is a fifth year Life Sciences student at Queen’s University. Mental illness has impacted her life since she was a young child, but a mental health crisis in Grade 12 changed everything. She has since become a dedicated mental health advocate and feels that sharing her experiences provides her with a greater understanding of her own journey.
Thomas Richardson, PhD
Clinical Psychologist, Lived Experience
crestbd.ca/thomas / @DrTomRichardson
I’m a Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the School of Psychology, University of Southampton UK. I lead teaching about psychological therapies for Bipolar disorder. My research focuses on the psychological mechanisms of Bipolar disorder and how psychological therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help. I have also researched the impact of financial difficulties on mental health and causes of impulsive spending in Bipolar disorder. I have personal lived experience of Bipolar disorder.
Trisha Chakrabarty, PhD
Psychiatrist, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
I’m an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of British Columbia. My research and clinical interests are in cognitive functioning, virtual reality cognitive retraining, bipolar disorder, and psychotherapy approaches for mood disorders.
Mental Health Educator, Performing Artist, Lived Experience
crestbd.ca/victoria / victoriamaxwell.com / @victoria_BPP
I’m an award-winning keynote speaker and performing artist who lives well with BD. By telling my story of mental illness and recovery, I’ve worked to create lasting changes in individuals and organizations. You read my mental health blogs here.
We’ll continue to announce new AMA panelists leading up to the AMA! Check back for more!
Previous AMA Events
We had an incredible response to last year’s AMA! The thread saw hundreds of questions asked about bipolar disorder. We’ve taken some of the highlights from the day and published then in a blog post here.
Erin and Steven hosted our first bipolar AMA on March 29th, 2019. Like with last year, we published some of the highlights in a blog post here. We also hosted live Twitter Q&As on all things bipolar on Bell Let’s Talk Day 2019 and 2020 – you can read those questions and answers here.