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About our Research

Creating knowledge and changing minds
BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services' research institute is located on the BC Children’s and BC Women's campus, but our researchers work in many geographic areas. These include Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam and the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction

The research institute aims to advance knowledge and understanding around mental health and substance use across the lifespan in order to create positive change across the province of British Columbia and beyond. 

Developing Research
BCMHARI is intent on building capacity for research, knowledge exchange and academic teaching in the area of mental health and addictions.  

Working closely with our academic partners, including the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, research occurs across all BCMHSUS service provision areas.

Researchers, clinical staff, and physicians across BCMHSUS are actively involved in research and education. These activities are intended to support advances in mental health and substance use services province-wide. 

In 2017 BCMHARI investigators were directly involved in the education and training of upwards of 200 students. The breakdown of which can be seen in the graph below. The research staff of BCMHARI are committed to knowledge translation and many give numerous talks to other health professionals about the research conducted here at BCMHARI every year.

BCMHARI is committed to strengthening capacity for research, knowledge exchange and academic teaching to enhance understanding and skills among service providers, policymakers and the public. 

Research conducted within our Forensic Psychiatry programs promotes a strong link between research and service delivery through projects in the areas of risk assessment, patient engagement, stigma, and aggression.

Research Approval

Any research activity that takes place at BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) or that involves a BCMHSUS patient or staff member requires submission of an application for approval to conduct research to the BCMHSUS Research Committee. For more information, please visit PHSA Research Administration & Services on how to receive institutional approval for your study. 

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