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About Our Research

Creating knowledge . . . changing minds
About BCMHARI
The core BC Mental Health and Addictions Research Institute, BCMHARI facility is located at BC Children’s and BC Women's campus, but BCMHARI researchers work in many geographic areas. These include Vancouver’s downtown east side, the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam and the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health & Addiction

BCMHARI aims to advance knowledge and understanding around mental health and addictions across the lifespan in order to affect 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.



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