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Dr. Allen Thorton

Investigator, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services Research Institute

Primary research areas

  • Neuropsychology
  • Concussion and brain injury
  • Substance-related disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Psychology and aging

About Allen E. Thornton, Ph.D.

  • Investigator, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services Research Institute
  • Investigator, BC Children's Hospital Research Institute
  • Professor, Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University
Dr. Allen Thornton earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a specialization in neuropsychology from the University of Memphis in December 1995. He also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. He is currently a professor in psychology at Simon Fraser University, where he teaches graduate courses in psychological and neuropsychological assessment, neurocognitive disorders and clinical research design.

Dr. Thornton’s research advances both theory and practical knowledge in clinical neuropsychology, with a focus on memory, working memory and executive functions. He investigates brain functions that locate the loss of ability and its causes, including illness-related factors and treatments that affect the brain with individuals living with multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, schizophrenia, HIV, epilepsy, aging and dementia. 

Recent publications

See Dr. Allen Thornton’s publications on ORCID

Baitz HA, Jones PW, Campbell DA, Thornton AE. Component Processes of Decision Making in a Community Sample of Precariously Housed Persons: Associations with Learning and Memory, and Health-Risk Behaviors. Front Psychol. 2021 Jul 2;12:571423. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.571423. PMID: 34276459; PMCID: PMC8285095.

Stubbs JL, Thornton AE, Gicas KM, et al. Characterizing Traumatic Brain Injury and Its Association with Losing Stable Housing in a Community-based Sample. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. March 2021. doi:10.1177/07067437211000665

Kristina M. Gicas, Alex Cheng, William J. Panenka, David D. Kim, Jade C. Yau, Ric M. Procyshyn, Jacob L. Stubbs, Andrea A. Jones, Simran Bains, Allen E. Thornton, Donna J. Lang, Alexandra T. Vertinsky, Alex Rauscher, William G. Honer, Alasdair M. Barr, Differential effects of cannabis exposure during early versus later adolescence on the expression of psychosis in homeless and precariously housed adults, Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, Volume 106, 2021, 110084,

Stubbs JL, Thornton AE, Silverberg ND, Sevick JM, Barr AM, Honer WG, Panenka WJ. Traumatic Brain Injury: An Underappreciated Determinant of Health in Individuals Who are Homeless or Precariously Housed. World Neurosurg. 2020 May;137:474-475. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2020.02.133. PMID: 32365435

M.L. Woodward, K.M. Gicas, D.E. Warburton, R.F. White, A. Rauscher, O. Leonova, W. Su, G.N. Smith, A.E. Thornton, A.T. Vertinsky, A.A. Phillips, V.M. Goghari, W.G. Honer, D.J. Lang, Hippocampal volume and vasculature before and after exercise in treatment-resistant schizophrenia, Schizophrenia Research, Volume 202, 2018, Pages 158-165,

Honer WG, Cervantes-Larios A, Jones AA, et al. The Hotel Study—Clinical and Health Service Effectiveness in a Cohort of Homeless or Marginally Housed Persons. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. 2017;62(7):482-492. doi:10.1177/0706743717693781

Alexander, P.D., Gicas, K.M., Willi, T.S. et al. A comparison of psychotic symptoms in subjects with methamphetamine versus cocaine dependence. Psychopharmacology 234, 1535–1547 (2017).

T Schmitt, AE Thornton, I Rawtaer, AM Barr, KM Gicas, DJ Lang. Traumatic brain injury in a community-based cohort of homeless and vulnerably housed individuals. Journal of Neurotrauma 34 (23), 3301-3310, 2017

TS Willi, AM Barr, K Gicas, DJ Lang, F Vila‐Rodriguez, W Su, AE Thornton, ... Characterization of white matter integrity deficits in cocaine‐dependent individuals with substance‐induced psychosis compared with non‐psychotic cocaine users. Addiction biology 22 (3), 873-881, 2017
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