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Ali Eslami

Primary Area of Research:
Brain, Behaviour & Development
Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
Medical Co-Director and Director of Research, Experience Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Emergency Unit, BC Children’s Hospital
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia

Phone: 604-998-2244
Assistant: Vicky Matthews (
Mailing Address:
Mental Health Building 
4500 Oak St
Vancouver, BC V6H 3N1
Research Areas

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

  • Schizophrenia

  • Emergency Psychiatry

About Dr. Eslami

I am a child and adolescent psychiatrist and my work focuses on rapid stabilization of children in acute distress due to various mental health disorders. The goal of my research is to identify predictors of mental health crises in at risk youth in order to prevent relapse as well as detecting early signs of departure from stable baseline. We use descriptive, comparative, and inferential statistical models as well as statistical and machine learning technologies and methods to understand patterns of crisis development in children and adolescents with chronic psychiatric disorders.

Current Projects

Trends in Psychiatric Seasonal Emergency Admission (TIPSEA)
Our study identifies specific vulnerability periods for individuals with Internalizing and externalizing disorders. This can help to develop preventative measures to decrease psychiatric crises and consequently emergency admissions during these periods. It could potentially help mental health policymakers as well as community care providers including outpatient psychiatrists to plan for adequate supportive measures to mitigate the impact of mounted stress during the academic year, as well as lack of school structure for these two specifically vulnerable cohorts of patients.

Recent Publications

View Dr. Eslami's recent publications on ORCID

Selected Publications

Therapeutic drug levels of second generation antipsychotics in youth: a systematic review.Whitney Z, Boyda HN, Procyshyn RM, Elbe D, Black T, Eslami A, Barr AM. J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol. 2015 Apr;25(3):234-45. doi: 10.1089/cap.2014.0044. Epub 2015 Mar 24. Review.
PMID: 25803501

 Neurocognitive Deficits, Along with Negative and Disorganized, Symptoms, Predict Impaired Social Functioning in Subjects At Risk for Psychosis. The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience (Sep  2011), (Ali Eslami, C. Jahshan, K. Shafer, I. Marks, K.S. Cadenhead).

Alcohol Administration to Volunteers Taking Tamoxifen. RSA 2005 (Feb 2005),  (Ali Eslami, George Kenna, Robert Swift).

 A Miniaturized Transdermal Alcohol Sensor: A Progress Report. RSA Supplement 2003 (May 2003), (Robert Swift, Ali Eslami, Kathy Karolczuk, Linda Templeman).

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