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Jehannine Austin

Primary Area of Research:
Brain, Behaviour and Development
Executive Director, BCMHSUS Research Institute
Professor and Canada Research Chair
UBC Depts of Psychiatry & Medical Genetics,

Phone: 604-875-2000 ext. 5943
Mailing Address:
Translational Research Building
Room A3-127 – 3rd Floor
938 W 28th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4H4


Research Areas

  • Genetics

  • Human development

  • Reproductive health

  • Risk factors

  • Socio-behavioural

About Dr. Austin

Psychiatric disorders are complex conditions that – in broad terms – arise as a result of genetic and environmental vulnerability factors acting together. Progress is now being made towards understanding the causes of these conditions more specifically, and there is an urgent need to translate this into benefit for individuals with psychiatric disorders and their families.

The overall objective of my program of research is to use a clinical genetics perspective to inform the development of novel biological and non-biological interventions to improve outcomes for individuals with psychiatric disorders and to support their families.

I am particularly interested in:

Improving outcomes for people with mental illness and their families by helping them to better understand the causes of mental illness.

Contributing to a better understanding of factors that contribute to the development of postpartum depression, and developing new nutritional interventions to reduce women's risk for postpartum depression.

Modifying healthcare professional's attitudes towards individuals with mental illness.

Affiliate Websites

Twitter @J9_Austin

Translational Psychiatric Genetics Group Twitter

Psychiatric Genetic Counselling Clinic Twitter

Psychiatric Genetic Counselling Facebook

For Patients and Participants

Recent Publications

Find my most recent publications using my ORCID

Selected Publications

 Evaluating a unique, specialist psychiatric genetic counseling clinic: uptake and impact. Inglis A, Koehn D, McGillivray B, Stewart E, Austin J. Clinical Genetics 2015, 87(3) 218-224. PMC4318688. PMID: 24773225

A 'cure' for Down syndrome: What do parents want? Lohn Z, Inglis A, Austin J, and Hippman C.  Clinical Genetics 2014. 86(4):310-7 PMC4055389. PMID: 24548046

Parents' Experiences of Receiving their Child's Genetic Diagnosis: A Qualitative Study to Inform Clinical Genetics Practice. Ashtiani S, Makela N, Carrion P, Austin J. American Journal of Medical Genetics 2014, 164(6) 1496-1502 PMC4039554. PMID: 24706543

Genetic counseling for common psychiatric disorders: an opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration. Austin J, Inglis A, Hadjipavlou G.  American Journal of Psychiatry. 2014, 171 584-585. PMC4111654. PMID: 24788289

Mania and depression in the perinatal period among women with a history of major depressive disorders. Inglis A, Hippman C, Carrion P, Honer WG, Austin JC.  Archives of Womens Mental Health 2014, 17(2) 137-43 PMCID: PMC3961475. PMID: 24402681

Awareness of genetic counseling amongst the Canadian public and perceptions of its purpose. Maio M, Carrion P, Yaremco E, Austin JC.  Journal of Genetic Counseling 2013, 22(6) 762-770. PMCID: PMC3825692. PMID: 23963834

"Nothing is absolute in life": Understanding uncertainty in the context of psychiatric genetic counseling from the perspective of those with serious mental illness. Hippman C, Lohn Z, Inglis A, Ringrose A, Cheek A, Austin JC.  Journal of Genetic Counseling 2013 22(5) 625-632 PMCID: PMC3776779. PMID: 23604904

Discussing the psychiatric manifestations of 22q11.2 deletion syndrome: an exploration of clinical practice among medical geneticists. Morris, E., Inglis, A., Friedman, J., & Austin, J.C. (2013). Genetics in Medicine, 15(9) 713-720. PMCID: 3766374

Descriptive and numeric estimation of risk for psychotic disorders among affected individuals and relatives: implications for clinical practice. Austin, J.C., Hippman, C., & Honer, W.G. (2012). Psychiatric Research, 196(1) 52-6. PMCID: 3723521

Effects of a documentary film on public stigma related to mental illness among genetic counselors. Anderson, K., & Austin, J.C. (2012).  Journal of Genetic Counseling, 21(4):573-81. PMCID: 3706328

What is a "balanced" description? Insight from parents of individuals with Down syndrome. Hippman, C., Inglis, A., & Austin, J.C. (2012).  Journal of Genetic Counseling, 21(1): 35-44. PMCID: 3706329

Lautenbach D., Hiraki, S., Whalen Campion, M., & Austin, J.C. (2012).

Mothers' perspectives on their child's mental illness as compared to other complex disorders in their family: insights to inform genetic counseling practice. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 21: 564-72. PMCID: 3753288

Prenatal testing for Down Syndrome: Perspectives of parents of affected individuals. Inglis A., Hippman, C., & Austin, J.C. (2012). American Journal of Medical Genetics, 158A (4), 743-50.

"Recovery is Such a Huge Word": Understandings of 'Recovery' in People with Bipolar Disorder and Implications for Psychiatric Care. Michalak, E.E., Hole, R., Holmes, C., Velyvis, V., Austin, J.C., Pesut, B., & Hou, S. (2012).  Psychiatric Annals, 42(5), 173-178.

Translating genomic research into care for people with schizophrenia in China. Chan, R.C.K., Austin, J.C., Pearson, V.J, Gong, Q., & Honer, W.G. (2011).  Schizophrenia Research, 131:31-34. PMCID: 3706332

How To Talk To Families About Genetics and Psychiatric Disorders. Peay, H.L., & Austin, J.C. (2011).  New York, NY: WW Norton and Company. [link]

Sex Testing Or Gender Verification: Is There A Difference and Does It Matter?  McBride, R., & Austin, J.C. (2011). Journal of Genetic Counseling, 20, 113-114. PMID: 21165684

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