Study Participants Wanted

Genetic counseling study:
We are investigating the potential benefits to someone with a mental illness of receiving more information about the causes of their illness through a process called genetic counselling. We are interested in hearing the thoughts and opinions of people with mental illness about the genetic counselling process, including input on how it could better meet their needs.
Both men and women with a history of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or schizoaffective disorder are being recruited to participate in the study. The study involves one or two meetings with a researcher and completing questionnaires at home. The meetings with the researcher will take place at the Gordon & Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre (on the corner of Oak street & 12th avenue). Reimbursement for travel expenses will be provided.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Jennifer Sloan at 604 875 2000 x.4733, or by email at
Stigma study: Family members of people with mental illness
Stigma can have serious negative effects on people with mental illness and their family members.
We are developing a questionnaire to assess internalized stigma in first-degree family members (parents, brothers, sisters, and children) of people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or schizoaffective disorder.
The questionnaire will gather information about stigma in family members of people with mental illness and aim to improve coping and the overall well being of the family network.
If you have a first-degree family member with mental illness and would like more information about participating please contact Emily Morris at or by phone 604 875 2000 (ext. 4733). Please note, you CAN participate if you have a mental illness yourself, as long as you also have an affected first degree family member too. Mental health and pregnancy study:
We are also conducting a research study that aims to understand why some women develop postpartum depression or psychosis and others do not. The research is designed to test the idea that a genetic variation together with folate levels in a woman’s blood can influence her risk for postpartum depression. The aim of the research is to find ways to help to reduce the risk for postpartum depression by using nutritional supplements. Women who are pregnant (at any stage of pregnancy) and who have a history of mental health problems are being recruited to participate in the study. The study involves a participant meeting with a
researcher 4 times: once during the pregnancy, and 3 times over the first 3 months of the postpartum period. The researchers can cover costs of travel for women to participate in the research at either St. Paul’s
or Children’s and Women’s Hospitals. Alternatively, some study visitscan be conducted at participants’ homes or by email/phone. If you are interested in participating, please contact Jennifer Sloan at:
604 875 2000 X4733 or by email at

Jehannine C. Austin PhD CGC/CCGC
Assistant Professor,
MSFHR Scholar & CIHR New Investigator
UBC Departments of Psychiatry and Medical Genetics,
Rm 11155 – 11th Floor,
Gordon & Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre,
2775 Laurel St,
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 1M9

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