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Jamie Livingston

Jamie Livingston

Researcher, Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission (FPSC)
BC Mental Health and Addiction Services / PHSA
Phone: 604-524-7725
Email: [email protected]

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Description of Research Program

I am interested in issues of social inclusion and social justice for people with mental illness who are involved in the criminal justice system. My current research program is primarily concentrated on understanding the effects of stigma on the lives of people with mental health and substance use problems, which includes studying how people with mental illness experience stigma (i.e., self-stigma) and examining how social structures produce social inequality and exclusion (i.e., structural stigma). Other areas of research focus on improving the interaction between people with mental illness and the police; increasing meaningful patient engagement in the design, delivery, and evaluation of forensic mental health services; and improving health service delivery to criminal justice populations. My research uses innovative methodological approaches, such as community-based participatory action research, mixed methods, and systematic review/meta-analysis.

Research Information

Mental Illness / Substance

Bipolar disorder, Psychotic disorders, Schizophrenia, Substance use disorders

Area of Research

Compulsory treatment, Corrections, Forensic mental health services, Patient engagement, Police, Sociology of deviance, Stigma

Keyword Terms

Criminology, Health service systems, Mental health law, Mental health policy, Stigma

Selected Publications

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Livingston, J. D., Rossiter, K., & Verdun-Jones, S. (in press). ‘Forensic’ labelling: An empirical assessment of its effects on self-stigma for people with severe mental illness. Psychiatry Research.

Michalak, E., Livingston, J. D., Hole, R., Haddock, C., Suto, M., & Hale, S. (in press). ‘It’s something that I manage but it is not who I am’: Reflections on internalised stigma in high functioning individuals with bipolar disorder. Chronic Illness.

Livingston, J. D., Nicholls, T., & Brink, J. (2011). The impact of realigning a tertiary psychiatric hospital in British Columbia on other institutional sectors. Psychiatric Services, 62, 200-205.

Livingston, J. D., & Boyd, J. (2010). Correlates and consequences of internalized stigma for people living with mental illness: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Social Science and Medicine, 7, 2150-2161.

Livingston, J. D., Verdun-Jones, S., Brink, J., Lussier, P., & Nichols, T. (2010). A narrative review of the effectiveness of aggression management training programs for psychiatric hospital staff. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 6, 15-28.

Livingston, J.D. (2009). Mental Health & Substance Use Services in Correctional Settings: A Review of Minimum Standards and Best Practices. Prepared for the International Centre for Criminal Justice Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy. http://www.icclr.law.ubc.ca/files/2009/Mental_Health.pdf

Livingston, J.D. (2008). Criminal Justice Diversion for Persons with Mental Disorders: A Review of Best Practices. Prepared for the Canadian Mental Health Association. http://www.cmha.bc.ca/files/DiversionBestPractices.pdf