Department of Sociology & Criminology

Dr. Jamie Livingston

Dr. Jamie Livingston
Assistant Professor
Phone: 1.902.491.6258 
 

Personal Profile

  • Ph.D. (Criminology) Simon Fraser University, 2011 
  • M.A. (Criminology) Simon Fraser University, 2001
  • Honours (Psychology) University of Prince Edward Island, 1999
  • B.A. (Psychology) University of Prince Edward Island, 1998

Dr. Livingston is a criminologist who studies and teaches about issues of social inclusion and social justice for people with mental illnesses, with an emphasis on those who are involved with the criminal justice and legal systems.  He employs quantitiative, qualitative, and mixed method research approaches, and has specialized skills in systematic review methods and applied social research.  The substantive areas of his research program focus on stigma, service improvements, and innovations in forensic mental health.


Research Areas

Mental health/illness and the legal/criminal justice systems; Mental health-related stigma; Forensic mental health; Compulsory mental health treatment; Criminal justice diversion; Labeling theory; Social justice and inclusion for people with mental illnesses; Risk and recovery

Recent Projects and Grants

  • A National Study of Opportunities and Obstacles to Successful Community Reintegration of Forensic Patients. Canadian Institutes of Health Research: $1,554,480 (2017-22).  Role: Co-I; PI: A. Crocker.
  • International Collaboration for Excellence and Innovations in Mental Health in Corrections. Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada: $1,597,889 (2017-21). Role: Co-I; PI: S. Simpson.
  • Forensic Mental Health Success Stories. Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation: $150,000 (2015-18). Role: PI.
  • Delivering Methadone Maintenance Therapy through Primary Care: A Qualitative Study of Physicians' views. Nova Scotia Health Authority: $18,000 (2015-16). Role: PI.
  • Reducing Stigma of Mental Illness among Boys and Men in Asian Communities in Canada: An Innovative Intervention Study. Movember Canada: $3,000,000 (2014-17). Role: Co-I; PI: S. Guruge.
  • What Does ‘Success’ Look Like in the Forensic Mental Health System? Saint Mary’s University: $5,000 (2014). Role: PI.
  • Mental Illness Structural Stigma: A Narrative Review. Mental Health Commission of Canada: $25,000 (2013). Role: PI.
  • Improving Care and Wellness in Bipolar Disorder: A Collaborative Knowledge Translation Network. Canadian Institutes of Health Research: $600,000 (2011-14). Role: Co-I; PI: E. Michalak.
  • Forensic National Trajectory Project: A Qualitative Study. Mental Health Commission of Canada: $65,000 (2011-14). Role: Co-I; PI: A. Crocker.
  • Using Community Based Research Methods to Explore and Share Wellness Strategies for Bipolar Disorders. Coast Capital Savings Depression Research Fund: $60,000 (2011-13). Role: Co-I; PI: E. Michalak.
  • Stimulating, Studying, and Sustaining Patient Engagement in a Forensic Psychiatric Hospital. Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement: $100,000 (2010-12). Role: Co-I; PI: J. Brink.
  • Effectiveness of Interventions for Reducing Stigma Related to Substance Use Disorders: A Systematic Review. Health Canada-Drug Treatment Funding Program: $40,000 (2010-11). Role: PI.
  • Quality of Life, Stigma and Bipolar Disorder: A Collaboration for Change. Canadian Institutes of Health Research: $200,000 (2009-11). Role: Co-I; PI: E. Michalak & S. Parikh.
  • Study of Types of Interactions, Attitudes, Experiences and Feedback: When People Living with Severe Mental Illnesses Interact with the Police. Mental Health Commission of Canada: $100,000 (2009-11). Role: Co-I; PI: J. Brink.

Recent Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Livingston, J. D., Adams, E., Jordan, M., MacMillan, Z., & Hering, R. (2018). Primary care physicians’ views about prescribing methadone to treat opioid use disorder. Substance Use & Misuse, 53(2), 344-353. doi:10.1080/10826084.2017.1325376
  • Livingston, J. D. (2018). What does success look like in the forensic mental health system? Perspectives of service users and service providers. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 62(1), 208-228. doi:10.1177/0306624X16639973
  • Livingston, J. D., Crocker, A. G., Nicholls, T. L. & Seto, M. C. (2016).  Forensic mental health tribunals: A qualitative study of participants' experiences and views. Psychology, Public Law, and Law, 22(2), 173-184. doi: 10.1037/law0000084.
  • Livingston, J. D. (2016).  Contact between police and people with mental disorders: A review of rates. Psychiatric Services, 67(8), 850-857. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201500312.
  • Livingston, J. D., Chu, K., Milne, T., & Brink, J. (2015). Probationers mandated to receive forensic mental health services in Canada: Risks/needs, service delivery and intermediate outcomes. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 21(1), 72-84. doi: 10.1037/law0000031.
  • Desmarais, S. L., Livingston, J. D., Greaves, C., Johnson, K. L., Verdun-Jones, S., Parent, R., & Brink, J. (2014). Police perceptions and contact among people with mental illnesses; Comparisons with a general population survey. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 20(4), 431-442. doi: 10.1037/law0000023.
  • Nijdam-Jones, A., Livingston, J. D., Verdun-Jones, S., & Brink, J. (2014). Using Social Bonding Theory to examine ‘recovery’ in a forensic mental health hospital: A qualitative study. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health. doi: 10.1002/cbm.1918.
  • Livingston, J. D., Desmarais, S., Verdun-Jones, S., Parent, R., Michalak, E., & Brink, J. (2014). Perceptions and experiences of people with mental illness regarding their interactions with police. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 37(4), 334-340. doi: 10.1016/j.ijlp.2014.02.003
  • Livingston, J. D., Desmarais, S., Greaves, C., Parent, R., Verdun-Jones, S., & Brink, J. (2014). What influences perceptions of procedural justice among people with mental illness regarding their interactions with the police? Community Mental Health Journal, 50, 281-287. doi: 10.1007/s10597-012-9571-5
  • Michalak, E., Livingston, J., Maxwell, V., Hole, R., Hawke, L. D., & Parikh, S. V. (2014). Using theatre to address mental illness stigma: A knowledge translation study in bipolar disorder. International Journal of Bipolar Disorders, 2(1). doi: 10.1186/2194-7511-2-1
  • Livingston, J. D., Cianfrone, M., Korf-Uzan, K., & Coniglio, C. (2014). Another time point, a different story: One year effects of a social media intervention on the attitudes of young people towards mental health issues. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 49(6), 985-990. doi: 10.1007/s00127-013-0815-7
  • Livingston, J. D., Nijdam-Jones, A., Lapsley, S., Calderwood, C., & Brink, J. (2013). Supporting recovery by improving patient engagement in a forensic mental health hospital: Results from a demonstration project. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 19(3), 132-145. doi: 10.1177/1078390313489730
  • Livingston, J. D., Cianfrone, M., Korf-Uzan, K., & Coniglio, C. (2013). Mass media campaigns as signals of social movements: Response to commentaries on the paper, ‘Evaluation of a campaign to improve awareness and attitudes of young people towards mental health issues’ (Livingston et al., 2012). Education and Health, 31, 51-54.
  • Livingston, J. D., Nijdam-Jones, A., & Team P.E.E.R. (Patients Empowered and Engaged in Research). (2013). Perceptions of treatment planning in a forensic mental health hospital: A qualitative, participatory action research study. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 12, 42-52. doi: 10.1080/14999013.2013.763390
  • Michalak, E. E., Hole, R., Livingston, J. D., Murray, G., Parikh, S. V., Lapsley, S., & McBride, S. (2013). Improving care and wellness in bipolar disorder: Origins, evolution and future directions of a collaborative knowledge exchange network. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 6(1), 16. doi: 10.1186/86/1752-4458-6-16
  • Livingston, J. D., Tugwell, A., Korf-Uzan, K., Cianfrone, M., & Coniglio, C. (2013). Evaluation of a campaign to improve awareness and attitudes of young people towards mental health issues. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 48(6), 965-973. doi: 10.1007/s00127-012-0617-3
  • Livingston, J. D. (2012). Self-stigma and quality of life among people with mental illness who receive compulsory community treatment. Journal of Community Psychology, 40(6), 699-714. doi: 10.1002/jcop.21476
  • Livingston, J. D., Nijdam-Jones, A., & Brink, J. (2012). A tale of two cultures: Examining patient-centred care in a forensic mental health hospital. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 23(3), 345-360. doi: 10.1080/14789949.2012.668214
  • Suto, M., Livingston, J. D., Hole, R., Lapsley, S., Hinshaw, S. P., Hale, S., & Michalak, E. E. (2012). ‘Stigma shrinks my bubble’: A qualitative study of understandings and experiences of stigma and bipolar disorder. Stigma Research & Action, 2(2), 85-92. doi: 10.5463/SRA.v1i1.14
  • Livingston, J. D., Milne, T., Fang, M. L., & Amari, E. (2012). The effectiveness of interventions for reducing stigma related to substance use disorders: A systematic review. Addiction, 107(1), 39-50. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2011.03601.x
  • Livingston, J. D., & Rossiter, K. (2011). Stigma as perceived and experienced by people with mental illness who receive compulsory community treatment: A qualitative study. Stigma Research & Action, 1(2), 2-8. doi: 10.5463/SRA.v1i1.1
  • Michalak, E., Livingston, J. D., Hole, R., Suto, M., Hale, S., & Haddock, C. (2011). ‘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, 7(3), 209-224. doi: 10.1177/1742395310395959
  • Livingston, J. D., Rossiter, K., & Verdun-Jones, S. (2011). ‘Forensic’ labelling: An empirical assessment of its effects on self-stigma for people with severe mental illness. Psychiatry Research, 188(1), 115-122. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2011.01.018
  • 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(2), 200-205. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.62.2.200

Book Chapters

  • Crocker, A. G., Livingston, J. D., & Leclair, M. C. (2017). Forensic mental health systems internationally. In R. Roesch & A. N. Cook (Eds.), Handbook of forensic mental health services. New York: Routledge.
  • Livingston, J. D. (2016). Criminal justice responses to people with mental illnesses. In J. Roberts & M. Grossman (Eds.), Criminal Justice in Canada: A Reader. (5th ed.). Toronto, ON: Nelson.

Reports

  • Simpson, A. F., Linklater, R., Livingston, J. D.,...Flora, N. (2015). A care pathway for federal inmates with serious mental disorders: Consultation report for Correctional Service Canada. Ottawa, Ontario: Correctional Service Canada.
  • Livingston, J. D. (2014). How stigma affects the interaction between police personnel and people with mental illnesses. In T. Coleman & D. Cotton, TEMPO: Police interactions - A report towards improving interactions between police and people living with mental health problems (pp. 57-59). Calgary Alberta: Mental Health Commission of Canada. Linked here as a pdf.
  • Livingston, J. D. (2013). Mental illness-related structural stigma: The downward spiral of systemic exclusion. Calgary, Alberta: Mental Health Commission of Canada. Linked here as a pdf.
  • Livingston, J. D., Nijdam-Jones, A., & Team P.E.E.R. (2012). Treatment planning in a forensic mental health hospital: A participatory action research study. Port Coquitlam, British Columbia: BC Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission.
  • Livingston, J. D. (2011). The effectiveness of interventions for reducing stigma related to substance use disorders: A systematic review. Prepared for Health Canada – Drug Treatment Funding Program.
  • Brink, J., Livingston, J. D., Desmarais, S., Greaves, C., Maxwell, V., Michalak, E., et al. (2011). A study of how people with mental illness perceive and interact with the police. Prepared for the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Linked here as a pdf.

 

Course Listing

  • CRIM 2303: Introduction to Criminology (Winter Semester)
  • CRIM/SOCI 3505: Prisons & Punishment (Fall & Winter Semester)
  • CRIM 4830: Criminalization of Mental Illness (Fall Semester)