The Department is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jehannine Austin as Acting Head, Department of Psychiatry effective July 1st 2016 to December 31st 2016. Dr. Austin is an Associate Professor jointly appointed between Psychiatry and Medical Genetics.
Dr. Austin completed her BSc (Hons, Biochemistry) at Bath University, and her PhD in Neuropsychiatric Genetics at the University of Wales College of Medicine in the UK before completing training as a Genetic Counselor at UBC in 2003. She was first appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in 2007, and in the Department of Medical Genetics in 2008, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012. She holds/has held multiple external salary awards including a CIHR New Investigator Award, a Michael Smith Career Investigator Award, and a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair, and received CIHR’s 2007 Maud Menten New Investigator Award. She is co-author of the book “How to talk with families about genetics and psychiatric illness” (W.W Norton, 2011), Graduate Advisor to the UBC Genetic Counseling program, and a Board Certified Genetic Counselor.
Dr. Austin’s research interest is in psychiatric disorders (e.g. depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder) common conditions that are associated with extreme emotional burden, both for affected individuals and their families. The overall objective of her program of research is to use a clinical genetics perspective to inform the development of novel interventions to improve outcomes for individuals with psychiatric disorders and to support their families
In her new role as Acting Head, Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Austin will continue to provide leadership in teaching and research, and in promoting and improving patient care and clinical service delivery, working in partnership with affiliated Health Authorities across BC.
Please join the Department in welcoming Dr. Austin to her new appointment in the Faculty of Medicine