Erin Michalak

phone: 6048273393

Professional Affiliations and other Positions

CREST.BD, Team Leader
Centre for Community-based and Translational Health Research, Interim Director
UBC, Faculty of Medicine, Postdoctoral Coordinator

Research and Interests

Dr. Erin Michalak is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Her background is in psychology, with a PhD awarded from the University of Wales College of Medicine in the United Kingdom. Her research interests are in bipolar disorder, quality of life, knowledge translation, self-management, e-health, seasonal and nonseasonal depression, and assessment scales for mood disorders. Dr. Michalak’s research has been supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and the Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation, amongst others. She is the founder and leader of the ‘Collaborative RESearch Team for the study of psychosocial issues in Bipolar Disorder’ (CREST.BD,, a CIHR-funded Canadian network designed to foster psychosocial research and knowledge translation in BD.  She has published over 80 scientific articles and several books and book chapters. She lives on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, where she is an avid mushroom hunter and breeder of Giant Schnauzers


Selected Publications

Johnson S. L., Moezpoor M., Murray G., Hole R., Barnes S.J., Michalak E.E., CREST.BD. Creativity and Bipolar Disorder: Igniting a Dialogue. Qualitative Health Research, 2015 Mar 26 [Epub ahead of print].


Michalak E.E., Lane K., Barnes S.J., Khatri N., Hole R., Lapsley S., Maxwell V., Milev R., Parikh S.V., Berk L., Berk M., Tse S., Murray G., Algorta G.P., Lobban F., Jones S., Johnson S.L. (2015) Towards a Better Future for Canadians with Bipolar Disorder: Principles and Implementation of a Community-Based Participatory Research Model. Engaged Scholar; 1(1):132-147.


Michalak, E.E., Livingston, J., Maxwell, V, Hole, R., Hawke, L., Parikh, S. (2014) Using Theatre to Address Mental Illness Stigma: A Knowledge Translation Study in Bipolar Disorder. International Journal of Bipolar Disorders; January 2014, 2:1.


Michalak, E., Guiraud-Diawara, A., Sapin, C. Asenapine treatment and health-related quality of life in patients experiencing bipolar I disorder with mixed episodes: Post-hoc analyses of pivotal trials. Current Medical Research & Opinion, (4):711-8.


Michalak, E.E., Torres, I., Bond, D., Lam, R.W. and Yatham, L. (2013) The relationship between clinical outcomes and quality of life in first-episode mania: a longitudinal analysis. Bipolar Disorders, 15(2): 188-98.


Michalak, E.E., Hole, R., Maxwell, V., Livingston, J., Murray, G., Parikh, S., Lapsley, S., McBride, S. and CREST.BD. (2012) Improving care and wellness in bipolar disorder: origins, evolution and future directions of a collaborative knowledge exchange network. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 10;6(1):16.


Murray, G. and Michalak, E.E. (2012) The quality of life construct in bipolar disorder research and practice: past, present, and possible futures. Bipolar Disorders, 14(8):793-6.


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


Suto, M., Livingston, J. D., Hole, R., Lapsley, S., Hale, S. and Michalak, E.E. (2012) ‘Stigma shrinks my bubble’: A community-based research study with people who live with bipolar disorder. Stigma Research and Action, 2(2):85–92.


Michalak, E.E., Livingston, J., Hole, R., Suto, M., Hale, S. and Haddock, C. (2011) “It’s something that I manage but it is not who I am”.  Reflections on self-management strategies and stigma in bipolar disorder. Chronic Illness, 7(3):209-224.


Murray, G.M., Hole, R., Suto, M., Hale, S., Amari, E. and Michalak, E.E. (2011) Self-management strategies used by ‘high functioning’ individuals with bipolar disorder:  From research to clinical practice. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 18:95-109.


Michalak, E.E., Murray, G. and CREST.BD. (2010) Development of the QoL.BD: A condition-specific scale to assess quality of life in bipolar disorder. Bipolar Disorders, 12(7):727-40.

Suto, M., Murray, G., Hale, S., Amari, E. and Michalak, E.E. (2010) What Works for People with Bipolar Disorder? Tips from the Experts. Journal of Affective Disorders, 124 (1-2):76-84.


Michalak, E.E. Yatham, L.N., Maxwell, V., Hale, S. and Lam, R.W. (2007) The impact of bipolar disorder upon work functioning: A qualitative analysis. Bipolar Disorders, 9 (1-2):126-43. 


Michalak, E.E., Yatham, L.N., Kolesar, S. and Lam, R.W. (2006) Bipolar disorder and quality of life:  A patient-centered perspective.  Quality of Life Research, 15:25-37.


Michalak, E.E., Yatham, L.N. and Lam, R.W. (2005) Quality of life in bipolar disorder: A review of the literature. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 3:72.