Erin Michalak

Erin Michalak

Professor, UBC Department of Psychiatry, Division of Neuroscience and Translational Psychiatry

Founder and Network Leader, CREST.BD

Program Director, APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health

Patient Engagement Methods Clusters Lead, BC SUPPORT Unit

Associate Program Director, Scholarly Activity, UBC Department of Psychiatry

Member, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health


Short Biography

Dr. Erin Michalak is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, Program Director for the APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health and the Patient Engagement Methods Clusters Lead for the BC SUPPORT Unit. Her background is in psychology, with a PhD awarded from the University of Wales College of Medicine in the United Kingdom. Her research expertise lies in eHealth/mHealth, patient engagement in research, knowledge translation, mood disorders, quality of life, and implementation science.

Research Focus

Dr. Michalak’s research has been well supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, and other funders. 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 dedicated to collaborative research and knowledge exchange in bipolar disorder. She has published over 100 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.


Significant Accomplishments and Professional Contribution

2018 CIHR Gold Leaf Prize for Transformation in Patient Engagement