Jehannine Austin

Jehannine Austin

Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, UBC

Translational Psychiatry Division

Researcher, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute Head

Director, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services’ Research Institute

Canada Research Chair in Translational Psychiatric Genomics



Short Biography

Dr. Jehannine Austin is the Executive director of the BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services Research Institute and Professor in Psychiatry & Medical Genetics. Dr. Austin is a board-certified genetic counselor and their research work involves studying the impact of genetic counseling for people with psychiatric disorders and their families. Dr. Austin heads the Translational Psychiatric Genetics Group which includes the world’s first specialist psychiatric genetic counselling service. Dr. Austin member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada, and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Research Focus

Dr. Austin’s work aims to make psychiatric genetics relevant to people with mental illness and their families by developing new counseling-based and biologically-based treatments.


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How to Talk with Families About Genetics and Psychiatric Illness, Holly Landrum Peay & Jehannine Claire Austin, W.W. Norton & Company, New York, 2011

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