Catriona Hippman

phone: 6048752000 ext:4733

Research and Interests

Catriona’s research interests are focused in two main areas: 1) reproductive mental health, and 2) psychiatric genetic counselling. Her work in the area of reproductive mental health is currently focused on the impact of genetic variations on metabolism of antidepressants during pregnancy, and how women make decisions about taking antidepressants during pregnancy. Psychiatric genetic counselling is an intervention that involves sharing knowledge about the causes of mental health concerns with individuals and/or their loved ones, as well as exploring how these explanations relate to the family’s experiences, and options for wellness strategies.



Catriona Hippman has been a certified genetic counselor since 2009, specializing in research at the intersections of perinatal health, mental health, and genetics. As a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, she has been involved in teaching genetic counselling students, medical students, and psychiatry residents. She has been co-PI on the first randomized controlled trial investigating the impact of psychiatric genetic counselling (with Dr. Jehannine Austin), and PI on a study funded by the National Society of Genetic Counselors evaluating the impact of prenatal genetic screening on maternal-fetal bonding. She has been a Presidential officer of the Canadian Association of Genetic Counselors from 2013-2016 (inclusive). In September 2014, she returned to UBC to pursue her PhD “Promoting perinatal mental health: Personalizing treatment decision making strategies through decision-making support and pharmacogenetics”. She is supported by a UBC Four Year Fellowship, a CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS-D), and a UBC Killam Doctoral Scholarship.


Selected Publications

Hippman, C., Oberlander, T., Honer, W. G., Misri, S., & Austin, J. Depression during pregnancy: The potential impact of increased risk for fetal aneuploidy on maternal mood. Clinical Genetics. 2009. 75. 30-36.

Hunter, M.J., Hippman, C., Honer, W.G., & Austin, J.C. Genetic counseling for schizophrenia: A review of referrals to a provincial medical genetics program from 1968 to 2007. American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A. 2010. 152A(1). 147-52.

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Hunter article:

Hippman, C.*, Lohn, Z.*, Ringrose, A., Inglis, A., Cheek, J., & Austin, J.C. “Nothing is absolute in life”: Understanding uncertainty in the context of psychiatric genetic counseling from the perspectives of those with serious mental illness. Journal of Genetic Counseling. 2013. 22(5). 625-632.

Thompson, C., Hamilton, S., Hippman, C. Psychiatrist attitudes towards pharmacogenetic testing, direct-to-consumer genetic testing, and integrating genetic counseling into psychiatric patient care. Psychiatry Research. 2015. 226(1). 68-72.

Hippman, C., Ringrose, A., Inglis, A., Cheek, J., Albert, A., Remick, R., Honer, W.G., Austin, J.C. A pilot randomized clinical trial evaluating the impact of genetic counseling for serious mental illnesses. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 2016. 77(2). e190–e198.

Nevay, D., Hippman, C., Inglis, A., Austin, J.C. Impact of increased risk for fetal aneuploidy on maternal mood: A prospective longitudinal study. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica. 2016. Oct;95(10), 1120-8.


Morris, E., Hippman, C., Murray, G., Michalak, E.E., Boyd, J.E., Livingston, J., Inglis, A., Carrion, P., Austin, J. The SSRMI scale: Development and validation of a self-stigma measure for first-degree relatives of people with mental illness. British Journal of Psychiatry. 2018. 212(3), 169-174.

Cantor, A., Hippman, C., Hercher, L., Austin, J.C. Genetic counseling student experiences of mental health concerns. Journal of American College Health. ePub ahead of print July 6, 2018.

Hippman, C., Balneaves, L. Women’s decision making about antidepressant use during pregnancy: A narrative review. Accepted by Depression & Anxiety Jul. 11, 2018.


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