Erin Michalak

phone: 6048273393

Professional Affiliations and other Positions

CREST.BD, Founder and Network Leader
Program Director, APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health
BC SUPPORT Unit Patient Engagement Methods Clusters Lead
Associate Program Director, Scholarly Activity

Research and Interests

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.

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


Selected Publications


Morton, E., Michalak, E.E., Murray, G, The conceptualisation and measurement of quality of life in the bipolar disorders literature. Journal of Affective Disorders. 212:28-37.

Michalak, E.E., Suto, M., Sara Lapsley, S., Austin, J., Hou, S., Scott, M., Barnes, S., Balram Elliott, N., Berk, L., Murray, G., and CREST.BD. (2016) Successful self-management strategies for bipolar disorder: A Delphi consensus consultation study. Journal of Affective Disorders. 206:77-86.

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.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.

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






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