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Additional Affiliations

Research Associate, School of Population and Public Health, UBC
Affiliated Faculty, The Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education, UBC
Board Member, The Stigma Free Society

Research Interests
  • Biological, psychological, and social determinants of the initiation and escalation of substance use among adolescents
  • Exploring the intersection of substance use and mental health among vulnerable populations including homeless youth and men with a history of incarceration
  • Application of psychometrics (e.g., factor analysis, latent profile analysis) to the study of the emerging characteristics of mental illness in adolescence and early adulthood
  • Development and evaluation of e-mental health technology

Dr. Chris Richardson completed a B.Sc. (Hons) in Biopsychology at the University of Guelph, a Master of Science in Community Health from the University of Northern British Columbia, and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of British Columbia (UBC) School of Population and Public Health. His doctoral program of research focused on the application of multi-group structural equation modeling to examine changes in the experience of sense of coherence over time and the extent to which it acts as a buffer of stressful life events.

Dr. Richardson is currently a Research Associate in the UBC School of Population and Public Health where his research activities are focused on examining the role of trauma on the incarceration and reintegration experiences of formerly incarcerated men. He is the Principle Investigator of a 5-year study entitled Trauma at the Root: Exploring Paths to Healing with Formerly Incarcerated Men supported by Health Canada and the Vancouver Foundation. He also currently supports numerous CIHR and Health Canada funded projects as a co-investigator including the Student E-mental Health project led by Dr. Daniel Vigo and the Mental Health Trajectories of Immigrant and Refugee Children project led by Dr. Anne Gadermann. He has also worked in the area of Indigenous Health, particularly through the Cedar Project led by Dr. Patti Spittal. In addition to his academic research, Dr. Richardson supported the initial development and expansion of the Inner City Youth Program (now Foundry) and continues to actively work with the Stigma Free Society on programming for adolescents across British Columbia.


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