Dr. Jamie Livingston

Dr. Jamie Livingston
Associate Professor
Phone: 1.902.491.6258 
Office: McNally South, Room 431 

Personal Profile

  • Ph.D. (Criminology) Simon Fraser University, 2011 
  • M.A. (Criminology) Simon Fraser University, 2001
  • Honours (Psychology) University of Prince Edward Island, 1999
  • B.A. (Psychology) University of Prince Edward Island, 1998

Dr. Livingston is a criminologist who studies and teaches about issues of social inclusion and social justice for people with mental health and substance use issues, with an emphasis on those who are involved with the criminal justice and legal systems. 

Research Areas

Mental health/illness and the legal/criminal justice systems; Mental health-related stigma; Forensic mental health; Compulsory mental health treatment; Criminal justice diversion; Labeling theory; Social justice and inclusion for people with mental illnesses; Risk and recovery 

Recent Projects and Grants

  • Engaging the 7th Step Society of Nova Scotia in Community-Based Participatory Research: $7,500 (2019-20). Role: Co-I
  • Examining Victims’ Needs in the Forensic Mental Health Context. Research Nova Scotia: $14,994 (2019-20). Role: PI
  • Harm and Harm Reduction in the Criminal Justice System: Connecting Scholars and Practitioners. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada: $23,030 (2018). Role: PI
  • A National Study of Opportunities and Obstacles to Successful Community Reintegration of Forensic Patients. Canadian Institutes of Health Research: $1,554,480 (2017-22).  Role: Co-I; PI: A. Crocker.
  • Forensic Mental Health Success Stories. Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation: $150,000 (2015-18). Role: PI.
  • Delivering Methadone Maintenance Therapy through Primary Care: A Qualitative Study of Physicians' views. Nova Scotia Health Authority: $18,000 (2015-16). Role: PI.

Recent Publications

  • Livingston, J. D. (2020). Supervised consumption sites and crime: Scrutinizing the methodological weaknesses and aberrant results of a government report in Alberta, Canada. Harm Reduction Journal.
  • Livingston, J. D. (2019, November). Structural stigma in healthcare for people with mental health and substance use issues: A literature review. Ottawa, Ontario: Mental Health Commission of Canada.
  • Livingston, J. D., Patel, N., Bryson, S., Hoong, P., Lal, R., Morrow, M., & Guruge, S. (2018). Stigma associated with mental illness among Asian men in Vancouver, Canada. International Journal of Social Psychiatry. doi:10.1177/0020764018805125
  • Morris, E., Hippman, C., Murray, G., Michalak, E., Boyd, J., Livingston, J., Inglis, A., Carrion, P., & Austin, J. (2018). The SSRMI scale: Development and validation of a self-stigma measure for first-degree relatives of people with mental illness. British Journal of Psychiatry, 212(3), 169-175. doi:10.1192/bjp.2017.23.
  • Livingston, J. D., Adams, E., Jordan, M., MacMillan, Z., & Hering, R. (2018). Primary care physicians’ views about prescribing methadone to treat opioid use disorder. Substance Use & Misuse, 53(2), 344-353. doi:10.1080/10826084.2017.1325376
  • Livingston, J. D. (2018). What does success look like in the forensic mental health system? Perspectives of service users and service providers. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 62(1), 208-228. doi:10.1177/0306624X16639973
  • Crocker, A. G., Livingston, J. D., & Leclair, M. C. (2017). Forensic mental health systems internationally. In R. Roesch & A. N. Cook (Eds.), Handbook of forensic mental health services. New York: Routledge.
  • Livingston, J. D. (2016). Criminal justice responses to people with mental illnesses. In J. Roberts & M. Grossman (Eds.), Criminal Justice in Canada: A Reader. (5th ed.). Toronto, ON: Nelson.
  • Livingston, J. D., Crocker, A. G., Nicholls, T. L. & Seto, M. C. (2016).  Forensic mental health tribunals: A qualitative study of participants' experiences and views. Psychology, Public Law, and Law, 22(2), 173-184. doi: 10.1037/law0000084.
  • Livingston, J. D. (2016).  Contact between police and people with mental disorders: A review of rates. Psychiatric Services, 67(8), 850-857. doi: 10.1176/
  • Livingston, J. D., Chu, K., Milne, T., & Brink, J. (2015). Probationers mandated to receive forensic mental health services in Canada: Risks/needs, service delivery and intermediate outcomes. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 21(1), 72-84. doi: 10.1037/law0000031.

Media and Creative Works 

Livingston, J. D. (2020, November 9). It’s high time to detach police from a mental health crisis response system in Nova Scotia. The Nova Scotia Advocate. Retrieved from

Livingston, J. D. (2020, April 19). Freedom on hold: COVID-19 shines a light on ongoing institutional injustices. The Nova Scotia Advocate. Retrieved from

In the forensic mental health system, victims sometimes struggle to get support. (2018, July 10). CBC News. Retrieved from

MacDonald. M. (May 23, 2018). Not criminally responsible: How an accused finds the road back home. Retrieved from:

Livingston, J., Burke, L., & Young, S. (2018). Dear Sam. (n.p.): Author.

Ryan: Forensic Mental Health Success Stories

Heather: Forensic Mental Health Success Stories

Matt: Forensic Mental Health Success Stories

Course Listing (2020-21)

  • CRIM 2110 Exploring Criminology
  • CRIM 3505 Prisons & Punishment