Jamie Livingston

Dr. Jamie Livingston

Dr. Jamie Livingston
Associate Professor
Phone: 1.902.491.6258 
Email: jamie.livingston@smu.ca
Office: McNally South, Room 431 
Google Scholar Profile

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

  • Meeting the primary healthcare needs of justice-involved people. Change Lab Action Research Initiative: $7,500 (2022-23). Role: Co-PI
  • Explore Undergraduate Summer Research Award. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada: $6,000 (2022). Role: PI
  • Engaging the 7th Step Society of Nova Scotia in Community-Based Participatory Research. Change Lab Action Research Initiative: $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.

Recent Publications

  • Livingston, J., Bonn, M., Brown, P., Deveau, S., & Houston, A-M. (2022). Experiences of stigma and criminal in/justice among people who use substances. In G. Schomerus & P. Corrigan (Eds.), The stigma of substance use disorders: Explanatory models and effective interventions. Cambridge University Press.
  • Livingston, J. D. (2021). Commentary on Kelly et al (2020): The struggle to define or be defined. Addiction, 116. https://doi.org/10.1111/add.15425
  • Livingston, J. D. (2021). A framework for assessing structural stigma in healthcare contexts for people with mental health and substance use issues. Mental Health Commission of Canada. https://mentalhealthcommission.ca/resource/a-framework-for-assessing-structural-stigma-in-health-care-contexts-for-people-with-mental-health-and-substance-use-issues/
  • Livingston, J. D. (2021). Criminal justice responses to people with mental illnesses. In J. V. Roberts & M. G. Grossman (Eds.), Criminal justice in Canada: A reader. (6th ed.). Nelson.
  • Livingston, J. D. (2021). Supervised consumption sites and crime: Scrutinizing the methodological weaknesses and aberrant results of a government report in Alberta, Canada. Harm Reduction Journal, 18, 4. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12954-020-00456-2
  • 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. https://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/sites/default/files/2020-07/structural_stigma_in_healthcare_eng.pdf
  • 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.

Media and Creative Works 

CBC Radio. (2022, July 29). Researcher investigates alternatives to calling police to respond to mental health crises. [Radio Interview]. https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2056674371505

Progress Report. (2022, June 27). Unarmed mental health crisis response saves lives and money [Podcast]. https://www.theprogressreport.ca/pod_unarmed_mental_health_crisis_response

CBC Radio. (December 26, 2021). Crisis response teams achieve 70% reduction in people taken into custody under Mental Health Act [Text Interview]. https://www.cbc.ca/radio/whitecoat/crisis-response-teams-achieve-70-reduction-in-people-taken-into-custody-under-mental-health-act-1.6296427

Hemion, C. (2021, July 3). The Scared Straight Tour endangers people who use substances. [Text Interview]. The Peak. https://the-peak.ca/2021/07/the-scared-straight-tour-endangers-people-who-use-substances/ 

Livingston, J. (2021, June 25). Let’s take a closer look at Nova Scotia’s mental health crisis line. [Text Commentary]. The Nova Scotia Advocate. https://nsadvocate.org/2021/06/25/lets-take-a-closer-look-at-nova-scotias-mental-health-crisis-line/

Livingston, J. (2021, June 20). Mental health crisis responses without police. [Text Commentary]. The Nova Scotia Advocate. https://nsadvocate.org/2021/06/20/jamie-livingston-mental-health-crisis-responses-without-police/

Pan, A. (2021, January 8). Criminology professor finds Alberta government report flawed. [Radio Interview]. CBC Radio Edmonton. https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1842049603884 

Omstead, J. (2021, January 8). Alberta’s safe consumption review biased and flawed, researcher says. [Text Interview]. CBC News. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/alberta-s-safe-consumption-review-biased-and-flawed-researcher-says-1.5867053 

Smith, A. (2021, January 8). Criminologist raises further concerns related to the UCP-approved supervised drug-use sites report. [Text Interview] Calgary Herald. https://calgaryherald.com/news/politics/criminologist-raises-further-concerns-related-to-the-ucp-approved-supervised-drug-use-sites-report

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 https://nsadvocate.org/2020/11/09/jamie-livingston-its-high-time-to-detach-police-from-a-mental-health-crisis-response-system-in-nova-scotia/

Livingston, J. D. (2020, April 19). Freedom on hold: COVID-19 shines a light on ongoing institutional injustices. The Nova Scotia Advocate. Retrieved from https://nsadvocate.org/2020/04/19/jamie-livingston-freedom-on-hold-covid-19-shines-a-light-on-ongoing-institutional-injustices/

In the forensic mental health system, victims sometimes struggle to get support. (2018, July 10). CBC News. Retrieved from https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/in-the-forensic-mental-health-system-victims-sometimes-struggle-to-get-support-1.4741029

MacDonald. M. (May 23, 2018). Not criminally responsible: How an accused finds the road back home. Retrieved from: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/not-criminally-responsible-how-an-accused-finds-the-road-back-home-1.4674974

Livingston, J., Burke, L., & Young, S. (2018). Dear Sam. (n.p.): Author. http://www.blurb.ca/b/8613919-dear-sam

Ryan: Forensic Mental Health Success Storieshttps://vimeo.com/255456623

Heather: Forensic Mental Health Success Storieshttps://vimeo.com/243131790

Matt: Forensic Mental Health Success Storieshttps://vimeo.com/233356224

Course Listing (2022-23)

  • CRIM 2110 Exploring Criminology
  • CRIM 6600 Advanced Graduate Seminar


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