Jamie Livingston

Dr. Jamie Livingston


Associate Professor
Phone: 1.902.491.6258 
Email: jamie.livingston@smu.ca
Office: McNally South, Room 431 

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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 critically studies a range of issues at the intersection of the mental health, substance use, and criminal legal systems, with a specific focus on people’s experiences with stigma, criminalization, and recovery/ desistance processes. His scholarship often calls attention to the harms created by carceral and coercive interventions that target people with mental health and substance use issues.

Research Areas

  • Mental health & substance use
  • Criminalization
  • Coercive & carceral interventions
  • Non-police mobile crisis response
  • Forensic mental health systems
  • Harm reduction
  • Structural stigma
  • Participatory research

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

Recent Publications

  • Livingston, J., & Chambers, J. (forthcoming in 2024). Civilian mobile crisis services. In  A. Szigeti, R. Dhand, D. Bonnet, & J. Presser. (Eds.), Canadian anthology on mental health and law. Lexis Nexis.

  • Salvalaggio, G., Brooks, H., Caine, V., Gagnon, M., Godley, J., Houston, S., Kennedy, M. C., Kosteniuk, B., Livingston, J., Saah, R., Speed, K., Urbanoski, K., Werb, D., & Hyshka, E. (2023). Flawed reports can harm: The case of Supervised Consumption Services in Alberta. Canadian Journal of Public Health. https://doi.org/10.17269/s41997-023-00825-x

  • 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

Recent Media Interviews

Courses Taught 

  • CRIM 2110 Exploring Criminology
  • CRIM 3505: Prisons and Punishment
  • CRIM 4429: Criminalization of Mental Illness
  • CRIM 6600 Advanced Graduate Seminar


Contact us

Faculty of Arts
Department of Criminology
McNally South 424
Mailing address:
923 Robie Street