Jehannine Austin

Degrees / Credentials

PhD, MSc (Genetic Counselling) CCGC/CGC


Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Medical Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, UBC

Canada Research Chair in Translational Psychiatric Genomics
Faculty of Medicine Graduate Advisor, UBC Genetic Counselling Training Program


Full Member

Contact Info

604-875-2000 x 5943
Mailing Address
Room A3-127, 938 W 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4H4

Research Information

The overall objective of Dr. Austin’s program of research is to use a clinical genetics perspective to inform the development of novel biological and non-biological interventions to improve outcomes for individuals with psychiatric disorders and to support their families. Dr. Austin is particularly interested in:

  • Improving outcomes for people with mental illness and their families by helping them to better understand the causes of mental illness
  • Contributing to a better understanding of factors that contribute to the development of postpartum depression, and developing new nutritional interventions to reduce women’s risk for postpartum depression
  • Modifying healthcare professionals attitudes towards individuals with mental illness

For more on Dr. Austin’s work, visit:



  • mood disorders
  • depression
  • schizophrenia
  • bipolar disorder
  • genetics
  • genetic counselling