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Dr. Elizabeth Lin

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
33 Russell Street, Room 4075
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2S1
(416) 535-8501 ext. 34102

Dr. Elizabeth Lin is an Independent Scientist in the Performance Measurement and Evaluation Research Unit with the Provincial System Support Program at CAMH. Dr. Lin is also an Associate Professor with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. 

Areas of Research
Dr. Lin’s expertise is in using information from large-scale population surveys or administrative databases to describe how people use mental health care and to point out areas where service delivery might be improved. 

Dr. Lin has worked with the Mental Health Supplement to the Ontario Health Survey, an epidemiological survey of nearly 10,000 Ontario household residents that assessed their mental health status and associated disability and health care use. Dr. Lin has since served as a consultant for Statistics Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada for several household survey and chronic disease surveillance projects. Dr. Lin has also used administrative data (such as fee-for-service and hospital datasets) to add to the picture of how mental health care is used and delivered in Ontario. This work has led to several reports, including the mental health Practice Atlases produced by the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences and the mental health Hospital Reports. More recently, she has led a team that is developing an online survey for family and friend caregivers and worked with a research group (the H-CARDD program) evaluating the health and health care use of Ontario adults with developmental disabilities.

Selected Publications and Reports
Selick, A., Durbin, J., Vu, N., O’Connor, K., Volpe, T. & Lin, E. Barriers and facilitators to implementing family support and education in Early Psychosis Intervention programs: A systematic review. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, in press.

Balogh, R., Wood, J., Dobranowski, K., Lin, E., Wilton, A., Jaglai, S.B., Genmill, M., & Lunsky, Y. Low-trauma fractures and bone mineral density testing in adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities: A population study. Osteoporosis International, published online: September 9, 2016,, doi:10.1007/s00198-016-3740-2.

Lin, E., Balogh, R., McGarry, C., Selick, A., Dobranowski, K., Wilton, A.S., and Lunsky, Y. Substance-related and addictive disorders among adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD): An Ontario population-based study. BMJ Open, September 3, 2016;6:3011638. Doi:10.1136/gmjopen-2016-011638.

Vigod, S.N., Kurdyak, P., Fung, K., Gruneir, A., Herrmann, N., Hussain-Shamsy, N., Isen, M., Lin, E., Rochon, P.A., Taylot, V.H., & Seitz, D.P. Psychiatric hospitalizations: A comparison by gender, sociodemographics, clinical profile, and postdischarge outcomes. Psychiatric Services, published online: August 01, 2016,

Sockalingam, S., Tehrani, JH., Soklardis, S., Lin, E., Lieff, S., and Harris, I. Integrating continuing professional development and quality improvement: A model from mental health care. Academic Medicine, 94(4): 540-547, April 2016.

Lin, E., Or, Z, Coldefy, M, Urbanoski K, Seitz D, Carlisle C, Szatmari P, Kurdyak P. Medical Practice Variations in Mental Health and Addictions Care. In: Sobolev B, Johnson A, Stukel T (eds). Health Services Research Series. Medical Practice Variations. Springer, New York, pp 161-198, March 2016. DOI 10.1007/978-1-4899-7603-1_78.

Lin, E., Balogh, R., Selick, A., Wilton, A. S., & Lunsky, Y. Developmental disabilities and Ontario’s forensic inpatient system: A descriptive analysis. Applied Health Research Question (AHRQ) Report submitted to the Forensic Mental Health Section, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, by the Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities Program, March 2016.

Kisely, S., Adair, C.E., Lin, E., and Marriott, B. Routine outcome measures in Canada.  International Review of Psychiatry, 27(4): 286-95, epub March 2015, doi: 10.3109/09540261.2014.994594.

Lin, E., Balogh, R., Isaac, B., Ouellette-Kuntz, H., Selick, A., Wilton, A., Cobigo, V., and Lunsky, Y. Strengths and limitations of health and disability support administrative databases for population-based health research in intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 11(4): 235-244, 2014. Doi: 10.1111/jppi.12098.

Durbin, A., Lin, E., Moineddin, R., Steele, L.S., and Glazier, R.H. Use of mental health care for non-psychotic conditions by immigrants in different admission classes and refugees in Ontario, Canada. Open Medicine, 8(4): 136-145, 2014.

Lin, E., Balogh, R., Cobigo, V., Ouellette-Kuntz, H., Wilton, A., and Lunsky, Y. Using administrative health data to identify individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities: A comparison of algorithms. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 57(5): 462-477, 2013. (DOI 10.1111/jir.12002)

Patten, S.B., Lin, E., Martens, P.J., Stiff, D., Smetanin, P., and Adair, C.E. Synthesis through simulation: Insights on the epidemiology of mood and anxiety disorders in Canada. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 57(12): 717-721, 2012.

Ratnasingham, S., Cairney, J., Manson, H., Rehm, J., Lin, E., and Kurdyak, P.  The burden of mental illness and addiction in Ontario. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 58(9): 529-37, 2013.

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