Eric Latimer, PhD

Dr Latimer is Research Scientist at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry.  A health economist, his research interests focus on community-based supports for people with severe mental illness, particularly their economic aspects. He has also conducted research on the use of antipsychotic medications in Québec.  He has been lead investigator for the Montreal site, and lead economist nationally, of the $110 million Chez Soi / At Home research and demonstration study on homelessness and mental illness, which tested the Housing First approach using nine concurrent trials in five Canadian cities.   Currently he is also leading a CIHR-funded study that is implementing and evaluating the strengths model of case management in several sites in Ontario and Québec.  He has served as consultant to the Québec government as well as research teams in Europe and North America, and is an associate researcher of Québec’s Centre national d’excellence en santé mentale. He is an associate editor of the Canadian journal, Healthcare Policy, and a fellow of the Québec research group CIRANO.  He teaches economic evaluation in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University. 

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Selected Articles

Stergiopoulos V, Hwang S, Gozdzik A, Nisenbaum R, Latimer E, Rabouin D, Adair C, Bourque J, Connelly J, Frankish J, Katz L, Mason K, Misir V, O’Brien K, Streiner D, Sareen J, Schütz C, Singer A, Vasiliadis HM, Goering P (2015), “Scattered-Site Housing First with Intensive Case Management for Homeless Adults with Mental Illness: 24 Month Outcomes of a Multi-Site Randomized Controlled Trial,”  Journal of the American Medical Association 313(9): 909-915.

Aubry T, Adair C, Tsemberis S, Streiner D, McGarvey K, Sareen J, Veldhuizen S, Kopp B, Patterson M, Latimer E, Paula Goering (2015) "One Year Findings of a Randomized Controlled Trial of Housing First with ACT in Five Canadian Cities", Psychiatric Services, published online February 2,

Latimer E, Gariepy G, Greenfield B (2014), "Cost-effectiveness of a rapid response team intervention for suicidal youths presenting at an emergency department” Can J of Psychiatry 56(6), 310 – 318.  

Latimer E, Naidu A, Moodie E, Clark R, Malla A, Tamblyn R, Wynant W (2014), “Variation in long-term antipsychotic polypharmacy and high-dose prescribing across physicians and hospitals”, Psychiatric Services, 65 (10), 1210 – 1217.

Latimer E, Clark R, Malla A, Moodie E, Tamblyn R, Naidu A (2013), “Underprescribing of Clozapine and Unexplained Variation in Use across Hospitals and Regions in the Canadian Province of Québec”, Clinical Schizophrenia & Related Psychoses, April33-41.

Knapp K, Patel A, Curran C, Latimer E, Catty J, Becker T, Drake RE, Fioritti An, Killian R, Lauber C, Rössler W, Tomov T, van Busschbach J, Comas-Herrera A, White S, Wiersma D, Burns T (2013), Supported employment: Cost-effectiveness across six European sites. World Psychiatry 12:1, 60-68.

 Vasiliadis H-M, Dionne P-A, Préville M,Gentil L, Berbiche D, Latimer E. The excess healthcare costs associated with depression and anxiety in elderly living in the community.  American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 2012 Apr 10. [Epub ahead of print].

Drake, R Latimer E (2012),, “Lessons learned in developing community mental health care in North America”, World Psychiatry 11 (1) 47-51.

LeBlanc, L., Tourigny, M., Boyer, T., Latimer, É. & Crocker, A. (2012), “Profils d`évolution des personnes ateintes de troubles mentaux graves et recevant un service de soutien d`intensité variable. Revue Canadienne de Santé Mentale et Communautaire 31 (1), 33 – 44.

Dionne PA, Vasiliadis H-M, Latimer E, Berbiche D, Préville M. (2012) “The Economic Impact of Inappropriate Prescribing of Benzodiazepines and Related Drug Interactions in the Elderly". Psychiatric Services, Dec, 15.

Goering P., Girard V., Aubry T., Barker J., Fortanier C., Latimer E., Laval C., Tinland A., (2012), « Conduite d’essais relatifs aux politiques qui soutiennent le modèle d’intervention accordant la priorité au logement : l’histoire de deux pays », Lien Social et Politique 67, 161–182.

Lloyd-Evans B., Marwaha S., Burns T., Secker J., Latimer E., Blizard R., Killaspy H., Totman J., Tanskanen S., Johnson S., (2012) “The nature and correlates of paid and unpaid work among service users of London Community Mental Health Teams”, Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, Available on CJO 2012 doi:10.1017/S2045796012000534.

Goering P, Streiner D, Adair C, Aubry T, Barker J, Distasio J, Hwang S, Komaroff J, Latimer E, Somers J, Zabkiewicz D (2011), "The At Home/Chez Soi trial protocol: A pragmatic, multi-site, randomized controlled trial of a Housing First intervention for homeless individuals with mental illness in five Canadian cities", BMJ Open 2011; 1:e000323 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2011-000323

Latimer E and D Rabouin (2011), “Le soutien d’intensité variable à l’heure du rétablissement: Enseignements des etudes expérimentales et quasi-expérimentales”, Santé mentale au Québec XXXVI, 1, 13-34. 

Latimer E, Bond G, Drake R (2011), “Economic approaches to improving access to evidence-based and recovery-oriented services for people with severe mental illness”, Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 56:9, 523 – 529.

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