Karl Looper, MD

Dr Looper is a consultation and liaison psychiatrist at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, specializing in the psychiatric care of medical patients and psychosomatic research. Dr. Looper is an assistant professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Oncology of McGill University and receives research funding as a chercheur-boursier clinician of the Fonds de recherche en santé Québec. Dr. Looper has been involved in studies of somatoform disorders including somatization, hypochondriasis and medically unexplained symptoms and syndromes. He is currently the principal investigator of a study of mental health and family functioning in early inflammatory arthritis, and is involved in other research in medical populations including cancer and cardiovascular disease.

karl.looper [at] mcgill.ca (email) website

Selected Articles

Kirmayer, L.J. & Looper, K.J. (2006). Abnormal illness behaviour: Physiological, psychological and social dimensions of coping with distress. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 19(1), 54-60.

Looper, K.J. (2006). Treating Health Anxiety: A Cognitive-behavioral Approach [Book Review]. Transcultural Psychiatry, 43(2), 324-325.

Looper, K.J. & Kirmayer, L.J. (2004). Perceived stigma in functional somatic syndromes and comparable medical conditions. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 57(4), 373-378.

Eakin, L., Minde, K., Hechtman, L., Ochs, E., Krane, E., Bouffard, R., Greenfield, B. & Looper, K. (2004). The marital and family functioning of adults with ADHD and their spouses. Journal of Attention Disorders, 8(1), 1-10.

Kirmayer, L.J., Groleau, D., Looper, K.J. & Dao, M.D. (2004). Explaining medically unexplained symptoms. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry/Revue Canadienne de Psychiatrie, 49(10), 663-672.

Looper, K. (2003). Contemporary approaches to the study of hysteria: Clinical and theoretical perspectives. Transcultural Psychiatry, 40(3), 445-448. 

Minde, K., Eakin, L., Hechtman, L., Ochs, E., Bouffard, R., Greenfield, B. & Looper, K. (2003). The psychosocial functioning of children and spouses of adults with ADHD. Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry & Allied Disciplines, 44(4), 637-646.

Casacalenda, N., Perry, J.C. & Looper, K. (2002). Remission in major depressive disorder: a comparison of pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy, and control conditions. American Journal of Psychiatry, 159(8), 1354-1360.

Looper, K. (2002). The social psychology of stigma. Transcultural Psychiatry, 39(3), 414-415.

Looper, K.J. & Kirmayer, L.J. (2002). Behavioral medicine approaches to somatoform disorders. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology, 70(3), 810-827.

Looper, K.J. & Kirmayer, L.J. (2001). Hypochondriacal concerns in a community population. Psychological Medicine, 31(4), 577-584.

Looper, K.J. & Paris, J. (2000). What dimensions underlie cluster B personality disorders? Comprehensive Psychiatry, 41(6), 432-437.

Vida, S., & Looper, K. (1999). The comparability of adverse event rates of new antidepressants: a statistical analysis. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, 19, 416-426.

Looper, K., & Grizenko, N. (1999). Risk and protective factors scale: Reliability and validity in preadolescents. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 44(2), 138-43.

Looper, K., Fielding, A., Latimer, E., & Amir, E. (1998). Improving access to family support organizations: A member survey of the AMI-Quebec Alliance for the Mentally Ill. Psychiatric Services, 49(11), 1491-2.

Looper, K, & Chouinard, G. (1998). Beneficial effects of combined L-dopa and central anticholinergic in a patient with severe drug-induced parkinsonism and tardive dystonia. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 43(6), 646-7.

Looper, K., & Milroy, T. M. (1997). Catatonia 20 years later. American Journal of Psychiatry, 154(6), 883.


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