Rob Whitley, PhD

Dr. Robert Whitley

Rob Whitley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, McGill University, and a Research Scientist at the Douglas Research Centre. He is currently a Fonds de recherche du Québec-Santé Senior Research Scholar, and an Honorary Principal Fellow at the University of Melbourne. He has also held honorary appointments at King’s College London, Dartmouth Medical School (New Hampshire) and Howard University (Washington DC). He has published over 135 academic papers in the field of social and cultural psychiatry; and has written over 100 mental health related articles for lay audiences in diverse venues including Psychology Today, the HuffPost, the Montreal Gazette, the Vancouver Sun and the National Post. Whitley is also a video-producer and script-writer, and has produced several documentaries and short fictional films related to mental health that have been featured in film festivals across North America. He is currently principal investigator on the following five projects

(i) a comparative study examining mental health among religious immigrants including Jews, Christians and Muslims;

(ii) a qualitative study investigating the psychosocial experience of people who have received ‘not parent expected’ news from an ancestry DNA test;

(iii) a five-year longitudinal study assessing suicide coverage in the Canadian media;

(iv) a participatory video project investigating the relationship between cannabis-use and mental health, with a focus on military Veterans; and

(v) an action-research study examining the portrayal of military Veterans in the Canadian media, with a focus on PTSD and suicide.

In addition, Whitley has a particular interest in (i) gender issues, conducting considerable research on women’s mental health as well as men’s mental health; (ii) mental health in Spanish speaking countries, with collaborations in Chile, Mexico and Spain; and (iii) positive engagement with the media to raise awareness about mental health issues.

robert.whitley [at] (email) | website

Selected Articles

Whitley R & Carmichael V (in press) Veterans in the media: Canadian newspaper coverage of the Lionel Desmond murder-suicide. Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health.

Grandón P & Whitley R (in press) Mental disorders in the media: A retrospective study of newspaper coverage in the Chilean press. International Journal of Social Psychiatry.

Pitman A, Fink D S, & Whitley R (in press) Patterns of suicide mortality in England and Wales before and after the suicide of the actor Robin Williams. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.

Lewis S, Heath N & Whitley R (in press) Addressing self-injury stigma: The promise of innovative digital and video action-research methods. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health.

Miranda D, Osman M, Blais-Rochette C, Gaudreau P & Whitley R (in press) Musical ethnocultural identity, happiness, and internalizing symptoms in youth. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.

Whitley R, Sitter K C, Adamson G & Carmichael V (2021) A meaningful focus: Investigating the impact of involvement in a participatory video program on the recovery of participants with severe mental illness. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal 44(1): 63-69.

Voisard B, Whitley R, Latimer E, Looper K, & Laliberté V (2021) Insights from homeless men about PRISM, an innovative shelter-based mental health service. PLOS ONE 16(4): e0250341.

Ibrahim A & Whitley R (2021) Religion and mental health: A narrative review with a focus on Muslims in English-speaking countries. BJPsych Bulletin 45(3): 170-174.

Agrest M, Alves-Nishioka S, … Whitley R, Tavares-Cavalcanti M, Valencia E, Alvarado-Muñoz R, Yang L H & Susser E (2021) Utility of a multidimensional recovery framework in understanding lived experiences of Chilean and Brazilian mental health service users. Revista Iberoamericana de Psicología 14(2).

Antebi L, Carmichael V, & Whitley R (2020) Assessing adherence to responsible reporting of suicide guidelines in the Canadian news media: a 1-year examination of day-to-day suicide coverage. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 65(9).

Whitley R & Zhou J (2020) Clueless: An ethnographic study of young men who participate in the seduction community with a focus on their psychosocial well-being and mental health. PLOS ONE 15(2): e0229719.

Whitley R, Sitter K C, Adamson G & Carmichael V (2020) Can Participatory Video reduce mental illness stigma? Results from a Canadian action-research study of feasibility and impact. BMC Psychiatry 20(16).

Latimer E, Bordeleau F, Méthot C, Barrie T, Ferkranus A, Lurie S, & Whitley R (2020) Implementation of supported employment in the context of a national Canadian program: Facilitators, barriers and strategies. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal 43(1): 2-8.

Whitley R, Fink D S, Santaella-Tenorio J, & Keyes K (2019) Suicide mortality in Canada after the death of Robin Williams, in the context of high-fidelity to suicide reporting guidelines in the Canadian media. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 64(11): 805-812.

Whitley R, Shepherd G & Slade M (2019) Recovery colleges as a mental health innovation. World Psychiatry 18(2): 141-142.

Carmichael V & Whitley R (2019) Media coverage of Robin Williams’ suicide in the United States: A contributor to contagion? PLOS ONE 14(5): e0216543.

Boucher M-E, Groleau D & Whitley R (2019) Recovery from severe mental illness in Québec: The role of culture and place. Health & Place 56: 63-69.

Carmichael V, Adamson G, Sitter K, & Whitley R (2019) Media coverage of mental illness: A comparison of citizen journalism vs professional journalism portrayals. Journal of Mental Health 28(5): 520-526.

Affleck W, Thamotharampillai U, Jeyakumar J, & Whitley R (2018) ‘If one does not fulfil his duties, he must not be a man’: Masculinity, mental health and resilience amongst Sri Lankan Tamil refugee men in Canada. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 42(4): 840-861.

Carmichael V & Whitley R (2018) Suicide portrayal in the Canadian media: Examining newspaper coverage of the popular Netflix series ’13 Reasons Why’. BMC Public Health 18(1086): 1-10.

Affleck W, Carmichael V & Whitley R (2018) Men’s mental health: Social determinants and implications for services. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 63(9): 581-589.

Whitley R, Wang J W, Carmichael V, & Wellen R (2017) Newspaper articles related to the Not Criminally Responsible on Account of Mental Disorder (NCRMD) designation: A comparative analysis. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 62(10): 697-701.

Whitley R, Wang J W, Fleury M-J, Liu A, & Caron J (2017) Mental health status, health care utilization and service satisfaction among immigrants in Montreal: an epidemiological study. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 62(8), 570-579

Whitley R & Wang J W (2017) Good News? A longitudinal analysis of newspaper portrayals of mental illness in Canada 2005-2015. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 62(4), 278-285.

Whitley R & Wang J W (2017) Television Coverage of Mental Illness in Canada: 2013-2015. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 52(2), 241-244.

Creed M & Whitley R (2017) Assessing fidelity to suicide reporting guidelines in Canadian news media: the death of Robin Williams. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 62(5), 313-317.

Adamson G, Donaldson L, & Whitley R (2017) Sharing recovery stories: Network gatekeeping of online news about mental illness. Digital Journalism 5(7)903-918

Whitley R (2016) Ethno-Racial Variation in Recovery from Severe Mental Illness: A Qualitative Comparison. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 61(6): 340-347.

Boucher M-E, Groleau D & Whitley R (2016) Recovery and Severe Mental Illness: the Role of Romantic Relationships, Intimacy and Sexuality. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 39(2): 180-2.

Aldersey H, Huynh D C & Whitley R (2016) A Systematic Examination of the Nature and Content of Vignettes in Schizophrenia Research. Journal of Mental Health 25(3): 189-96.

Tse S, Tsoi E, Hamilton B, …Whitley R & Petrakis M (2016) Uses of Strength-Based Interventions for People With Serious Mental Illness: A Critical Review. International Journal of Social Psychiatry 62(3): 281-91.

Poremski D, Whitley R & Latimer E (2016) Building trust with people receiving supported employment and housing first services. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal 39(1): 20-26.

Whitley R (2015) Global Mental Health: Concepts, Conflicts and Controversies. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences 24(4): 285-291.

Whitley R, Palmer V & Gunn J (2015) Recovery from Severe Mental Illness. Canadian Medical Association Journal 187(13): 951-2.

Whitley R, Palmer V & Gunn J (2015) Harnessing Primary Care to Enhance Recovery from Severe Mental Illness. British Journal of General Practice 65(637): 429-30.

Whitley R, Adeponle A & Miller A R (2015) Comparing Gendered and Generic Representations of Mental Illness in Canadian Newspapers: An exploration of the Chivalry Hypothesis. Social Psychiatry Psychiatric Epidemiology 50:325-333.

Aldersey H M & Whitley R (2015) Family Influence on Recovery from Severe Mental Illness. Community Mental Health Journal 51(4): 467-476.

Arthur C & Whitley R (2015) "Head Take You:" Causal attributions of mental illness in Jamaica. Transcultural Psychiatry 52(1): 115-32.

Drake R E & Whitley R (2015) Building behavioral health systems from the ground up. World Psychiatry 14(1): 50-51.

Jarvis E, Jurcik T, Bhat V, Spigonardo V & Whitley R (2015) Transatlantic variation in the attributed etiology of psychosis. International Journal of Social Psychiatry 61(6): 577-82.

Zelkowitz P, King L, Whitley R et al. (2015) A comparison of immigrant and Canadian-born patients seeking fertility treatment. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 17(4): 1033-1040.

Whitley R (2014) Beyond critique: rethinking roles for the anthropology of mental health. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry 38(3): 499-511.

Whitley R & Campbell R D (2014) Stigma, agency and recovery amongst people with severe mental illness. Social Science & Medicine 107: 1-8. 

Whitley R & Henwood B (2014) Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness: Reframing inequities experienced by people living with severe mental illnesses. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal 37(1): 68-70.

Stuart H, Chen S P, Christie R, … Whitley R (2014) Opening Minds in Canada: Background and Rationale. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 59: S8-S12.

McCrae N & Whitley R (2014) Exaltation in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy: Neuropsychiatric Symptom or Portal to the Divine? Journal of Medical Humanities 35(3): 241-55.

Drake R E & Whitley R (2014) Recovery and Severe Mental Illness: Description and Analysis. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 59(5): 236-242.

Slade M, Amering M, Farkas M, … Whitley R (2014) Uses and abuses of recovery: implementing recovery-oriented practices in mental health systems. World Psychiatry 13(1): 12-20

Poremski D, Whitley R & Latimer E (2014) Barriers to obtaining employment for people with severe mental illness experiencing homelessness. Journal of Mental Health 23(4): 181-185.

Read SC, Carrier ME, Whitley R, Gold I, Tulandi T & Zelkowitz P (2014) Complementary and alternative medicine use in infertility: cultural and religious influences in a multicultural Canadian setting. The Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine 20(9): 686-92.

Read S C, Carrier M, Boucher M, Whitley R, Bond S, Zelkowitz P (2014) Psychosocial services for couples in fertility treatment: what do couples really want? Patient Education and Counseling 94: 390-395.

King L, Tulandi T, Whitley R, Constantinescu T, Ells C & Zelkowitz P (2014) What’s the message? A content analysis of newspaper articles about assisted reproductive technology from 2005-2011. Human Fertility 17: 124-32.

Whitley R (2013) Fear and Loathing in New England: Examining the Health-Care Perspectives of Homeless People in Rural Areas. Anthropology & Medicine 20(3): 232-243.

Whitley R & Berry S (2013) Analyzing Media Representations of Mental Illness: Lessons Learnt from a National Project. Journal of Mental Health 22(3): 246-253.

Whitley R & Berry S (2013) Trends in Newspaper Coverage of Mental Illness in Canada: 2005-2010. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 58: 107-12.

Henwood B & Whitley R (2013) Creating a recovery-oriented society: Research and action. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 47(7): 609-610.

Cabassa L, Nicasio A & Whitley R (2013) Picturing recovery: A photovoice exploration of recovery dimensions among people with serious mental illness. Psychiatric Services 64: 837-842.

Carpenter-Song E & Whitley R (2013) Behind the Scenes of a Research and Training Collaboration: Power, Privilege, and the Hidden Transcript of Race. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 37: 288-306

Glover C M, Ferron J & Whitley R (2013) Barriers to Exercise Among People with Severe Mental Illness. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal 36: 45-7

Begum A, Whitley R, Banerjee S, Matthews D, Stewart R & Morgan C (2013) Help-seeking response to subjective memory complaints in older adults: towards a conceptual model. The Gerontologist 53(3): 462-473

Ells C, Guttman R, Bond S…Whitley R, Read S C, & Zelkowitz P (2013) Infertility Treatment in an Overwhelmed System: Couples' experience of fertility clinics post government funding of IVF in Quebec. International Journal of Qualitative Methods 12:852-853.

Zelkowitz P, Read S C…Whitley R, Tulandi T, & Ells C (2013). Too involved, or not involved enough? Infertile couples’ perceptions of social support. Fertility and Sterility 100(3): S411.

Whitley R (2012) Religious competence as cultural competence. Transcultural Psychiatry 49: 245-60

Whitley R (2012) ‘Thank you God’: Religion and recovery from dual diagnosis among low-income African Americans. Transcultural Psychiatry 49: 87-104

Whitley R (2012) Anti-Psychiatry: dead, diminishing or developing? Psychiatric Services 63: 1039-41

Whitley R & Siantz E (2012) Recovery Centers for People with a Mental Illness: an Emerging Best Practice? Psychiatric Services 63: 10-12

Whitley R, Strickler D & Drake R E (2012) Recovery Centers for People with Severe Mental Illness: A Survey of Programs. Community Mental Health Journal 48: 547-556

Wu CY, Whitley, R, Stewart R & Liu SI (2012) Pathways to Care and Help-Seeking Experience Prior to Self-Harm: A Qualitative Study in Taiwan. Journal of Nursing Research 20: 32-42

Lewis S E & Whitley R (2012) A Critical Examination of “Morality” in Mental Health Research and Practice. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 36: 735-743

Carpenter-Song E, Hipolito M & Whitley R (2012) “Right here is an oasis”: How ‘Recovery Communities’ Contribute to Recovery for People with Severe Mental Illness. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal 35: 435-40

Hipolito M, Carpenter-Song E, Malik M & Whitley R (2012) Capacity building for African American mental health training and research: lessons from the Howard-Dartmouth collaborative summer school. Academic Psychiatry 36: 47-50

Gonzalez J M, Cortes D E, Reeves T, Whitley R, Lopez L, Bond G R, Velligan D I & Miller A L (2012) Community mental health agency views of research Community Mental Health Journal 48: 223-31

Whitley R (2011) Social defeat or social resistance? Reaction to fear of crime and violence among people with severe mental illness living in urban 'recovery communities'. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry 35: 519-35

Whitley R, Rousseau C, Carpenter-Song E & Kirmayer L (2011) Evidence-Based Medicine: opportunities and challenges in a diverse society. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 56: 514-22

Carpenter-Song E, Whitley R, Lawson W B, Quimby E & Drake R E (2011) Reducing disparities in mental health care: suggestions from the Dartmouth-Howard Collaboration. Community Mental Health Journal 47: 1-13

Barre L K, Ferron J, Davis K & Whitley R (2011) Healthy eating in persons with serious mental illness: understanding and barriers. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal 34: 304-10

Hipolito M, Carpenter-Song E & Whitley R (2011) Meanings of Recovery from the Perspective of People with Dual Diagnosis. Journal of Dual Diagnosis 7: 141-9

Whitley R, Kostick K & Bush P (2010) Desirable characteristics and competencies of supported employment specialists: an empirically grounded framework. Administration and Policy in Mental Health Services Research 37: 509-19

Whitley R & Drake R (2010) Recovery: a dimensional approach. Psychiatric Services 61: 1248-50

Whitley R (2010) Atheism and Mental Health. Harvard Review of Psychiatry 18: 190-4

Whitley R (2010) Rediscovering hope. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal 33: 239-41

Whitley R & Lawson W B (2010) The psychiatric rehabilitation of African-Americans with Severe Mental Illness. Psychiatric Services 61: 508-11

Kostick K, Whitley R & Bush P (2010) Client centeredness in supported employment: specialist and supervisor perspectives. Journal of Mental Health 19: 523-31

Woltmann E & Whitley R (2010) Shared decision making in public mental health care: perspectives from consumers living with severe mental illness. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal 34: 29-36

Groleau D, Whitley R, Lesperance F & Kirmayer L (2010) Spiritual reconfigurations of self after a myocardial infarction: influence of culture and place. Health and Place 16: 853-60

Hanlon C, Whitley R, Wondimagegn D, Alem A & Prince M (2010) Between life and death: exploring the socio-cultural context of antenatal mental distress in rural Ethiopia. Archives of Women’s Mental Health 13: 385-93

Swain K, Whitley R, McHugo G J & Drake R E (2010) The sustainability of evidence based practices in routine mental health settings. Community Mental Health Journal 46: 119-29

Frounfelker R, Glover C, Teachout A, Wilkniss S & Whitley R (2010) Access to supported employment for consumers with criminal justice involvement. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal 34: 49-56

Arthur C, Hickling F W, Robertson-Hickling H, Gibson R & Whitley R (2010) “Mad, sick, head nuh good”: mental illness in Jamaican Communities. Transcultural Psychiatry 47: 252-275

Davis K, Brunette M, Vorhies V, Ferron J & Whitley R (2010) A qualitative study of how individuals with severe mental illness assess smoking risk. Mental Health and Substance Use: Dual Diagnosis 3: 110-23

Whitley R, Kostick K M & Bush P W (2009) Supported employment specialist strategies to assist clients with severe mental illness and criminal justice issues. Psychiatric Services 60: 1637-41

Whitley R (2009) Mastery of mothering skills and satisfaction with associated health services: a socio-cultural study. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 33: 343-365

Whitley R (2009) The implications of race and ethnicity for shared decision making. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal 32: 227-230

Whitley R (2009) Introducing psychiatrists to qualitative research: a guide for instructors. Academic Psychiatry 33: 252-5

Whitley R, Gingerich S, Lutz W & Mueser K T (2009) Facilitators and Barriers to the Implementation of the Illness Management and Recovery Program in Community Mental Health Settings. Psychiatric Services 60: 202-9

Hanlon C, Whitley R, Alem A, Wondi D & Prince M (2009) Postnatal mental distress in relation to the sociocultural practices of childbirth: an exploratory qualitative study from Ethiopia. Social Science and Medicine 69: 1211-19

Strickler D, Whitley R, Becker D & Drake R (2009) First person accounts of long-term employment activity among people with dual diagnosis. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal 32: 261-8

Anbesse B, Hanlon C, Alem A, Packer S & Whitley R. (2009) Migration and mental health: a study of low-income Ethiopian women working in middle-eastern countries. International Journal of Social Psychiatry 55: 557-68

Bond G R, Drake R E, McHugo G J, Rapp C A & Whitley R (2009) Strategies for improving fidelity in the National Evidence-Based Practices Project. Research on Social Work Practice 19: 569-81

Kirmayer L J, Sehdev M, Whitley R, Dandeneau S & Isaac C (2009) Community Resilience: models, metaphors and measures. Journal of Aboriginal Health 5: 62-117

Mancini, A., Moser, L, Whitley R, McHugo G, Bond G, Finnerty M & Burns B (2009) Assertive Community Treatment: Facilitators and Barriers to Implementation in Routine Mental Health Settings. Psychiatric Services 60: 189-95

Drake R E, Wilkniss S, Frounfelker R, Whitley R, Zipple A M, McHugo G J & Bond G R (2009) The Thresholds-Dartmouth partnership and research on shared decision making. Psychiatric Services 60: 142-4

Whitley R & Kirmayer L J (2008) Perceived stigmatization of young mothers: an exploratory study of psychological and social experience. Social Science and Medicine 66: 339-48

Whitley R, Harris M & Drake R E (2008) Safety and security in small-scale recovery housing for people with severe mental illness: an inner-city case study. Psychiatric Services 59: 165-9

Whitley R, Harris M, Fallot R D & Wolfson-Berley R (2008) The active ingredients of intentional recovery communities:  Focus group evaluation. Journal of Mental Health 17: 173-182

Whitley R & Green S (2008) Psychosocial stressors and buffers affecting Black Women in Montreal. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health 27: 37-48

Whitley R, Harris M & Anglin J. (2008) Refuge or rehabilitation? Assessing the development of a Women’s Empowerment Center for people with Severe Mental Illness. Community Mental Health Journal 44: 253-60

Whitley R (2008) Postmodernity and mental health. Harvard Review of Psychiatry 16: 352-64

Whitley R (2008) Is psychiatry a religion? Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 101: 579-82

Woltmann E, Whitley R, McHugo G, Brunette M, Torrey W, Coots L & Drake R. (2008) The role of staff turnover in implementation of evidence-based practices in mental health. Psychiatric Services 59: 732-7

Shiner B, Whitley R, Van Citters A & Bartels S. (2008) Learning what matters for patients:  Qualitative analysis of a health promotion program for those with serious mental illness. Health Promotion International 23: 275-82

Marty D, Rapp C, McHugo G & Whitley R (2008) Factors Influencing Consumer Outcome Monitoring in Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices:  Results from the National EBP Implementation Project. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research 35: 204-211

Bond G R, McHugo G, Becker D R, Rapp C A & Whitley R. (2008) Fidelity of supported employment: lessons learned from the National Evidence-Based Practice Project. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal 31: 300-5

Rapp C A, Etzel-Wise D, Marty D, Coffman M, Carlson L, Asher D, Callaghan J & Whitley R (2008) Evidence-Based Practice Implementation Strategies: Results of a Qualitative Study. Community Mental Health Journal 44: 213-24

Brunette M F, Asher D, Whitley R, Lutz W J, Wieder B L, Jones A M & McHugo G J (2008) Implementation of integrated dual disorder treatment. A qualitative analysis of facilitators and barriers. Psychiatric Services 59: 989-95

Whitley R (2007) Cultural competence, evidence-based medicine and evidence-based practices. Psychiatric Services 58: 1588-90

Whitley R (2007) Mixed-methods studies. Journal of Mental Health 16: 697-701

Whitley R & Hickling F (2007) Open papers, Open Minds? Media representations of psychiatric deinstitutionalization in Jamaica.  Transcultural Psychiatry 44: 659-71 

Woltmann E & Whitley R (2007) The Role of Staffing Stability in the Implementation of Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment: An Exploratory Study. Journal of Mental Health 16: 697-701

Becker D, Whitley R, Drake R & Bailey E (2007) Long-term employment trajectories among supported employment participants with severe mental illness. Psychiatric Services 58: 922-8

McHugo G J, Drake R E, Whitley R, Bond G R, Campbell, K, Rapp C A, Goldman H H, Lutz W J, & Finnerty M T (2007) Fidelity outcomes in the national implementing evidence-based practices project.  Psychiatric Services 58: 1279-84

Whitley R, Kirmayer L J & Groleau D (2006) Public pressure, private protest:  Illness narratives of West Indian immigrants in Montreal with medically unexplained symptoms.  Anthropology & Medicine, 13, 193-205

Whitley R, Kirmayer L J & Groleau D (2006) Understanding immigrants' reluctance to use mental health services:  a qualitative study from Montreal. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 51: 205-209, 2006

Whitley R & Prince M (2006) Can urban regeneration programmes assist coping and recovery for people with mental illness?  Suggestions from a qualitative case study. Health Promotion International, 21: 19-26

Whitley R, Prince M, McKenzie K & Stewart R (2006) Exploring the ethnic density effect:  a qualitative study of a London electoral ward. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 52, 376-391

Parissis M, Whitley R & Ward A (2006) Predictors of engagement in psychodynamic psychotherapy deriving from pre-assessment questionnaires. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 20, 281-296

Whitley R & Prince M (2005) Fear of crime, mobility and mental health in inner-city London, UK. Social Science and Medicine 61: 1678-1688

Whitley R & Prince M (2005) Is there a link between rates of common mental disorder and deficits in social capital in Gospel Oak, London? Results from a qualitative study. Health and Place 11: 237-248

Whitley R, Prince M & Cargo M (2005) Thinking Inside the Bubble: Evidence for a New Contextual Unit in Urban Mental Health. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 59: 893-897

Whitley R & Crawford M (2005) Qualitative Research in Psychiatry. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 50: 108-114

Whitley R & McKenzie K (2005) Social Capital and Psychiatry: Review of the Literature. Harvard Review of Psychiatry 13: 71-84

Whitley R & Prince M (2005) Are inner-cities bad for your health? Comparisons of residents’ and third-parties’ perceptions of the urban neighbourhood of Gospel Oak, London. Sociology of Health and Illness 27: 44-67

Jarvis G E, Kirmayer L J, Jarvis G K & Whitley R (2005) The role of Afro-Canadian status in police or ambulance referral to emergency psychiatric services. Psychiatric Services 56: 705-10

Stewart R, Prince M, Harwood R, Whitley R & Mann A (2002) Quality of Accommodation and Risk of Depression. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 17: 1091-1098

McKenzie K, Whitley R & Weich S (2002) Social Capital and Mental Health. British Journal of Psychiatry 181: 280-3

Governmental and Non-Governmental Reports

Whitley R & Kirmayer L (2010) Analyse des meilleurs moyens pour mesurer le capital social. L’institut de la statistique du Quebec, Quebec City.

Kirmayer L J, Fraser S, Fauras V & Whitley R (2010) Current approaches to Aboriginal Health Suicide Prevention. Health Canada, Ottawa.

Kirmayer L J, Whitley R & Fauras V (2010) Community team approaches to mental health services and wellness promotion. Health Canada, Ottawa.

Kirmayer L J, Sehdev M, Whitley R, Dandeneau S & Isaac C (2009) Community Resilience: models, metaphors and measures. National Aboriginal Health Organization, Ottawa.

Pierre A, Minn P, Sterlin C, Annoual P, Jaimes A, Raphael F, Raikhel E, Whitley R, Rousseau C & Kirmayer L (2010) Culture and Mental Health in Haiti: a Literature Review. WHO: Geneva (reprinted in Revue Haitienne de Santé Mentale 1: 13-42 and Sante Mentale au Quebec 35: 13-47)

Editorials and Commentaries

Keyes K M, Whitley R, Fink D, Santaella J & Pirkis J (2021) The global impact of a celebrity suicide: implications for prevention. World Psychiatry 20(1): 144-145.

Whitley R (2018) Men’s Mental Health: Beyond Victim Blaming. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 63(9): 577-580.

Whitley R (2016) Commentary on “The Fracture of Relational Space in Depression”. Current Anthropology 57: 625-6.

Whitley R (2015) First Person Perspectives: An Introductory Note. Transcultural Psychiatry 52: 715-6.

Whitley R & Jarvis E (2015) Religious Understanding as Cultural Competence: Issues for Clinicians. Psychiatric Times 32(6): 13-16.

Whitley R (2014) Introducing Recovery. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 59(5): 233-235

Whitley R (2012) Commentary on “Substance Abuse Recovery After Experiencing Homelessness and Mental Illness: Case Studies of Change Over Time”. Journal of Dual Diagnosis 8: 247-9

Whitley R (2012) The personal memoirs of people with severe mental illness. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal 35: 355-60

Whitley R (2011) Commentary: Being gay in straight places--exploring density effects on the mental health of homosexual and bisexual populations. International Journal of Epidemiology 40: 1081-2

Whitley R & Drake R E (2008). How Do Clients Obtain Mental Health Information? Commentary on "Consumer Perspectives on Information and Other Inputs to Decision-Making: Implications for Evidence-Based Practice". Community Mental Health Journal 44: 457-8

Whitley R (2005) Client involvement in mental services research. Psychiatric Services 56: 1315 LETTER

Whitley R, Kirmayer L J, & Jarvis E (2004) Cultural consultation in psychiatric practice. British Journal of Psychiatry 185: 76 LETTER


Selected Book Chapters

Whitley R (in press) Media Programs. In Dobson K S & Stuart H (eds.) “The Stigma of Mental Illness”. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.

Whitley R, Mascayano F & Carmichael V (in press) Using Participatory Video for Stigma Reduction and Community Education in Men’s Mental Health. In Mora J and Natera G (eds.) “Stigma and discrimination in health: International research scenarios and contexts”. UNAM Press, Mexico City, Mexico.

Jarvis G E & Whitley R (2020) Atheism and Mental Health (pp. 215-225). In Moodley R & E Lee (eds.) “The Routledge International Handbook of Race, Ethnicity and Culture in Mental Health”. University of Toronto Press, Toronto, ON.

Whitley R & Carmichael V (2019) Suicide in Men: A Pan-National Epidemic. Chapter in monograph entitled ‘Gifted Women, Fragile Men’. Euromind, European Parliament, Brussels.

Moses J M & Whitley R (2018) Public Mental health and Anthropology: an Ecological Approach (pp. 59-65). In Bhugra D, Bhui K, Wong S, & Gilman S (eds.) “Oxford Textbook of Public Mental Health”. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.

Whitley R (2018) Anti-Psychiatry (pp. 57-59). In Arrigo B A (ed.) “The SAGE Encyclopedia of Surveillance, Security, and Privacy.” SAGE, Thousand Oaks, CA.

Carmichael V & Whitley R (2018) Psychotherapy (pp. 833-835). In Arrigo B A (ed.) “The SAGE Encyclopedia of Surveillance, Security, and Privacy.” SAGE, Thousand Oaks, CA.

Palmer V & Whitley R (2017) Strategies to Improve the Recognition and Treatment of Mental Disorders in Primary Care (pp 21-33). In Carvalho A F, Manning J S, Mcintyre R S (eds.) “Mental Disorders in Primary Care” Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Aldersey H M, Adeponle A & Whitley R (2017) Diverse Approaches to Recovery from Severe Mental Illness (pp 109-27). In White R, Read U, Jain S & Orr D (eds.) “The Palgrave Handbook of Global Mental Health: Socio-Cultural Perspectives.” Palgrave MacMillan, London, UK.

Berry S & Whitley R (2016) Stigmatizing Representations: Criminality, Violence, and Mental Illness in Canadian Mainstream Media. In Smith R & Richardson C (eds.) “Covering Canadian Crimes: What Journalists Should Know and the Public Should Question.” (pp346-365) University of Toronto Press, Toronto.

Chen SP, Dobson K, …Whitley R, & Szeto A (2016) Fighting Stigma in Canada: Opening Minds Anti-stigma Initiative (Mental Health Commission of Canada). In W. Gaebel et al. (eds.) “The Stigma of Mental Illness – End of Story?” Springer International Publishing, Switzerland.

Whitley R (2012) The Mental Health of Immigrants (Part 14, pp1072-1076). In Sajatovic M & Loue S (eds.) Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health. Springer. New York.

Adeponle A, Whitley R & Kirmayer L J (2012) Recovery in Cultural Context (Chapter 8, pp109-132). In Rudnick A (ed.). Recovery of People with Mental Illness. Oxford University Press. Oxford, UK.

Whitley R (2012) Stigmatisation et maladie mentale (pp 44- 48). In Fleury M-J & Grenier G (eds.) État de situation sur la santé mentale au Québec et réponse du système de santé et de services sociaux. Commissaire à la santé et au bien-être. Quebec, CA.

Whitley R (2011) Qualitative Research Methods in Mental Health (Chapter 35, pp305-311). In Thornicroft G, Mueser K & Drake E (eds.) Oxford Textbook of Community Mental Health. Oxford University Press. Oxford, UK.

Arthur C M, Hickling F W, Gibson R, Robertson-Hickling G, Abel W D, Haynes-Robinson T and Whitley R (2008) The stigma of mental illness in Jamaica (Chapter 5, p113-130). In Hickling FW et al (eds.) Perspectives in Caribbean Psychology. CARIMENSA, Kingston, Jamaica. 

Whitley R (2007) Social capital and public health- qualitative and ethnographic approaches (Chapter 6, pp95-115) In Kawachi I, Subramanian S V & Kim D (eds.) Social Capital and Health. Springer. New York.

Whitley R (2006) An ethnographic study of social capital and mental health in Gospel Oak, London, UK. In McKenzie K and Harpham T (eds.) Social Capital and Mental Health (pp71-85). Jessica Kingsley, London.

Back to top