Laurence J. Kirmayer, MD


Selected Publications

Kirmayer, L. J., Kienzler, H., Afana, A., & Pedersen, D. (in press). Trauma and Disasters in Social and Cultural Context. In D. Bhugra & C. Morgan (Eds.), Principles of Social Psychiatry (2 ed.).New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

Kirmayer, L. J., (in press). Culture and Context in Human Rights. In D. Dudley, M., Silove, D., & Gale, F. (Eds.), Mental Health and Human Rights, Oxford University Press.

Abramovitch, H., & Kirmayer, L.J. (2003). The relevance of Jungian psychology for cultural psychiatry. Transcultural Psychiatry, 40 (2), 155-163.

Ballenger, J. C., Davidson, J. R. T., Lecrubier, Y., Nutt, D. J.,
Kirmayer, L. J., Lepine, J. P., et al. (2001). Consensus statement on transcultural issues in depression and anxiety from the International Consensus Group on Depression and Anxiety. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 62(S13), 47-55.

Boothroyd, L. J.,
Kirmayer, L. J., Spreng, S., Malus, M., & Hodgins, S. (2001). Completed suicides among the Inuit of Northern Quebec: A case control study. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 165(6), 749-755.

Fletcher, C., &
Kirmayer, L. J. (1997). Spirit work: Nunavimmiut experiences of affliction and healing. Études/Inuit/ Studies, 21(1-2), 189-208.

Groleau, D., & Kirmayer, L. J. (2004). Sociosomatic theory in Vietnamese immigrants' narratives of distress. Anthropology & Medicine, 11(2), 117-133.

Groleau, D., Soulière, M., & Kirmayer, L. J. (2006). Breastfeeding and the cultural configuration of social space among Vietnamese immigrant woman. Health Place, 12(4), 516-526.

Henningsen, P., &
Kirmayer, L. J. (2000). Mind beyond the net: Implications of cognitive neuroscience for cultural psychiatry. Transcultural Psychiatry, 37(4), 467-494.

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(6), 705-710.

Jarvis, G. E., Kirmayer, L. J., Weinfeld, M., & Lasry, J.-C. (2005). Religious practice and psychological distress: the importance of gender, ethnicity and immigrant status. Transcultural Psychiatry, 42(4), 657-675.

Kirmayer, L. J. (1997). (Editorial) Globalization and its discontents. Transcultural Psychiatry, 34(1), 5-7.

Kirmayer, L. J. (1997). Research in cultural psychiatry: A North American perspective. Bunka to Kokoro [Culture and Psyche: Japanese Journal of Transcultural Psychiatry], 1(4).

Kirmayer, L. J. (1997). Somatization in social and cultural perspective: From research to clinical strategies. Japanese Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine, 37(6), 311-319.

Kirmayer, L. J. (1999). Myth and ritual in psychotherapy. Transcultural Psychiatry, 36(4), 451-460.

Kirmayer, L. J. (2001). Sapir's vision of culture and personality. Psychiatry, 64(1), 23-30.

Kirmayer, L. J. (2001). Cultural variations in the clinical presentation of depression and anxiety: Implications for diagnosis and treatment. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 62(suppl 13), 22-30.

Kirmayer, L. J. (2001). Failures of imagination: The refugee's narrative in psychiatry. Anthropology & Medicine, 10(2), 167-185.

Kirmayer, L. J. (2002). The refugee's predicament. Évolution Psychiatrique, 67, 724-742.

Kirmayer, L. J. (2002). Psychopharmacology in a globalizing world: The use of antidepressants in Japan. Transcultural Psychiatry, 39(3), 295-312.

Kirmayer, L. J. (2003). Asklepian dreams: the ethos of the wounded-healer in the clinical encounter. Transcultural Psychiatry, 40(2), 248-277.

Kirmayer, L. J. (2004). The cultural diversity of healing; Meaning, metaphor and mechanism. British Medical Bulletin, 69(1), 33-48.

Kirmayer, L. J. (2005). Culture, context and experience in psychiatric diagnosis. Psychopathology, 38(4), 192-196.

Kirmayer, L. J. (2006). Beyond the 'new cross-cultural psychiatry': cultural biology, discursive psychology and the ironies of globalization. Transcultural Psychiatry, 43(1), 126-144.

Kirmayer, L. J., Boothroyd, L. J., & Hodgins, S. (1998). Attempted suicide among Inuit Youth: Psychosocial correlates and implications for prevention. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 43, 816-827.

Kirmayer, L. J., Brass, G., & Tait, C. (2000). The mental health of Aboriginal peoples: Transformations of identity and community. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 45, 607-616.

Kirmayer, L. J., Fletcher, C., & Boothroyd, L. J. (1997). Inuit attitudes toward deviant behavior: A vignette study. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 185(2), 78-86.

Kirmayer, L. J., & Groleau, D. (2001). Affective disorders in cultural context. Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 24(3), 465-478.

Kirmayer, L. J., Groleau, D., Guzder, J., Blake, C., & Jarvis, E. (2003). Cultural consultation: A model of mental health service for multicultural societies. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 48(2), 145-153.

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

Kirmayer, L. J., & Jarvis, E. (1998). Cultural psychiatry: From museums of exotica to the global agora. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 11, 183-189.

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.

Kirmayer, L. J., Malus, M., & Boothroyd, L. J. (1996). Suicide attempts among Inuit youth: A community survey of prevalence and risk factors. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 94, 8-17.

Kirmayer, L. J., & Minas, I. H. (2000). The future of cultural psychiatry: An international perspective. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 45(5), 438-446.

Kirmayer, L.J. & Robbins, J.M. (1996). Patients who somatize in primary care: A longitudinal study of cognitive and social characteristics. Psychological Medicine, 26(5), 937-951.

Kirmayer, L. J., Rousseau, C., & Crépeau, F. (2004). Research ethics and the plight of refugees in detention. Monash Bioethics Review, 23(4), 85-92.

Kirmayer, L. J., & Young, A. (1998). Culture and somatization: Clinical, epidemiological and ethnographic perspectives. Psychosomatic Medicine, 60, 420-430.

Kirmayer, L. J., & Young, A. (1999). Culture and context in the evolutionary concept of mental disorder. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 108(3), 446-452.

Law, S., &
Kirmayer, L. J. (2005). Inuit interpretations of sleep paralysis. Transcultural Psychiatry, 42(1), 93-122.

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

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

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.

Mayou, R.,
Kirmayer, L. J., Simon, G., Kroenke, K., & Sharpe, M. (2005). Somatoform disorders: time for a new approach in DSM-V. American Journal of Psychiatry, 162(5), 847-855.

Mezzich, J. E.,
Kirmayer, L. J., Kleinman, A., Fabrega, H., Jr., Parron, D. L., Good, B. J., Lin, K.-M., & Manson, S. M. (1999). The place of culture in DSM-IV. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 187(8), 457-464.

Miresco, M. J., &
Kirmayer, L. J. (2006). The persistence of mind-brain dualism in psychiatric reasoning about clinical scenarios. American Journal of Psychiatry, 163(5), 913-918.

Robbins, J.M. &
Kirmayer, L.J. (1996). Transient and persistent hypochondriacal worry in primary care. Psychological Medicine, 26(3), 575-590.

Robbins, J. M.,
Kirmayer, L. J., & Hemami, S. (1997). Latent variable models of functional somatic distress. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 185(10), 606-615.

Rosenberg, E., Lussier, M.-T., Beaudoin, C.,
Kirmayer, L. J., & Galbaud du Fort, G. (2002). Determinants of the diagnosis of psychological problems of primary care patients with normal GHQ-28 scores. General Hospital Psychiatry, 24(5), 322-327.

Sayar, K.,
Kirmayer, L. J., & Taillefer, S. (2003). Predictors of somatic symptoms in depressive disorder. General Hospital Psychiatry, 25(2), 108-114.

Stern, L., &
Kirmayer, L. (2004). Knowledge structures in illness narratives: Development and reliability of a coding scheme. Transcultural Psychiatry, 41(1), 130-142.

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(4), 205-209.


Selected Books and Chapters


Alarcon, R. D., Bell, C. C., Kirmayer, L. J., Lin, K.-H., Ustun, T. B., & Wisner, K. L. (2002). Beyond the funhouse mirrors: Research agenda on culture and psychiatric diagnosis. In D. J. Kupfer, M. B. First & D. A. Regier (Eds.), A Research Agenda for DSM-V. Washington: American Psychiatric Press (pp. 219-289).

Guarnaccia, P., & Kirmayer, L. J. (1997). Cultural considerations on anxiety disorders. In T. A. Widiger, A. J. Frances, H. A. Pincus, R. Ross, M. B. First, & W. W. Davis (Eds.), DSM-IV Sourcebook Vol. 3. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press (pp. 925-932).

Kirmayer, L.J. (1996). Cultural comments on somatoform and dissociative. In J.E. Mezzich, A. Kleinman, H. Fabrega Jr., D. Parron, (eds). Culture and Psychiatric Diagnosis: A DSM-IV Perspective. Washington, D C: American Psychiatric Press (pp. 151-157).

Kirmayer, L.J. (1996). Confusion of the senses: Implications of cultural variations in somatoform and dissociative disorders for PTSD. In A.J. Marsella, M. Friedman, E. Gerrity & R. Scurfield (eds.), Ethnocultural Aspects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association (pp. 131-163).

Kirmayer, L. J. (1996) Landscapes of memory: Trauma, narrative and dissociation. In P. Antze & M. Lambek (eds.), Tense Past: Cultural Essays on Memory and Trauma. London: Routledge (pp. 173-198).

Kirmayer, L. J. (1997). Culture and anxiety: A clinical and research agenda. In S. Friedman (ed.), Cultural Issues in the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders. New York: Guilford Press (pp. 225-251).

Kirmayer, L. J. (1999). Rhetorics of the body: Medically unexplained symptoms in sociocultural perspective. In Y. Ono, A. Janca, M. Asai, & N. Sartorius (eds.), Somatoform Disorders-A Worldwide Perspective. Tokyo: Springer-Verlag (pp. 271-286).

Kirmayer, L. J. (2000). Broken narratives: Clinical encounters and the poetics of illness experience. In C. Mattingly & L. Garro (Eds.), Narrative and the Cultural Construction of Illness and Healing. Berkeley: University of California Press (pp. 153-180).

Kirmayer, L. J. (2000). Epidemiology. In A. Kazdin (ed.), Encyclopedia of Psychology Vol. 3. Washington, DC: Oxford University Press (pp. 221-223).

Kirmayer, L. J. (2003). Reflections on embodiment. In J. Wilce (ed.), Social Lives of Immune Systems. New York: Routledge.

Kirmayer, L. J. (2004). The sound of one hand clapping: Listening to Prozac in Japan. In C. Elliott & T. Chambers (Eds.), Prozac as a Way of Life. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press (pp. 164-193).

Kirmayer, L. J., Boothroyd, L. J., Tanner, A., Adelson, N., Robinson, E., & Oblin, C. (2003). Psychological distress among the Cree of James Bay. In P. Boss (Ed.), Family Stress: Classic and Contemporary Readings. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage(pp. 249-264).

Kirmayer, L. J., Corin, E., & Jarvis, G. E. (2004). Inside knowledge: Cultural constructions of insight in psychosis. In X. F. Amador & A. S. David (Eds.), Insight in Psychosis 2nd Ed. New York: Oxford University Press (pp. 197-229).

Kirmayer, L. J., Dao, T. H. T., & Smith, A. (1998). Somatization and psychologization: Understanding cultural idioms of distress. In S. Okpaku (Ed.), Clinical Methods in Transcultural Psychiatry. Washington: American Psychiatric Press (pp. 233-265).

Kirmayer, L. J., Fletcher, C., & Boothroyd, L. J. (1998). Suicide among the Inuit of Canada. In A. Leenars & R. Bland (Eds.), Suicide in Canada . Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press (pp.189-211).

Kirmayer, L. J., & Jarvis, G. E. (2006). Depression across cultures. In D. Stein, A. Schatzberg & D. Kupfer (Eds.), Textbook of Mood Disorders. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press.

Kirmayer, L. J., & Looper, K. J. (2001). Hypochondriasis in primary care. In V. Starcevic & D. R. Lipsitt (eds.), Hypochondriasis: Modern Perspectives on an Ancient Malady. New York: Oxford University Press (pp. 155-180).

Kirmayer, L. J., Looper, K. J., & Taillefer, S. (2003). Somatoform disorders. In S. Turner & M. Hersen (Eds.), Adult Psychopathology 4th Ed . New York: John Wiley & Sons (pp. 420-475).

Kirmayer, L. J., Rousseau, C., Jarvis, G. E., & Guzder, J. (2003). The cultural context of clinical assessment. In A. Tasman, J. Lieberman & J. Kay (Eds.), Psychiatry 2nd Ed. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Kirmayer, L. J., & Santhanam, R. (2001). The anthropology of hysteria. In P. W. Halligan, C. Bass & J. C. Marshall (Eds.), Contemporary Approaches to the Study of Hysteria: Clinical and Theoretical Perspectives. Oxford: Oxford University Press (pp. 251-270).

Kirmayer, L. J., & Taillefer, S. (1997). Somatoform disorders. In S. Turner & M. Hersen (Eds.), Adult Psychopathology 3rd Ed. New York: John Wiley & Sons (pp. 333-383).

Kirmayer, L. J., & Weiss, M. G. (1997). Cultural considerations on somatoform disorders. In T. A. Widiger, A. J. Frances, H. A. Pincus, R. Ross, M. B. First, & W. W. Davis (Eds.), DSM-IV Sourcebook Vol. 3. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press (pp. 933-941).