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Dr. RobWhitley, PhD
Assistant Professor


Social psychiatry
Cultural psychiatry
Recovery


Douglas Mental Health University Institute
6875 LaSalle Blvd
Montreal
Quebec
H4H 1R3
514-761-6131 ext. 4339
514-762-3049

robert.whitley@mcgill.ca



Dr. Whitley is a social scientist with considerable experience working at the intersection of psychiatry, sociology and anthropology. His work has focused on the mental health and health service experience of marginalized groups, including immigrants, ethno-cultural minorities, the urban poor and single mothers. Dr. Whitley is particularly interested in the concept of recovery, examining barriers and facilitators to recovery within both health services and the wider socio-cultural environment. He and his colleagues have evaluated many recovery-oriented psychosocial interventions such as supported employment, supportive housing and illness self-management programs. They have shown that cross-cultural communication, discrimination, stigma, religion and family involvement all play a role in influencing mental health service utilization and recovery. Dr. Whitley’s current research includes examining community integration and recovery among minorities with severe mental illness. This research is providing insights into how best to help minorities and other marginalized populations recover. He is also conducting a systematic analysis of media coverage of mental illness in Canada, in order to discern whether the media are taking a more positive approach to mental health. Dr. Whitley is particularly interested in the relationship between religion, spirituality and mental health. Dr. Whitley is also interested in mental health and mental health services in developing countries. With colleagues, he has conducted research in Ethiopia and Jamaica, and continues to work in global mental health. Dr. Whitley collaborates and maintains strong research links with the Institute of Psychiatry (King's College London), Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, and Howard University. He has published over 80 papers in the field of social and cultural psychiatry and his work has been funded by CIHR, the Mental Health Commission of Canada, the U.S. National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research and the U.K. Medical Research Council. He was recently granted a CIHR New Investigator award.


Undergrad: BSc, University College London
Graduate: MSc, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Graduate: PhD, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London


Royal Society of Medicine
American Anthropological Association



Whitley R, Drake R. Recovery: a dimensional approach. Psychiatric Services. 2010;61:1248-50.

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

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

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

Whitley R, Kirmayer LJ. Perceived stigmatization of young mothers: an exploratory study of psychological and social experience. Social Science and Medicine. 2008;66:339-48.

Whitley R, Harris M, Drake RE. Safety and security in small-scale recovery housing for people with severe mental illness: an inner-city case study. Psychiatric Services. 2008;59:165-169.

Whitley R, Harris M, Anglin J. Refuge or rehabilitation? Assessing the development of a Women’s Empowerment Center for people with Severe Mental Illness. Community Mental Health Journal 2008;44:253-260.

Whitley R. Postmodernity and mental health. Harvard Review of Psychiatry. 2008;16:352-364.

Whitley R, Kirmayer LJ, Groleau D. Understanding immigrants' reluctance to use mental health services: A qualitative study from Montreal. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. 2006;51: 205-209.

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