Biography

Dr. Richardson is a consultant psychiatrist and Physician Lead at the Parkwood Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Clinic in London, Ontario. He is also the Scientific Director of the MacDonald/Franklin OSI Research Centre at the Parkwood Institute; affiliated directly with the Parkwood OSI clinic. He has a Social Work degree from McGill University and completed his medical degree at Queen’s University and his fellowship in psychiatry at the University of Ottawa. He has more than 20 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of Veterans and Canadian forces members with PTSD and other operational stress injuries. He is a fellow with the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health. As a research clinician, Dr. Richardson has more than 40 published articles and book chapters in peer-reviewed journals in the area of Military and Veteran Mental Health including risk factors for PTSD and suicidal ideation, sleep disturbances, health care utilization, treatment outcomes and the impact of PTSD on quality-of-life.

Professional and Academic Experience

Administration

2015 - present       Physician Lead (Medical Director): The Physician Clinical Lead will work with the coordinator and Director of the Parkwood Operational Stress Injury Clinic, to provide leadership in day to day clinical issues. The Physician Lead work with the Program Director and Site Chief to promote the academic mission of the organization and the development of a culture of clinical inquiry, continuous learning and improvement, and the development and dissemination of research knowledge to advance the clinical and academic mandates.

2018 - present       Scientific Director-MacDonald/Franklin OSI Research Centre: Responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Centre, including actively being involved in research and innovation activities. Scientific Director provides functional direction to the operations and administrative priorities including managing the budget and staff. The Scientific Director will also serve to be an ambassador and mentor to help facilitate and promote collaboration among clinicians and researchers.

 

Community

2017 - present       An innovator affiliated with Mental Health Innovation organization: This organization is dedicated to assisting organizations in implementing simple, tangible and pragmatic solutions related to mental health. Our innovative approach is geared towards reversing the current trend in this fast-growing area of concern, while supporting corporate leaders looking to move beyond the traditional methods of care.

Research  

2017 - present       Established the McDonald/Franklin Operational Stress Injury Research Centre: As a result of a large and generous donation from Kyle MacDonald and John Franklin to the St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation I was asked to create a research centre. This centre was an opportunity for St. Joseph’s to further its leadership in research, education and knowledge mobilization. The ultimate goal of the Centre is to be a catalyst and enabler for the adoption of increasingly specialized and evidence-based pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy for our client population. The Centre will operate with clear strategic research objectives; treatment outcome, suicide risk behaviour, and neurobiology of PTSD and be guided by metrics to measure activities.

2017 - present       Awarded the distinction of Fellow to CIMVHR (Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health): Awarded to researchers who made outstanding contribution to the field of military, Veteran, and family health. Fellows act as ambassadors for the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health. They represent exemplary models of success within our research field.

2016 - present       Parkwood Institute Research Consortium: I established research collaboration to facilitate and promote research among clinicians and researchers in the area of military and veteran health. Membership includes researchers and clinicians from Western, McMaster, University of Toronto and Ryerson as well as members from national defence and Veterans Affairs Canada.

2015 - present       Co-chair of the Military and Veteran Section of the Canadian Psychiatric Association: In order to facilitate and promote education and research in the area of military and veteran health among psychiatrist across Canada we petitioned Canadian Psychiatric Association to establish the Military and Veteran Section of the Canadian Psychiatric Association.

Profession

Psychiatrist

Appointments

Academic 

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, General, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, The University of Western Ontario

Assistant Clinical Professor, McMaster University, Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Clinical 

Physician Lead (Medical Director), St. Joseph’s Health Care London, Parkwood Institute, Operational Stress Injury Clinic, London, Ontario, Canada

Research 

Associate Scientist, Lawson Health Research Institute, Mental Health, London, Ontario, Canada

Scientific Director of the MacDonald/Franklin Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Research Centre, St. Joseph’s Health Centre of London, Psychiatry, The Lawson Research Institute, London, Ontario, Canada

Research Group

Research Interest Area 

Military Related PTSD
Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour
Treatment Outcome

Research Overview

  • Advanced Analytics to Understand Military Related PTSD: Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and veterans are at risk of developing PTSD and other mental health conditions resulting from trauma exposure during their military service. The proposed study utilizes natural language processing (NLP) to identify key features related to 1) suicide attempts and 2) moral injury using unstructured data. Additionally, we propose using IBM SPSS Modeler or other technology available through IBM via Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovative Platform (SOSCIP) to: 1) identify patterns of comorbidity; and 2) predict treatment trajectories amongst a cohort of treatment-seeking CAF members and veterans.
  • Develop algorithms that can be utilized in the screening of CAF members and veterans for PTSD, MDD, and suicidal ideation (SI): Research indicates that military personnel are at increased risk of developing PTSD, major depressive disorder, and suicidal ideation as a result of events experienced during their military service. The proposed study utilizes machine learning to develop assistive diagnostic algorithms to aid in the early identification of PTSD and MDD among CAF members and veterans.
  • Statistics Canada Canadian Armed Forces Longitudinal Health Survey: In 2018, a follow-up assessment was completed of the large, representative sample of individuals who, 13 year earlier (2002), were employed by CAF and, at that time, participated in the Canadian Forces Supplement of the 1st Canadian Survey of Mental Health & Wellbeing. The plan is to investigate the incidence of new mental health (MH) problems and the persistence of the MH problems identified in 2002. The research will focus determining the incidence rate of new-onset MH problems during the 13 years since 2002 and identify characteristics associated with risk factors and protective factors to developing a new-onset MH outcome.
  • Statistics Canada 2013 CAF Mental Health Survey: The 2013 CAF Mental Health Survey is a nationally representative sample of 8180 active CAF members. Using this nationally representative sample the plan is to examine the association between Psychiatric Illness, sleep disturbances and Suicidal Ideation in order to increase our understanding of military-specific factors that are associated with the development of PTSD among CF members who are deployed on combat missions.
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Comorbidity in Treatment Seeking CAF Members and Veterans: The objective of the current study is to retroactively use information provided by former and current CF members presenting to Parkwood Hospital’s Operational Stress Injury Clinic for treatment in order to investigate (1) The relationship between events experienced during deployment and suicidal ideation (i.e., to determine whether certain combat experiences are more related to suicidal ideation than others), (2) The relationship between PTSD symptom clusters and health-related quality of life (i.e., to determine whether certain PTSD symptom clusters have a greater impact on wellbeing), and (3) The relationship between PTSD and comorbid disorders .
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Comorbidity in Canadian Veterans Patients attending the Parkwood Operational Stress Injury Clinic complete a standardized assessment and treatment protocol. The standardized questionnaires at intake include PHQ-9 and GAD-7 for depression and anxiety, the PHQ-15 for somatic symptoms, the Alcohol Use Identification Test (AUDIT) for alcohol use, the PCL-M and PCL-5 for PTSD, the Deployment Experience Questionnaire, and the SF-36 to assess health-related quality-of-life. Prior to being seen for follow-up care, patients complete the PHQ-9, GAD-7, the PCL-5 and the OQ 45. Using a retrospective chart review design, the plan is to examining PTSD and comorbidity as well as examining predictors treatment outcome, including recovery.

Publications

Keywords

Mental health, PTSD, Veteran, Treatment Outcome, Military, Pharmacotherapy