• Eslami, Ali


    Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
    Medical Co-Director, Experience Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Emergency Unit, BC Children’s Hospital
    Director of Research, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Emergency Unit, BC Children’s Hospital
    Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia

    Degrees / Designations
    MD, PhD
    Primary Area of Research
    Brain, Behaviour & Development
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    Lab Phone
    Vicky Matthews (Vicky.Matthews@cw.bc.ca)
    Mailing Address
    Mental Health Building

    4500 Oak St
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3N1

    Affiliate Websites
    Research Areas
    • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    • Schizophrenia
    • Emergency Psychiatry
    I am a child and adolescent psychiatrist and my work focuses on rapid stabilization of children in acute distress due to various mental health disorders. The goal of my research is to identify predictors of mental health crises in at risk youth in order to prevent relapse as well as detecting early signs of departure from stable baseline. We use descriptive, comparative, and inferential statistical models as well as statistical and machine learning technologies and methods to understand patterns of crisis development in children and adolescents with chronic psychiatric disorders.
    Current Projects
    Trends in Psychiatric Seasonal Emergency Admission (TIPSEA)
    Our study identifies specific vulnerability periods for individuals with Internalizing and externalizing disorders. This can help to develop preventative measures to decrease psychiatric crises and consequently emergency admissions during these periods. It could potentially help mental health policymakers as well as community care providers including outpatient psychiatrists to plan for adequate supportive measures to mitigate the impact of mounted stress during the academic year, as well as lack of school structure for these two specifically vulnerable cohorts of patients.
    Selected Publications
    • Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology (Accepted for Publication), Therapeutic drug levels of second generation antipsychotics in youth: a systematic review (Whitney, Z; Boyda, HN; Procyshyn, RM; Elbe, D; Black, T; Eslami, A; Barr, A.M.

    • The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience (Sep  2011), Neurocognitive Deficits, Along with Negative and Disorganized, Symptoms, Predict Impaired Social Functioning in Subjects At Risk for Psychosis (Ali Eslami, C. Jahshan, K. Shafer, I. Marks, K.S. Cadenhead).

    • RSA 2005 (Feb 2005), Alcohol Administration to Volunteers Taking Tamoxifen. (Ali Eslami, George Kenna, Robert Swift).

    • RSA Supplement 2003 (May 2003), A Miniaturized Transdermal Alcohol Sensor: A Progress Report. (Robert Swift, Ali Eslami, Kathy Karolczuk, Linda Templeman).

    • Poster: Society of Biological Psychiatry, Washington, DC (May 2008). Stability of Neurocognitive Deficits in Prodromal and First Episode Schizophrenia. (Ali Eslami, C. Jahshan, R. Heaton, K.S. Cadenhead).
    Honours & Awards
    Research Group Members