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Simon Hatcher

Scientist, Clinical Epidemiology Program
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Vice Chair Research, Department of Psychiatry
University of Ottawa

Research Interests

Research interests focus on improving the care of people with mental health problems in non-psychiatric settings. This includes suicide prevention research, psychiatric problems in the general hospital, the effect of trauma, using technology in mental health and health services research. Current research programs include a trial of a blended smartphone and face to face therapy for men who have attempted suicide and coach assisted computer delivered cognitive therapy for people on psychiatric waiting lists.

Brief Biography

Simon Hatcher is currently a Full Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Ottawa. He did his medical training in the UK and then moved to Auckland, New Zealand before moving here in May 2012. He worked for 18 years in Auckland, New Zealand as a clinical academic running a Liaison Psychiatry service in Waitemata Health and at The Department of Psychological Medicine at The University of Auckland. His main research interests include suicide, self-harm, psychotherapies, psychiatry in the general hospital setting and e-therapies. He has been the principal investigator in several large trials of non-pharmacological interventions in people who present to hospital with intentional self-harm. He provided the clinical input into the John Kirwan Journal program . Currently he is based clinically at The Royal Ottawa Hospital providing services in the downtown homeless shelters and working in the Liaison Psychiatry service at The Ottawa General Hospital. He is the vice chair of research in the Department of Psychiatry and a member of the Institute of Mental Health Research, the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute and the Montfort Research Institute.

Outside work he enjoys motorbiking, flying, hiking, kayaking, creative writing and restoring bush to its native state.

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Selected Publications

Hatcher S. Coupe N., Wikiriwhi K., Durie M. Sir, Pillai, A. Te Ira Tangata : a Zelen randomised controlled trial of a culturally informed treatment compared to treatment as usual in Maori who present to hospital after self-harm. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 2016 March DOI:10.1007/s00127-016-1194-7

Hatcher S, Sharon C, House A, Collins N, Collings S, Pillai, A. The ACCESS study: Zelen randomised controlled trial of a package of care for people presenting to hospital after self-harm. British Journal of Psychiatry 2015 Jan 22 pii: bjp.bp.113.135780.

Hatcher S Stubbersfield O. A systematic review of sense of belonging and suicide. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 2013 58 (7) 432-436

Hatcher S, Arroll B. Therapeutics: Newer antidepressants for the treatment of adult depression BMJ 2012;344:d8300

Hatcher S, Gilmore K, Pinchen K. A follow up study of patients with medically unexplained symptoms referred to a liaison psychiatry service. International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 41 (3) 217-227, 2011

Diseases, conditions and populations of interest

Research and clinical approaches