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Simon Hatcher

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

Research Interests

Our program of research focuses on: suicide prevention, first responder mental health, improving access to quality care among vulnerably housed populations, and the mental health burden of COVID-19.

Brief Biography

Dr. Simon Hatcher is a Psychiatrist at the Ottawa Hospital and Ottawa Inner City Health, a Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, and a Full Professor and Acting Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa. He has worked as a psychiatrist in clinical, research and leadership roles in non-mental health settings all his professional career starting in Leeds, UK followed by 20 years in Auckland, New Zealand before moving to Canada in 2012. Dr. Hatcher is not good at many things but one thing he does try to do well is to give a voice and meaning to people who are suffering from mental disorders. This is integrated into clinical care, teaching, and research through the Hatching Ideas Lab. Away from his professional work he keeps bees and rides motorbikes but not both at the same time.

Selected Publications

1. Zortea, T. C., Brenna, C. T., Joyce, M., McClelland, H., Tippett, M., Tran, M. M., Arensman, E.Corcoran, P., Hatcher, S., Heisel, M.J., Links, P., O'Connor, RC., Edgar, N.E., Cha, Y., Guaiana, G., Williamson, E., Sinyor, M. & Platt, S. (2020). The impact of infectious disease-related public health emergencies on suicide, suicidal behavior, and suicidal thoughts. Crisis.

2. Mackie, C., Dunn, N., MacLean, S., Testa, V., Heisel, M., & Hatcher, S. (2017). A qualitative study of a blended therapy using problem solving therapy with a customised smartphone app in men who present to hospital with intentional self-harm. Evidence-based mental health, 20(4), 118-122.

3. MacLean, S., MacKie, C., & Hatcher, S. (2018). Involving people with lived experience in research on suicide prevention. CMAJ, 190(Suppl), S13-S14.

4. MacLean, S., Corsi, D. J., Litchfield, S., Kucharski, J., Genise, K., Selaman, Z., Testa, V. & Hatcher, S. (2020). Coach-Facilitated Web-Based Therapy Compared With Information About Web-Based Resources in Patients Referred to Secondary Mental Health Care for Depression: Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of medical Internet research, 22(6), e15001.

Diseases, conditions and populations of interest

Research and clinical approaches