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Eighty per cent of people who think about or attempt suicide have sent out a warning sign to those around them , however, few will make a direct request for help to deal with their suicidal thoughts.

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CV - Jennifer Brasch

Jennifer Susan Brasch

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences,
McMaster University, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, 50 Charlton Avenue East, Hamilton, Ontario L8N 4A6
Phone: (905) 522-1155 ext. 34358, Fax: (905) 521-6059, Email:

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Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University

Medical Director, Psychiatric Emergency Service, St. Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton

Active Staff (Full-time) Mental Health and Addictions Program, St. Joseph's Healthcare Chair, Medical Education Committee, St. Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton, Ontario

Member, Board of Directors, and Co-Chair, Strategy Committee, Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton


Bachelor of Science (BSc), University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, 1987

Medical Doctorate (MD), Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. 1991

Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Canada) in Psychiatry (FRCPC) 1996

McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Resident in Psychiatry July 1992 – June 1996

Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, Fellowship in Emergency Psychiatry June 1996 – June 1997.

Selected Publications and Presentations

Brasch JS, Gluck RL, Cobb TG, Richard J. Residency Training in Emergency Psychiatry: A Model Curriculum Developed by the Education Committee of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry. Acad Psychiatry, 2004, Summer 28(2):95-103.

Brasch JS, MacQueen G, Joffe R: Endocrine Disorders, In Women’s Mental Health: A Comprehensive Textbook, edited by Susan G. Kornstein and Anita Clayton. Guilford Publications, Inc. New York, January 2002.

Brasch JS. An Evidence-Based Approach to Suicide Risk Assessment. Grand Rounds, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. January 30, 2002.

Brasch JS. Suicide Risk Assessment, Seminar for clinical clerks in psychiatry, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, presented every 6 weeks.

Brasch JS. Education and Training in the Psychiatric Emergency Service, in Emergency Psychiatry: Principles and Practice. 485-498 Glick RL et al (eds), Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia 2008.

Boursiquot P, Brasch JS. Depression, Euphoria and Anger in the Emergency Department, in The Handbook of Emergency Psychiatry, edited by Riba M, American Psychiatric Press, Inc. Washington, DC, in press.

Brasch JS, Kirkpatrick H. The Reasons to go on Living Project. Presented at:

  • Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention Annual Meeting, Quebec City, Quebec, October 2008.
  • American Association of Suicidology Annual Meeting, San Fransisco, California, April 2009.
  • Ontario Crisis Worker’s Association Annual Meeting, Gananoque, Ontario, June 2009.
  • Canadian Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, St. John’s, Newfoundland, August 2009.
  • Update prepared for the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention Annual Meeting, Brandon, Manitoba, October 21, 2009.