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Kathryn Gill, PhD

Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre

Regular Researcher
Mental Illness and Addiction


McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)

Director of Research, Addictions Unit and Allan Memorial Institute, MUHC


McGill University

Associate Professor, Psychiatry Department


Research Interest


My research focuses on genetic factors related to addiction, as well as the treatment of substance dependence. Using both quantitative and qualitative research methods, current studies examine the clinical and biological predictors of treatment outcome, illicit and prescription opioid dependence, brief interventions for substance abuse, and knowledge transfer to primary care.

Research Foci


  • quantitative trait locus analysis
  • intravenous drug self administration
  • clinical trials
  • treatment outcome
  • indigenous mental health research

Keywords


Addictions, mental illness, treatment outcome, knowledge translation

Selected Publications


  • Ducharme S, Fraser R, Gill KJ (2012) Update on the clinical use of Buprenorphine in opioid-related disorders. Canadian Family Physician, 58:37-41.

  • Gauthier G, Palacios-Boix J, Charney DA, Negrete JC, Pentney H, Gill KJ (2011) Comparison of Brief and Standard Interventions for Drug and Alcohol Dependence: Considerations for Primary Care Service Delivery. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health 30: 93- 104.

  • Zikos E, Gill KJ, Charney D (2010) Personality disorders among alcoholic outpatients: Prevalence and course in treatment. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 55(2):65-73.

  • Gill KJ (2010). Les Impacts Sociaux et Psychologiques Des Jeux De Hazard Parmi Les Cries Du Québec. (The Social and Psychological Impact of Gambling in the Cree Communities of Northern Québec). Report for the Programme des Actions concertées - Impacts socioéconomiques des jeux de hasard et d'argent, Fonds québecois de recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC), Montréal, Québec

  • Nishikawa M, Diksic M, Sakai Y, Kumano H, Charney D, Palacios-Boix J, Negrete JC, Gill KJ. (2009) Alterations in brain serotonin synthesis in male alcoholics measured using positron emission tomography (PET). Alcoholism: Clinical Experimental Research, 33:233-239.