Jean Addington

Dr. Jean Addington



Professor - Medicine

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

Research Scientist

Novartis Chair in Schizophrenia Research

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Child Health & Wellness Researcher

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute

Full Member

Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education

Contact information



Registered Psychologist, College of Alberta Psychologists, 1988

Educational Background

MA English Literature & Linguistics, University of Edinburgh, 1972

BEd Educational Psychology, University of Saskatchewan, 1981

Doctor of Philosophy Clinical Psychology, University of Calgary, 1987


Areas of Research

Mental Health
Schizophrenia and other psychoses
Risk of developing serious mental illness
Psychosocial treatments for youth at risk of psychosis

My first area of research focuses on psychosis and the risk of developing psychosis. Current studies are examining young people at clinical high risk of developing psychosis with the goal of developing prediction models of psychosis and having an improved understanding of the mechanisms of developing psychosis. Our studies include environmental, clinical and social risk factors as well as biomarkers. My second area is clinical trials where we are testing treatments that may prevent psychosis or at least delay its onset. My third area is the study of transdiagnostic staging models to identify youth who may be at different stages of risk of developing any serious mental illness. These studies examine potential clinical and biomarker predictors of developing serious mental illness. Ideally the outcome of my research will lead to the ability to predict with reasonable accuracy who may or may not be at risk of a serious mental illness, the level of risk of that individual and the knowledge how best to intervene at a given stage of risk.

Participation in university strategic initiatives


  • Fellow, Royal Society of Canada (RSC). 2020
  • Richard J. Wyatt Award, IEPA Early Intervention in Mental Health. 2020
  • Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS). 2019
  • Distinguished Service Award, Schizophrenia International Research Society (SIRS). 2019
  • Alberta Heritage for Medical Research Health Scientist, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research. 2010
  • Alberta Centennial Addiction and Mental Health Research Chair, Alberta Health Services and Alberta Advanced Education and Technology (AAET). 2008