Eric Chan

Clinical Assistant Professor


Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute




Contact information

Preferred method of communication

Administrative Assistant:
Nancy Colp
Phone: 403.944.1298

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Suicide
  • Psychiatric Rating Scales
  • e-Mental Health
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Emergency Psychiatry

Research activities

My research interests focus on the use of novel tools in the assessment of suicidality and symptoms of mood disorders. My major focus is on the development, validation and implementation of a novel instrument for the assessment of suicidality, the Suicide Ideation and Behavior Assessment Tool (SIBAT). Currently, I am in the process of conducting a study examining the SIBAT in psychiatric inpatients. My goal is to establish this instrument as a tool for comprehensive and repeated assessments of risk factors associated with suicidality. This tool could then be used to build large scale data sets for analysis using novel machine learning techniques. I hope that this approach, in combination with other methods of data collection and analysis, will help inform our understanding of suicidality and improve our ability to detect and treat those at-risk of death from suicide. Other projects I am currently involved in include the EMBER (Exploring Mental Health Barriers in Emergency Rooms) study, a study of methamphetamine intoxication management in emergency departments and studies investigating genetic factors associated with depression and suicidality.