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Investigator, CHEO Research Institute
Research Associate, Mental Health Research, CHEO
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Paula Cloutier’s research activities include the evaluation of mental health services provided in the pediatric emergency department (ED) and the development and evaluation of screening tools for children and adolescents in the ED. She is also involved in studies of non-suicidal self-injury in adolescents and young adults.
Paula Cloutier is a Research Associate in Psychiatric and Mental Health Research at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). She received her Masters of Arts in experimental psychology from Carleton University in 1991. She is a member of the CHEO Research Institute and the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury. Her research interests include self-harm in youth and how to identify needs and deliver effective and integrated pediatric mental health services.
Sample Publications:
Cappelli, M., Cloutier, P., Newton, A.S., Fitzpatrick, E., Ali, S., Dong, K.A., Gray, C., Kennedy, A., Lyons, J.S., Polihronis, C., Rosychuk, R.J., (2017). Evaluating Mental Health Service use During and After Emergency Department Visits in a Multisite Cohort of Canadian Children and Youth. Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Cappelli, M., Zemek, R., Polihronis, C., Thibedeau, N.R., Kennedy, A., Gray, C., Jabbour, M., Reid, S., Cloutier, P. (2017). Evaluating the HEADS-ED: A brief, action oriented, clinically intuitive, pediatric mental health screening tool. Pediatric Emergency Care. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000001180

Martin, J., Bureau, J-F., Lafontaine, M-F., Cloutier, P. F., Hsiao, C., Pallanca, D., & Meinz, P. (2017). Preoccupied but not dismissing attachment states of mind are associated with non-suicidal self-injury. Development and Psychopathology, 29(2):379-388. doi:10.1017/S0954579417000050

Leon, S. L., Cloutier, P., Polihronis, C., Zemek, R., Newton, A. S., Gray, C., & Cappelli, M. (2017). Child and Adolescent Mental Health Repeat Visits to the Emergency Department: A Systematic Review. Hospital Pediatrics, 7(3), 177-186. doi: 10.1542/hpeds.2016-0120

Cloutier, P., Thibedeau, N., Barrowman, N., Gray, C., Kennedy, A., Leon, S., Polihronis, C., Cappelli, M. (2016). Predictors of Repeated Visits to a Pediatric Emergency Department Crisis Intervention Program. Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, 19(2), 122-130.

Yurkowski, K., Martin, J., Levesque, C., Bureau, J.-F., Lafontaine, M.-F., & Cloutier, P. (2015). Emotion Dysregulation Mediates the Influence of Relationship Difficulties on Non-suicidal Self-injury Behavior in Young Adults. Psychiatry Research, 228(3), 871-878. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2015.05.006

Martin, J., Bureau, J-F., Yurkowski, K., Lafontaine, M-F., & Cloutier, PF. (2015). Heterogeneity of relational backgrounds is associated with variation in non-suicidal self-injurious behavior. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 44(3), 511-522. doi:10.1007/s10802-015-0048-1

Nixon, M.K., Levesque, C., Preyde, M., Vanderkooy, J., Cloutier, P. (2015). The Ottawa Self-Injury Inventory: evaluation of an assessment measure of non-suicidal self-injury in an inpatient sample of adolescents. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, 9(26), doi 10.1186/s13034-015-0056-5

Leon, S.L., Cloutier, P., Bélair, M.-A., Cappelli, M. (2014). Media coverage of youth suicides and its impact on paediatric mental health emergency presentations. Healthcare Policy, 10(1): 95-105. doi:10.12927/hcpol.2014.23940

Martin, J., Cloutier, P. F., Levesque, C., Bureau, J-F., Lafontaine, M-F., & Nixon, M. K. (2013). Psychometric properties of the functions and addictive features scales of the Ottawa Self-injury Inventory: A preliminary investigation using a university aged sample. Psychological Assessment. doi: 10.1037/a0032575
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