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Faculty Member

Brian Rush Ph.D

Email Address(es)
Office Phone
416-535-8501 x6625
Office Address
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Suite T304 33 Russell Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2S1
Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
Epidemiology Division
SGS Status
Full Member
Appointment Status
Status Only

Research Interests

  • Addiction and mental health services and systems research, mental health and substance abuse co-morbidity, social/psychiatric epidemiology, screening for co-morbidity, evaluation and planning of community prevention and health care systems,
  • Research and community relationships vis a vis knowledge exchange and particularly with respect to addictions and mental health as well as chronic disease prevention
  • Program and policy evaluation, community needs assessment and logic models and tool for program planning and evaluation, performance monitoring at the organizational and health system levels

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • Program and policy evaluation and logic models

Honours & Awards

Current Research Projects

  • 2006-2008 – Validation and staged comparison of screening tools to identify mental disorders in clients seeking treatment for substance abuse. Canadian Institutes for Health Research, approved for September 1, 2006 to August 31, 2008. Amount $415,056.
  • 2006-2009 – An evaluation of system enhancement for Ontario’s community mental health system. Ontario Mental Health Foundation, approved for April 1, 2006 to March 31, 2009. Amount $421,000.
  • 2004-2005 – International collaborative program on psychiatric screening and assessment of concurrent substance use and mental disorders. Canadian Institutes for Health Research, approved for March 31, 2004 to April 30, 2005. Amount $24,420
  • 2003-2005present – Assessing the geo-spatial association in Ontario between the prevalence of problem gambling, treatment availability and help seeking., Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre, approved for May, 1, 2003 to April 30, 2005. Amount $233,063.
  • 2003-2004 – Concurrent substance use and mental disorders in Canada: Prevalence and impact on service utilization.Canadian Institutes for Health Research, approved for Nov.1, 2003 to Oct.31, 2004. Amount $37,500.
  • 1999- 2004 – Assessing the critical characteristics of community support programs for people with severe mental illness. Ontario Mental Health Foundation, approved for Feb, 1999 to Feb, 2004, Amount, $397,697.
  • 2007 – Review and consultation on outcome monitoring for substance abuse treatment. Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. January 8, 2007 to November 31, 2007. Amount $122,350.
  • 2005-2006 – Evaluation of the Ministry of Health and Long term Care assessment tools and admission and discharge processes. January 1, 2005 – June 30,2006. Amount $186,000.

Representative Publications

  • Rush, B.R., Scott, C. K., Dennis, M.L., Castel, S., & Funk, R. (2008). The interaction of co-occurring psychiatric problems and recovery management checkups. (Evaluation Review, 32(1), 7-38. ROLE: Co-Principal Author
  • 2. Urbanoski, K., Rush, B.R., Wild, T.C., Bassani, D. & Castel, C. 2007. The use of mental health care services by Canadians with co-occurring substance dependence and mental illness. Psychiatric Services, 58(7) 962-969. ROLE: Senior Responsible Author
  • 3. Rush, B.R., Veldhuizen, S., & Adlaf, E. 2007. Mapping the prevalence of problem gambling and its association with treatment accessibility and proximity to gambling venues. Journal of Gambling Issue, Issue 20 ( ROLE: Senior Responsible Author
  • 4. Rush, B. & Wild, T.C. (2003). Substance abuse treatment and pressures from the criminal justice system: Data from a provincial monitoring system. Addiction, 98, 1119-1128. ROLE: Principal Author
  • Rush, B. R. (in press) On the screening and assessment of mental disorders among clients seeking help from specialized substance abuse treatment services: An international symposium. (Editorial). International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. ROLE: Principal Author
  • Mann, R.E., Flam Zalcman, R., Rush, B.R., Smart, R.G., & Rhodes, A. (in press). Alcohol factors in suicide mortality rates in Manitoba. (Canadian Journal of Psychiatry). ROLE: Co-Principal Author
  • Rush, B. R., & Urbanoski, K. A. (2007). Estimating treatment demand for cannabis-related problems in Canada. International Journal of Mental Health and Addictions. April, 1557-1874. ROLE: Senior Responsible Author
  • Castel, S., Rush, B.R., Kennedy, S. & Fulton, K. (2007). Screening for mental health problems among patients with substance use disorders. A pilot project of the validation of a self-assessment instrument. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. 52 (1), 22-27. ROLE: Senior Responsible Author
  • Urbanoski, K., & Rush, B. (2006). Characteristics of people seeking treatment for problem gambling in Ontario: trends from 1998-2002. Journal of Gambling Issues, 16. Available: ROLE: Senior Responsible Author
  • 13. Castel, S., Rush, B.R., Urbanoski, K., & Toneatto, T. (2006) Overlap of clusters of psychiatric symptoms among clients of a comprehensive addiction treatment service. Psychology of Addictive Behaviours, 20 (1), 28-35. ROLE: Senior Responsible Author