James Bolton, MD FRCPC
Dr. James Bolton is the Director of Research for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba. He is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Community Health Sciences. He is also an Adjunct Scientist at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, and is the Medical Director of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Crisis Response Centre (CRC).

Over the past 10 years Dr. Bolton has established a strong track record of scientific research. He has published articles in high impact journals including the British Medical Journal and JAMA Psychiatry. He was a CIHR New Investigator (2011-2016) and is currently supported by a NARSAD Young Investigator Award. He has a strong commitment to research training, having directly supervised more than 50 students at the resident, undergraduate, PhD, and physician assistant level. Dr. Bolton’s research interests include suicide, bereavement, and psychiatric epidemiology. He has worked extensively with government and national level organizations in suicide prevention.



Selected Publications:

Bolton, JM. What we're not talking about in the assisted-dying debate - Why suicide researchers have a potentially important perspective on the debate over assisted dying. MacLean's 2016 Jun 27 

Bolton JM, Spiwak R, Sareen J. Consequences of Sibling Death: Problematic, Potentially Predictable, and Poorly Managed. JAMA Pediatrics. 2017 Apr 24.

Bolton JM, Morin SN, Majumdar SR, Sareen J, Lix LM, Johansson H, Oden A, McCloskey EV, Kanis JA, Leslie WD. Mental Disorders and Related Medication Use as FRAX-Independent Risk Factors for Major Osteoporotic Fractures. JAMA Psychiatry. 2017 Apr 19.

Bolton JM, Au W, Chateau D, Walld R, Leslie WD, Enns J, Martens PJ, Katz LY, Logsetty S, Sareen J. Bereavement after sibling death: a population-based longitudinal case-control study. World Psychiatry. 2016;15(1):59-66.

Bolton JM, Gunnell D, Turecki G. Suicide risk assessment and intervention in people with mental illness. BMJ 2015 Nov 9;351:h4978.

Bolton JM, Walld R, Chateau D, Finlayson G, Sareen J. Risk of Suicide and Suicide Attempts associated with Physical Disorders: A Population-Based, Balancing Score-Matched Analysis. Psychol Med. 2014 Jul 17:1-10. [Epub ahead of print]

Bolton JM, Au W, Leslie WD, Martens PJ, Enns MW, Roos LL, Katz LY, Wilcox HC, Erlangsen A, Chateau D, Walld R, Spiwak R, Seguin M, Shear K, Sareen J. Parents Bereaved by Offspring Suicide: A Population-Based Longitudinal Case-Control Study. JAMA Psychiatry. 2013 Feb;70(2):158-167.



Associated Research Links:

At Home / Chez Soi Homelessness Study
Research Investigator

Swampy Cree Suicide Prevention Team
Research Member


University Rank: Associate Professor

Clinical/Academic/Administrative Responsibilities
Director of Research

Contact Information
Health Sciences Centre
PZ430 PsycHealth Centre
771 Bannatyne Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3E 3N4
(Phone) 204-787-7078
(Fax) 204-787-4879
(e-mail) jbolton@hsc.mb.ca