• Portrait of Shay-Lee Bolton.
  • Assistant professor

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    University of Manitoba
    Room PZ-430 PsycHealth Centre - 771 Bannatyne Avenue
    Health Sciences Centre
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 3N4

    Phone: 204-787-3079
    Fax: 204-787-4879
    Email: shay-lee.bolton@umanitoba.ca


Research groups

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Research summary

Dr. Bolton’s research expertise lies in the area of psychiatric epidemiology, suicide and suicidal behaviors, traumatic life events, at-risk populations (Indigenous populations, sexual minorities, public safety personnel, military), randomized controlled trials, and program evaluation.


Dr. Shay-Lee Bolton PhD is an early career researcher, epidemiologist, and assistant professor in psychiatry at the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Bolton has been affiliated with the Manitoba Population Mental Health Research Group led by Dr. Jitender Sareen since April 2004.

In this environment, Dr. Bolton has been highly productive, gaining experience in complex population-based quantitative data analysis using a range of statistical programs, including SPSS, STATA, R, SUDAAN, and SAS.

She has been engaged as both senior author and as primary analyst working with a range of epidemiologic data from around the world.

She has published 45 peer-reviewed research papers (most of which have been published in internationally recognized academic journals), 5 book chapters, and numerous reports and abstracts as both co-author and as first author for a range of audiences.

 Dr. Bolton has received 25+ local, national and international awards for her research.

Most recently, she was awarded a national-level research award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to evaluate virtual cognitive-behaviour therapy classes for mental wellness in public safety personnel using a randomized controlled trial design.


  • PhD, Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba (2015)
  • MSc, Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba (2008)
  • BSc (Hons), Faculty of Sciences, University of Manitoba (2005)


  • Young Investigator Award, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Manitoba Health Research Council Studentship
  • Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention Student Research Award
  • Manitoba Medical Service Foundation Award for research excellence
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Research Award
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Brain Star Award
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Canada Graduate Studentship Master’s Award



ORCID profile

Visit Shay-Lee Bolton's ORCID profile for a complete listing, or visit her ResearchGate page.

Shay-Lee Bolton's profile

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PZ433-771 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba, Bannatyne campus
Winnipeg, MB R3E 3N4 Canada