Dr. John Weekes

Dr. John WeekesPhD, Director, Waypoint Research Institute 

Dr. John Weekes is Director of the Waypoint Research Institute at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care.  John holds adjunct academic appointments in psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences at McMaster University and forensic psychology and addictions at Carleton University.  Prior to joining Waypoint John worked for the Correctional Service of Canada for almost 30 years in a variety of clinical, research and leadership roles.  John specializes in addictions, harm reduction, drug strategy, and treatment outcome research.  He is an associate scientist with the Forensic Psychology Research Centre at Carleton University, the Centre for Behavioural Sciences and Justice Studies at the University of Saskatchewan and the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment at the University of Regina.  John provides expert advice on drug policy, drug strategy and evidence-based interventions to a large number of international organizations including the Volunteers of America and the UK Ministry of Justice.  John has contributed to shaping legislation and public policy in Canada as an invited expert witness to various House of Commons and Senate Committees that led to legislative changes regarding drug-impaired driving and the creation of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.  Most recently, John was invited by the Open Caucus of the Senate of Canada along with other subject matter experts to offer advice and guidance to federal legislators regarding the opioid crisis.  In August, 2018, John was awarded the Maud Booth Correctional Service Award by the Volunteers of America for his career contributions to humanitarian corrections and criminal justice.

Keywords: Addictions, stigma, harm reduction, evidence-based interventions


Research Interests


Addictions, stigma barriers to treatment, harm reduction, evidence-based assessment and intervention, treatment outcome research, motivation for treatment, digital interventions


Publications


Carleton, R. N., Afifi, T. O., Taillieu, T., Turner, S., Duranceau, S., LeBouthillier, D. M.,

   Hozempa, K., Sareen, J., Ricciardelli, R., MacPhee, R. S., Groll, D., Brunet, A.,

   Weekes, J. R., Griffiths, C. T., Abrams, K. J., Jones, N. A., Beshai, S., Cramm, H. A.,

   Dobson, K. S., Hatcher, S., Keane, T. M., Stewart. S. H., & Asmundson, G. J. G

   (2018).  Suicidal ideation, plans, and attempts among public safety personnel in

   Canada.  Canadian Psychology, 59, 220-231.

 

Carleton, R. N., Afifi, T. O., Taillieu, T., Turner, S., Duranceau, S., LeBouthillier, D. M.,

   Hozempa, K., Sareen, J., Ricciardelli, R., MacPhee, R. S., Groll, D., Brunet, A.,

   Weekes, J. R., Griffiths, C. T., Abrams, K. J., Jones, N. A., Beshai, S., Cramm, H. A.,

   Dobson, K. S., Hatcher, S., Keane, T. M., Stewart. S. H., & Asmundson, G. J. G

   (2018).  Mental health symptoms among Canadian first responders and other public

   safety personnel.  Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 63, 54-64.

 

Elison, S., Davies, G., Ward, J., Weston, S., Dugdale, S., & Weekes, J. R. (2016).  Using

   the “recovery” and “rehabilitation” paradigms to support desistance of substance-

   involved offenders:  An exploration of the potential of dual and multi-focus

   interventions.  Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice, 2, 274-290.

 

Weekes, J. R., Elison, S., De Moor, C., & de Loë, K. (2017).  Technology-

   enhanced innovations for assisting substance-misusing offenders.  In J. Ireland (Ed.),

   International Handbook on Forensic Psychology in Prisons and Secure Settings

   London:  Routledge.

 

Student / Volunteer Opportunities


Graduate and undergraduate students for placement and research supervision.


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