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Research Work

The Back to Reality Series is a set of three psychoeducational video games: Harry’s Journey, Harry’s Journal, and Harry’s PathwaystoCare map. Harry’s Journey imparts the story of Harry - as he considers whether to seek help for his psychosis and marijuana use. Harry’s Journey simulates the multitude of emotional and perceptual experiences associated with psychosis and marijuana use. Harry’s Journal delivers experiential knowledge about major psychiatric symptoms, including psychosis. The PathwaysToCare Map displays 3-D replicas of over ten actual youth mental health and addictions services in Hamilton. The games are original KT (knowledge translation) products, funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research and inspired by research on first-episode psychosis, substance use, and pathways to care. The games were created by an innovative KT community involving students, young people with lived experiences, designers, clinicians, and researchers.
A recent publication reviews (Ferrari and Archie 2017) the views of family doctors about use of the Series. Student(s) could conduct interviews, pre-and post-game play, with youth between the ages of 14 and 19 years. The participants would be recruited from hospitals & community agencies. The purpose is to explore whether the Series raises awareness of the increased risk of psychosis among underage youth from marijuana use.

Recent Publications:

Ferrari M and Archie S. Youth mental health, family practice, and knowledge translation video games about psychosis:  Family physicians’ perspectives. Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 26:3, Fall 2017.

Ferrari M, Flora N, Anderson K, Haughton A, Tuck A, Archie S, Kidd S, and K. McKenzie. Gender differences in pathways to care for early psychosis. Early Intervention in Psychiatry 2018; 12:355-361.

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