Paula Cloutier

Investigator, CHEO Research Institute

Paula Cloutier is a Research Associate in Psychiatric and Mental Health Research at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). She received her Masters of Arts in experimental psychology from Carleton University in 1991.  Her current research activities focus on pediatric mental health service research, and youth self-harm.

Research Projects

  1. Development of a Clinical Pathway for the Assessment and Management of Suicidality on a Pediatric Psychiatric Unit


    This framework, developed with the aim to standardize care for psychiatrically admitted suicidal children and adolescents, may serve as a flexible template for use in similar settings and could be adapted according to local realities and resources.

  2. Health outcomes associated with emergency department visits by adolescents for self-harm: a propensity-matched cohort study


    Adolescents with emergency department visits for self-harm have higher rates of mortality, suicide and recurrent self-harm, as well as higher health care costs, than matched controls.

  3. Self-Inflicted Injury-Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program (CHIRPP-SI): a new surveillance tool for detecting self-inflicted injury events in emergency departments


    To assess the performance of the Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program’s newly developed self-harm surveillance tool (CHIRPP-SI) designed to improve emergency department (ED) hospital surveillance of youth self-inflicted injury (SI).

  4. Predictors of Repeated Visits to a Pediatric Emergency Department Crisis Intervention Program


    Repeat visits account for a large portion of all MH presentations to the PED. Furthermore, several patient characteristics are significant predictors of repeat PED use and of repeating use sooner and more frequently.