Amanda Butler

  • Research Program Manager


Amanda Butler is well-versed in qualitative research methods, participatory-action research, forensic mental health systems, and mental health law and policy in Canada. More specifically, her research has focused on sentencing and criminal responsibility, interactions between police and individuals living with mental illness, and provision of mental health services in Canadian Corrections. 

Amanda received an Honours B.A. in Criminal Justice and Social Psychology at the University of Guelph and an M.A. in Criminology at Simon Fraser University.  At the Masters level, Amanda’s research involved a qualitative investigation of the perceptions of people with lived experience with mental illness and criminal justice involvement.  Amanda’s expertise in forensic mental health has seen her present at conferences on a variety of topics related to the intersections between the criminal justice and mental health systems. 

As the Research Program Manager at CARMHA, Amanda provides strategic oversight for a large project portfolio. Amanda oversees research activities from the project application phase through to research design, planning, execution, and completion. Amanda has developed research skills working with administrative databases including data retrieval, screening and management.  Her current research areas include mental health systems coordination and transformation, performance measurement, mental health policy, addictions, and complex needs.

In addition to her position at CARMHA, Amanda works as a sessional instructor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University, and as the Editorial Assistant for the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice. 

In September 2016, Amanda will begin Doctoral training in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University under the supervision of Dr. Elliot Goldner.

Featured Publications

Verdun-Jones, S., & Butler, A. (2016). Mental Health Services in Canadian Corrections. In J. A. Chandler & C. M. Flood (Eds.), Law and Mind: Mental Health Law and Policy in Canada. Toronto, ON: LexisNexis Canada.

Verdun-Jones, S., & Butler, A. (2014). Sentencing neurocognitively impaired offenders in Canada. Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 55(4), 495-512. 

Research Projects