Julia Davies

RN, MN; PhD Student, University of Toronto

Poster Title: Screening for traumatic brain injury and understanding its impact on clinical presentation among mental health and addictions service users: findings from a scoping review of the literature

Poster Description: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is linked to increased psychiatric, substance use, and behaviour problems, suggesting that TBI may be a significant concern among mental health and addictions (MHA) service users. However, the prevalence of TBI history in MHA service settings is not well understood, nor is its impact on service users’ clinical presentation. A better understanding of TBI and methods for screening within clinical settings is necessary for mental health nurses to be able to identify potential adaptations to care planning for patients with a history of this injury.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the prevalence of TBI history among MHA service users
  • Understand the methods that can be used by MHA clinicians to screen for TBI history
  • Understand the impact of TBI history on service users’ clinical characteristics


Biography: Julia Davies is a PhD student at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, and a Registered Nurse practising at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in the Acute Care Program. Julia’s doctoral work is supervised by Dr. Kristin Cleverley and is focused on understanding the impact of traumatic brain injury on mental health symptoms and service experiences among youth who receive mental health care.