CRISM (Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse) provides a Canada-wide research network in the field of substance misuse, where members work together to generate the knowledge base necessary to improve current addiction treatment paradigms.
CRISM was designed to facilitate communication and collaboration among addiction service providers, researchers, and policy-makers. The five regional CRISM Nodes, in British Columbia, the Prairies, Ontario, Quebec, and the Atlantic region, began their operations in 2015.
Learn more at the CRISM National website (crism.ca)

CRISM Atlantic Node

The Atlantic Node includes researchers from universities and institutions across the Atlantic provinces: clinicians, policy-makers, administrators, practitioners, and representatives of substance users’ groups as well as individuals in different stages of support programs for people living with substance misuse problems.

The expertise and experience of node members and team make the Atlantic node a dynamic and productive space in which large scale and innovative research projects are carried out. Our activities contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of new evidence-based preventive methods

CRISM Atlantic offices are located at Dalhousie University in Halifax which serves as the coordinating location for researchers and members throughout  Nova ScotiaNew BrunswickNewfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island.


The node program is composed of three complementary activities:

Regional Demonstration Projects

OBJECTIVES of the CRISM Atlantic node

The overarching goal of the Atlantic node is to provide a dynamic research environment where partners from the community and the clinical world identify crucial needs and priorities in terms of substance use. Together, our members develop interventional research projects in the area of substance misuse.

The Atlantic Node contributes to CRISM with projects that accelerate the transfer of scientific knowledge to healthcare providers. These projects make it possible to develop better clinical and psychosocial practices in the care of people with a substance use disorder.

Node activities extend beyond the urban centres thanks to the strength of our network of partners. These valuable partnerships include psychosocial workers, hospitals and many organizations working in the field of harm reduction and substance use.


  • Youth Substance Use Problems
  • Concurrent Disorders
  • Rural Access and Telehealth.


Visit the Canadian Institutes of Health Research page or contact us at crismatlantic@gmail.com.