Erin Arthurs, BSc


Erin was a research assistant witthe Behavioural Health Research Group from 2009-2012. She completed a BSc in Mathematics and Statistics at McGill University in 2008. During her undergraduate years at McGill, she completed two research projects under the supervision of Dr. Russell Steele related to the assessment of health related quality of life among patients with scleroderma. Both projects related to psychometric evaluations of quality of life and disease activity surveys. 

After completion of Erin’s BSc, she was involved in several research endeavours, including work in the Division of Clinical Epidemiology related to colon cancer screening, followed by work with the Canadian Scleroderma Research Group (CSRG) under the supervision of Dr.Marie Hudson and Dr. Russell Steele at the Lady Davis Institute. The latter involved using CSRG data in order to analyze possible associations of ethnicity with disease severity and work disability and to conduct psychometric analyses of a patient-administered disease severity index. 

Erin’s research with the BehaviouralHealth Research Group looked at measurement issues with respect to depression screening questionnaires in scleroderma patients and involved collaborating on several systematic reviews. She conducted a review evaluating the biases in screening for major depression amongst patients already being treated for depression. Another review involved depression and distress screening in cancer patients. Finally, she worked on a systematic review evaluating the efficacy of perinatal depression screening.

Erin is currently pursuing graduate studies in Epidemiology at Queen’s University. 


Peer-Reviewed Articles

Thombs BD, Jewett LR, Assassi S, Baron M, Costa Maia A, El-Baalbaki G, Furst D, Gottesman K, Haythornthwaite J, Hudson M, Impens A, Korner A, Leite C, Mayes M, Malcarne V, Motivala S, Mouthon L, Nielson W, Plante D, Poiraudeau S, Poole J, Pope J, Sauve M, Steele R, Suarez-Almazor M, Taillefer S, van den Ende C, Arthurs E,Bassel M, Delisle V, Milette K, Leavens A, Razykov I, Khanna D. New Directions for Patient-Centered Care in Scleroderma: The Scleroderma Patient-Centered Intervention Network. Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology. 2012: 30 (Suppl. 71); 17-22 [Impact Factor = 2.4]. (click here for abstract)

Czarny MJ, Arthurs E, Coffie D-F, Smith C, Ziegelstein RC, Thombs BD. Prevalence of Antidepressant Prescription or Use in Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome: A Systematic Review. PLoS ONE. 2011; 6(11):e27671. [Impact Factor = 4.4]. (click here for abstract)

Thombs BD, Arthurs E, El-Baalbaki G, Meijer A, Ziegelstein RC, Steele RJ. Risk of bias from inclusion of patients who already have diagnosis of or are undergoing treatment for depression in diagnostic accuracy studies of screening tools for depression: systematic review.BMJ. 2011; 343: d4825. [Impact Factor = 13.5]. (click here for abstract)

Meijer A, Roseman M, Milette K, Coyne JC, Stefanek ME, Ziegelstein RC, Arthurs E, Leavens A, Palmer SC, Stewart DE, de Jonge P, Thombs BD. Depression Screening and Patient Outcomes in Cancer: a Systematic Review. PLoS One. 2011;6(11): e27181. [Impact Factor=4.4]. (click here for abstract)

Thombs BD, Arthurs E, El-Baalbaki G, Meijer A, Ziegelstein RC, Steele R. Forecasting yesterday's weather: the risk of spectrum bias from the inclusion of already diagnosed/treated patients in studies of depression screening tools. BMJ. 2011 ; 343:d4825. [Impact Factor=13.5]. (click here for abstract)

Magyar-Russell G, Thombs BD, Cai JX, Baveja T, Kuhl E, Singh PP, Barroso MMB, Arthurs E, Roseman M, Amin N, Marine J, Ziegelstein RC. Prevalence of anxiety and depression in patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators: A systematic review of the literature. J Psychosom Res. 2011; 71(4):223-31. [Impact Factor = 2.8]. (click here for abstract)

Hudson M, Masetto A, Steele R, Arthurs E, Baron M. Reliability of widefield capillary microscopy to measure nailfold capillary density in systemic sclerosis. Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2010; 28(5 Suppl 62): S36-41. [Impact Factor = 2.4] (click here for abstract)

Chartier L, Arthurs E, Sewitch MJ. Patient satisfaction with colonoscopy:a literature review and pilot study. Can J Gastroenterol, 2009; 23(3):203-209. [Impact Factor = 1.6] (click here for abstract)

Letters to the Editor

Leavens A, Arthurs E, Thombs BD. Should postpartum depression screening policies be re evaluated? A commentary on Kozhimannil et al. Health Affairs. 2011; 30(6): 1216. [Impact Factor=3.0].

Arthurs E, Leavens A, Levis B, Thombs BD. Are Couple-Oriented Interventions Effective Across Chronic Illnesses? A Commentary on Martire et al. Ann Behav Med. 2011 Aug; 42(1):134-5; author reply 136-8. [Impact Factor=4.0].

Delisle VC, Arthurs E, Ziegelstein RC, Thombs BD. A meta-analysis of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in acute coronary syndrome: Cause for concern. J Psychopharmacol. 2011; 25(12):1730-1; author reply 1732-3. [Impact Factor = 3.8].

Thombs B, Roseman M, Arthurs E. Prenatal and postpartum depression in fathers and mothers. JAMA. 2010; 304 (9): 961. [Impact Factor = 30.0]. 

El-Baalbaki G, Arthurs E, Levis B, Thombs B. Effects of befriending on depressive symptoms: a precautionary note on promising findings. British Journal of Psychiatry. 2010; 197: 247. [Impact Factor = 5.9] 

Oral Conference Presentations

Arthurs E, Hudson M, Baron M, Thombs BD. Are French and English versions of the PHQ-9 comparable? An assessment of differential item functioning. In Thombs BD (Chair), Myths and measures: Mental health assessment in medical settings (Symposium). 2011 Canadian Psychological Association Convention, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. June 2011.

Arthurs E, Hudson M, Baron M, Thombs BD. Are French and English versions of the PHQ-9 comparable? An assessment of differential item functioning. 2011 Spotlight Session at the National Student Conference of the Canadian Society of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. June 2011.


2011: American College of Rheumatology Research and Education Foundation - ACR REF/Abbott Health Professional Graduate Student Research Preceptorship (3500$)

2011 - Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis -                  Institute Community Support Program –Travel Award (997$)