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Annual Report 2019-20

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Labatt Family Chair of the Department of PsychaitryBenoit Mulsant

In retrospect, the academic year 2019-20 started uneventfully. Then, in the Spring 2020, three major disruptions occurred: the COVID-19 pandemic, its economic and social repercussions, and the burst in the awareness of the impact of racism and ethnic disparities in our society. As these crises unfolded, our faculty members turned their focus on their impacts on the mental health of our patients, health professionals, and the general public. At the same time, the Department adapted and innovated to ensure we could continue to effectively achieve our education and research missions in this new context. The support we provided and continue to provide to each other is more important than ever in this time of crises. By keeping our community active, we ensure our connections to one another remain strong.

Dr. Benoit H. Mulsant, Professor and Labatt Family Chair of the Department of Psychiatry

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All Faculty


Primary Appointed Faculty


Full-Time Clinical (MD) Faculty


Part-Time Clinical (MD) Faculty


Status-Only Faculty


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Dr. Mary Jane Esplen Vice-Chair, Equity and Mentorship

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Dr. Alastair Flint
Vice-Chair, Research

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Dr. Krista L. Lanctôt
Vice-Chair, Basic & Clinical Sciences

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Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam
Vice-Chair, Education

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Dr. Vicky Stergiopoulos
Vice-Chair, Clinical Programs & Innovation

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General Psychiatry Residents PGY1-5


Research and Clinical Fellows


PGY6 Subspecialty Residents

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Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TASHN) Full Affiliate Sites


Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Mount Sinai Hospital

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

Unity Health Toronto

University Health Network (UHN)

Women’s College Hospital

Community-Affiliated Hospitals and Sites

George Hull Centre

Humber River Regional

Michael Garron Hospital

North York General Hospital

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences

Surrey Place Centre

Trillium Health Partners

The SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health

The University of Toronto, Health and Wellness Centre

Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care

Youthdale Treatment Centres

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Research Funding


Total: $58 Million

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Data-based Articles


Published Abstracts


Reviews and Editorials



(book chapters, letters, book reviews)



Department Highlights

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A ground-breaking discovery could lead to a treatment for PTSD

Dr. Fang Liu’s research could change the lives of those living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Apps and early intervention: the 2019-20 Miner's Lamp Innovation Fund

This year's recipients are using technology to track symptoms and identifying early warning signs of mental illness

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A new treatment for agitation in patients with Alzheimer's

Can cannabinoids help alleviate the suffering caused by these agitation and aggression in Alzheimer's Disease?


Fighting COVID-19's mental health impacts with online education: CAMH takes the lead

CAMH's innovative digital mental health resources are guiding people to the help they need during the pandemic

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COVID-19 and a pandemic of gender-based violence

Dr. Nazilla Khanlou on supporting racialized victims of gender-based violence during the pandemic

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Preparing for the Pandemic: Mental health support at Toronto's hospitals

At Sunnybrook and Mount Sinai, mental health supports were a key part of preparing for the pandemic

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Understanding the pandemic's impact on frontline workers

Dr. Rima Styra is applying lessons from SARS as she explores how the pandemic is affecting healthcare workers

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An online sanctuary for care providers during the pandemic

From mindfulness to meditation, Pause4Providers is creating a community focused on mental wellbeing