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Annual Report 2019-20

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Department Chair Benoit 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

Faculty

904

All Faculty

863

Primary Appointed Faculty

415

Full-Time Clinical (MD) Faculty

290

Part-Time Clinical (MD) Faculty

158

Status-Only Faculty

Vice-Chairs

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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

Learners

200

General Psychiatry Residents PGY1-5

57

Research and Clinical Fellows

11

PGY6 Subspecialty Residents

Partners

Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TASHN) Full Affiliate Sites

Baycrest

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Mount Sinai Hospital

Michael Garron Hospital

North York General Hospital

St. Joseph’s Health Centre

St. Michael’s Hospital

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Trillium Health Partners

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

University Health Network (UHN)

Women’s College Hospital

Community-Affiliated Hospitals and Sites

George Hull Centre

Humber River Regional

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences

Surrey Place Centre

The SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health

The University of Toronto, Health and Wellness Centre

Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care

Youthdale Treatment Centres

Research Funding

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Total: $58 Million

Publications

885

Data-based Articles

256

Published Abstracts

291

Reviews and Editorials

34

Other

(book chapters, letters, book reviews)

1,473

Total

Department Highlights

PTSD

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?

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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

Pause4Providers

An online sanctuary for care providers during the pandemic

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