Professional Page

This section of my website includes links to my research work including PDF’s of published articles and PowerPoints that I have delivered.

At the bottom of the page are some resources that I found helpful for research in general and also clinical psychiatry.

Psychiatric Research

I am the Chief Resident of the Clinician Scientist Program at the University of Toronto in the Psychiatry Residency Program. I currently work in the Temerty Centre for Therapeutic Brain Intervention at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

I am also currently a Master’s student in Clinical Epidemiology and Healthcare Research within the Institute for Healthcare Policy, Management, and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

Current work – Brain Stimulation

My main project currently is the use of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) for the treatment of affective disorders (depression).

ECT and Medical Morbidity and Mortality

My thesis project will be using administrative health data to examine the medical outcomes of patients who receive ECT.

rTMS and Late-Life Depression

I will be presenting a project examining cognitive outcomes in late-life depression at the 2018 Society of Biological Psychiatry

Previous work – Brain Stimulation

I recently completed an editorial on the use of ECT for treatment refractory behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia:

I have published a matched retrospective cohort study comparing treatment response and cognitive impact of ECT on depressed patients with and without post-traumatic stress disorder and/or borderline personality disorder. I presented this at the 2017 Society of Biological Psychiatry and published the manuscript in Brain Stimulation:

I have also published a retrospective cohort study using ECT for the treatment of schizophrenia looking at treatment outcomes and cognitive impact:

My previous neuromodulation research looked at changes in cortical inhibition with clozapine treatment:

Current work – Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Currently I am working on a project looking at the link between trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and cancer using the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions data. We want to determine if PTSD/trauma is associated with increased odds of cancer.

This work has been presented at the 2017 Canadian Psychiatric association, and is being prepared for submission to a peer-reviewed journal:

Previous work – Correctional Psychiatry

I have recently published a paper in the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law (PDF) which uses a life-trajectory model of suicide to propose the development of a novel suicide screening tool in prisons and jails. This project won an essay award at CAMH that was profiled here and I presented it at the 2016 Canadian Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting.

 

Non-Psychiatric Research

During my medical school and undergraduate work I have also been involved in several other research projects.

Cardiac Imaging

Single low-dose CT scan optimized for rest-stress PET attenuation correction and quantification of coronary artery calcium.
PDF Version

Accuracy of low-dose rubidium-82 myocardial perfusion imaging for detection of coronary artery disease using 3D PET and normal database interpretation.
PDF Version.

Radiation Oncology

Radical-Intent Hypofractionated Radiotherapy for Locally Advanced Non–Small-Cell Lung Cancer: A Systematic Review of the Literature.
PDF Version.

Soft Tissue Mechanics

Measurement of the hyperelastic properties of ex vivo brain tissue slices
PDF Version

 

Helpful Research Resources

Writing Science – Joshua Schimel

The Physician Scientist’s Career Guide – Mark Eisenberg

Marketing for Scientists – Marc Kuchner

A PhD Is Not Enough! – Peter Feibelman

 

Helpful Clinical Resources

The Psychiatric Interview: The Art of Understanding

The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals and Substance Abuse Counselors