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.
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:
- PubMed link here
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:
- Manuscript published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (no PDF available).
- A poster presentation at the 2016 American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting which has been profiled in Medscape and Elsevier’s PracticeUpdate Psychiatry
- An oral presentation at the 2016 International Society for ECT and Neurostimulation.
- Grand Rounds presentation at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in January 2016 on this topic
My previous neuromodulation research looked at changes in cortical inhibition with clozapine treatment:
- Clozapine potentiation of GABA mediated cortical inhibition in treatment resistant schizophrenia.
- PowerPoint Presentation
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.
During my medical school and undergraduate work I have also been involved in several other research projects.
Soft Tissue Mechanics
Helpful Research Resources