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 interested in epidemiologic research and correctional psychiatry.

Current work – Brain Stimulation

My main project currently is researching the efficacy of brain stimulation for schizophrenia.

I have recently completed a review on the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for the treatment of schizophrenia. Some of my work on this topic includes:

I am also currently working on a project examining the use of ECT for the treatment of depression in individuals who also have comorbid borderline personality disorder and/or post-traumatic stress disorder. This is going to be presented at the 2017 Society of Biological Psychiatry Meeting in San Diego, and it will be submitted shortly as a manuscript.

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 submitted for presentation at the 2017 Canadian Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting.

Current 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.

Previous work

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

Clozapine potentiation of GABA mediated cortical inhibition in treatment resistant schizophrenia.
PDF Version.
PowerPoint Presentation.

 

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