Announcement of 2021/2022 IMH Marshall Fellows



Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and Residents,

I am delighted to share that, following the thorough review and consideration of eighteen outstanding project proposals submitted by PhD and MD applicants this year, the selection process for the 2021/2022 IMH Marshall Fellows Program has been completed. As in previous years, the reviewers noted the high quality of proposals submitted; of the 7 highly innovative proposals recommended for funding by the Chairs of the Committee, only 4 met the eligibility criteria and could accept the awards.

As the decisions have now been finalized, it is with great pleasure that I announce the 2021/2022 cohort of the IMH Marshall Fellows Program.  Please join me in warmly congratulating the following awardees, listed in alphabetical order:

IMH Marshall Fellowship Awardees & Research Titles

Dr. Komal Bharti, A multi-modal approach to investigate the relationship between functional connectivity changes induced by rTMS and heart-rate variability in depression
Dr. K Chithra, Cannabidiol adjunctive therapy for acute bipolar I depression: A proof-of-concept trial
Dr. Heather Palis, Reincarceration and overdose among people with psychiatric disorders: Longitudinal trends across health care reform and contamination of the illicit drug supply in British Columbia
Dr. Nicole Sanford, Brain health: A novel target for mental health


I encourage you to visit the IMH Marshall Fellows web page to learn more about each of our awardees and the exciting research they will be pursuing. In the weeks and months to come, we look forward to sharing further news and updates on our Fellows and the progress they are making in their respective projects.

On behalf of the Institute of Mental Health and the UBC Department of Psychiatry, I wish each of our 2021/2022 IMH Marshall Fellows much success as they gain valuable experience that will both accelerate their learning and serve as an important foundation for their future pursuits in translational mental health research.



Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, MBBS, FRCPC, MRCPsych (UK), MBA (Exec)
Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Director, Institute of Mental Health, UBC
Regional Head and Program Medical Director, VCH/PHC
Editor in Chief, Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
President, World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry