Announcement of the 2022/2023 IMH Marshall Fellows



Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and Residents,

I am delighted to share that, following the thorough review and consideration of all the outstanding project proposals submitted by PhD and MD applicants this year, the selection process for the 2022/2023 IMH Marshall Fellows Program has been completed. Six highly innovative proposals have been recommended for funding by the Chairs of the Committee, and as the Fellowship Program was originally developed to also support the training of clinician scientist psychiatrists, three of the six fellowships have been awarded to MDs.

As the decisions have now been finalized, it is with great pleasure that I announce the 2022/2023 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

Thomas Chao, PhD: Changes in Stress-related Biomarkers and Cognitive Functioning as Predictors of Outcome in Patients with Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

Alok Kulkarni, MD: Minocycline for preventing the onset of hypo / manic episodes in people at high-risk for Bipolar Disorder: A Proof-of-Concept Feasibility Trial

Kirsten Marchand, PhD: Investigating what matters to youth: A mixed-methods study of youth-centred opioid treatments and their outcomes

John-Jose Nunez, MD: Combining Objective Behavioral Data Recorded by Smartphones with Clinical Data to Predict Recurrence in Major Depressive Disorder

Megan Rowland, PhD: Investigating the Role of Baf53b in Regulating Parvalbumin Neuronal Gene Expression and Autism Behaviours Across Development

Walter Sena, MD: An fMRI-Based Neurocognitive Assessment Battery


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 2022/2023 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


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