Head’s Office

Interim Department Head: Dr. Raymond Lam

Dr. Raymond W. Lam is Professor and Associate Head for Research, and Residency Director of Scholarly Activity and Research Track, in the Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia (UBC) and Director of the Mood Disorders Centre at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health in Vancouver. His research examines clinical and neurobiological factors in seasonal, treatment-resistant and workplace depression, clinical trials and guidelines, and eMentalHealth. Dr. Lam is also a lead investigator for the Canadian Biomarker Integration Network in Depression (CAN-BIND). His research is supported by many agencies including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and by investigator-initiated industry research grants.

Dr. Lam has published over 380 scientific articles and book chapters (including over 275 peer-reviewed papers), and edited or authored 11 books on depression; Google Scholar lists over 11,000 citations to his published work, with an h-index=59. He sits on the editorial boards of 9 international journals, including the Journal of Affective Disorders and CNS Drugs. Dr. Lam is a champion for evidence-based medicine and is an editorial advisor for the international Cochrane Collaboration.

Dr. Lam has received many awards for his research and teaching, including the J.M. Cleghorn Award for Clinical Research (Canadian Psychiatric Association, 2015), a Distinguished Achievement Award for Overall Excellence (UBC Faculty of Medicine, 2014), R.O. Jones Memorial Award (Canadian Psychiatric Association, 2007), Silver Anniversary Leadership Award (UBC Medical Alumni, 2006), and the Douglas Utting Prize and Medal for Depression Research (SMBD-JGH/McGill University, 2001). He is an elected Distinguished Fellow of both the Canadian Psychiatric Association and the American Psychiatric Association, a Foundation Fellow of the International Society for Affective Disorders, and the Executive Chair of the Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CANMAT).


Associate Head – Clinical Affairs: William MacEwan


Dr. William MacEwan received his BSc, MD and FRCPC (1987) from the University of BC. He is an outstanding teacher and clinician who practices psychiatry in two community settings – Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and the South Fraser Health Region. His research interests have been in the study of novel antipsychotics in the treatment of schizophrenia. He is a rare clinical teacher who can impact on the care of communities through his dedication and passion for teaching as demonstrated by his being awarded in 2012 the Faculty of Medicine’s Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Community Practice Teaching.   He is a dedicated advocate for people with serious mental illness living in poverty on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and currently sits on the Mayor’s Mental Health and Addictions Task Force


Associate Head – Research: Raymond Lam

Lam-Raymond_croppedDr. Raymond W. Lam is Professor and Head of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program in the Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, and Director of the Mood Disorders Centre of Excellence at UBC Hospital within the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. His research covers the spectrum of non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic treatments for mood disorders, with a focus on seasonal, treatment-resistant and workplace depression. He has published over 230 papers in peer-reviewed journals and authored 11 books on depression, and serves on the editorial boards of 7 international journals, including as an editorial advisor for the Cochrane Collaboration. He is also the Executive Chair of the Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CANMAT, www.canmat.org)