Communications Bulletin


    Dear Department Members, We wish to inform you that our Interim Head’s Assistant, Lilla Berry, has decided to move back to Australia, and her last day with us is Monday, November 30th. Lilla was assigned to our Department by Hiring Solutions, and has been providing fantastic administrative support to the Head and the […]

  Please note these payments are NOT processed through the Department of Psychiatry.   Dear Clinical Faculty, This is a friendly reminder regarding UGME On Call Teaching Payments. Information on how to submit an invoice to the FoM for on call payments can be found here – see the “On Call Payments” subsection (screenshot below), […]

  Please reply to psychiatry.education@ubc.ca with inquiries.    Dear Psychiatry Clinical Faculty, We apologize for the delay in releasing the new forms. You may now submit your Postgraduate Clinical Teaching with Patient Care (CTwPC) invoices for the 2020-20 fiscal year (April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021) for PGY2-5 residents and PGY6 subspecialty psychiatry residents. […]

    Dear Eligible Staff and Faculty, As UBC follows the guidance of the Provincial Health Officer, I would like to provide an update on the status of remote work arrangements and one-time financial assistance for certain office equipment. Although UBC has introduced a COVID-19 safety planning process for the gradual resumption of activity on […]

    Congratulations to Dr. Lakshmi Yatham and Dr. Raymond Lam, both of whom are named Highly Cited Researchers in 2020 by Clarivate Analytics! Each year, Clarivate identifies the world’s most influential researchers across 21 research fields who have demonstrated significant impact through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade. Dr. […]

    Dear Colleagues, Further to the announcement that Dr. Andrea Chapman will be stepping down from her role as Program Director for the Postgraduate Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) Subspecialty Program on December 31, 2020, we would like to invite expressions of interest in this role from faculty members in the Department. The position […]

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Diane Fredrikson, Rounds Coordinator, VCH Department of Psychiatry**   Dear Colleagues, The academic year is now underway and we are in need of presenters for Department of Psychiatry Educational Rounds.  If you would like to present, or know of someone you would like to recommend as a speaker, please […]

  On November 12, 2020, Apple released macOS 11.0, Big Sur. Mac users should note that upgrading to Big Sur can cause compatibility issues with your current Apps. We recommend confirming with App vendors that your Apps are compatible with Big Sur, before upgrading. In particular the current version of Cisco AnyConnect is not compatible […]

  ***Shared on behalf of Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry***   The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to have an unprecedented impact on mental and physical health of the population. To understand its full impact, a large global most comprehensive survey, supported by many national and international scientific associations has been […]

  The Addictions and Concurrent Disorders Research Group in the UBC Department of Psychiatry is hosting the Virtual Solutions for Substance Use Care Conference on December 9-10! It’s free to register and join this virtual conference, which  will provide a good overview of the core elements of virtual mental health care given by international colleagues. […]

  Everybody’s safety is paramount to us. The UBC lunch is a grab-and-go lunch with prepackaged meals. It provides the VPSA an opportunity to connect with members about their activities and initiatives. We want to recognize that we are holding the lunch in compliance with the requirements set out by the provincial government.   The […]

  *** Shared on behalf of Dr. Tal Jarus  – for more information or to volunteer for the study, please email alicia.ditty@alumni.ubc.ca directly ***   Dear members of the UBC Department of Psychiatry, We would like to invite your students, staff, and academic and clinical faculty to participate in a study that investigates the barriers and facilitators […]

  Security vulnerabilities are actively being exploited by criminals.  The vulnerabilities allow the criminals to install and run any Apps, on your Apple Products, from the internet.  That means they can fully control your Apple devices, including deleting, modifying or encrypting your files.  The primary targets will be government and institutional devices. Updates are available […]

  **Sent on behalf of Amanda JS Jones, Manager, VFMP Clinical Skills Years 1 & 2 and Manager, Clinical Experiences Years 1 & 2**   Dear faculty, We are most urgently in need of psychiatrists to teach our Year 2 medical students this term. Provincial Psychiatry tutors will be welcome, as the sessions will be done […]

    Dear Faculty Members, As membership renewal in the Departmental Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee (APTC) is implemented regularly, the Department is calling for nominations and self-nominations from faculty members to fill the following vacancy in the APTC, effective September 1, 2020. The Department is calling for nominations and self-nominations from faculty members to […]

    Dear Department Members, Workday is now live! To log in to Workday, please visit the IRP website and click on the Workday link that is published on the homepage. To help PIs & their research group with Workday (ie. to set up tasks/approval delegation, answer inquiries on approval processes/delegation, etc.), I am providing […]

    Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and Residents, Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, the selection process for the IMH Marshall Scholars and Fellows Program for 2020/2021 has recently been completed. The program attracted fifty-eight (58) applications in total, and the reviewers were very impressed with the quality and caliber of the project proposals. With […]

    Dear Department Members, The Integrated Renewal Program (IRP) is completing the final steps to prepare the UBC community for the launch of Workday on Monday, November 2, 2020. The success of this implementation is a shared responsibility that requires strong collaboration across the community to build our understanding of the changes and accelerate […]

  Update: Catch Dr. Bill MacEwan’s October 30th radio interview on CBC’s The Current, where he speaks to host Matt Galloway about the comprehensive new plan he has presented to provincial leaders to address the dire addictions and mental health crises in the Downtown Eastside.   In a Vancouver Sun article last July, Dr. Bill […]

    Dear Department Members, We are aware that a fraudulent email referring to Workday and resembling the one shown below has been sent from “ubc.svcs[at]ubc-university.services” to faculty, staff and other members of the Department. DO NOT RESPOND TO OR CLICK ON ANY OF THE LINKS IN THIS EMAIL – PLEASE JUST DELETE THE EMAIL. […]

  ***Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting Postgraduate Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry***   Dear Faculty, We want to highlight two Competence by Design (CBD) resources that you may find highly useful: Coaching to Competence – Royal College As Competence by Design rolls out, you are/will be taking on the role as […]

    Dear Clinical Faculty members, For those of you who provide UGME & PGME didactic and/or clinical teaching, and/or participate in Department committees, you might have received an email from UBC Finance Operations regarding how to submit your invoices. Please note that the current FoM or departmental processes for your teaching and committee payment […]

    Dear students, residents, staff, and faculty, We would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2020 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day on October 15th, 2020! At this time, we invite all attendees to complete the Online Research Day Attendee Feedback Survey (https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d7ly8v8gQ5XcunX). This is your opportunity to provide anonymous feedback regarding the […]

  BCPA members, psychiatrists, residents and students are invited to attend this year’s BC Psychiatric Association Online Education Day & AGM virtual online conference on Saturday November 21, 2020 from 9:00am to 3:00pm (PST). Visit the Event web page to view Registration details!  

  The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry and The Cinematheque present:   Foster USA 2019 Mark Jonathan Harris 112 Minutes Free Virtual Streaming from Thursday, October 29 – Wednesday November 4, 2020 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!   “…an intimate, intensely dramatic film that holds us in its grip like a page-turning novel. Except […]

    Dear Department members, As you are aware, on November 2 UBC’s Integrated Renewal Program (IRP) is launching Workday, the University’s new HR and finance system. Workday is a modern, cloud-based system that will enable standardized HR and finance processes, online approvals and workflow, and better access to real-time data without the need for VPN. This […]

  Dear Department Clinical Faculty members, As you are aware, on November 2 UBC will transition to a new HR and Finance system called Workday. Workday is a cloud-based system that will enable better access to real-time data without the need for VPN. It is an intuitive system, and while there will be a period […]

    **Sent on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, UGE Program Director, and Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting PGE Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry**   Dear students, residents, staff and faculty, We are delighted to announce the list of MD undergraduate students and residents who have received awards this fall in recognition for outstanding performance […]

    Dear Colleagues, The search process to fill the position of Postgraduate Education Program (PGE) Director in the UBC Department of Psychiatry is well underway, and as previously stated, we will continue to accept applications from faculty members for the role until the vacancy is filled. Further, we wish to share with you an […]

  ***Shared on Behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting PGE Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry***   Dear Faculty, I would like to bring your to attention a FREE online course that I developed with funding from Health Canada to improve opioid prescribing by specialists. This course is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and […]

  ***Sent on behalf of UBC Advanced Research Computing (ARC)*** ​Interested in using public cloud services such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS)? Want to learn how they can support your research?   UBC Advanced Research Computing (ARC) is hosting the UBC ARC Cloud Computing Research Fall Training from October 19 – November 3, 2020. This […]

  There are a couple of ways you can raise your faculty or staff profile at UBC via the UBC Today website. You are invited to explore opportunities to share your work and connect with others across the university and beyond.   RESEARCH IN FOCUS Research in focus is a brand new feature that provides bite-sized, […]

    Dear students, residents, staff and faculty, It is with mixed feelings that we announce that Dr. Andrea Chapman has decided to step down from her role as the Program Director of the Postgraduate Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) Subspecialty Program in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, effective December 31, 2020. Dr. Chapman has […]

  The Department congratulates Dr. Carol Ward, who has been honored with the 2020 CAGP/CCSMH Seniors’ Mental Health Outstanding Care & Integrative Practice Award from the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry! Dr. Ward, a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department and a geriatric psychiatrist in Kamloops, was given this award in recognition for her exemplary […]

  Following her first paper on Polygenic Risk Scores in psychiatry published in JAMA Psychiatry, Dr. Jehannine Austin has published a second paper titled “Could Polygenic Risk Scores Be Useful in Psychiatry?“, along with Dr. Graham Murray, Dr. Tian Lin, Dr. John J. McGrath, Dr. Ian B. Hickie, and Dr. Naomi Wray. This narrative review […]

    Dear students, residents, staff and faculty, I am delighted to announce that the following faculty members have received promotions, effective July 1, 2020, following the 2019-2020 review process for clinical and academic faculty: Dr. William Panenka, promoted to Associate Professor (Partner) Dr. Andrea Chapman, promoted to Clinical Professor Dr. Ingrid Sochting, promoted to […]

  **This message is sent on behalf of Dr. Cheryl Holmes, Associate Dean, UGME**   Dear UBC Fa​culty, In this virtual environment, now more than ever we are vulnerable to cyber-attacks. We would like to remind you that University (UBC, UNBC or UVIC) or Health Authority email addresses should be used for all UBC-related correspondence, especially when communicating […]

  Thank you to everyone for making our 2020 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day a success! The online event was joined by more than 150 participants from near and far, who watched, listened and engaged with our presenters, and also voted for their favourite lighting talk presentations and posters. The winners in each category are […]

  ** Sent on behalf of the Office of Faculty Development – fac.dev@ubc.ca **   Dear PGME Programs, We invite all postgraduate faculty who are or will be teaching clinically in virtual settings, to join us for an evening of interaction and discussion with colleagues and a panel with experience in this area. SAVE THE […]

  *** Sent on behalf of Naznin Virji-Babul, Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women and Gender-Diverse Faculty, UBCV ***   Developing UBC guidelines from the Provost’s office to increase diversity in conference panels and keynote speakers:  Call for faculty members, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students We are inviting UBCV and UBCO faculty members, post-doctoral […]

  ***Sent on behalf of Dr. Joanne Sinai, Associate Director, Curriculum, UBC Department of Psychiatry***   This year for our Education Day on November 5th, Dr. Shakeri and I are going to do an afternoon seminar on this theme. To gather information that we’ll use in the seminar, we are surveying residents and faculty anonymously […]

  If you use a FASmail Generic account, we recommend that you access it using web-mail at https://mail.ubc.ca, rather than through Microsoft Outlook. If you access your FASmail Generic account through Outlook, your copy of sent mail might only be found in the FASmail User account and will therefore not be accessible to other users […]

  In a new article in the Vancouver Sun, titled “Mental health challenges expected to increase during the first full winter of COVID-19,” Department Head Dr. Lakshmi Yatham describes the potential of a wide-scale ‘parallel epidemic’ of mental problems triggered by viral outbreaks, a topic of focus in a recent editorial he co-wrote with Dr. […]

  *** Sent on behalf of Linda Chang, Education Coordinator, Postgraduate, UBC Department of Psychiatry ***   Hi everyone, We are continuing to recruit examiners for our 2020-21 Mock OSCEs.  The Mock OSCEs are an integral part of preparing our residents for their Royal College OSCE exams and we want to ensure the continued success […]

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting PGE Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry** Dear Faculty, We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our 2020 grads this year for successfully passing their Royal College Exam. We are so proud of them and hope they enjoy this incredible moment. Sincerely, Dr. Irfan […]

      Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Vigo and Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, who are among the grant recipients from a $10.2M investment by the CIHR, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, and other provincial partners to support research addressing the mental health and substance use challenges facing Canadians, which have increased during the COVID-19 […]

    Dear Department Members, 2020 UBC PSYCHIATRY VIRTUAL RESEARCH DAY ABSTRACT BOOKLET All of the abstracts submitted are now available for viewing in the 2020 Psychiatry Virtual Research Day Abstract Booklet which is now posted on the Research Day web page.  For those who submitted an abstract, please download the booklet and review your […]

    Dear Department Members, With permission from the Carpenter family, we share with you the heartbreaking news that Corinne Carpenter passed away on Friday September 11, 2020 following complications from a brief illness. As many of you know, Corinne was the Administrative Coordinator of the UBC Psychiatry Administration team from 2010 to 2019. In […]

  In a new article in The Independent, Dr. Steven Taylor discusses the phenomenon of “panic buying” at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and anticipates that, as the threat of a second lockdown looms, this behaviour will likely been seen again, but this time it will go digital.  Individuals will likely resort to online […]

  Dr. Jehannine Austin has published a new paper titled “From Basic Science to Clinical Application of Polygenic Risk Scores: A Primer” in JAMA Psychiatry. The study, led by Dr. Naomi R. Wray, reviews the underlying basic science of polygenic risk scores (PRS), which are predictors of the genetic susceptibilities of individuals to diseases, and […]

  Dr. Daniel Vigo and medical student/research assistant Laura Jones are the lead authors on a new report launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), titled The Burden of Mental Disorders in the Region of the Americas, 2018. This report aims to improve the assessment of mental health needs […]

  The Department congratulates Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez, who has been awarded two project grants from the recent CIHR Spring 2020 Competition. Dr. Vila-Rodriguez is the Principal Investigator on the following funded projects: Neuro-cardiac predictors of treatment response to rTMS in depression: a mechanistic study using interleaved TMS-fMRI and Low frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) […]

  The Department congratulates Mr. Caden Poh, Research Coordinator within the CREST-BD network, and Dr. Ashok Krishnamoorthy, Clinical Associate Professor and Division Head & Subspecialty Program Director for Geriatric Psychiatry, both of whom have received Faculty of Medicine Awards for 2020!   Mr. Caden Poh received the Applegarth Staff Service Award in recognition for his […]

    As a public institution with a significant research focus, UBC has seen an increase in cyberattacks. As you know, we are also about to implement a new enterprise system, Workday, which is likely to generate targeted phishing campaigns with the aim of tricking unsuspecting faculty and staff into providing their credentials. “Phishing” refers […]

    ***Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting Postgraduate Program Director***   Dear Faculty, You are receiving this email because you attended or watched Part 1 of the faculty development webinar, Competence by Design (CBD) Psychiatry: What you need to know for the coming year, that took place in June, or have been/may soon be completing EPA […]

  A local film making team is seeking experts on premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) to interview for a documentary. They are in the development phase of their project, and would like to connect with expert clinicians and researchers from diverse backgrounds who are willing to share their experiences and expertise  to inform their research and […]

  **Sent on behalf of Amanda JS Jones, Manager, VFMP Clinical Skills Years 1 & 2 and Manager, Clinical Experiences Years 1 & 2**   Dear All, We are most urgently in need of Psychiatric faculty and residents to teach our Year 2 medical students this term. The first two sessions involve interviewing a standardized […]

  Read the Fall 2020 issue of FoM Pathways, which features Dr. Lakshmi Yatham in an article titled “The Psychological Toll of the Pandemic.” Here, Dr. Yatham discusses the potential mental health impact of COVID-19, the reimagining and expansion of mental health support services, and how best to combat stress and anxiety as society adapts […]

    Dear students, residents, staff and faculty, As you are aware, the Department has been engaged in developing a strategic plan that focused on the four pillars of Research, Education, People and Partnerships to identify the strategic direction and priorities for the Department over the next five years.  Although our integrative strategic planning process […]

  The Department congratulates Clinical Associate Professor Dr. Ashley Miller on the recent publication of her book, titled What to Say to Kids When Nothing Seems to Work: A Practical Guide for Parents and Caregivers. Co-authored with clinical psychologist Dr. Adele Lafrance, this step-by-step guide is suitable for parents, grandparents and other caregivers of children […]

    Congratulations to Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, Professor and Department Head, and Dr. Raymond Lam, Professor and Associate Head of Graduate & Undergraduate Medical Education, who have been inducted as Fellows to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences! The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences recognizes individuals whose leadership and distinctive competencies have led to remarkable […]

    Dear Department Members, REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! 2020 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day If you are planning to attend our online UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day on Thursday October 15th, be sure to register by completing the Online Registration Form. Upon completing and submitting the online form, you will receive a confirmation email containing […]

  The Department of Psychiatry at McGill University and the Lady Davis Institute/Jewish General Hospital are currently inviting applications for an Assistant Professor (Research) in the area of Cognitive Neuroscience of Mind-Body Regulation. Please see the advertisement for additional details about the position.  

  The Vancouver Physician Staff Association is hosting the UBCH Physician Networking Lunches on the third Wednesday of each month at noon, and invites physicians on site to come out, catch up and connect with colleagues, and enjoy a catered lunch. The next UBCH Physician Networking Lunch will be held at 12-1pm on Tuesday September […]

  *** Sent on Behalf of the Psychiatry Education Office Team***   Dear Faculty, Many of you have requested information about Competence by Design (CBD) and Entrada. This message contains the essential Entrada and CBD information and links. (Clicking on the hyperlink below will take you to that section of the email.) Accessing Entrada Psychiatry […]

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting PGE Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry**   Dear Faculty, Due to the challenges with holding in-person events this year, we postponed the 2020 graduation usually held in June in the hopes that the situation would allow for at least a small in-person celebration in the […]

  Hello again from the Department’s Research and Scholarly Activity Committee!  We’re pleased to provide you with an update on our committee’s work to support residents’ research and scholarly activity endeavours. This committee is responsible for ensuring that our department’s residency program meets Royal College training objectives for research and scholarly activity. Specific responsibilities include […]

  Dear Department members, As UBC is changing its HR & Finance systems to Workday effective November 2nd, UBC has announced some cut-over deadlines in preparation for the system transition. Below are the Department internal cut-over dates that I would like to bring to your attention. The deadlines below are for items to be processed […]

  The Department congratulates Clinical Professor Dr. Paul Steinberg on the publication of his new book, titled Psychoanalysis in Medicine: Applying Psychoanalytical Thought to Contemporary Medical Care. As described by Routledge Publishing, “This book shows how contemporary psychoanalytic thinking can be applied in the everyday practice of medicine to enhance the practice of family medicine […]

    The UBC Psychiatry Child and Adolescent Subspecialty Program has developed a fantastic video clip showcasing the program’s many strengths and highlights. CAP Program Director Dr. Andrea Chapman is joined by Dr. Julia Gibson, Dr. Ashey Miller, Dr. Evelyn Stewart and Dr. Charles Ho, all of whom share their unique insights about the benefits […]

    All faculty, residents, fellows, students and trainees who wish to present their work on Research Day must submit their electronic posters in PowerPoint format by Monday Octber 5th. Visit the 2020 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day web page for submission guidelines, ePoster templates and other important information.    

    UBC is implementing a new measure to help limit COVID-19. Effective Wednesday, September 16, 2020, UBC students, faculty, staff and visitors will be required to wear non-medical masks, when indoors on our campuses. This amends the previous policy which strongly recommended the use of non-medical masks in these settings. The health and safety […]

  BCPA members, psychiatrists, residents and students are invited to attend this year’s BC Psychiatric Association Online Education Day & AGM virtual online conference on Saturday November 21, 2020 from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Visit the Event web page to view the Agenda and Registration details!    

  Dear Department Members, Due to overwhelming requests, the abstract submission deadline has been extended by an additional week to Friday September 18th.  We ask faculty, residents, fellows, students and trainees who wish to present their work on Research Day to please submit their abstracts using the online Abstract Submission Form by the closing date […]

  You are invited to the 15th Annual Lafayette Health Awareness Series, a webinar developed by the University of Victoria’s Institute on Aging & Lifelong Health and the Lafeyette String Quartet, and hosted by CBC journalist and Chancellor of the University of Victoria, Shelagh Roger, OC. In this webinar, UBC Psychiatry professor Dr. Steven Taylor, […]

  MEMORANDUM   Dear Department Members, As the UBC Institute of Mental Health (IMH) has initiated steps to formalize its process for membership, I would like to invite Department members to apply for IMH membership by completing and submitting the brief application form. Membership to the IMH provides a number of important benefits, including access […]

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, Program Director, Undergraduate Medical Education, Department of Psychiatry**   Thank you for welcoming the Class of 2021 students back to their rotations in July and August 2020; they have completed their Year 3 rotations on August 30, 2020. Beginning August 31, 2020, the Class of 2022 students […]

  *** Sent on behalf of Linda Chang, Education Coordinator, Postgraduate, UBC Department of Psychiatry ***   Hi everyone, We are starting to recruit examiners for our 2020-21 Mock OSCEs.  The Mock OSCEs are an integral part of preparing our residents for their Royal College OSCE exams and we want to ensure the continued success […]

  UBC is currently offering a number of online, self-serve training courses and webinars to help prepare you for the transition to Workday. It is essential that all UBC Psychiatry faculty, staff, and students participate in Workday training in order to gain a working knowledge of fundamental day-to-day tasks in the new system. Visit our […]

  Further information and updates on the 2020 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day and be found on HERE!   Dear Department Members, Following the postponement of the originally-scheduled Research Day due to COVID-19 disruptions, we are looking forward to the upcoming 2020 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day to be held online via Zoom on Thursday […]

  *** Sent on behalf of UBC Psychiatry IT ***   Dear Department Members, We are aware of fraudulent emails (resembling the one shown below) being sent recently to Department staff and faculty from “ubc.svcs[at]ubc-university.services”. DO NOT RESPOND TO OR CLICK ON ANY OF THE LINKS IN THIS EMAIL – PLEASE JUST DELETE THE EMAIL. […]

  MEMORANDUM   Dear Colleagues, As you are aware, we recently invited expressions of interest from faculty members for the role of Program Director for the Postgraduate Education Program (PGE) in the UBC Department of Psychiatry.  We wish to share with you an update that the Department will continue to accept written expressions of interest […]

    MEMORANDUM Dear Colleagues, We would like to share with you the news that Dr. Rachel Boulding will be stepping down from her role as Associate Program Director of the Prince George Track as of September 30, 2020.  We sincerely thank her for all her exemplary work and the tremendous support she provided to our […]

  The Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Intervention (SEPI) will be hosting a webinar on “Becoming a More Effective Therapist: Using Reliable, Personalized Case Formulations,” and Dr. David Kealy will be a co-presenter alongside Dr. George Silberschatz to speak on this topic. The workshop will cover the major theoretical assumptions informing the Plan-Formulation Method, […]

  Do you know any medicals students who are curious about a career in psychiatry? If so, encourage them to tune into The Right Psych, a new podcast series hosted by UBC medical students and developed in collaboration with the UBC Department of Psychiatry as part of the Summer Immersion Program. This series hosts psychiatrists […]

  Dr. Erin Michalak and Dr. Emma Morton have published a new study in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry which validates the Quality of Life in Bipolar Disorder (QoL.BD) Scale in the French language. The English-language version of the QoL.BD Scale was developed by Dr. Michalak and her team as the the first quality of […]

  *** Sent on behalf of Paola Martens, Senior Education Programs Manager**   Hi everyone, I would like to update you on some recent staffing changes. I would like to welcome MJ Alarcon to the Psychiatry Education Team, who started last week on Wed Aug 12, 2020. She is filling the role previously held by […]

**Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting PGE Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry** Dear Faculty, A directive in recent years in medical education from the Royal College is focussed on improving how we train our residents in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.  To this end, the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) Project Advisory Group has […]

  Beginning August 31st, 2020, UBC will require all new Zoom meetings to have a passcode enabled for increased security. Any new meetings that you create as of August 31st will have a passcode automatically enabled and generated. Any meetings that were created before August 31st will not be affected by this change. Beginning September […]

    Many of us have tried to make our office work environment ergonomic, but now that many of us are working from home, we need to make sure we are still taking care of ourselves. Human Resources has prepared a guide and webinar on the ergonomics of working from home and is offering virtual assessments. […]

  MEMORANDUM Dear colleagues, We wish to thank Dr. Wei-Yi Song for his exemplary work as the Associate Program Director for the Vancouver Island track of our UBC Psychiatry Residency training program.  Dr. Song stepped down from this position in March 2020, and Dr. Alison Gregson has graciously stepped in as Interim Associate Program Director […]

    On November 2, 2020, UBC will transition to Workday as the core enterprise system to replace UBC’s Student Information System (SIS), Human Resource Management System (HRMS), and Financial Management System (FMS). This transition is central to the Integrated Renewal Program (IRP), a business process transformation that will modernize and simplify student, HR and […]

  **Sent on behalf of the UBC Office of Faculty Development & Educational Support**   Dear Department Faculty, Clinical preceptors are invited to participate in an upcoming virtual workshop titled “Clinical Teaching in Virtual Settings – Tips, Tricks, Learning from Each Other” to be offered on Tuesday August 25, 2020 from 7:00-8:30pm. ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP: In […]

  Dr. Jehannine Austin has been elected as Vice-President of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics (ISPG). The ISPG is worldwide society of professionals committed to the advancement of research and education in the field of psychiatric genetics. This new leadership role follows Dr. Austin’s previous role as President of the National Society of Genetic […]

  This week’s DMCBH COVID-19 series features UBC Psychiatry professor Dr. Adele Diamond, whose research in early childhood development focuses on the prefrontal cortex – the area of the brain that takes the longest to mature over a person’s lifetime. In the article, she emphasizes that stress brought on by COVID-19 can have lasting deleterious […]

  The new Mental Health and Substance Use Wellness Centre at Royal Columbian Hospital opened its doors on July 13, 2020, and will expand Fraser Health’s clinical training capacity for UBC Psychiatry residents and medical students, as well as psychologists, nursing students, and other health professionals. In its first phase of operation, the Centre will […]

  The Vancouver Physician Staff Association is hosting the UBCH Physician Networking Lunches on the third Wednesday of each month at noon, and invites physicians on site to come out, catch up and connect with colleagues, and enjoy a catered lunch. The next UBCH Physician Networking Lunch will be held at 12-1pm on Wednesday August […]

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting PGE Program Director, and the UBC Office of Faculty Development & Educational Support**   Dear Department Faculty, You are invited to participate in an upcoming virtual workshop titled “Coaching Cases Virtually for Clinical Reasoning” to be offered on Wednesday July 29, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:15pm. […]

  A recent study on COVID Stress Syndrome (CSS) led by Dr. Steven Taylor has been featured in the latest issue of Psychology Today. This study looks at important correlations of CSS with demographics, depression, anxiety, and other factors, and is an extension of a previously published model of COVID Stress Syndrome (S. Taylor, C.A.Landry, […]

    Following the postponement of the originally-planned Research Day due to the disruptions of COVID-19, the Department is excited to announce that a Virtual Research Day will be held on Thursday October 15, 2020. Be sure to save the date in your calendars, and stay tuned for more information and details to come!

  On Wednesday July 15, DMCBH announced the launch of the DMCBH Endowment Awards, which will provide additional support to graduate students and postdocs. In order to be eligible, students and postdocs must be supervised by full DMCBH members, and students must also be part of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. You can find more […]

  As you may be aware, Brianne Colon, Interim Program Assistant, PGE + UGE Y4, will be leaving the UBC Psychiatry Education Group to accept a new permanent job opportunity.  Please join us in congratulating Brianne on her new position in the Faculty of Arts, and in thanking her for all her hard work over […]

Congratulations to Dr. Paul Pavlidis who, along with his former student Marjan Farahbod, has published a paper now featured on the cover of the latest issue of Genome Research! Click on the links to read the abstract and the paper titled “Untangling the effects of cellular composition on coexpression analysis.”

  Following our recent announcement of the recipients of Department teaching and research awards for 2020, we would like to add to this list and congratulate Dr. Todd Tomita, recipient of the UBC Psychiatry Residents Association Awards For Excellence in Postgraduate Forensic Subspecialty Clinical Teaching, and also Dr. Akber Mithani, who received the Residency Site […]

  **Sent on Behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting PGE Program Director**   Dear Department Faculty, We are establishing a Resident Wellness Subcommittee as part of our program, and I am asking for faculty to contact me at irfan.khanbhai@ubc.ca if this is an area of interest for you and you would like greater involvement with our […]

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Marilyn Champagne, Clinical Faculty Representative, UBC Psychiatry**   Dear Department Clinical Faculty, I would like to thank you for your enthusiastic response to my previous survey request regarding barriers to clinical faculty promotion. In summary: -62% said you do not know when/if you are eligible for promotion -62% said that converting your […]

  The Department congratulates Dr. Verena Langheimer, who has been recognized by the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) as a “Culture Changer,” a physician who is contributing to a positive learning environment in medical education in Canada. As part of the inaugural campaign to recognize “Culture Changers” across the country, this past spring the […]

  This week’s DMCBH COVID-19 Series features a new project by UBC Psychiatry  members Dr. Raymond Lam, Dr. Jill Murphy and Dr. Erin Michalak, who received a CIHR grant to first assess the mental health needs of high-risk groups in the context of COVID-19, then determine how to provide digital mental health care to these […]

  The Department congratulates Dr. Sophia Frangou, recipient of the 2020 Teaching Award from the Society of Biological Society (SOBP)! The SOBP Teaching Award recognizes outstanding teachers and their endeavours to advance educational excellence in fields that investigate the nature, causes, mechanisms and treatments of disorders of thought, emotion or behavior. Each year, it honours […]

  The approved UBC Psychiatry COVID-19 Return to Work (Phase 1) Resumption Plan is now available on the Research page of UBC Department of Psychiatry website. This resumption plan provides guidance related to the phased-in resumption of on-site activities of the Department. Please note that this document will be updated as new information becomes available.

MEMORANDUM **Sent on behalf of Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry**   Dear students, residents, staff and colleagues, I am delighted to announce and extend my warmest congratulations to the recipients of the Department of Psychiatry Teaching and Research Awards for 2020, each of whom are deserving of recognition for […]

    Hello again from the Department’s Research and Scholarly Activity Committee!  We’re pleased to provide you with an update on our committee’s work to support residents’ research and scholarly activity endeavours. You’ll likely remember that the Research and Scholarly Activity Committee is responsible for ensuring that our department’s residency program meets Royal College training […]

  We are aware of a recent influx in odd and unusual email requests to Department members that show the sender display name as “Lakshmi Yatham,” as shown in the image below. Please DO NOT respond to such emails, as they are likely fraudulent phishing emails which originate from unknown external email accounts. In future, […]

MEMORANDUM **Sent on behalf of Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry**   Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and Residents, I am delighted to announce that Dr. Daniel Vigo has been jointly appointed in the UBC Department of Psychiatry and the UBC School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) as a tenure […]

  **Sent on Behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting PGE Program Director**   Dear Faculty, The incoming PGY1 psychiatry residents, who will be the first Competence By Design (CBD) cohort, will be starting on July 2, 2020! To prepare for this, below are important details for anyone who may work with these residents this coming […]

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Kiran Veerapen, Assistant Dean, Faculty Development** EVENT INVITATION: Virtual Teaching in Clinical Environments: Tips and Tricks (See Session Information Flyer)Monday June 29th 7:00-8:30pm via Zoom This session is for preceptors in all clinical settings who are looking for support as they consider teaching in this new virtual environment. The session […]

  ** Sent on behalf of the UBC Integrated Renewal Program Team**   As you’re probably aware, UBC has continued on an Integrated Renewal Program (IRP), which will transform our HR, Finance and Student systems and processes.  As we approach November 2020, we are once again seeking your feedback in a final readiness survey, to […]

  Dr. Terry Snutch, who is jointly appointed in the UBC Departments of Zoology and Psychiatry, is featured in the DMCBH COVID Series this week. The article highlights Dr. Snutch’s leading role in the COVID-19 viral genome sequencing component of a $40 million federally funded Genome Canada genomics project. The project aims to first sequence […]

  ON MONDAY JULY 6, 2020, 5:30-6:30 YOU ARE INVITED to the virtual premiere and panel discussion of Health & Home, a new documentary on housing during the opioid crisis.  This documentary was directed by James Wong, a graduate student in the Addictions and Concurrent Disorders (ACD) Research Group led by Dr. Michael Krausz.   […]

  A reminder that personal email accounts should not be used for official University business.  Use your UBC email account. The UBC Privacy Matters site states: “Under the “data residency requirements” of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), UBC is required to ensure that personal information in its custody or under […]

  Dr. Erin Michalak and her CREST.BD team are asking for your input on a brief survey about apps for bipolar disorder. There are two versions of the survey, one designed for healthcare providers (only takes 5 minutes!) and one designed for people living with BD (takes 10-15 minutes, more prizes!). She’d be very grateful […]

  Amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic, a more pervasive health crisis resulting from addictions, mental illness, infections disease and homelessness continues to take a heavy toll on marginalized populations in the Downtown Eastside (DTES). In a recent Op-Ed in the Vancouver Sun, Dr. Bill MacEwan, Clinical Professor in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, along with […]

    Dear Colleagues, Following the recent invitation for expressions of interest from Department faculty members regarding the role of PGE Program Director, we wish to share that the Interim PGE Program Director, Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, will continue in this interim role until a new PGE Program Director has been recruited.  Additionally, Dr. Khanbhai has […]

  The worldwide spread of COVID-19 has brought to light the unpreparedness of health systems to cope with a global pandemic in both industrialized and developing nations alike. In a new Viewpoint article published in JAMA Psychiatry, UBC Psychiatry Assistant Professor Dr. Daniel Vigo, along with Professor Sir Graham Thornicroft of King’s College London, and […]

    Dear Colleagues, Further to the announcement that Dr. Ladan Sadrehashemi will be stepping down from her role as Program Director for the Postgraduate Education Program (PGE) in the Department of Psychiatry on June 30, 2020, we are seeking expressions of interest from faculty members in the Department for this role for a three-year […]

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, Program Director, Undergraduate Medical Education, Department of Psychiatry**   Dear faculty and residents, The UBC Department of Psychiatry is looking forward to welcoming back medical students to their clinical rotations on July 6, 2020. This message is for Clinical Faculty and residents is intended to highlight some […]

  **Sent on behalf of Office of Faculty Development**    Dear Faculty and Staff Leads, Re:  Inclusivity in the Learning Environment The Office of Faculty Development, has developed a module, titled Inclusivity in the Learning Environment to help you promote an inclusive environment within your unique contexts. This module is informed by the Faculty of […]

  **Sent on behalf of the UBC Office of Faculty Development**   Dear Faculty, The Office of Faculty Development would like to invite you to a workshop on the best practices for presenting and engaging learners in virtual academic half-days. Taking your academic half-day virtual Date:                      June 24, 2020 Time:                     12:00-1:15pm Facilitators:         […]

  While the Summer Immersion Program has been cancelled for 2020, the Department is pleased to host a virtual Psychiatry Careers Night for Medical Students on Thursday June 11th from 6:30-8pm! A live Zoom panel of two clinical faculty psychiatrists, Dr. Marilyn Champagne and Dr. Jennifer Comeau, along with a UBC Psychiatry resident, will talk […]

  Dr. Steven Taylor’s timely book The Psychology of Pandemics was published mere months before the global COVID-19 pandemic. It has now been published in German – congratulations, Dr. Taylor! Th Psychology of Pandemics explores the psychological factors that influence the spread of pandemic infection, as well as the associated emotional distress and social disruption […]

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Rob McMaster, Interim Executive Associate Dean, Research, UBC Faculty of Medicine**   UBC is moving to a new system and associated processes for HR and Finance in November 2020. Modernizing and simplifying processes and bringing them into an intuitive, integrated system called Workday will improve researchers’ access to real-time […]

    **Sent on behalf of Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham (Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry), Dr. Sophia Frangou (Associate Head, Research and International Affairs), and Ms. Vicky Yau (Director of Administration, UBC Department of Psychiatry)**   Dear Department Members, Further to the UBC broadcast message on May 12 regarding plans for the phased […]

Spike in Fake Termination Phishing Emails and Meeting Invites UBC Cybersecurity would like to share a notification, posted by FBI, alerting users that cyber criminals are taking advantage of COVID-19 pandemic to target teleworking employees through fake termination phishing emails and meeting invites.   Summary In response to the recent increase in teleworking (working from […]

**Sent on behalf of Dr. Raymond Lam, Professor and BC Leadership Chair in Depression Research**   Dear psychiatrist colleagues, Dr. Bennett Cheung (PGY2 resident) and I are conducting a brief online survey of psychiatrists’ views on the use of technology and measurement in mental health care. We’d appreciate it if you would spend a few […]


  **Sent on Behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Program Director** Psychiatry: What you need to know for the coming year – Part 1 Dear Faculty, The Royal College has set July 2, 2020 for all the Psychiatry Specialty training programs across the country to launch the new curriculum Competence By Design (CBD).  In preparation […]

  Stretch Marks USA 2018 Gregory Rocco 92min Screening Dates May 14 (Thursday) – May 20 (Wednesday) Free Live Q&A May 20 (Wednesday) 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm PDT The Frames of Mind Mental Health Film Series presents a free virtual screening of the beautifully raw film Stretch Marks, online at The Cinematheque May 14–20. Plus, […]

  Connect: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/91975852513 Meeting ID: 919 7585 2513   BCCHR’s new COVID-19 Seminar Series features emerging research related to COVID-19 from BCCHR and UBC. These virtual Institute-wide talks are not theme specific and are created by the BCCHR community for the BCCHR community. May 13th Presenters: Quynh Doan, Associate Professor in the UBC Department of […]

    Dear Friends of Frames of Mind, When we launched the Frames of Mind Mental Health Film Series in partnership with the Cinematheque back in September 2002, our goal – as a public education program of the UBC Dept of Psychiatry and the Institute of Mental Health – was to promote awareness and education […]

  This week, Department Head Dr. Lakshmi Yatham and Dr. Andrew Clarke, Executive Director of the Physician Health Program, spoke with CTV News about the collaboration between UBC Psychiatry and the Physician Health Program, a service funded by Doctors of BC and the Ministry of Health, to increase capacity and support by providing virtual mental […]

  The Department congratulates Psychiatry PGY-4 resident Dr. Gabrielle Bosse-Chartier on her acceptance in the UBC Clinical Investigator Program. The UBC Clinical Investigator Program provides a unique for opportunity for residents gain valuable research experience, and aims to encourage young physicians to pursue careers as clinician-scientists. We would also like to recognize Dr. David Kealy, […]

  In a recent op-ed printed in the Vancouver Sun, UBC Psychiatry Professor Dr. Anthony Bailey and Dr. Grace Iarocci of Simon Fraser University weighed in on the absence of educational provisions for children with special needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. He and Dr. Iarocci write, “[T]he lack of guidance by the education ministry on […]

  Criminals are taking advantage of people’s COVID-19 financial concerns by sending fake urgent Zoom meeting requests to UBC faculty and staff.  The fake e-mail makes it appear you are about to miss your last chance for a performance review meeting with HR staff, before potential termination. If you click the link, a very real […]

    The UBC Psychiatry website now has a page dedicated to the Department COVID-19 Research Strategy, and will be updated on a regular basis. Here, you will find a listing of COVID-19 studies on mental health being led by PIs in our Department, as well as a listing of similar-themed projects being done in […]

  Dear Department Members, Over the next several months, the UBC Department of Psychiatry will be working in collaboration with UBC Facilities and UBC Faculty of Medicine to conduct a review of the Department of Psychiatry administrative and research spaces on the UBC Vancouver Campus and Diamond Health Care Centre sites. This collaborative review will […]

  Dear Department Faculty, Residents, Fellows, and Graduate Students, As UBC researchers across all units and disciplines refocus their efforts to address COVID-19, the Department of Psychiatry has also embarked on a coordinated strategy to facilitate research on COVID-19 and mental health. To advance this initiative, a COVID-19 special interest group has been set up […]

    The Department would like sincerely thank all those who took time out of their weekend to attend the Undergraduate Education Committee Retreat on Sunday March 8, 2020.  The retreat (which took place before social distancing measures were in place) provided an excellent opportunity for committee members from all across the province to engage […]

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Sophia Frangou, Professor and Associate Head, Research & International Affairs**   Dear Colleagues, A meeting was held today to discuss the development of the Departmental COVID-19 Research Strategy. At this preliminary stage, we are exploring various project ideas, mapping out priority areas for collaboration, identifying targeted grants and other […]

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Clare Beasley** FLEX (Flexible and Enhanced Learning) is a series of courses occurring in Years 1, 2 and 4 of the UBC medical undergraduate program. FLEX offers undergraduate medical students exciting opportunities to pursue a variety of scholarly activities and projects.   Dear colleagues, Given the current situation, all […]

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Sophia Frangou, Professor and Associate Head, Research and International Affairs**   Dear Colleagues, This email is intended for colleagues that have an interest in neuroimaging regardless of whether they are doing such research right now.  Please use the link provided below to complete this 5-minute survey aiming to assess […]

  Dear faculty, As you may know, clinical teaching with patient care forms for Apr 1, 2019 to Mar 31, 2020 were due on March 31st, 2020. At this point, we are NO LONGER accepting clinical teaching invoices. For those who have NOT already submitted their invoices, please complete and submit the survey below by […]

  Dear Residents and Faculty, I have had the privilege of being involved with the Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program since 2007. First as Site Director for VGH, then Associate Program Director in 2012 and Program Director since 2013. Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to reflect on the last 7 years and […]

  Psychiatry Professor Dr. Steven Taylor has written an essay, which appeared this week in The Guardian, pondering the future implications and long-term psychological effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the possibility that life may never fully return to ‘normal.’ He writes: “Even before the outbreak, people were already working from home, shopping online, and […]

    Dear students, residents, staff and colleagues, It is with mixed feelings that we announce the resignation of Dr. Ladan Sadrehashemi from her role as the Program Director of the Postgraduate Psychiatry Specialty Program in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, effective June 30, 2020. The Program and the Department will miss her outstanding leadership, […]

    Dear Colleagues, I am writing to share with you the news that Dr. Lynn Raymond will be stepping down from her role as the Associate Head, Graduate & Undergraduate Medical Education, in the Department of Psychiatry.  As you are aware, Dr. Raymond recently accepted the position of Director of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre […]

    Dear Colleagues, Given the significant disruptions to research and other activities across UBC due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Department will extend the application deadline for the UBC Institute of Mental Health (IMH) Marshall Scholars and Fellows Program in Mental Health for 2020-2021, from March 31, 2020 to the new deadline of May […]

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, Program Director, Undergraduate Psychiatry Education**   Dear Year 3 and 4 clerkship supervisors: Thank you all for your work at this challenging time. As you are aware, on March 14, 2020, the UBC Faculty of Medicine placed an immediate hold on the Year 3 clinical clerkship and […]

  ** Sent on Behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting Program Director, UBC Postgraduate Psychiatry **   Hello Faculty, I am sad to say that given the current events regarding COVID-19, in discussion with the PGY5’s, we have decided to postpone their Graduation Gala.  It was scheduled to happen in June 2020, but we likely […]

  Many of you may have received an email from “Lakshmi Yatham”  with an unusual request (ie.  e-transfers etc.). Please be aware that this is a fraudulent email from an unknown Gmail account, so please refrain from opening or responding to this email. As a rule of thumb, if you receive any unusual or out-of-the-ordinary […]

  UBC Psychiatry Professor Dr. Jehannine Austin, along with project co-lead Dr. Stirling Bryan, Professor in UBC SPPH, is the recipient of $1.5 million in funding from Genome BC, Genome Canada and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), to investigate if pharmacogenomic testing should be routinely used in BC for people with depression. […]

  UBC Psychiatry Professor Dr. Weihong Song and his lab, along with researchers from the Central South University (CSU) in China, have for the first time identified a gene that increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. In their study, led by Dr. Xinxin Liao by who completed a joint PhD at UBC and CSU, the […]

  As you know, on March 16, UBC embarked on a three-week pilot for Remote Work Arrangements for faculty, staff, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and student employees who are able to work remotely. On March 19, the university also announced it was curtailing on-campus research activities at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan. This curtailment was […]

  This message is being sent on behalf of Dr. Kim McGrail and is intended for wide distribution – please feel free to share with your BC-based academic colleagues. **** Dear BC Research Community: Many of you have been in contact with PopData and other research-supporting groups to ask how to fast-track research related to […]

    The Department congratulates Dr. Raymond Lam and Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez, recipients of the BC SUPPORT (Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials) Unit’s  2020 P2P (Pathway to Patient-Oriented Research) Awards, designed to build and strengthen capacity for patient-oriented research in BC. Dr. Lam and Dr. Vila-Rodriguez, with their respective Patient Co-Leads and […]

  A new study published in Nature Communications, led by UBC Psychiatry Research Associate Dr. Louis-Philippe Bernier in Dr. Brian MacVicar’s lab, is one of the first to look at immunometabolism in the brain. The team studied the metabolic plasticity of microglia, the immune cells of the brain which act as the main line of […]

  Dear colleagues, We are all shocked and profoundly saddened to learn about the passing of Professor Glenda MacQueen on Friday March 27, 2020. Dr. MacQueen was a distinguished researcher and educator, a beacon and a true leader in Canadian psychiatry, and a close associate and mentor to many students and colleagues in psychiatry across […]

  Please be aware that currently there are three dangerous e-mails being circulated to UBC members. CRA refund (phishing – an attempt to get your credit card information) “Request for commercial debt collection” (ransomware – makes all files on your computer unreadable) Offers for face masks and thermometers (keylogger – steals all text that you […]

  *** Sent on behalf of Shanda Jordan Gaetz, Executive Director, Faculty Affairs, UBC Faculty of Medicine ***   Dear Colleagues, A decision has been made that all public sector employees will continue to be paid for all of March and April.  That does not mean that layoffs are necessarily coming after that time, but […]

DetwillerSent on behalf of Vicky Yau, Director of Administration, UBC Department of Psychiatry ***** Updated on Wednesday March 25, 2020 ***** Dear Department Members at the UBC Hospital Site, Following the email circulated on Monday March 23rd regarding controlled access to the four buildings at UBC Hospital (including DMCBH) as a protective measure against the […]

  ***** Sent on behalf of Dr. Lakshmi Yatham and Dr. Brad Hallam ***** Please note this invite is for Psychologists and Psychiatrists only. Please ignore this invite if you are neither. We apologize if this is a duplicate invite as this has also been sent too Richmond MH & A Physicians, PHC MHP Physicians, […]

    Dear colleagues, Following the March 19th UBC Broadcast email regarding the university-wide order for researchers to curtail all non-critical research activities on campus and to implement plans to operate remotely by the end of day on Tuesday March 24th, I want to ensure that our UBC Psychiatry research community stays well informed regarding […]

  The Department congratulates Jacob Stubbs (Supervisor: Dr. Will Panenka) on receiving a 2020-2021 Killam Doctoral Scholarship! Killam Doctoral Scholarships are the most prestigious graduate awards available at UBC, and are awarded to the top doctoral candidates in the annual Tri-Agency and Affiliated Fellowship competition. Way to go, Jacob!

  UBC Psychiatry Professor Dr. Steven Taylor has been appointed to the Government of Canada’s Expert Panel on COVID-19 as an advisor on risk and behavioural sciences. This expert panel will advise the Chief Science Advisor of Canada (CSA) on the latest scientific developments relevant to COVID-19, and this information will assist the CSA in […]

    Dear colleagues, In the wake of the current public health emergency unfolding in BC, the Department is working with the Regional Psychiatry Heads of Health Authorities to plan for a coordinated emergency response by our mental health practitioners to a potential surge in demand for mental health services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

  ******* Sent on behalf of Vicky Yau, Director of Administration, UBC Department of Psychiatry *******   Dear Department members, As you are aware, the bulk of UBC Psychiatry administrative operations are now being conducted remotely and online, however we remain fully functioning at this time and do not anticipate undue delays with regard to […]

Dear Department members, As you are aware, the Government of Canada, the BC Ministry of Health, Vancouver Coastal Health and the University of British Columbia have announced a number of measures to contain the spread of coronavirus. The purpose of this memo is to provide you with a summary of the impact of these measures […]

  A message from Dermot Kelleher, Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Vice-President, Health, UBC. Dear Colleagues, The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak continues to cause concern, both within Canada and across the world. I wish to reassure all of you — our students, learners, staff and faculty based around the province — that your health, […]

Transition to online classes at UBC As you know, governments and institutions around the world are grappling with the spread and impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. The situation continues to evolve and it has become an unprecedented scenario for the university. Today I am announcing the transition to online classes effective Monday March 16, 2020 […]

  Psychiatry IT has about 10 used 500Gb SATA hard drives available.  They are mostly 7200rpm, 16Mb cache, Western Digital models.  Please email Psychiatry.it@ubc.ca to let us know if you would like one or more for your UBC work.    

  Information for managers and supervisors Guidance has been posted to the Human Resources website, with FAQs for managers and supervisors, related to employee illness and concerns related to COVID-19. You can view the information at https://www.hr.ubc.ca/covid-19/.   Faculty and staff travel guide A guide has been developed with a summary of key travel guidance, […]

  An Important UBC Broadcast on Friday March 13, 2020 As you know, the COVID-19 outbreak continues to cause concern within our community. This is also reflected in the fast-changing nature of the situation, and the response from the BC Provincial Government. Events with more than 250 people in attendance Yesterday, the Office of the […]

    MEMO   Date:         March 13, 2020 To:             Department Faculty Members and Residents From:        Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry Dr. Paul Dagg, Associate Head, Postgraduate Education & CPD, UBC Department of Psychiatry Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Postgraduate Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry   Re:        Postgraduate […]

  Due to health concerns surrounding group gatherings and COVID-19, please note the cancellation of all rounds, including the following:   The March 16, 2020 Brain Awareness Week Annual Distinguished Neuroethics Lecture, Dr. Nir Lipsman, has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a future time.   The April 7, 2020 Regional Psychiatry Grand Rounds […]

  Various media outlets, including the BBC, NBC, the Vancouver Sun, and TIME, have sought UBC Psychiatry Professor Dr. Steven Taylor’s perspectives on widespread “panic-buying” behaviours observed in Canada, the U.S. and around the world in response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases.  As an expert and author on the psychology of pandemics, Dr. […]

  UBC Psychiatry Professor Dr. John Ogrodniczuk and his research technician Joshua Beharry were recently interviewed by CBC News about Heads Up Guys, an initiative founded by Dr. Ogrodniczuk and intended to reach out to men with depression and other mental health challenges. Heads Up Guys aims to provide information, remove stigma,  encourage men to […]

    UBC Psychiatry Professor Dr. Brian MacVicar and his colleagues discuss their exciting new study which focuses on the meninges, a highly specialized component of the brain that is not yet well understood by neuroscientists. Read the full DMCBH story here

  The Department congratulates Dr. Lynn Raymond, who has been appointed as the Director of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH), effective March 1, 2020. In this role, she will lead the Centre into its next phase of growth by supporting and enhancing foundational, translational and clinical research that will lead to improved […]

  **** Sent on behalf of Dr. Marilyn Champagne, Clinical Faculty Representative for UBC Psychiatry ****   Dear Department Clinical Faculty, In an effort by the FoM Clinical Faculty Affairs Office to improve the clinical faculty promotion process and identify the barriers, you are strongly encouraged to complete this Survey by replying with your existing […]

    Dear Department Members, We have had a busy few months in the Department’s Research and Scholarly Activity Committee!  We are pleased to share that all departmental scholarly activity procedural, policy and support documents are now fully reviewed and updated. New amongst the resources provided for residents and faculty is a copy of a […]

  **** Sent on behalf of the Postgraduate Psychiatry Education Team ****   Dear Faculty, Please save the date on your calendar and join us on celebrating the Postgraduate Psychiatry Grad Gala 2020.   Date:                      Saturday, June 20, 2020 Address:               Vancouver Convention Centre                                Level 2, […]

  Given the uncertainty posed by the COVID-19 outbreak for the weeks and months to come, the Department has made the decision to postpone Research Day, which had been planned for Thursday May 28, 2020.  Department members will be notified in the near future as soon as a new date for Research Day has been […]

  ****Sent on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, Undergraduate Program Director and COUPE Representative****   2020 COUPE EARLY EDUCATOR AWARD   PURPOSE: The Canadian Organization of Undergraduate Psychiatric Educators (COUPE) is proud to announce the creation of our first COUPE Early Educator Award. This award is designed to recognize a teacher who is actively involved […]

  *** Forwarded on behalf of the UBC Faculty of Medicine***

  Dear Faculty, After two successful years, the Department of Psychiatry 3rd annual Psychiatry Summer Immersion Program will take place Mon, June 8 – Wed, June 10, 2020. The 3-day program provides an opportunity for 1st Year undergraduate medical students to explore the field of psychiatry as a potential career option through engagement with psychiatrists and psychiatry residents. […]

    The Department would like to congratulate our clinical faculty members Dr. Jennifer Russel and Dr. Matthew Chow, both of whom were recognized as Physician Changemakers by the Canadian Medical Association. CMA’s Physician Changemakers are outstanding physicians who are “developing innovative technologies and programs, influencing public health policy and using their voices to advocate […]

  Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to announce the call for applications for the UBC Institute of Mental Health (IMH) – Marshall Scholars and Fellows Program in Mental Health for 2020-2021. The Institute of Mental Health (IMH) established the Marshall Scholars and Fellows Program in Mental Health to support the training of young investigators in […]

Thanks to all who came by last Wednesday to congratulate Dr. Steven Vincent on his retirement. Here are some lovely photos from the reception! The entire album can be viewed on the UBC Psychiatry Flickr page here.    

  Dear UBC Psychiatry Faculty Members, Following the Dean’s Call for Nominations for the 2020 UBC Faculty of Medicine Awards on January 22, 2020, I wish to announce that the Department will carry out an internal nomination and selection process for the Award Categories listed below. Hence, at this initial stage we invite nominations for […]

  CTV covered a recent UBC News piece on Dr. Raymond Lam and his meta-analysis titled “Light Therapy for Patients With Bipolar Depression: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials” which was recently published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.  It is the first meta-analysis of light therapy for bipolar depression to be published […]

  The Department congratulates three of its faculty members, Dr. Bill Honer, Dr. Will Panenka, and Dr. Nichole Fairbrother, who were awarded funding through the highly competitive Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grant competition for Fall 2019. Dr. Honer and Dr. Panenka were awarded a full project grant totaling $1,235,475 for their project […]

***** Sent on behalf of Paola Martens, Senior Education Programs Manager *****   Dear Psychiatry Clinical Faculty, This is a reminder that you may submit your Postgraduate Clinical Teaching with Patient Care (CTwPC) invoices for the new 2019-20 fiscal year (April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020) for PGY2-5 residents and PGY6 subspecialty psychiatry residents. […]

  Do you need a common e-mail address for your UBC Psychiatry program or research project?  FASmail Generic accounts can be setup for your UBC Psychiatry program and research projects, at no cost.  They can only be accessed by one or more specified FASmail User account holders.  For more information, please contact psychiatry.it@ubc.ca

  The Department congratulates Professor Dr. Adele Diamond, a 2020 recipient of an honorary degree from Swarthmore College. Swarthmore College confers honorary degrees each year to alumni who have had distinguished careers in their professions and have made significant contributions to society. The announcement made by Swarthmore states, “Dr. Diamond’s work has fundamentally changed the […]

  This week, an article in DMCBH News & Events discusses a new database published in PLOS Biology which lists the top 100,000 cited researchers worldwide in all fields of science. Among these top-cited researchers, DMCBH scientists are very well represented and include UBC Department of Psychiatry members Dr. Ann Marie Craig, Dr. Adele Diamond, […]

    Dr. Steven Taylor, Professor in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, was interviewed this week by CTV News, CBC Vancouver, and Huffington Post for his expert take on the public’s response to new cases of 2019-nCoV in Canada. Dr. Taylor, a clinical psychologist and researcher in health anxiety, OCD and panic disorders, has recently […]

  Dr. Diane McIntosh, Clinical Assistant Professor in the UBC Department of Psychiatry and author of This is Depression: a Comprehensive, Compassionate Guide, was recently interviewed by CBC in an article titled “A Psychiatrist Tackles 7 Dangerous Myths About Depression.” Here, she dispels several of the commonly-held misconceptions about depressions, and offers straightforward information and […]

Windows 7 End of Life (Jan 14, 2020) Windows 7 was introduced in July 2009.  After more than 10 years, Microsoft will no longer be providing updates to protect it against hackers.  This leaves it very vulnerable to attacks from the internet and somewhat vulnerable, to attacks from insertion of infected media, like USB memory […]

  The UBC Department of Psychiatry and the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) invite applications from clinician scientists for a CIHR Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Early Intervention in Psychosis/Bipolar Disorder. The successful candidate will be eligible to hold an appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure track) or Associate Professor (with […]

  Dear Department Members, Please join us in celebrating our long-serving faculty member, Dr. Steven Vincent, who recently retired on December 31, 2019 after 36 years with the UBC Department of Psychiatry. An afternoon tea reception will be hosted by Department Head Dr. Lakshmi Yatham on Wednesday February 12, 2020 from 3:00 – 4:30pm in […]

*** Sent on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, UBC Department of Psychiatry, Clerkship Director ***   Dear Clinical Faculty, Beginning Monday, January 20, 2020, the Undergraduate Year 3 Rotational Clerkship program is piloting an updated WBA form for Direct Observation #3 (DO #3) – Differential Diagnosis for students rotating through Psychiatry. This will be integrated […]

  Hi everyone, Happy New Year!  We are still recruiting mock OSCE examiners for our February 13, March 12, April 9, & May 14 2020 mock exams.  The Mock OSCEs are an integral part of preparing our residents for their Royal College OSCE exams and we are proud to say that last year’s PGY5’s achieved […]

The next Psychiatry Summer Immersion Program will take place from Monday – Wednesday, June 8-10, 2020. Online applications will be open from January 2 – 31, 2020. To apply, please click the 2020 Online Application Form. For more information, please contact Julia Lew at julia.lew@ubc.ca.

  Dear Department Members, I am writing to let you know that Rachel Schweikert, Administrative Assistant to the Department Head and Mood Disorders Program, has had to leave her position effective December 23rd, 2019 due to unexpected circumstances. Rachel expressed her regrets about having to leave for home without the opportunity for a proper farewell […]

  The Department congratulates Dr. Wei-Yi Song on his appointment as Department Head and Island Medical Director for Psychiatry and Mental Health and Substance Use (MHSU) within Island Health, effective January 1, 2020.  In this role, Dr. Song will be responsible for ensuring high quality mental health and substance-related medical services across Island Health. His […]

    Dear Colleagues, As the year 2019 draws to an end, it is with a sense of pride that I reflect upon all the UBC Department of Psychiatry was able to accomplish this year. The last twelve months not only signified transformation and progress, but also marked a pivotal phase during which we took […]


  An analysis of more than 1,000 brain scans from healthy individuals discovered fundamental rules for how connections between brain regions regulate brain functions. The research team used advanced computational methods to define the “controllability” of each brain region, meaning the degree of control each region exerts on all others. They discovered two types of […]

  Department Policy on Disruption of Services by Extreme Weather Conditions

Two of our recently appointed IMH Marshall Fellows, Dr. Travis Hodges (PI: Dr. Liisa Galea) and Dr. Melissa Woodward (PI: Dr. Donna Lang), were featured in a UBC Faculty of Medicine News. Both IMH Marshall fellows describe their current research projects and convey how the IMH Marshall Fellowship will make an impact on their future […]

  It is with mixed feelings that we announce that, after 36 years as an outstanding member of our academic faculty, Professor Steven Vincent will retire as of December 31, 2019.  As one of our longest serving Department members, Dr. Vincent held a number of important leadership roles over the years, including serving as Chair […]

Thank you to all who joined us at this year’s UBC Psychiatry Festive Celebration on Thursday December 12, 2019 — it was a night filled with much laughter and good cheer! Additional photos may be viewed in the UBC Psychiatry’s  2019 Department of Psychiatry Festive Celebration Flickr Album.               […]

  Please join us in congratulating Mr. Caden Poh, winner of this year’s Staff Service Award. Caden is a Research Assistant Technician with Dr. Erin Michalak in the CREST.BD lab. He was nominated for the award in recognition of contributions above and beyond his position, especially with respect to multiple successful grant applications where Caden […]

  We would like to welcome Nadine Kallas, who started as the Interim Program Assistant for UGE Year 3 at VFMP on December 5, 2019, replacing Anne Reyner. Nadine’s contact information is below. Please continue to use the email uge.assistant@ubc.ca. Nadine Kallas Interim Program Assistant, UGE Year 3 Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry The University […]


The next Psychiatry Summer Immersion Program will take place from Monday – Wednesday, June 8-10, 2020. Online applications will be open from January 2 – 31, 2020. Stay tuned for more details coming soon! If you have any specific questions regarding the Psychiatry Summer Immersion Program, please contact Julia Lew at julia.lew@ubc.ca

  The study aims to evaluate the lifetime prevalence of  traumatic brain injury in homeless and marginally housed populations The Department congratulates Jacob Stubbs, PhD Candidate and recipient of the IMH Marshall Scholarship Award, who was the lead author on a new UBC-led study titled Traumatic brain injury in homeless and marginally housed individuals: a […]

Dear Department Members, I am pleased to announce that Ms. Danielle Hull, Department Finance Assistant, will be taking her maternity leave in the new year. She will be on leave after December 24th and is scheduled to return on January 4, 2021. In her absence, Ms. Gloria Park, will be assuming the responsibilities of the […]

As part of the Department’s Strategic Planning process, we have hosted a series of on-site sessions across the province. These sessions have provided a unique opportunity for face-to-face discussions on a broad range of topics and issues that will have an impact on our Department, and will be instrumental in developing a Strategic Plan for […]

Join us on Thursday December 12, 2019 to celebrate the Festival Season! As this event is catered, please remember to RSVP by  5:00pm, December 6, 2019 – psychiatry.headasst@ubc.ca                            

  The Annual Drishti Awards Gala was held in Surrey, BC on Friday November 15th, 2019 to celebrate leaders across BC who have demonstrated excellence and innovation within the fields of health and medicine, science, technology, business, and community. The UBC Department of Psychiatry was well represented, with Department Head Dr. Lakshmi Yatham receiving the […]

Dr. Lakshmi Yatham has been named among the global Highly Cited Researchers in a list compiled by Clarivate Analytics in 2019, based on highly cited research papers defined as those ranking in the top one per cent by citations in that field and year of publication in the Web of Science. Dr. Yatham is one […]


Please note that Anne Reyner, Program Assistant Year 3, has moved on to other opportunities and is no longer with the UBC Department of Psychiatry.  The Department is seeking a temporary replacement and at present, please continue to email uge.assistant@ubc.ca for anything regarding Undergrad Year 3 at VFMP, and someone will respond. You may also […]

  ** Sent on behalf of Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, UBC Psychiatry Department Head, and Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting Program Director, UBC Postgraduate Psychiatry Education Program**   Dear Faculty members, This email is to let you know that as of August 30, 2019, Dr. Johannes Giede stepped down from his position as Associate Program Director for the […]

  The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH) invites you to attend a guest lecture presented by Dr. HR Nagendra, Chancellor of S-VYASA University, India, on Tuesday December 3, 2019 from 11:00am to 12:30pm.  Dr. Nagendra will present research on yoga, its role in health and health care, as well as standards and quality […]

~ ~ Please join us on Thursday, December 12, 2019 ~ ~ We look forward to celebrating the Festive Season with you! RSVP | December 6, 2019 to psychiatry.headasst@ubc.ca

  Congratulations to UBC Psychiatry professor Dr. Steven Taylor, who has recently published a new book titled The Psychology of Pandemics: Preparing for the Next Global outbreak of Infections Disease (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019). This book explores the psychological factors that influence the spread of pandemic infection, as well as the associated emotional distress and […]

  This week, DMCBH News & Events features Dr. Daniel Vigo, newly appointed Assistant Professor in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, and his multi-site Health Canada-funded project which aims to improve mental health and substance use outcomes of university students through the integration of e-mental health tools with traditional health services. Currently in its early […]

  Please reply to psychiatry.education@ubc.ca with inquiries.    Dear Psychiatry Clinical Faculty, This is a reminder that you may submit your Postgraduate Clinical Teaching with Patient Care (CTwPC) invoices for the new 2019-20 fiscal year (April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020) for PGY2-5 residents and PGY6 subspecialty psychiatry residents. Note that PGY1 teaching is […]

Please join Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, UBC Department Head, and Dr. Jon Stoessl, Director of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, as they host Dr. Sophia Frangou and her President’s Excellence Research Chair Lecture on Tuesday December 17, 2019 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm in the DMCBH Rudy North Lecture Theatre. Dr. Frangou, newly-appointed Professor and […]

  The UBC Department of Psychiatry is thrilled to announce that Dr. Sophia Frangou, Professor and UBC President’s Excellence Chair in Brain Health, has been awarded the prestigious 2019 Colvin Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Mood Disorders Research. Dr. Frangou accepted her prize at the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation International Awards Dinner in New […]

​ ** Sent on behalf of Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, Department Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry **   Dear Department Psychiatry Faculty, Staff, Residents and Students, As part of the Department’s Strategic Planning process, we are hosting a series of on-site sessions across the province, which will provide a unique opportunity for face-to-face discussions on a […]

  The Department of Psychiatry and the Institute of Mental Health (IMH), jointly with the School of Population and Public Health (SPPH), in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC), invite applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure track) or Associate Professor (with […]

  Broadly, this committee is responsible for ensuring that our department’s residency program meets Royal College training objectives for scholarly activity. Specific responsibilities include the identification, development, enhancement, promotion, monitoring and evaluation of resident scholarly activity projects, and ensuring that objectives relating to research and scholarly activity are integrated throughout the educational program. The committee […]

  Members of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health research community, including staff and students, are invited to attend a town hall meeting on Thursday December 5, from 3:00 to 4:00pm in the DMCBH Rudy North Lecture Theatre, Lower Level, 2215 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver BC (map).  This meeting will be held in order to […]

  The 1st phase of job action among Coast Mountain Bus Company and SeaBus operators began on Friday November 1, 2019, with a uniform ban and overtime ban in place among drivers and maintenance workers.  Given that potential disruption and delays in regular Metro Vancouver transit services are anticipated, all UBC staff, students and faculty […]

New findings indicate that mood and anxiety disorders show common abnormalities in the activity of brain regions involved in the generation and control of feelings and emotional thoughts. Targeting these common abnormalities could potentially reduce the risk of these disorders in the general population and improve outcomes in clinical populations.   Dr. Sophia Frangou, UBC […]

The Department warmly congratulates Dr. Erin Michalak for receiving the prestigious 2019 Douglas Utting Prize for Depression Research. The Douglas Utting Prize is awarded annually to a person or group, working in Canada that has made a major contribution to promoting the awareness of depression and/or suicide and/or to advancing the understanding and treatment of […]

Dr. Frangou and her team have uncovered new evidence about the origins of auditory hallucinations in schizophrenia Dr. Sophia Frangou, UBC President’s Excellence Chair in Brain Health and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, was recently featured in an article published by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. The article highlights a study led by […]

We are saddened to learn about the passing of Dr. Jeffrey Ennis, who was a Clinical Instructor in the UBC Department of Psychiatry since 2016.  Dr. Ennis shared his time between Vancouver Island and Hamiliton, Ontario, where he was also a Clinical Assistant Professor at McMaster University. He founded the Ennis Centre for Pain Management […]

*** Sent on behalf of the UBC FoM Centre for Health Education Scholarship (CHES) ***   The Centre for Health Education Scholarship (CHES) at UBC is offering funded fellowship opportunities for senior residents (R3-R5) or established clinicians interested in health education scholarship. The two-year fellowship is based at CHES and includes a master’s degree, completion […]

**Sent on behalf of FoM Clinical Skills Program – respond to amanda.jones@ubc.ca**   Dear Faculty, We’ve unfortunately received a last minute cancellation, and urgently require a tutor(s) (psychiatrist) in Vancouver/Fraser for the following dates: Wednesdays: November 20th, 1:00 – 4:30 pm: PSYCHIATRY INTERVIEW 1 November 27th, 1:00 – 4:30 pm: PSYCHIATRY INTERVIEW 2 December 4th, […]

  Please note that a free flu clinic will be available to UBC staff at the entrance of the UBC Hospital Cafeteria on the following dates: Monday, October 28th from 9:00am – 5:00pm Wednesday, October 30th  from 9:00am – 5:00pm Friday, November 1st from 10:00am – 2:00pm  

  On behalf of Dr. Yatham and the Department of Psychiatry, we extend our deep appreciation to the more than 50 faculty and residents who participated in the 2019 Psychiatry Summer Immersion Program, and without whom the Program would not have been possible.  Your tremendous contributions have made the Program a resounding success. Our thanks […]

  Dear Department Members, We are very sad to announce that Cindy Woo passed away on October 1, 2019, comfortably and with her son and family around her. Cindy was the research coordinator and manager for the UBC Mood Disorders Program for over 10 years and was a consummate health research professional. She held deep […]

  Dear Department of Psychiatry Members, I am pleased to announce the 2019 Staff Service Award Committee is accepting nominations until November 17, 2019. The Department’s Staff Service Award is to acknowledge the contributions of outstanding staff members in the following employment groups: Management & Professional Non-Union Research Assistant/Technician CUPE 2950 Administrative Support Staff While […]

The UBC Killam Teaching Prizes are UBC’s most prestigious teaching awards. The Prizes are awarded annually, and are supported by the UBC Killam Endowment Fund. The Prizes recognize excellent teaching in the MD Undergraduate Program, undergraduate science programs, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy programs, B.M.L.Sc. program, residency programs, schools and graduate programs within the Faculty. […]

  Dear Colleagues, The academic year is now underway and we are in need of presenters for Department of Psychiatry Educational Rounds.  If you would like to present, or know of someone you would like to recommend as a speaker, please contact me at Diane.Fredrikson@vch.ca.  If you hit reply, Laurie Low will forward your email […]


UBC Department of Psychiatry Head Dr. Lakshmi Yatham is currently featured in the Faculty of Medicine One-on-One Leadership Spotlight. The One-on-One is a series aimed at getting ‘behind the scenes’ with senior leadership in the Faculty of Medicine. Read Dr. Yatham’s Leadership Spotlight feature here.

  Dear Colleagues, In response to various concerns raised by Department members regarding the BC College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPSBC) medical record assessment standards for psychiatrists in private practice or otherwise not affiliated with the Health Authorities, earlier this year I initiated discussions with the CPSBC Registrar and Deputy Registrar regarding the need for […]

  Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students of the UBC Department of Psychiatry, I am thrilled to announce that Dr. Sophia Frangou will be joining the UBC Department of Psychiatry as a full-time academic faculty member at the Professor level as of October 1, 2019.  Earlier this year, Dr. Frangou was selected to be the holder […]

  Dear Colleagues, The Department recently invited nominations for new membership to the Appointment, Promotion and Tenure (APT) Committee, and we are pleased to announce that the following nominees have been elected to the Committee by acclamation: Assistant Professor Trisha Chakrabarty Assistant Professor (Partner) Tamara Vanderwal Associate Professor Clare Beasley Professors Jehannine Austin Erin Michalak […]

  Dear Colleagues, The Department Clinical Faculty Appointment and Promotion Committee (CFAPC) election for new membership has concluded, and we are pleased to announce that the following new members have been elected to the Committee.  Each will serve on the Committee for a 3-year term, effective September 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022: Clinical Assistant […]

  The MD Undergraduate Admissions Office would like to invite you to apply to participate as an interviewer for our next round of MD admission interviews (multiple mini-interviews-MMI). If you would like to be an interviewer, please follow the instructions provided to submit an application. The application will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and […]

In consultation with assessors, medical advisors and the UBC Department of Psychiatry, the BC College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPSBC) Physician Practice Enhancement Program (PPEP) has drafted a new assessment standard for psychiatrists.  The Physician Practice Enhancement Panel has recently approved of the draft, and the CPSBC is now seeking broader consultation and feedback on […]

To accommodate requests for an extension, this is a notice that the Department Strategic Planning Survey closing date has been extended to Sunday. If you have not yet taken the opportunity to participate in the survey, you are encouraged to do so by 11:59pm on Sunday October 6, 2019.

  Dear Department Members, Further to our last communication regarding the upcoming on-site Strategic Planning Sessions in Victoria, Kelowna, and Surrey, we are pleased to confirm that the fourth planning session will be held in Vancouver at VGH Diamond Health Care Centre on Thursday November 14, 2019. We encourage all members of the Department to […]

  Established in 2011, the Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Research Prizes are awarded annually for excellence in research. Two prizes in the amount of $5,000 each will be awarded to full-time Postdoctoral Fellows at UBC in recognition of outstanding research and scholarly contributions while at UBC. All fields of research are included. Nomination packages must be […]

We are excited to announce that the UBC Department of Psychiatry is now on Twitter! Please follow @UBC_Psychiatry, as we will soon be using Twitter to keep our followers up to date on the latest news and developments in the Department and across our mental health research networks at UBC and beyond.  We will also […]

  Dear Department Members, As we embark on the process to develop a Strategic Plan for the Department of Psychiatry, I am pleased to share the Department’s proposed strategic pillars of Research, Education, Partnerships, and People, which will be closely aligned with the 2016-2021 Strategic Plan of the UBC Faculty of Medicine.  In order to […]

Congratulations to Dr. Jehannine Austin, Professor, who received a Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) Scientific Lecture Award at the CAHS Forum and Annual General Meeting on September 20, 2019. The CAHS Scientific Lecture Award recognizes the outstanding qualities of a CAHS fellow and her or his state-of-the-art research in a given field of investigation. […]

On Friday September 20, 2019, Dr. Biju Mathew, author and Clinical Professor in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, attended a screening of a new movie based on his book, Super 30: Changing the World 30 Students at a Time at the ACT Arts Centre in Maple Ridge. Dr. Mathew’s book chronicles the inspirational story of […]

  Dear Department Members, We are delighted to announce that Margaret Koshi has accepted the position of Manager, Communications and Partnerships in the Department Administration team, effective August 30, 2019. Prior to Margaret’s new role, she was the Assistant Human Resources Manager, Faculty Appointments where she had provided exceptional support to our faculty members. In […]

Dr. Tonia Nicholls was recently named a recipient of a 2019 MSFHR Convening & Collaborating Award for her project titled, “Collaborative development of an inclusive research agenda for evaluating correctional health service.” The MSFHR Convening & Collaborating Awards are intended to support the planning of research programs and activities that will bring researchers and research […]

Dr. Erin Michalak’s project, ‘Bipolar Bridges: A Digital health Innovation Targeting Quality of Life in Bipolar Disorder,’ was recently featured in the Women’s Health Research Institute’s In the News: Research Spotlight page. Dr. Michalak’s CREST.BC project aims to enable access to credible, evidence-based, and safe information for people living with bipolar disorder. Read the full […]

Please reply to psychiatry.education@ubc.ca with inquiries.    Dear Psychiatry Clinical Faculty, This is a reminder that you may submit your Postgraduate Clinical Teaching with Patient Care (CTwPC) invoices for the new 2019-20 fiscal year (April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020) for PGY2-5 residents and PGY6 subspecialty psychiatry residents. Note that PGY1 teaching is paid […]

Dear Department Members, Thank you very much for reviewing your credentials listed in the draft 2020-2021 Psychiatry Academic/Clinical Faculty list. For those who have sent me emails requesting edits to be made to their listing, I have implemented those changes.  To ensure correctness, and to make sure that no request was missed, we ask that […]

This message is being sent on behalf of the Educational Assessment Unit (EAU), UBC Faculty of Medicine Dear Physicians, We are seeking Physician Examiners to participate in Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCE’s) for the upcoming 2019 – 2020 academic year. As an examiner, you will observe candidates interacting with a Standardized Patient in an OSCE […]

Dr. Weihong Song, UBC Psychiatry Professor and Canadian Research Chair in Alzheimer disease, has led the Canadian team in collaboration with professor Xiulian Sun, a former Song lab PhD student, in the discovery of a possible prenatal origin for Alzheimer disease in a gene function associated with neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorder.  Read full story here.

Dear Clinical Faculty Members, The voting window is now open for the election of two (2) Clinical Professors, one (1) Clinical Associate Professor and one (1) Clinical Assistant Professor to the Clinical Faculty Appointment and Promotion Committee (nominee biographies are attached). We ask that you please submit your votes by completing the Qualtrics survey found […]

In late August 2019, UBC Psychiatry Department Head Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, accompanied by Executive members Dr. Raymond Lam, Associate Head of Research and International Affairs, and Dr. Wei-Yi Song, Clinical Professor (IMP) and President of the Canadian Psychiatric Association, traveled to China to sign historic Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with the Shanghai Mental Health Center […]

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Lafleur who, with Professor Christopher Mole (UBC Dept of Philosophy), has co-authored the recently published book, Understanding Mental Disorders: A Philosophical Approach to the Medicine of the Mind, 1st Edition. This book aims to help current and future psychiatrists, and those who work with them, to think critically about the ethical, […]

  Dear Clinical Faculty Members, The nomination period to fill vacancies on the Department Clinical Faculty Appointment and Promotion Committee (CFAPC) has now closed, and an election will be held for the following vacancies: Vacancies for two (2) Clinical Professors for a 3-year term from September 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022 Vacancy for one […]

Congratulations to Dr. David Kealy and Dr. John Ogrodniczuk on the recent publication of their book, Contemporary Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, 1st Edition. This book covers the latest applications of psychodynamic therapy for a range of clinical issues, including depression, anxiety, psychosis, borderline personality and trauma. It discusses psychodynamic practice as an evidence-based therapy, providing reviews of […]

  Dr. Trisha Chakrabarty has been awarded MSFHR Health Professional – Investigator (HP-I) Award Many patients with depression struggle to return to their full level of functioning in work and other areas of life. These poor functional outcomes in depression may be related to cognitive difficulties, as patients demonstrate problems with memory, attention, and problem […]

  Dear Department Members, In anticipation of the publication of the 2020/2021 UBC Academic Calendar in which your name and credentials will be listed, we ask that you please review the attached PDF version of the Psychiatry Academic Staff List to ensure that your listing is correct.  Please search for your surname by using the […]

  UBC has purchased a license for Techsmith’s Snagit and Camtasia software.  UBC staff, faculty and students are eligible for a free copy. Snagit, as the name suggests, allows you to capture, edit and share screenshots.  It will also capture video of your screen, with optional audio.  In Psychiatry IT, we use it to record […]

  Clinical Faculty Annual Activity Reports This is a friendly reminder that your Clinical Faculty Annual Activity Report for the period of July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 is due for submission by October 1, 2019.   Please find the Annual Report and Supplement templates on the Department website here. Please submit your completed Annual Report and Supplement (if […]

  Dear Clinical Faculty Members, The nomination period for membership to the Clinical Faculty Appointment and Promotion Committee will be extended until August 23rd, 2019 due to a revision to the CFAPC Terms of Reference 2019 to reflect a more balanced representation of ranks. As there is now a vacancy for one more Clinical Associate […]

Dear Colleagues, The selection process for the inaugural IMH Marshall Scholars and Fellows Program in Mental Health has been completed, and I am delighted to announce the successful Scholars and Fellows whose proposals were selected from a robust and competitive pool of applications.   Please join me in warmly congratulating the following fifteen Scholarship and five […]

  OSCE Faculty Development Session Thursday, September 19, 2019 5pm – 8pm DHCC/VGH and via Videoconference to other locations   Dr. Paul Dagg, Associate Head, Postgraduate Education & Continuing Professional Development, will be holding a faculty development session to help interested faculty strengthen their skills as mock OSCE examiners. The mock OSCEs are an integral part […]

  Course: MEDD 448 Transition into Postgraduate Education and Medical Practice (TIPP) Session: Acute Psychosis & Delirium (Small Group, local site delivery) Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 Time: 10:00-12:00pm (*May include a 30min tutor meeting prior to session TBC) Location: DHCC 2nd floor   Dear Faculty, Recruitment has started for the 2020 TIPP course Year […]

Dr. Steven Taylor interviewed by CBC on August 14: https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1260600/bryer-schmegelsky-kam-mcleod-meurtres-suicide-deuil

The ISSPD 2019 Congress  will take place on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 through Friday, October 18, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. This year theme is  “Personality Pathology: Linking Into New Horizons”. The ISSPD aims to deliver a congress that addresses cutting edge science and the latest innovations in treatment recognizing the human face of understanding and […]

  Please see below for important dates/procedures and required documents.   Important Dates & Procedures: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 – Register for Project Grant via ResearchNet Thursday, August 29, 2019, 12 pm – Submit application package to the Department Administration Office, attention Vicky Yau (vicky.yau@ubc.ca ), for Department review & approval. After Department has reviewed and […]

  The Psychiatry Undergraduate Education Program would like to congratulate the following winners of the 2019 UBC Psychiatry Student Awards:   Annette E. Hacking Memorial Award in Medicine – Kirsten Bock, NMP Awarded to an M.D. student with an aptitude for and an interest in mental health. Adjudication is based on leadership skills, commitment to […]

  Dear Clinical Faculty Members, As the renewal of membership in the Departmental Clinical Faculty Appointment and Promotion Committee is implemented regularly per the attached 2019 CFAPC Terms of Reference, the Department is calling for nominations and self-nominations from clinical faculty members to fill the following vacancies in the CFAPC, effective September 1, 2019. The […]

Dear Members of the Department, As the renewal of membership in the Department of Psychiatry’s Appointment, Promotion and Tenure (APT) Committee is implemented regularly per the 2019 APTC Terms of Reference , the Department is calling for nominations and self-nominations from full-time academic faculty members to fill the following vacancies in the APT Committee, effective […]

Dear Staff members in the Department of Psychiatry, We are pleased to invite UBC Vancouver campus staff to the: 17th Annual Staff Welcome Back BBQ Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 11:30 am to 1:30 pm Flag Pole Plaza Hosted by the President’s Office and Human Resources, and produced by Ceremonies & Events, this event welcomes staff […]

The department would like to congratulate the following clinical faculty members on their recent promotions, which took effect on July 1, 2019: Dr. Auby Axler, promoted to Clinical Professor Dr. Andrea Bardell, promoted to Clinical Associate Professor Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, promoted to Clinical Associate Professor Ms. Emily Morris, promoted to Clinical Associate Professor Dr. Sreedharan […]

As part of Privacy Matters and UBC’s ongoing effort to enhance cybersecurity, UBC is implementing Enhanced CWL (multi-factor authentication). Please note that Enhanced CWL is mandatory, so please register for Enhanced CWL by September 30, 2019.   What is Enhanced CWL? Enhanced CWL (multi-factor authentication) is a security standard providing an effective way to prevent […]

Date:    July 25, 2019   To:        Faculty, Staff and Students of the UBC Department of Psychiatry   From:   Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry Director, Institute of Mental Health, UBC Regional Head and Program Medical Director, VCH/PHC   Re:        New Faculty Position in the Department of Psychiatry through Faculty Renewal […]

Dr. Weihong Song has been awarded a 5-year, $994,500 CIHR operating grant for his research project “The effect of a novel presenilin 1 mutatio non Alzheimer’s Disease pathogenesis”. The project will seeks to investigate how this PS1 mutation selectively regulates APP without affecting Notch cleavage, and to define the mechanism underlying the PS1’s role in AD […]

Dr. David Kealy has been awarded MSFHR Scholar Award Personal identity–one’s psychological sense of personal continuity–is an important aspect of mental health, informing one’s motivations, behaviors, and social relations. Disruptions in identity can contribute to prevalent conditions such as personality disorders. Indeed, distorted identity is a core aspect of personality dysfunction and disorder, contributing to […]




































































































































































































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