Communications Bulletin

  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 […]

  The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry and The Cinematheque present:   Obedience Thursday, June 18 – Wednesday June 24, 2020 USA 1965 Stanley Milgram 45 min Stanley Milgram (1933-1984), an American social psychologist, remains best known for his landmark 1961 “Obedience to Authority” experiment, which exposed the unsettling extent to which ordinary citizens will […]

  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: 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 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   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

  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

  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 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

  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 –                            

  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 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

  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 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**   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  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 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:

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 ( ), 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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