Communications Bulletin


We would like to congratulate Jacob Stubbs, PhD Candidate and recipient of the IMH Marshall Scholarship Award who was the lead author on a new UBC-led study. Jacob and Dr. Will Panenka’s paper: Stubbs et al. 2019 – Traumatic brain injury in homeless and marginally housed individuals A systematic review and meta-analysis, was published this […]

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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