Communications Bulletin


** Sent on behalf of the Office of the Vice-President, Health **   The competition for the 2022 UBC Health Awards and Scholarships is now open until November 10, 2022. The awards are open to faculty, health educators, professionals, and community partners in health who have made significant contributions to the advancement of health education […]

  In a recent study published in Schizophrenia Bulletin Open, Dr. Todd Woodward and his research team developed a new method that can provide proof of whether fMRI can detect hallucinations, that is, by showing that there is a difference in duration of blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) signal response for short vs. long hallucinations events. This type […]

** Sent on behalf of the Provincial Learner Assessment Team (PLAT) **   We are recruiting Physician Examiners to participate in Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCE’s) for this academic year. As an physician examiner, you will observe students and candidates interacting with a Standardized Patient in a clinical encounter and record their performance according to […]

** 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 2023.  Date:                                   Friday, June 23, 2023Address:                            Shaughnessy Restaurant, 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver BCInvitation Poster:             […]

Congratulations to Dr. Timothy Murphy (iMAP in vivo Mesoscale Assessment of neuroProjectomes) and Dr. Tamara Vanderwal (Naturalistic Neuroimaging of Child Psychiatric Disorders), who have each been awarded funding from the BC Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) to support their respective research projects. They join a list of recipients at UBC (Vancouver) leading a total of 55 […]

  Dear Department Members, We are aware that an unusual email resembling the one below from a fraudulent Gmail account, posing as the Department Head’s email, has been circulating to our Department members.  This email has been reported to UBC IT Security and has since been blocked from reaching UBC email accounts. If you have […]

  Dear Department Members, There are several serious security vulnerabilities affecting a range of Apple products including laptops/desktops (macOS), tablets and phones (iOS). iOS users should go to Settings > General > Software Update and upgrade to either iOS 15.7 or iOS 16. macOS Big Sur users should update to 11.7. macOS Monterey users should […]

  Congratulations to Dr. Amanda Butler, who has received a 2022 Research Trainee Award from Michael Smith Health Research BC (MSHRBC)! The award will support her study, titled Transforming prisons and improving health outcomes for people who use drugs: An evaluation of BC’s prison-based therapeutic community, which aims to identify the therapeutic communities (TCs)-related mechanisms […]

  The Department warmly congratulates Clinical Professor Dr. Randall White and Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Harish Neelakant, each of whom has received an award from the VCH Vancouver Community of Care Medical, Dental & Allied Staff Association (VDMAS)! Both recipients were honoured at the awards ceremony, which took place on September 12, 2022.   Dr. […]

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Program Director, UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program **   Dear Clinical Faculty, Monday September 19, 2022 has been declared a holiday by the Federal and Provincial governments. We have received notification from our PGME office that as health authority employees, it will be a holiday for residents […]

    The Raft (Flotten) Sweden/Denmark/USA/Germany 2018 Director: Marcus Lindeen 97min DCP Sunday August 14th @ 7:00pm, The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St)   Get Your Tickets Now!   Share Tweet Forward   Film Description The top-prize winner at Copenhagen’s CPH:DOX in 2018, Marcus Lindeen’s engrossing documentary recounts the baffling 1973 Acali Experiment, in which 11 […]

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Kenneth Heng, Chair, Resident Wellness Committee & Associate Program Director – Vancouver, and Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Program Director, UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program **   Dear Clinical Faculty, The Post Graduate Education Program in Psychiatry is adding additional members to the Resident Wellness Committee. While the committee may solicit […]

  ** Shared on behalf of UBC Health and the Office of the Vice President, Health **     UBC Health invites faculty members at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan to submit a proposal for the Health Innovation Funding Investment (HIFI) Awards by October 14, 2022. UBC Health is offering up to $25,000 to faculty […]

  USB storage devices, like USB sticks and external USB hard drives, are easier to lose or steal than it is to break into OneDrive. It is good practice to encrypt USB storage devices and it is UBC policy: https://cio.ubc.ca/information-security-standards/U5 It is quick and easy to do on macOS and business versions of Windows. Please […]

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Program Director, and Dr. Kenneth Heng, Associate Program Director – Vancouver, UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program **   Dear Faculty, The UBC Post Graduate Education Program in Psychiatry, informed by the results of the last Psychiatry Resident Wellness Survey, is planning on implementing a new program […]

  If you have recently received an unusual or suspicious email, such as the ones below sent from Dr. Yatham’s UBC email (l.yatham@ubc.ca) or a variation of it (ie. l.yatham@ubc.in.net), DO NOT RESPOND to this email and please send the original as an attachment to Margaret Koshi at margaret.koshi@ubc.ca.  Please be aware that any such […]

  *** Shared on behalf of Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry ***   Dear Colleagues, With profound sadness, I share the news that Dr. Patrick McGeer passed away on Monday August 29, 2022 at the age of 95. As a pioneering researcher within the international neuroscience community, Dr. McGeer […]

** Shared on behalf of Dr. Randall White , UBC Department of Psychiatry **     We’re pleased to announce this year’s 16th Annual Pacific Psychopharmacology Conference will be returning to in person learning at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront in Vancouver, BC, on Friday, Sep.23, and Thursday, Sep. 22 for a pre-conference workshop. Can’t make […]

  Dr. Erin Michalak and the CREST.BD research network has just launched a research study evaluating the impact of a new app for bipolar disorder – PolarUs. The research team is now welcoming people with bipolar disorder in the US and Canada to participate. The first of its kind, the PolarUs app helps people with bipolar disorder to measure and monitor […]

  *** Sent on behalf of the UBC Psychiatry HR Team *** Dear Faculty members, In anticipation of the publication of the 2023/2024 UBC Academic Calendar in which your name and credentials will be listed, we ask that you please review the attached FoM Psychiatry Academic Staff List to ensure that your listing is correct.  […]

  ** Shared on behalf of Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor and Series Director for the Frames of Mind Monthly Mental Health Film Series **   Thanks to all those who joined us this past Sunday at the Cinematheque theatre to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Frames of Mind Mental Health film series! […]

  Dear Department Members, UBC Information Security Standard U77 says; “The Device must run a version of its operating system for which security updates continue to be produced and are available. If this is not possible, see the Vulnerability Management standard for compensating controls. If the Device is University-owned, software updates must not be impeded, […]

  ** Sent on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, Program Director, Undergraduate Medical Education, Department of Psychiatry **   Dear all, We are pleased to let you know that for this year, there have been improvements made to the VFMP Clinical Skills psychiatry sessions based on tutor feedback. These include: Use of pre-work to better prepare students for two interview […]

  We are deeply saddened to share the news that Dr. Kiri Simms passed away on August 3, 2022.  Dr. Simms had been a Victoria-based emergency psychiatrist since 2006, joining the UBC Department of Psychiatry as a Clinical Instructor in 2013. In addition to her various clinical roles with Island Health, she was appointed as […]

  *** Sent on behalf of the Undergraduate Education Team, UBC Psychiatry ***   The Psychiatry Undergraduate Education Program would like to congratulate the following winners of the 2022 UBC Psychiatry Student Awards:   Annette E. Hacking Memorial Award in Medicine Awarded to an M.D. student with an aptitude for and an interest in mental […]

  *** Sent on behalf of the UBC Psychiatry HR Team ***   Dear Department Clinical Faculty Members,   Clinical Faculty Annual Report for 2021/2022 The Online Clinical Faculty Annual Report Form for the period of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022 is now live, and as such we ask that you please complete and submit […]

  Happy summer from the Department’s Research and Scholarly Activity Committee! As a reminder and update, the dates of the committee’s quarterly meeting dates for 2022-23 are as follows: September 22nd 2022 (submission deadline Sept 15th) November 17th 2022 (submission deadline Nov 10th) February 23rd 2023 (submission deadline Feb 16th) April 27th 2023 (submission deadline […]

  ** Sent on behalf of the UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Team **   Dear Faculty Members, I hope this email finds you well.  We are starting to recruit examiners for our 2022-23 Mock OSCE’s. The Mock OSCEs are an integral part of preparing our residents for their Royal College OSCE exams. We have finalized […]

  Dr. Leona Adams and Dr. Rebecca Howse, FoM Postgraduate Faculty Associate Co-Leads for Anti-Racism, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, share an important statement to PGY1 residents who have started the ‘new year,’ and invite them to participate in a survey which aims to gather information on diversity within  this cohort. All residents, fellows and faculty […]

  *** Shared on behalf of the UBC Faculty Of Medicine Dean’s Office ***   Good morning colleagues, In September 2022,  the Faculty of Medicine is aiming to launch a pilot of the Staff Mentorship Program.  For the pilot year, we are hoping to get about 10-15 mentorship pairings. We are working to gather a […]

    Dear Faculty, Trainees and Residents, I am pleased to announce that the UBC Department of Psychiatry, in partnership with the UBC Institute of Mental Health (UBC IMH) and BC Children’s Hospital, has launched the Stimulus Grants Initiative, which aims to increase research capacity and support for clinicians at any stage and for junior […]

    Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and Residents, I am delighted to share that, following the thorough review and consideration of all the outstanding project proposals submitted by PhD and MD applicants this year, the selection process for the 2022/2023 IMH Marshall Fellows Program has been completed. Six highly innovative proposals have been recommended for […]

  *** Shared on behalf of the Division of Continuing Professional Development, UBC Faculty of Medicine ***   The conference organizers, including members of the UBC Department of Psychiatry, invite you this year’s Pacific Psychopharmacology Conference on Friday, Sept 23, 2022. This annual event is taking place both virtually and in-person at the Pinnacle Hotel […]

As the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has announced the results of its Spring 2022 project grant competition, we would like to congratulate the following UBC Psychiatry faculty members who were awarded project grants for their respective projects: Dr. Todd Woodward & Dr. Mahesh Menon (Co-PIs: Michael W. Best, Christopher Bowie, Faye Doell, George […]

  Dear Department Members, Although it’s come and gone, September 2021 marked the beginning of the twentieth year of the Frames of Mind Mental Health Film Series as a monthly event at The Cinematheque. We’re understandably proud of this achievement, and would like to thank our presenting partners, The Cinematheque and the Institute of Mental […]

    The Methods for Supporting Diverse Patient Engagement in a Diverse World project, led by Dr. Erin Michalak and Dr. Steven J. Barnes, has now released their educational modules for health researchers! Funded by the BC SUPPORT Unit, the modules were co-created by patient partners and academic researchers and are displayed using the Tapestry […]

    Dear Department members, I wish to share with you a staffing update within our UBC Psychiatry Administration Office. Our HR team has recently expanded to include an additional HR Assistant, and I am delighted to announce that Ms. Leah Ranada has accepted and assumed this new role as of July 4. As most […]

  The Behavioral Reward Affect + Impulsivity Neuroscience (B.R.A.I.N.) Lab, led by Dr. Christian Schütz, is currently seeking eligible participants for an MRI study (Cannabis and Polysubstance Use: Response Inhibition and Stress Exposure) investigating the short-term effects of cannabis consumption. The study involves taking cannabis oil during three sessions and completing MRI scans, computer tasks, […]

  In honouring the legacy of Dr. Megan Roberts and her extraordinary impact on psychiatry residents, physician colleagues and patients, the Dr. Megan Roberts Honorary Scholarship has been established to recognize Royal Columbian Hospital residents who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, collaboration and mentorship, all qualities which were embodied by Dr. Roberts throughout her life and […]

    The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry and The Cinematheque present: *********************************************************************************************************** Frames of Mind Returns to In-person Screenings at The Cinematheque! Celebrating 20 years! We’re sure you’ll agree, nothing beats the fulsome experience of watching a film in a theatre and discussing it afterwards live and in person. Please note […]

    The Department warmly congratulates Professor and Associate Head of UGE & Graduate Education, Dr. Raymond Lam, who has received the 2022 Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award for Overall Excellence – Senior Faculty! This award recognizes the many outstanding contributions Dr. Lam has made over the past year in the areas of research, […]

  The UBC Psychiatry Annual General Meeting will take place this year on Thursday October 20, 2022 from 3:30pm-4:30pm, and all members of the Department are welcome to attend. The location/format and agenda will be confirmed soon, but in the meantime, please save the date in your calendars!

    The Multidisciplinary Alliance for Translational Research and Innovation in Neuropsychiatry (UBC MATRIX-N) Research Excellence Cluster (PIs: Drs. Anthony Phillips, Tamara Vanderwal, and Michael Krausz) is inviting applications for three paid, part-time positions available to UBC graduate students to support translational research and innovation in neuropsychiatry and the MATRIX-N Cluster. In line with the […]

  On June 23, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced an investment of more than $500 million through its Discovery research programs in order to generate world-firsts in knowledge, train the next generation of scientists, and expand the frontiers of science and engineering. We would like to congratulate the following […]

    Recipients of the 2022 Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health Kickstart Grants were announced this week, which include UBC Psychiatry faculty members, Dr. Christian Schütz, Dr. Trisha Chakrabarty and Dr. Jeremy Seamans! These grants are intended to encourage research that demonstrates new collaborations, directions, and technological developments, supporting new projects that generate preliminary data […]

  Congratulations to Dr. Tammy Vanderwal, who alongside her multidisciplinary team of researchers and trainees from UBC Psychology, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Audiology and Speech Sciences, and Computer Science, has been awarded the UBC Health Innovation Funding Investment (HIFI) Award for their project titled, “Catalyzing Multimodal Magnetoencephalography (MEG) Research on Children’s Brain Health and Development.” […]

  Don’t let personnel issues become security issues: Terminate computer access before you end a contract or give notice of termination of employment. A situation in LA in 2006 illustrates the point: The Department of Transportation terminated the contracts of the two transportation engineers, but did not revoke computer access beforehand.  Shortly before a labour […]

    Dear colleagues, I wish to share with you a valuable opportunity that is available to any UBC Psychiatry clinical faculty who are interested in either mentoring learners or junior colleagues, or receiving support from an experienced clinical faculty colleague. The UBC Faculty of Medicine, in collaboration with UBC Faculty Affairs and UBC CPD, […]

  ** Sent on behalf of the HR Administration Team, UBC Department of Psychiatry **   Dear Clinical Faculty, We are pleased to share that, as of Fall 2022, we will be implementing two review cycles over the course of the year (Fall and Spring) for promotion application packages, as well as initial reappointment packages […]

    Dear students, residents, staff and colleagues, We wish to extend a warm congratulations to the deserving residents and clinical faculty who were recognized for their outstanding contributions to our Education Programs over the past year. The following residents were presented with awards at the 2022 Research Day on Thursday June 9, and the […]

  ** Shared on behalf of Dr. Jehannine Austin, Professor, UBC Departments of Psychiatry and Medical Genetics **   Hello, My name is Jehannine Austin and I am an agender professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Medical Genetics. I have started an informal group for trans and gender diverse faculty at UBC for mutual […]

  The Department would like to congratulate Dr. Emma Morton, who has received the prestigious Samuel Gershon Junior Investigator Award for her contribution to bipolar disorder research — specifically for her publication “Supporting Wellness”: A depression and bipolar support alliance mixed-methods investigation of lived experience perspectives and priorities for mood disorder treatment — from the […]

  If you attended our 2022 UBC Psychiatry Research Day on Thursday June 9 (in-person/virtually), we would really appreciate your thoughts and feedback regarding the event. We ask that you please complete the brief online Research Day Evaluation and Feedback Form by Monday June 27, 2022. Your responses will be kept confidential and only aggregate […]

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Program Director, UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program **   Dear PGY2 Supervisors, This is a friendly reminder that the new requirement of completion of a STACER for our PGY2 residents needs to occur by the end of this academic year.  Please work with your resident to ensure that this […]

  It was wonderful to welcome all of our clinical faculty members who attended the Annual Clinical Faculty Dinner, held once again in-person yesterday evening after a two-year hiatus!  It was a great opportunity to recognize and show appreciation for all our clinical faculty members and their many valuable contributions to the Department, and also […]

We wish to thank everyone who participated in our 2022 UBC Psychiatry Research Day yesterday, either in person or virtually, and also express our gratitude to all of the outstanding presenters and Lightning Talk speakers for their engaging presentations and hard work in helping to make our Research Day a success!     Additionally, we […]

  Congratulations to Clinical Instructor Dr. Summer Telio, who has been awarded the 2022 Douglas Levin Essay Prize by the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society (CPS)! Named in memory of Douglas Levin, a long-time revered director of training for the CPS, this award is presented biennially in recognition of the top paper submitted over a two-year period. […]

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Program Director, UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program **   Dear Clinical Faculty, It has been brought to my attention that there are ongoing questions from supervisors around resident attendance on clinical rotations, especially given protected time for the myriad of requirements from the Royal College which can end […]

  The 2022 UBC Psychiatry Research Day is one week away, and our ePoster Gallery is now live and online! We would like to acknowledge and thank everyone who prepared and submitted ePosters this year – a total of 43 ePosters in the Basic Science/Translational Research and Clinical Research categories! The full Research Day Event […]

    The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry and The Cinematheque present: *********************************************************************************************************** Frames of Mind Returns to In-person Screenings at The Cinematheque! Celebrating 20 years! We’re sure you’ll agree, nothing beats the fulsome experience of watching a film in a theatre and discussing it afterwards live and in person. Please note […]

  As the Postgraduate Faculty Associate Co-Lead for Anti-Racism, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Dr. Leona Adams has written a personal statement published in the PGME Hub Newsletter, in which she reflects upon the shootings that occurred in Buffalo, NY on May 14, where Black people were targeted by hate-driven violence.  

  We are excited to share that Dr. Jessica Rosin and Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez will each be presenting during the afternoon session at our Research Day on Thursday June 9, 2022. Dr. Rosin’s talk will be on “Fetal microglia mediate sex-specific neurodevelopmental responses to maternal stress” from 1:30pm to 2:00pm, and Dr. Vila-Rodriguez will present […]

  **Sent on behalf of the PGE Psychiatry Curriculum Committee**   Dear Faculty Members, It is with great excitement that we are announcing the redesigned Psychiatry PGE Academic Day schedules. They take into account the requirements of the Royal College CBD curriculum. Please see attached the letter describing these changes in detail. We are including […]

  Congratulations to CREST.BD member Dr. Emma Morton, who has just been awarded the 2021-2022 Gerald L. Klerman Young Investigator Award! This prestigious award is granted each year by Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) in recognition of researchers whose work expands knowledge of the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of depression and bipolar disorder. Dr. […]

  The Department is deeply saddened to learn the news that Professor Emeritus Dr. Ralph Shulman passed away on May 5, 2022 at the age of 93. Dr. Shulman was born in Glasgow and studied internal medicine prior to pursuing formal training in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital in London. Upon completion, he was appointed […]

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, often known as IE, will be retired on June 15. At that point, one of two things will happen; Web sites and links that normally opened with IE will open in Microsoft Edge and may or may not work as expected. The site will simply not work. If you normally open any […]

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Program Director, UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program **   Dear Faculty, Our residency training program has transitioned to the new Competence By Design (CBD) curriculum over the last 2 years.  One of the changes that is occurring for the PGY4 year is that Emergency Psychiatry will […]

  We wish to thank everyone who attended the Retirement Celebration Dinner for Dr. Tony Bailey and Dr. Paul Dagg on Friday May 13. It was a wonderful evening and a rare in-person opportunity to recognize and celebrate the significant contributions and many career accomplishments of our esteemed honorees.   More photos of the event […]

  Dr. Jehannine Austin and collaborators from UBC School of Population and Public Health, Genome BC and Genome Canada have developed a new video titled Simulation Model of Treatments for Major Depression (SiMMDep): Pharmacogenomic Testing and Beyond. SiMMDep is a model the team has developed to analyze the costs and benefits of pharmacogenomic testing for […]

  We are excited to share that Dr. Christian Schütz, Professor (Partner) in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, will be presenting on “Addiction: A Disorder of Decision Making?” at our Research Day on Thursday June 9, 2022. His talk will be at 10:30 to 11:30am, following the first set of Lightning Talks. The full Event […]

  The Department warmly congratulates Ms. Leah Ranada, whose debut novel The Cine Star Salon, published in 2021, has been awarded the 2022 Independent Publishers IPPY Gold Medal Book Award for Multicultural Fiction! Leah is the Assistant to Dr. Anthony Bailey and has been a member of our UBC Psychiatry Administration Team since 2015. The […]

  Although rTMS has proven to be an effective treatment for depression, the underlying mechanisms of how rTMS affects the brain are not well understood. Now, in a new study published this week in the American Journal of Psychiatry, Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez and his team have, for the first time, mapped the changes occurring in […]

  ** Sent on behalf of Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor & Department Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry **   Dear Clinical Faculty Members, After a two-year hiatus, the UBC Department of Psychiatry is delighted to once again invite clinical faculty members to attend the Annual Clinical Faculty Dinner, to be held in-person on Thursday […]

  ** Sent on behalf of Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor & Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry **   Dear Faculty, The International Society for Bipolar Disorders will be hosting the 2022 ISBD Experience (virtual) on June 10-12, 2022, which will include two events focused on mentoring and resource development. As such, we ask that […]

  ** Sent on Behalf of the UBC Office of Faculty Development **   Dear Clinical Faculty Members, We are inviting clinical faculty to participate in an interview about their onboarding experiences with becoming clinical faculty in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. The interviews are part of a project titled Welcoming New Clinical Faculty: […]

  Dear Department Members, A common fraud called “phishing” sends messages that appear to be from a bank, shop or auction, giving a link to a fake website and ask you to follow that link and confirm your account details. Don’t trust these links – fraudsters may use your account details to make purchases or […]

    The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry and The Cinematheque present: *********************************************************************************************************** Frames of Mind Returns to In-person Screenings at The Cinematheque! We missed you too! It’s hard to believe, but it’s been over two years since our last in-cinema presentation. We’ve offered a few films online since that time, but […]

  ** Sent on behalf of the UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Team **   Dear Faculty, We welcome you to join the celebration with the Class of 2022 Psychiatry graduates.  You can attend the event in-person or virtually. Please RSVP latest by Sunday, May 29th via this link: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9RAbWA54R6ix1eC EVENT INFO (In-Person) Venue: Jack Poole […]

  ** Sent on behalf of Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Department Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry **   Dear Clinical Faculty Members, After a two-year hiatus, the UBC Department of Psychiatry is delighted to once again invite clinical faculty members to attend the Annual Clinical Faculty Dinner, to be held in-person on Thursday June 9, […]

    Dear Department members, I wish to share with you a staffing update within our UBC Psychiatry Administration Office. We are delighted to welcome Ms. Shaelynn Perreault, who started in her position on April 19 as the new Executive Coordinator for the Office of the Department Head and IMH Director.  Shaelynn brings to this […]

  ** Sent on behalf of Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Department Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry **   Dear Department Members, Further to the Save the Date memo sent out last week, we now invite Department members to please RSVP by May 6, 2022 if they wish to attend the Retirement Celebration Dinner in honour […]

  ** Sent on behalf of Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor & Department Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry **   Dear Department Members, A Celebration Dinner will be held on the evening of Friday May 13, 2022 in honour of Dr. Anthony Bailey, Professor and Dr. Paul Dagg, Clinical Professor & Associate Head, PGE & […]

  New findings published earlier this month (Functional brain networks underlying probabilistic reasoning and delusions in schizophrenia, Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging) by Dr. Todd Woodward and his research team reveal that, in people with schizophrenia experiencing delusions, these delusions manifest in fMRI as reduced activity in an early visual attentional process whereby weak evidence is incorrectly […]

  *** Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Program Director, Postgraduate Psychiatry Program ***   Dear Faculty, We are thrilled to inform you that we have done very well in our virtual CaRMS match! We have matched all our Canadian medical graduate positions, and I feel that the new incoming residents will be […]

    As part of the Accreditation Standards, the Program is required to collect all your publication and presentation records annually.  These records are also used to help inform decisions about annual resident research awards. Your publication and presentation record may include: Peer-Reviewed Publications Non peer-reviewed Publications (e.g., commentaries, book chapters) Presentations (e.g., oral or poster […]

  The Department warmly congratulates Dr. David Kealy on his promotion to the rank of Associate Professor with Tenure, effective July 1, 2021. Dr. Kealy was first appointed to the UBC Department of Psychiatry as a Clinical Instructor in 2012, was promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor in 2015, then in the same year, was appointed […]

    Dear Colleagues, I wish to share that the application deadline for the 2022-2023 UBC Institute of Mental Health (IMH) Marshall Fellows Program in Mental Health has been extended to Monday April 18, 2022. This is to accommodate those who had missed the original application deadline, or were interested but could not apply due […]

  **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 2022. Date:                   Saturday, June 18, 2022 Address:             Jack Poole Hall – Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, 6163 […]

  *** Sent on behalf of the UBC Faculty Development Office ***   Dear Faculty, As promised during the Learning Environment meetings, we are delighted to share new resources by the Office of Faculty Development to address the needs of new clinical faculty, in particular, to provide new resources for Faculty Development in the clinical […]

  On World Bipolar Day (March 30), the CREST.BD Bipolar Disorder Research Network led by Dr. Erin Michalak hosted their fourth annual large-scale “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) on Reddit. The panelists on this AMA featured 44 bipolar disorder experts and researchers from around the world, including eight members of our department: Dr. Chris Gorman Dr. Erin Michalak Dr. Emma Morton Dr. […]

  Dear Department Members, ATTENDEE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! If you are planning to attend the 2022 UBC Psychiatry Research Day either in person or via Zoom on Thursday June 9th, be sure to register by completing the online Attendee Registration Form by Sunday May 15th, 2022! Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing […]

    Dear Faculty, Staff, Fellows, Students and Residents, In anticipation of Dr. Paul Dagg’s retirement this summer, a formal announcement of which will be forthcoming, I am writing to share with you that Dr. Jordan Cohen has been appointed as the incoming Associate Head, Postgraduate Education & Continuing Professional Development, effective April 1, 2022. […]

  ** Sent on behalf of the UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Team **   Dear Faculty, The clinical teaching with patient care (CTwPC) invoice forms for Apr 1, 2021 to Mar 31, 2022 were due as of March 31st, 2021. At this point, we are NO LONGER accepting clinical teaching invoices. For those who have […]

  *** Sent on behalf of Dr. Charles Ho, Competence By Design (CBD) Lead, Postgraduate Psychiatry Program***   Dear Faculty, Please join us for an online webinar titled “CBD Psychiatry Workshop for PGY3 Supervisors – PGY3’s in the Core Stage”. The webinar’s goal is to help you prepare for and describe what you need to […]

  The Department warmly congratulates Clinical Instructor Dr. Lindsay Bishop on receiving the Resident Doctors of BC Dr. Patricia Clugston Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching! The award recognizes a physician clinical educator who has made outstanding contributions to residents’ medical education, and has created a safe learning environment that encourages self-inquiry, supports adult learning, and […]

  Interested faculty are invited to enroll in the Royal College-accredited workshop The Role of the Medical Expert in Estate Litigation on Thursday June 23rd and Friday June 24th. This 2-day course will serve as a valuable resource in enabling medical experts to help the courts make their determinations in cases of disputed capacity and […]

  The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry and The Cinematheque present: *********************************************************************************************************** Frames of Mind Returns to In-person Screenings at The Cinematheque! We missed you too! It’s hard to believe, but it’s been over two years since our last in-cinema presentation. We’ve offered a few films online since that time, but as we’re […]

  *** Sent on behalf of Clinical Professor Dr. Bob Stowe and Doctors for Planetary Health (BC) ***   Dear Faculty Members, Doctors for Planetary Health – West Coast have joined a global campaign by the Planetary Health Alliance and other organizations to get as many health professionals as possible to video themselves taking a […]

  ** Sent on behalf of the UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Team **   Dear Faculty, PGME is pleased to invite you to a Competency By Design Town Hall by Dr. Jason Frank, MD, MA(Ed), FRCPC, on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Dr. Frank is the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s Director of […]

  A common fraud called “phishing” sends messages that appear to be from a bank, shop or auction, giving a link to a fake website and asking you to follow that link and confirm your account details. The fraudsters then use your account details to buy stuff or transfer money out of the account. These […]

  ** Sent on behalf of the UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Team **   Dear Faculty Members, We are urgently looking for Mock OSCE examiners for our April 7th, 2022 exams.  The Mock OSCEs are an integral part of preparing our residents for their Royal College OSCE exams and we want to ensure the continued […]

    Dear Department members, I wish to share with you some staffing updates within our UBC Psychiatry Education Office. First, we are delighted to welcome Ms. Kyna Ng, who started on March 14 in her position as the new Education Coordinator for the Subspecialty Postgraduate Training Programs (SSP). Kyna brings to this role her […]

*** Shared on behalf of the UBC FoM Clinician Investigator and Transition into Practice Programs ***   Each year, the Canadian Society of Clinical Investigation (CSCI) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) co-sponsor an annual Resident Research Manuscript Prize Award program. This prize is awarded each year for the best first author published […]

  UBC’s Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation recently announced 40 emerging and established research excellence clusters that will be supported with funding in 2022/23. Of these clusters, four are being led by the following UBC Department of Psychiatry members:   Emerging Clusters Cluster Lead: Dr. Jennifer Coelho BC Pediatric Eating Disorders (BC-PED) The […]

  The Department warmly congratulates UBC Psychiatry residents Dr. Kirsten Roche and Dr. Vivian Tsang, who have each received the 2021 Changemaker Award from Doctors of BC. This award honours residents and medical students who are making a real impact in the lives of patients, the profession, and the healthcare system as a whole. Dr. […]

  *** Sent on behalf of Dr. Clare Beasley and the Psychiatry Summer Immersion Program ***   Dear Faculty, After two successful years, the Department of Psychiatry 3rd annual Psychiatry Summer Immersion Program will take place Mon, June 6 – Tues, June 7, 2022. The 2-day program provides an opportunity for 1st Year undergraduate medical students to […]

    Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to announce the call for applications for the UBC Institute of Mental Health (IMH) Marshall Fellows Program in Mental Health for 2022-2023. The Marshall Fellows Program in Mental Health was established in 2019 by the IMH to support the training of young investigators in translational research in order […]

  *** Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Program Director, Postgraduate Psychiatry Program ***   Dear Clinical Faculty, Many of you provide very valuable clinical teaching in the form of Electives for our PGY4’s and 5’s.  I wanted to thank you for your continued commitment to our Program and our Residents. Given that each site where electives are done across […]

  Theft of your Computer What if your computer was stolen? Departmental computers have been stolen from locked offices and from trunks of cars.  Please think about the physical security of your computer and what it would mean to you, if it was stolen.  Could thieves put the hard drive in another computer and read […]

  *** Sent on behalf of the Vancouver Physician Staff Association ***   The Vancouver Physician Staff Association is hosting the UBCH Physician Networking Lunches on the third Tuesday of each month at noon, and invites physicians on site to come out, catch up and connect with colleagues, and enjoy a catered lunch. Residents and […]

  *** Shared on behalf of Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Department Head, at the request of the Family ***   It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Dr. Christine Tipper, former investigator with BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services and BC Children’s Hospital, and Assistant Professor with the Department of […]

  Congratulations to Dr. Clare Beasley, Dr. Raymond Lam, Dr. Tim Murphy, and Dr. Terry Snutch, each of whom are recipients of a major project grant through the CIHR Fall 2021 competition! Their projects are among the 61 UBC-led projects that were selected for funding totaling $36 million.   Dr. Clare Beasley’s project (Association between […]

    Dear Department members, In late 2021 the Department Advisory Committee held a full-day meeting to discuss, among other issues of strategic importance, a proposal to review and refresh the Department’s current divisional structure in order to more accurately reflect the organizational function and accountabilities of our divisions, as well as our programs. The […]

  Congratulations to Dr. Adele Diamond, recipient of the Flux Society’s 2022 Huttenlocher Award! This award recognizes Dr. Diamond’s transformative contributions to developmental cognitive neuroscience, which have had significant impact not only on international medical guidelines for the treatment of diseases to improve the lives of millions of children, but also on educational practice worldwide. […]

  Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Vigo, whose Student E-Mental Health (SEMH) Project has received an additional $1.28M in funding from Health Canada to scale up the project and expand its scope, bringing the total investment from the Government of Canada to $4.54M. With this additional funding, the Mental Health Systems and Services Lab led by […]

  ** Sent on behalf of the UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Team **   Hello, We are urgently looking for Mock OSCE examiners for our February 3rd, 2022 exams.  The Mock OSCEs are an integral part of preparing our residents for their Royal College OSCE exams and we want to ensure the continued success for […]

  We are deeply saddened to learn of passing of Dr. Louise Jilak-Aall on January 4, 2022. Dr. Jilek-Aall was a Clinical Professor Emerita who had first joined the Department in 1975, serving as a member of our clinical faculty until her retirement many years later. Born in 1931 in Oslo, Norway, Dr. Jilek-Aall completed […]

  Clinical Professor and Associate Head of PGE and CPD Dr. Paul Dagg has recently been appointed to a new steering committee that will oversee the collaboration between the Arab Board of Health Specialization (ABHS) and the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada, in order to support the ABHS’s capacity building in faculty […]

  Congratulations to Dr. Trisha Chakrabarty, whose team has been awarded a UBC Health Innovation Funding Investment (HIFI) Award! The proposal submitted by Dr. Chakrabarty and her colleagues Dr. Rebecca Todd, Dr. Stan Floresco, and Dr. Luke Clark from the Department of Psychology, as well as graduate students Cecilia Yu, Ryan Tomm and Alexander Terpstra, […]

  *** Sent on behalf of the UBC Advanced Research Computing (ARC) Service ***   Dear Sockeye users, We are excited to invite you to Advanced Research Computing’s (ARC) Sockeye Workshop – Essential Skills. In this two-day workshop, we will be sharing best practices and how to troubleshoot using UBC ARC Sockeye. This workshop is […]

  *** Sent on behalf of the UBC Science Undergraduate Society ***   Dear Graduate Students, We invite you to participate in the SUSxGSS Mentorship Program, an initiative of the UBC Science Undergraduate Society that allows undergraduate students to sign up to be paired with either an upper year undergraduate or graduate mentor to provide […]

  The Department is very saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Sadi Bayrakal on Thursday January 6, 2022 at the age of 94. Dr. Bayrakal was a prominent child and adolescent psychiatrist whose career spanned over many decades in various settings across Canada. He ultimately settled in Vancouver, where he served as Head […]

  UBC email is a robust and flexible system, however Psychiatry IT has been noticing a tendency for Department members to overload it by using it as a filing system. The result is often lost and slow email, something that none of us have much tolerance for. Simply buying more email storage does nothing to […]

  The Department congratulates Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Barbara Kane, who has earned the distinction of Distinguished Fellow by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The status of Distinguished Fellow is the highest honour conferred by the APA to its members, and Dr. Kane is very deserving given her significant contributions to psychiatry in a range […]

      January 5, 2022 Dear all department members concerned, Further to my email on January 3 (below) regarding the COVID-19 outbreak within Detwiller Pavilion at UBC Hospital (http://www.vch.ca/about-us/news/news-releases/vancouver-coastal-health-declares-covid-19-outbreak-at-detwiller-pavillion-2021-12-29), I am writing to inform you that as of today Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) has declared the COVID-19 outbreak at Detwiller Pavilion to be over. […]

  *** Sent on behalf of Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry ***     Dear Colleagues, It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of the untimely passing of Dr. Johannes Giede on Friday December 17, 2021. Dr. Giede was an outstanding psychiatrist, a passionate teacher, […]

    Dear students, fellows, residents, staff and colleagues, As the search and selection process for the role of Head, Division of Forensic Psychiatry in the UBC Department of Psychiatry has concluded, I am delighted to announce that Dr. Emlene Murphy has been appointed to this role for a two-year term, effective January 1, 2022. […]

  *** DEADLINE EXTENDED *** Thank you to all who participated in the Inclusion Self-Assessment Tool (ISAT), which was circulated in late December and through January. For those who have not yet had the opportunity, the deadline has been extended to Tuesday March 15, 2022, so we kindly ask that you complete the survey here: […]

  Dear colleagues, staff, students, and residents, As we approach the end of 2021, I would like to express my deep gratitude to all of you for your support and for working extremely hard to achieve the many high goals we set for the Department this year. Throughout the year, all of you in your […]

    Critical Security Vulnerability Affecting Many Internet Accessible Devices   Dear Department Members, If any of your computers (Windows, macOS and Linux are all potentially vulnerable) or electronic devices can be access from the internet, it is of critical importance that you determine if they use log4j.  log4j is embedded in many web servers […]

    BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS), in partnership with the UBC Department of Psychiatry, is accepting applications for the position of Clinical Scientist III (Research Lead), Complex Mental Health and Substance Use Services. The new research lead for complex mental health and substance use disorders, based out of Coquitlam, will have […]

    Warm wishes from the Department’s Research and Scholarly Activity Committee! We are pleased to provide you with our final communication of 2021; we have five updates for you. We have scheduled our committee meeting dates for 2022, which are as follows: February 17th 2022 (submission deadline February 10th) April 21st 2022 (submission deadline […]

  The UBC Department of Psychiatry is accepting applications for a re-entry residency position in Psychiatry, commencing July 1, 2022. This re-entry psychiatry residency position has a 3 year Return of Service (ROS) contract with Interior Health Authority in British Columbia. The application deadline is Tuesday February 8th, 2022. Please review the FULL POSITION POSTING […]

  ** Sent on behalf of the UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Team **   Dear Psychiatry Clinical Faculty, This is a reminder that you may submit your Postgraduate Clinical Teaching with Patient Care (CTwPC) invoices for the 2021-22 fiscal year (April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022) for PGY1-5 UBC residents and PGY6 subspecialty psychiatry […]

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Program Director, Postgraduate Psychiatry Program**   Dear Faculty, We are still looking for expressions of interest for our Career Counsellor Positions.  At this point, we are needing interested faculty for the Vancouver, Vancouver Island and Prince George tracks. This paid role would be to offer career guidance to any queries […]

  Congratulations to Dr. Ivan Torres, who has received a 2021 Health Professional-Investigator Award from Michael Smith Research BC! This award will support a study led by Dr. Torres to investigate the severity, pattern, and variation in cognitive functioning among individuals with treatment resistant schizophrenia (TRS), and to determine whether cognitive difficulties predict treatment response […]

      Dear students, residents, staff and colleagues, I am pleased to announce that Dr. Sophia Frangou has been appointed to the role of Director, Research Track (RT) for the UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Program, effective November 15, 2021. Her new role and responsibilities will be incorporated into the portfolio of her current role as […]

  ** Sent on behalf of the UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Team **   Hello, We are urgently looking for a Mock OSCE examiner for our December 9th 2021 exams.  The Mock OSCEs are an integral part of preparing our residents for their Royal College OSCE exams and we want to ensure the continued success […]

  Dear Department Members, If you use Dropbox, Google Drive, Sync.com, Box or other non-UBC storage for UBC business, the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) requires a UBC Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA). A UBC PIA is a formal risk assessment which you apply for. It is processed by the UBC Safety […]

  *** Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Program Director, Postgraduate Psychiatry Program ***   Dear Colleagues, Following our announcement in September regarding Dr. Sara Junaid’s decision to step down as International Medical Graduate (IMG) Oversight Director, I am very excited to announce that Dr. Verena Langheimer has accepted this role in the […]

  The Department would like to congratulate Dr. Christian Schütz on his promotion to the rank of Professor (Partner), effective July 1, 2021. Dr. Schütz has been an academic faculty member in the UBC Department of Psychiatry since 2009, and is also a Research Scientist at the UBC Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences […]

  Dear Department members, I wish to share with you some staffing updates within our UBC Psychiatry Administration team.  Firstly, please join us in warmly welcoming Mr. Fergus Killeen, who started as our new Human Resources Assistant on November 15. Fergus brings previous experience as an Immigration Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dublin, Ireland, and his […]

  *** Sent on behalf of the Undergraduate Education Team, UBC Psychiatry ***   The Psychiatry Undergraduate Education Program would like to congratulate the following winners of the 2021 UBC Psychiatry Student Awards:   Annette E. Hacking Memorial Award in Medicine Awarded to an M.D. student with an aptitude for and an interest in mental […]

      Congratulations to Department Head Dr. Lakshmi Yatham and Associate Head Dr. Raymond Lam, both of whom are named Highly Cited Researchers in 2021 by Clarivate Analytics! Each year, Clarivate identifies the world’s most influential researchers who have demonstrated significant impact through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade. […]

    Dear colleagues, I am pleased to share that the UBC Department of Psychiatry has recently made important progress in meeting two key objectives outlined in the UBC Psychiatry Strategic Plan 2020-2025. Since early 2021, the Department has been actively pursuing opportunities to establish an academic presence beyond the Vancouver epicentre, and build much-needed […]

  On Tuesday November 9, Dr. Steven Taylor was invited by the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners to join a panel of world leaders and experts in virtual roundtable discussions to explore four potential scenarios on the future of the pandemic, and to discuss the implications, potential risks and possible solutions. The international […]

    Dear Clinical Faculty, In our roles as Program and Associate Program Directors, a part of our duties is to help residents in matters of career counselling and career development.  As an additional layer of support, our program would like to establish a faculty member in each of our distributed tracks in the role […]

    Dear Staff, Students, Residents and Colleagues, We are delighted to share that Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Cameron Anderson has received the 2021 Faculty of Medicine Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching – Early Career, in recognition of his significant and outstanding contributions to both undergraduate and postgraduate education in Psychiatry. An […]

    The UBC Department of Psychiatry, Michael Smith Laboratories, and the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health are delighted to announce that Dr. Terry Snutch has been awarded the prestigious 2021 Bill and Marilyn Webber Lifetime Achievement Award. By way of this award, the Faculty of Medicine recognizes extraordinary members who have had sustained […]

    Dear colleagues, We are pleased to advise that the online 2020/2021 Clinical Faculty Annual Report is now available for all Department clinical faculty to report their annual teaching and other UBC-related activities for the period of July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.  With the changes implemented last year, the form no longer […]

  ** Sent on behalf of the UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program **   Hello, We are urgently looking for Mock OSCE examiners for our November 18th and December 9th 2021 exams.  The Mock OSCEs are an integral part of preparing our residents for their Royal College OSCE exams and we want to ensure the […]

  We are delighted to share that Clinical Professor Dr. Paul Steinberg has published a new book titled Applying Psychoanalytic Thought to Contemporary Mental Health Practice (2022). This is the sister volume to Dr. Steinberg’s previous book, Psychoanalysis in Medicine: Applying Psychoanalytic Thought to Contemporary Medical Care, published in early 2021. In his newest book, […]

  The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health invites members of our research community to join the Open Science Framework (OSF) Workshop on Thursday October 28 from 4-5 pm. OSF is a free online project management tool that facilitates sharing documents and data to help you be as organized, transparent and reproducible as possible. It allows you to […]

  ** Sent on behalf of Dr. Joseph C. W. Tham, Clinical Faculty Affairs Representative, UBC Faculty of Medicine, Clinical Associate Professor, UBC Department of Psychiatry **   Dear UBC Psychiatry Clinical Faculty, Greetings as your Clinical Affairs Rep! I hope this message is finding you and yours well in the Fall of 2021. As […]

    Dear Colleagues, As you will recall, I shared the news last July that the proposal submitted by the UBC Department of Psychiatry for the Faculty of Medicine Academic Renewal Program competition, intended to support the recruitment of talented junior faculty in the area of Translational Science and Medicine, was successful. Now, I am […]

    Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and Residents, I am delighted to share that, following the thorough review and consideration of eighteen outstanding project proposals submitted by PhD and MD applicants this year, the selection process for the 2021/2022 IMH Marshall Fellows Program has been completed. As in previous years, the reviewers noted the high […]

  *** Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Program Director, Postgraduate Psychiatry Program ***   Dear Clinical Faculty, We are looking for faculty members who are interested in being a part of our Resident Mentorship Program. The role involves a minimal time commitment. It would entail adding your name to a list indicating your […]

  *** Sent on behalf of Roslyn Goldner, Executive Director, Office of Respectful Environments, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion ***   Dear Members of the Faculty of Medicine, UBC is asking all faculty and staff to complete the anonymous employment equity survey. This data is critical if we are to meet our goals to create a […]

  We would like to congratulate Dr. Jennifer Rozylo, a recent graduate and now a child psychiatrist at Surrey Memorial Hospital, who received the UBC Postgraduate Faculty & Staff Wellness Award in recognition of her outstanding mentorship and support of residents and their well-being. In describing Dr. Rozlyo’s contributions, one resident stated, “She acted as […]

  Dear Department members, The two staff of Psychiatry IT offer full support for 150 computers and 110 Users. We also provide advice and limited assistance to other department members. It is important that we stay organized and are able to work as a team, especially in the case of staff absences. This requires that, […]

  On behalf of Clinical Professor Dr. Bob Stowe and Doctors for Planetary Health (BC), we invite our Department faculty to take part in the Climate Change = Code Red For Humanity rally taking place on Thursday November 4th, 2021 at 11:30am at the BC Legislature in Victoria. As a member of Doctors of Planetary […]

  We wish to congratulate Dr. Mahesh Menon on his receiving the 2021 Champion Award from the BC Schizophrenia Society (BCSS)! Presented to him at the recent BCSS Annual General Meeting on October 2, 2021, this award recognizes Dr. Menon’s outstanding work over the years to help bring cognitive remediation training to BC. He been […]

  We are pleased to share the news that Dr. Kerry Jang has been reappointed by the Ministry of Health to a second term on the PHSA Board of Directors. This comes alongside his recent appointment to the new Emergency Health Services Board, which was created by the province to deal directly with issues, particularly […]

  ** Sent on behalf of the Provincial Learner Assessment Team (PLAT) **   Dear Faculty, We are recruiting Physician Examiners to participate in Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCE’s) for this academic year. As a physician examiner, you will observe students and candidates interacting with a Standardized Patient in a clinical encounter and record their […]

    Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and Residents, I am delighted to announce that Dr. Roberto Sassi has been appointed as an Associate Professor (Partner) and the Head of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) in the UBC Department of Psychiatry.  This academic faculty appointment will be in conjunction with Dr. Sassi’s new […]

  The Department congratulates Dr. Erin Michalak, who has received a 2021 Reach Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research! This award will fund a project led by Dr. Michalak to develop educational resources to support patients and clinicians to identify and use self-management apps for bipolar disorder. She and her team will […]

  ** Sent on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, UGE Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry **   To Year 3&4 Faculty Supervisors, I wish to provide you with information regarding a new peer support resource available to undergraduate preceptors. Beginning in the 2021-2022 academic year, UBC will be including peer support messaging with the […]

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Program Director, Postgraduate Psychiatry Program**   Dear Clinical Faculty, As many of you are aware, the Royal College requires that the PGY4/5s successfully complete 2 STACERs (Structured Assessments of Clinical Evaluation Report) which include a 50 minute psychiatric assessment, presentation of the case, formulation, differential diagnosis […]

    Registration is now open for students, faculty, practitioners, and members of the community to participate in the Inaugural Conference for the Research on Mental Health Equity and Digital Health in the Asia Pacific cluster (REMAP-Digital), led by Dr. Ray Lam, Dr. Jill Murphy, and Dr. Erin Michalak, on Tuesday October 26, 2021! This […]

  Dear Department members, Please note that, beginning on October 4, 2021, UBC FASmail deleted folders, junk mail and RSS feeds will be permanently emptied after 90 days. Please do not depend on them as a filing system. UBC IT has implemented this change to comply with UBC records management policies and to reduce digital […]

    Dear Colleagues, Over the last several months, the UBC Department of Psychiatry had been working closely with the Associate Dean, Postgraduate Education and the Health Authorities’ Regional Heads to develop a joint proposal to the Ministry of Health for the expansion of resident training positions in BC. The key objective of this proposal […]

    The Research on Mental Health Equity and Digital Health in the Asia Pacific cluster (REMAP-Digital), led by Dr. Ray Lam, Dr. Jill Murphy, and Dr. Erin Michalak, invites Department members to submit abstracts for the ePoster presentation for the upcoming inaugural Conference of REMAP-Digital on October 26, 2021! Specific guidelines regarding your abstract […]

  We wish to congratulate Clinical Professor Dr. Caroline Gosselin, who has received the 2021 Bobby Miller Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Vancouver Medical, Dental and Allied Staff Association (VMDAS). As is a long-standing clinical faculty member in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Gosselin has made many significant contributions to teaching and […]

  *** Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim PGE Program Director, and Dr. Michelle van den Engh, Associate Program Director, Resident Psychotherapy Training ***   Dear Colleagues, The UBC Department of Psychiatry is dedicated to developing highly skilled psychiatrists who are able to practice a variety of psychotherapies with patients who suffer from […]

      Dear Colleagues, It is with profound sadness that I share the news that Dr. Athanasios (Thanasis) Zis passed away on Wednesday September 1, 2021, surrounded by his family. As many of you are aware, Dr. Zis served as the Head of the UBC Department of Psychiatry from 1997 to 2006, and as […]

      Dear Colleagues, We wish to share with you that Dr. Sara Junaid has decided to step down as International Medical Graduate (IMG) Oversight Director as of September 30, 2021, after having served in this role since 2017.  As the IMG Oversight Director, Dr. Junaid provided exceptional support and mentorship to our IMG […]

  Congratulations to Dr. Tamara Vanderwal, named one of Brain Canada’s 2020 Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research! Dr. Vanderwal is among 20 outstanding awardees announced this year, and will be the recipient of a major grant to support her project titled “Functional Hyperalignment in Pediatric fMRI,” which focuses on improving how one of the […]

    The Department is delighted to share that CREST.BD Research Coordinator Mr. Caden Poh has received this year’s President’s Staff Award for Community Engagement! Caden is being recognized for his dedication and hard work in reducing barriers to information and healthcare for people living with bipolar disorder through creative use of social media, advertising, […]

    As part of a study led by principal investigator Dr. Erin Michalak and supported by the BC Support Unit, BC health researchers are invited to participate in a survey to test six online educational modules using the Tapestry Tool – a novel interactive e-learning platform. The purpose of this study is to evaluate […]

    Hello from the Department’s Research and Scholarly Activity Committee! We’re pleased to provide you with our Summer 2021 quarterly update. Residents, for your information if you’re submitting either your project abstract or your final report, the Fall committee meeting dates are October 5th 2021 (*note change of date) and November 25th 2021 . […]

    Dear Department members, I am pleased to share some exciting staffing updates within our UBC Psychiatry Administration and Education teams. Firstly, please join me in welcoming Ms. Eva Angelopoulos, who started as our new Senior Education Programs Manager on August 9.  As a member of our Administrative team and working closely with the […]

  Congratulations to Dr. Tamara Vanderwal, who has been awarded funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) to support her infrastructure project titled “Naturalistic Neuroimaging of Child Psychiatric Disorders.” Hers is one of seven UBC-led projects to be selected in the June 2021 competition. Dr. Vanderwal is a […]

  Clinical Assistant Professor and newly appointed Anti-Racism, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Co-Faculty Lead Dr. Leona Adams is profiled the current issue of the UBC FoM PGME newsletter! This month’s PGME Spotlight describes Dr. Adams’ amazing work using communication as a key tool to care for her patients as an Emergency Psychiatrist, and also as […]

  ** Sent on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, Program Director, Undergraduate Medical Education, Department of Psychiatry **   Dear Psychiatry Clinical Faculty, Help prepare our medical students for their psychiatry clerkship – sign up for the Year 2 Psychiatry Interviewing Clinical Skills sessions running Wed Sept 1 to Fri Dec 3, 2021 at VFMP […]

  We are thrilled to share that Dr. Daniel Vigo has received a 2021 Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award in the category of Overall Excellence – Early Career! This annual award recognizes faculty at the Assistant Professor level who have made outstanding contributions in research, education, and service, areas in which Dr. Vigo has […]

  Congratulations to Dr. Lynn Raymond on being awarded a major CIHR project grant in the Spring 2021 competition! As the principal investigator on this 5-year funded project titled “Role of altered endoplasmic reticulum calcium regulation and the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor signaling in cortico-striatal synaptic dysfunction: Opportunities for therapy in prodromal Huntington disease,” Dr. Raymond […]

  Security Requirements When Using Personal Computers for UBC Business UBC policies require that personal computers used for UBC business be secured to UBC standards. Those standards are: If you are working on a public internet connection (e.g. coffee shop), you must make a UBC VPN connection, even if you aren’t trying to connect to […]

  *** Sent on behalf of Dr. Robert McMaster, Vice Dean, Research ***    Dear faculty, The Faculty of Medicine (FoM) is launching an internal selection process to nominate candidates for the Killam Accelerator Research Fellowship (KARF), offered by the UBC VP Research & Innovation. Nominations for individuals from one of the federally designated groups […]

  Dr. Daniel Vigo’s Mental Health Systems and Services Lab is currently leading the Student e-Mental Health Project, a 4-year Health Canada funded project in collaboration with different universities across Canada, including McMaster University, the University of Toronto, and Simon Fraser University, as well as Harvard University in the US. This weekly mental health and […]

  ** Shared on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, Undergraduate Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry **   If you are a faculty member who is interested in teaching UBC MEDD 421 Psychiatric Clinical Skills, you are encouraged to sign up by completing and submitting the UBC MEDD 421 Psychiatric Clinical Skills Sign-Up Sheet 2021-2022 […]

    Dear Colleagues, As the UBC Department of Psychiatry is seeking to fill the vacancy for the role of Division Head, Forensic Psychiatry, I am inviting members of the Division of Forensic Psychiatry to submit your expressions of interest in this key leadership role. Reporting to the Department Head, the Division Head, Forensic Psychiatry […]

  Congratulations to Dr. Lakshmi Yatham on being awarded a significant CIHR project grant, which happens to be the largest project grant ever to be awarded to a UBC investigator by CIHR! This five-year grant will fund a randomized double-blind placebo controlled trial for cannabidiol adjunctive therapy for acute bipolar depression. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a […]

    Dear Colleagues, Earlier this year, the Department of Psychiatry submitted a proposal for the first round of the Faculty of Medicine Academic Renewal Program intended to support the recruitment of talented junior faculty in the areas of Translational Science and Medicine, Data Science, and Virtual/Rural and Remote Health. Now that the selection process […]

    Dear Department members, It is with mixed feelings that we announce that Ms. Julia Lew, Educational Technologist in the Department of Psychiatry, will be retiring from UBC as of July 31, 2021. While we could not be happier for Julia and send her our hearty congratulations as she begins this new chapter in […]

  ** Sent on behalf of the UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Team **   Hi everyone, I hope this email finds you well.  We are starting to recruit examiners for our 2021-22 Mock OSCE’s. The Mock OSCEs are an integral part of preparing our residents for their Royal College OSCE exams. We already know the […]

  ** Shared on behalf of Dr. Anthony Bailey, CPD Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry **   You are invited to attend the 15th Annual Pacific Psychopharmacology Conference, which will be hosted virtually once again this year. An incredible group of international and local experts will be joining to discuss topics such as bipolar disorder, […]

  Congratulations to postdoctoral fellow Dr. Emma Morton, who has been awarded the prestigious CIHR Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2020-2021! Dr. Morton is a member of the CREST.BD research team led by Dr. Erin Michalak. Her research project, titled “Towards a future optimising quality of life in bipolar disorder: A focus on digital health,” aims […]

  ** Sent on behalf of Dr. Joanne Sinai, Associate Program Director, Curriculum **   Dear Faculty, At this time, I would like to invite any interested faculty to apply to join our Postgraduate Education Curriculum committee.  You would join me, Dr. Jenny Barley (PGY1 rep), Dr. Michelle van den Engh (psychotherapy rep) and a […]

  ** Sent on behalf of Dr. Joanne Sinai, Associate Program Director, Curriculum **   Dear Faculty: I would like to thank Dr. Ram Randhawa for his work on the Curriculum Committee.  He is stepping down after sixteen years!  When I became Associate Director, Curriculum in 2017, Ram was a welcome face to have on […]

    *** Sent on behalf of Dr. Anson Koo, Associate Head of Clinical Affairs & Partnerships, and a close personal friend and colleague of Dr. Megan Roberts ***   Dear Colleagues, I am very sad to inform you that Dr. Megan Roberts passed away in the early morning of Tuesday June 29. I spoke […]

  ** Shared on behalf of Hubert Lai, Q.C., University Counsel and Jennifer Burns, Associate Vice-President, Information Technology & Chief Information Officer **   At UBC, we all have a shared responsibility to protect the personal information of our students, faculty, staff, and other members of the university community. Over the last year, many faculty […]

  ** Shared on behalf of Mental Health Research Canada (MHRC) and the Canadian Women’s Foundation **     MHRC is proud to partner with the Canadian Women’s Foundation on a funding opportunity for a woman-identifying Indigenous student to work directly with the Foundation on a mental health research project relevant to the needs of Canadian women. […]

  ** Forwarded on behalf of the UBC FoM MD Undergraduate Program **   Shadowing for Year 1 and Year 2 students: Faculty of Medicine has approved for Year 1 and Year 2 students to begin shadowing again. If any preceptor is interested for students to contact them for shadowing experience they can sign up […]

  ** Sent on behalf of Dr. Sonia Butterworth, Assistant Dean, PGME, UBC & Dr. Ravi Sidhu, Associate Dean, PGME, UBC **   Hi to all, As we wrap up this academic year and look ahead to the next, the PGME Office, in collaboration with VGH leadership, is seeking your input on the work and learning […]

  **Message forwarded on behalf of Dr. Rob McMaster, Vice Dean Research, Faculty of Medicine, UBC** The UBC Collaborative Research Mobility Awards (CRMA) program is now open again. It provides up to $5000 to support new or existing research partnerships between UBC researchers in the Okanagan and Vancouver. Faculty members from all disciplines are invited […]

  Most of the Department’s computers contain or can access personal information (PI) and some also contain personal health information (PHI).  Many of our computers also contain financial and other sensitive information.  All of this needs to be kept confidential.  When we leave our running computers unattended, whether going for a coffee or finishing work […]

    Dear Department members, I am pleased to share some exciting staffing updates within our UBC Psychiatry Administration and Education teams. Firstly, please join me in warmly welcoming Mr. Ahsan Sahibzada, who started as our new Senior Program Assistant for the Psychiatry Postgraduate Program on June 14. Ahsan may be reached by email at […]

    Dear Colleagues, We are delighted to let you know that the Department of Psychiatry has recently constituted a CPD Advisory Committee to advise the department on how to improve the effectiveness of Continuing Medical Education (CME). As our current PGY1 Residents in Psychiatry are already following the new Competence by Design (CBD) training […]

  Congratulations to postdoctoral fellow and 2020/2021 IMH Marshall Award recipient Dr. Heather Palis, who was not only successful in the recent CIHR Fellowship competition, but also ranked in the top 1% of the national applicant pool. Supervised by Dr. Amanda Slaunwhite (SPPH) and Dr. Tonia Nicholls, Dr. Palis is currently engaged in studies to […]

  The Department is thrilled to share the news that Clinical Professor and Associate Head Dr. Paul Dagg has received the Canadian Psychiatric Association’s 2021 Paul Patterson Innovation in Education Leadership Award, in recognition for his steadfast dedication to educational innovation and excellence in psychiatric education within the Department, at UBC, and all across Canada. […]

  Congratulations to Jacob Stubbs on being awarded a 2021 Friedman Award for Scholars in Health! A doctoral student in Experimental Medicine who is currently supervised by Dr. Will Panenka and Dr. Bill Honer, Jacob is also the recipient of a prestigious Killam Doctoral Scholarship in 2020-2021. He recently presented a lightning talk on “Differential […]

  Congratulations to the following faculty members who were awarded the the 2021 Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health Innovation Fund Kickstart Research Grant! This grant is intended to help kick-start new research collaborations, directions, and technological developments, supporting new projects that generate preliminary data for future grant applications to external funding agencies.     […]

    Dear students, residents, staff and colleagues, Further to the announcement of the 2021 awardees of the Department of Psychiatry Teaching and Research Awards at Research Day last week, we wish to again extend a warm congratulations the deserving residents and clinical faculty who have made outstanding contributions to the our Education Programs over […]

  Congratulations to Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Carol Ward on her appointment as the Geriatric Psychiatric Consultant for National Long-Term Care Services Standards with the Health Standards Organization (HSO). This appointment is in collaboration of the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) to meet the needs of residents, families and […]

    Dear students, residents, staff and faculty, Upon completion of the last phase of Department-wide review and consultation, I am delighted to announce the release of the finalized UBC Department of Psychiatry Strategic Plan for 2020-2025.  With this finalized Strategic Plan, I believe we have succeeded in implementing the diverse and candid feedback gathered […]

    Dear colleagues, We wish to thank everyone who participated in the 2021 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day yesterday, and also express our gratitude to all of the outstanding presenters and Lightning Talk speakers for their engaging presentations and hard work in helping to make our virtual Research Day a success. Additionally, we wish […]

The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry and The Cinematheque present:   Watch the film trailer here Free Virtual Screening of Mother (2019) June 10 through June 16 Live Webinar Q&A on June 16 7:00-830pm PST Belgium/Netherlands 2019 / Director: Kristof Bilsen / 82 min FREE virtual screening now live! Registration to view the film also […]

    You are invited to attend the 15th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry, taking place virtually from 28th to 30th June 2021. “Precision Psychiatry in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and New Technologies” is the major theme of this Congress, which will feature plenaries, symposia, workshops and posters that will highlight the advances in […]

  The Department congratulates Dr. Daniel Vigo on his new appointment as the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Mental Health Systems (IJMHS)! The IJMHS aims to contribute to democratizing mental health services by guiding the critical research programs that will inform the decision-making process required, and continues to be a leading source for mental […]

  *** Sent on behalf of the FoM Reseource Coordination Team ***   Dear Colleagues: The Resource Coordination Team is accepting advance booking requests for UBC FoM curriculum/teaching sessions for the fall window of academic year 2021-2022 from May 24, 2021 until June 18, 2021(extended from June 11th). This window is inclusive of events occurring […]

  Are you a student interested in a career in psychiatry? Do you know any students who might be interested? If so, please share and register for the UBC PSIP Psychiatry Careers Night on Thursday June 10th, 6:00-7:30 pm via Zoom. RSVP at: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eqVTb4u1DTAVu74 A panel of psychiatrists will answer all your burning questions about […]

    Dear colleagues, Following the recent call for expressions of interest in the role of Clinical Faculty Affairs Representative for the Department of Psychiatry, we are delighted to announce that the sole nominee, Dr. Joseph Tham, has been elected by acclamation to this role and will serve for a three-year term from July 1, […]

  *** Sent on behalf of Brian Wong, Grant Applications Officer & Database Analyst, UBC Faculty of Medicine ***   Dear Faculty, Life Sciences BC is very excited to announce the opening of the nomination process for the 23rd Annual Life Sciences BC Awards presented by FARRIS, which will be held virtually on the Zoom […]

  *** Forwarded on behalf of the Faculty of Medicine Dean’s Office ***   Dear Department Faculty, We are pleased to launch a call for applications for the first cohort of the new Faculty Emerging Leaders Program (FELP) in the Faculty of Medicine. The FELP is intended for academic and clinical faculty who are interested […]

  *** Message sent on behalf of Dr. Roger Wong, Chair, Advisory Search Committee for Regional Associate Dean, Vancouver Fraser, UBC Faculty of Medicine ***   Dear Colleagues, We would like to provide a scheduling update on the upcoming community forum event taking place on Tuesday, June 1st for the community to engage with Dr. […]

  There is an Apple security vulnerability that allows hackers to take secret screenshots of MacBooks and iMacs, using macOS Big Sur. This is not just a warning. The vulnerability is being exploited now. Please make sure you have updated Big Sur to version 11.4, which blocks this security vulnerability. Earlier versions of macOS do […]

  *** Sent at the Request of Dr. Deirdre Ryan, Psychiatrist, Medical Director, Reproductive Mental Health Program, BC Children’s Hospital ***   Dear colleagues, Are you a psychiatrist looking to join a great team of perinatal specialists in Vancouver? Do you know any qualified colleagues who might be interested? Please share with them this excellent […]

  Congratulations to Dr. Raymond Lam and Dr. Mahesh Menon, who have each received a 2021 Innovation and Translational Research Award from the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) for their respective research projects! This award supports innovative research from concept to application, and this year’s recipients are recognized for their use of groundbreaking techniques […]

  *** Sent on behalf of the Canadian Psychiatry Association and CIHR Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction ***   The CPA and the CIHR Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (CIHR-INMHA) have announced the launch of the Glenda M. MacQueen Memorial Career Development Award for Women in Psychiatry. This annual award was […]

  *** Forwarded on Behalf of Dr. Robert McMaster, Vice Dean, Research, Office of Research ***   Dear Gairdner friends and partners, As part of the 2021 Gairdner Awards celebrations, we are inviting early career investigators across Canada to submit a two minute video for an opportunity to present their research as part of the […]

  If you are a Department member who has a Psychiatry IT-supported Windows computer on the Psychiatry wired network, did you know you connect to it from many other locations, and work on it as if you are sitting in front of it?  It is possible to connect to Psychiatry IT-supported Windows computers from other […]

  *** Sent on Behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim PGE Program Director, UBC Department of Psychiatry ***   Dear Faculty, Please join us for an online webinar on Monday June 14, 2021 titled “CBD Psychiatry Workshop for PGY2 Supervisors – PGY2’s in the Foundations Stage”. The webinar’s goal is to help you prepare for […]

    Dear Department members, It is with mixed feelings that we announce the departure of Amity Chiang from her position as the Assistant Human Resources Manager in the UBC Department of Psychiatry Administration Office, as she has accepted a new position as an HR Coordinator at UBC Library. Amity’s last working day in the Department […]

    Dear students, residents, staff and colleagues, The recruitment process for the position of Postgraduate Forensic Subspecialty Program Director has recently concluded and we are delighted to announce that Dr. Kulwant Riar has been appointed to this role for a three-year term, from May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2024. As the Forensic Subspecialty […]

  The UBC Department of Psychiatry is pleased to be a participating organization in the Feelings First Campaign! Feelings First is a campaign to introduce important concepts around Social and Emotional Development in the early years, to parents and caregivers across British Columbia. It is brought to you by the BC Healthy Child Development Alliance […]

    If you are a mental health care provider who speaks Bangla, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Marwari, Odia (Oriya), Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu or Urdu, and wishes to assist front-line workers grappling with the COVID-19 humanitarian crisis in India, you are encouraged to contact indearinfo@gmail.com for information on how you can help! This […]

  Congratulations to our Department Head Dr. Lakshmi Yatham on receiving the 2021 Robert Post Mentorship Award from the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD)! This award, named in honor of Professor Robert Post, recognizes outstanding ISBD members who have followed Dr. Post’s example and lifelong commitment to mentoring, and who have shown a similar […]

  You are invited to join Dr. Michael Krausz and other researchers, clinicians, policy makers, people with lived/living experience, and youth from all over the world for a full-day virtual conference on the overdose crisis and how to stop it. The virtual Let’s Talk Overdose Conference will take place on Wednesday June 23, 2021,  so […]

    Dear Department Faculty, Staff, Students, and Residents,   RESEARCH DAY REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! If you are planning to attend our online UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day on Thursday June 3rd, be sure to register by completing the Online Registration Form by Monday May 31! Upon completing and submitting the online form, you will […]

  Last month, Dr. Jehannine Austin was featured in a Harper’s Bazaar article, where she spoke with writer Sally Newall about a simple analogy that could provide us all with a new perspective on mental health. Here, Dr. Austin discusses a ‘mental illness jar’ that every person has, which is filled with both genetic and […]

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim PGE Program Director**   Dear Grads, Faculty and invited guests, I am thrilled to announce the virtual Graduation Ceremony for the Psychiatry Class of 2021! The ceremonies will be held on Saturday, June 19, 2021 by Zoom. The festivities will start at 6:00 PST at the link […]

    Dear UBC Psychiatry Department Members, Following the Dean’s Call for Nominations for the 2021 UBC Faculty of Medicine Awards on May 3, 2021, 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 […]

      The Behavioral Reward Affect + Impulsivity Neuroscience (BRAIN) Lab, led by Dr. Christian Schütz, focuses on the psycho-neuro-biological mechanisms underlying cognitive, affective, and stress-associated aspects of decision-making and impulsivity—specifically related to substance use disorders and concurrent mental disorders. Now, the group invites you to visit their new BRAIN Blog focused on translating […]

    You are invited to attend the School of Biomedical Engineering (SBME) virtual Special Lecture by Dr. Daniel Vigo, who will present on “The mental health related burden in Canadian youth and  university students” on Thursday May 13th, 2021 at 11am-12pm. For details on this lecture, please visit: https://www.bme.ubc.ca/events/event/sbme-mental-health-dr-daniel-vigo/ Meeting ID: 688 4507 1924 […]

    General attendee registration for our 2021 UBC Psychiatry Research Day opens on Tuesday, May 11! The registration link will be circulated internally to Department members only, so we ask that you please share this widely across your external networks! Be on the look out for the email on Tuesday May 11th, and be […]

                  UBC psychiatry resident Dr. Clara Westwell-Roper and Dr. Evelyn Stewart have co-authored a book chapter on “Health Inequities Facing Children Vulnerable to Mental Health Challenge,” now included in the newly published book titled Supporting Children and Their Families Facing Health Inequities in Canada. Their chapter contributes to a broader analysis of disparities […]

      Dear Colleagues, We are very saddened to learn of the recent passing of Dr. Stuart Fine, Professor Emeritus, on December 26, 2020. Dr. Fine joined the UBC Department of Psychiatry in 1971, where he would serve as a valued member of our academic faculty for the next thirty-two years.  He was a […]

      Dear Colleagues, It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of the passing of Dr. Jane Garland, Clinical Professor Emerita, on Sunday April 25, 2021. Dr. Garland was a long-serving member of the UBC Department of Psychiatry, a brilliant and compassionate psychiatrist, a pillar within the Mental Health Program […]

  UBC Workspace 2.0 will be decommissioned in Fall 2021, so if you have files in UBC Workspace, you will need to move them somewhere else or they will be deleted on October 29, 2021. Depending on how many files you have and how many people you might share the files with, it could take […]

  We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jill Murphy, will join our panel speakers to present on “Advancing Post-COVID19 Mental Health Equity in Asia-Pacific” at our Department’s 2021 Virtual Research Day on Thursday June 3, 2021! Dr. Murphy is a Research Associate in the UBC Department of Psychiatry and is the Strategic Initiatives Director […]

    Hello from the Department’s Research and Scholarly Activity Committee! We’re pleased to provide you with our Spring 2021 quarterly update; we have four updates for you. We have welcomed a new ‘at large’ new committee member – Dr. Verena Langheimer is a psychiatrist and Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC Dr. Langheimer undertook her […]

  *** Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Program Director, UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Education Program ***   Dear Faculty and Residents, We are thrilled to inform you that we have done very well in our virtual CaRMS match!  We have matched all our positions in each track, and I feel that the new […]

  Dear Department Faculty, Students, Staff and Residents, As you may have already submitted your abstract, or are planning to do so by the deadline of Sunday April 25th, this is a reminder that your electronic posters for the 2021 Research Day Virtual Poster Gallery must be submitted in PowerPoint using the Online ePoster Submission […]

  The New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) is hosting a series of eight Virtual Town Halls between May 4 and May 7 to share and validate key findings from the Canadian Digital Research Infrastructure Needs Assessment process. The Virtual Town Halls will be of great interest to researchers and other stakeholders of the Canadian […]

    Dear Colleagues, We are writing today to let you know that the term of the current Department of Psychiatry representative, Dr. Marilyn Champagne, on the Faculty of Medicine Clinical Faculty Advisory Council will end as of June 30, 2021. Dr. Champagne has been an outstanding representative and advocate for clinical faculty in Psychiatry, […]

  We are pleased to announce that Dr. Carrie Bourassa and Dr. Cari McIlduff, will join our panel speakers to present on “Understanding traditional medicine’s role in Indigenous mental health” at our Department’s 2021 Virtual Research Day on Thursday June 3, 2021! Dr. Bourassa is Professor in the Department of Community Health & Epidemiology at […]

  Dr Anupam Thakur, a psychiatrist and chair of the Developmental Disability division of the Canadian Psychiatric Association, is leading a study aimed at surveying the education and level of experience on Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD), and knowledge and attitudes on IDD of practicing psychiatrists. The study is titled “Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) […]

  Dr. Michael Krausz has been invited by the World Health Organization and the Egypt Ministry of Health and Population to chair an international advisory board for the development of a new e-mental health strategy for Egypt. Dr. Krausz will also help oversee a project to develop and implement the strategy to support the establishment […]

  The Department is very saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Maelor Vallance, Clinical Professor Emeritus, on April 10, 2021. Upon moving to Vancouver from Scotland in 1965, Dr. Vallance accepted a position at Riverview Hospital and was subsequently appointed to the UBC Department of Psychiatry. As a clinical faculty member, he dedicated […]

  We are pleased to share that Dr. Annie Ciernia, Assistant Professor in the UBC Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, will join our panel speakers and will present on “The role of neuroinflammation in development and mental health” at our Department’s 2021 Virtual Research Day on Thursday June 3, 2021! Dr. Ciernia’s research focuses […]

  On Friday April 9, the Government of Canada announced nearly $16.5 million in funding for 11 BC-based projects being carried out to address the overdose crisis and substance use-related harms affecting communities across our province. Selected as one of the funded projects is the Student E-Mental Health Project led by PI Dr. Daniel Vigo, […]

    The website and newsletter Science in Vancouver regularly highlights new publications of importance in the life sciences, and recently, it selected and featured a paper titled “Disruption of long-term depression potentiates latent inhibition: Key role for central nucleus of the amygdala” (Ashby D.M., et al.) published by the research team led by Dr. […]

  *** Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Interim Program Director, UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Program *** Dear Clinical Faculty and Residents, We had been planning a Cultural Psychiatry Day for residents and found out that the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture will be presenting a national webinar around the same time.  As a result, we have cancelled our educational day and have asked that residents […]

  *** Sent on behalf of the UBC Psychiatry Education Office *** Please reply to psychiatry.education@ubc.ca with inquiries.    Dear Psychiatry Clinical Faculty, As you may know, clinical teaching with patient care (CTwPC) forms for Apr 1, 2020 to Mar 31, 2021 were due on March 31st, 2021. At this point, we are NO LONGER […]

  The Department invites faculty, residents, fellows, students and trainees who wish to present their work at our Virtual Research Day to submit their abstracts using the Online Abstract Submission Form by Sunday April 25th, 2021 (11:59 PST). Don’t forget that electronic posters are due on Sunday May 16th! Find more information here.    

  The Lancet journals regularly publish profiles of leaders across many areas of health and medicine, and in the April issue of The Lancet Psychiatry, the focus is on Department Head Dr. Lakshmi Yatham and his impactful work unravelling the biology of bipolar disorder. The feature includes a quote from Dr. Michael Berk, Alfred Deakin […]

  Dear Department Members, We are pleased to announce that our 2021 UBC Psychiatry Virtual Research Day will be held online on Thursday June 3, 2021!   With physical distancing measures still in effect due to COVID-19, this year’s Virtual Research Day event will once again bring Department members together online to showcase all the […]

*** Forwarded on Behalf of Dr. Robert McMaster, Vice Dean, Office of Research ***   Good morning everyone, UPDATES: March 30: Recipients of the 2020 Faculty Research Awards competitions will be announced June 2021: The Royal Society of Canada will release embargoed notifications to successful candidates nominated in the FRSC & College programs Fall 2021: […]

  Both Apple and Microsoft have built in systems that prompt you to install functional and security updates for the operating system and some of their other apps.  Neither operating system will update apps/software from other companies. Apple does not have an official policy about how many versions of their operating system they supply security […]

  This week, UBC News featured a new study led by Dr. Daniel Vigo, which examined the association between social proximity to COVID-19 and symptoms of anxiety and depression in university students. Now published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, this was the first study to track the association week-by-week over an extended period of […]

  Congratulations to Dr. Nichole Fairbrother, who has been awarded a CIHR project grant from the Fall 2020 Competition! Dr. Fairbrother is the principal investigator on the funded project titled Perinatal Anxiety Disorders Screening Study. The objective of this study will be to identify the most effective tool to screen for perinatal anxiety and anxiety-related […]

    Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to announce the call for applications for the UBC Institute of Mental Health (IMH) Marshall Fellows Program in Mental Health for 2021-2022. The Marshall Fellows Program in Mental Health was established in 2019 by the IMH to support the training of young investigators in translational research in order […]

  The Department wishes to congratulate Dr. Soma Ganesan, who was recently awarded the 2020 Doctors of BC Silver Medal of Service Award! This award recognizes physicians who have made outstanding contributions to medicine and/or the improvement of British Columbians’ welfare. A long-serving Clinical Professor in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Ganesan has been […]

  *** Sent on behalf of Dr. Marilyn Champagne, Clinical Faculty Representative for UBC Psychiatry ***   Dear Department Clinical Faculty, The following survey was developed with input from the Recognition Subcommittee and from the FoM EDI Office in order to further assess how the Clinical Faculty Awards can better serve clinical faculty across all […]

  If you use Microsoft Teams and have Outlook 2013 or later, Microsoft offers a useful add-in that allows you to schedule Teams meetings, from your Outlook calendar. In Outlook, click on the Home button, then click on the Add-ins (click Store in older versions of Outlook) This will open another window featuring all add-ins […]

  *** Sent on behalf of the UBC Psychiatry Education Team ***   Hi everyone, We are still recruiting mock OSCE examiners for our April 1, & April 15 2020 mock exams.  The Mock OSCEs are an integral part of preparing our residents for their Royal College OSCE exams and we want to ensure the […]

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, Program Director, Undergraduate Education**   2021 COUPE Early Undergraduate Educator Award Deadline: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 Information Manual PURPOSE: The Canadian Organization of Undergraduate Psychiatric Educators (COUPE) is proud to award, on an annual basis, the COUPE Early Undergraduate Educator Award. First established in 2019, this Award […]

  Congratulations to Dr. Tim Murphy, who has been awarded $2.3 million through the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for his project titled “iMAP in vivo Mesoscale Assessment of neuroProjectomes.”  His project is one of five CFI-funded projects led by UBC Faculty of Medicine researchers, totaling $8 million. The funding, announced on March 3, 2021 […]

    Dear Colleagues, The Faculty of Medicine has launched the 2021 Canada Research Chair (CRC) Competition for up to four Tier 1 and up to three Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs in any field of research aligned to the Faculty of Medicine strategic plan, through a competition open to FoM Departments, Schools with Centres, […]

  Don’t forget to register for the B.C. Concurrent Disorders Conference on Friday March 12, 2021, hosted by BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services with the support of partners, including the UBC Addictions and Concurrent Disorders Group. This free, one-day virtual event is dedicated to health professionals interested in learning how to best treat […]

  *** Sent on behalf of Marcia Buchholz, Vice-President, UBC Human Resources ***   Dear UBC Community, As COVID-19 continues to impact the way we teach, perform research, and work, we would like to invite faculty and staff to share your feedback on working at UBC over the past year in the Workplace Preferences Survey. […]

  *** Sent on behalf of the Office of the Dean and Vice-Provost of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies ***   Dear Faculty, The Office of the Dean and Vice-Provost of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies invites faculty members to submit a proposal for the Killam Connection Program. The Killam Connection program provides up to $25,000 to […]

  On February 22, 2021, Clinical Professor Dr. Biju Mathew was honoured by MP Marc Dalton in the Parliament of Canada for his significant contributions to youth mental health in Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge, as well as for his acclaimed book, Super 30: Changing the World 30 Students at a Time, which became one […]

      Congratulations to Dr. Ray Lam, Dr. Jill Murphy, and Dr. Erin Michalak, whose research cluster has been selected for funding in the 2021/2022 Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters Competition.  This grant will support their emerging Asia-Pacific Equity research excellence cluster, focused on significantly advancing mental health research and knowledge exchange (KE) in […]

  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, * It is with mixed feelings that we announce that Ms. Paola Martens will be leaving her position as the Senior Education Programs Manager in the UBC Department of Psychiatry Administration Office, as she has accepted a new position in the UBC Faculty of Medicine PGME Office. Paola’s last working […]

  On February 23rd, 2021 (between 8-10am PT) One45 users will be prompted to reset their passwords after they log into One45. This will include ALL user types (students, residents, faculty and administrators). A message will be posted on the One45 login screen until March 9th, 2021 that reads: IMPORTANT: Starting Feb 23rd, 2021 anyone […]

  You are invited to join fellow students and colleagues in the healthcare professions to discuss the future of e-mental healthcare from different perspectives at the 10th Annual E-Mental Health Conference on March 3-4! This event is co-hosted by the UBC Addictions and Concurrent Disorders (ACD) Group led by Dr. Michael Krausz, along with the […]

  UBC faculty and staff can now access their payroll-related 2020 T4 and T4A tax slips for personal income tax returns through Workday. UBC issues tax slips online as PDFs that are identical to the printed form, and are accepted by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) when filing your taxes. An active CWL ID and […]

  Congratulations to Dr. Kam Keramatian, Clinical Assistant Professor and consultant psychiatrist with the UBC Mood Disorders Centre, who has received the 2021 VCHRI Mentored Clinician Scientist Investigator Award! The VCHRI Mentored Clinician Scientist Investigator Award is a salary award that supports outstanding and promising clinician investigators as they build their early research careers. This […]

  Last week, Clinical Professor Dr. Paul Steinberg discussed his latest book, titled Psychoanalysis in Medicine: Applying Psychoanalytic Thought to Contemporary Medical Care, in a podcast interview with the program New Books in Medicine. Speaking with host and medical student at the University of Chicago, Alec Kacew, Dr. Steinberg offers his thoughts and guidance on […]

  We are very saddened to share the news that Dr. Wolfgang Jilek, Clinical Professor Emeritus, passed away on January 15, 2021.  Dr. Jilek joined the clinical faculty of the UBC Department of Psychiatry in 1974, where he was very active in teaching, supervision and mentorship until his retirement in 1995. Dr. Jilek was a […]

  It is with deep sadness that we share the news that Dr. Sue Penfold, Professor Emerita, passed away on February 7, 2021.  Dr. Penfold first joined the UBC Department of Psychiatry as a resident in 1963, then notably became one of the department’s first female academic psychiatrists to be appointed to a full-faculty position […]

    Dear Colleagues, * The Department recently obtained the 2019-2020 Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) Learning Environment Report prepared by the UBC Faculty of Medicine UGME Committee, which captures survey data from the 2020 Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) Graduation Questionnaire on the educational experiences of students graduating from MD programs at […]

    Dear colleagues, Attached is a briefing note outlining a proposed change to how the Department allocates funding from the Faculty of Medicine for clinical teaching of residents by Department members. The note also lays out the rationale for this proposed change. We are now sending out this briefing note for consultation with all […]

  Last year, Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Colleen Froese was interviewed during the making of a mental health-themed documentary titled Crux. The film tells the story of a young man struggling with mental illness and addiction in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, whose passion for rock climbing has given him hope, purpose and a […]

  We have learned from the family of Dr. Louis I. Woolf, Professor Emeritus in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, that sadly, he passed away on Sunday January 7, 2021 at the age of 101. * Dr. Woolf first joined UBC in 1968 as a part of a research group in neurochemistry and neurophysiology in […]

  Physicians and other health care professionals who work with pregnant and postpartum women are invited to join a 7-part webinar series titled 2021 Update on Common Mental Health Conditions in Pregnancy and Postpartum, hosted by the BC Reproductive Mental Health Program. The webinar series will be via Zoom for 7 Wednesdays in a row […]

    UBC Advanced Research Computing (ARC), in partnership with Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH), invite you to their showcase of the UBC ARC digital research infrastructure Sockeye and Chinook on Friday February 19, 2021, at 12:30pm. This talk will provide an introduction to UBC ARC services, including the high-performance computing system and object storage platform, as well as firsthand […]

  The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry and The Cinematheque present: As part of the Frames of Mind Mental Health Film Series, The Cinematheque and the Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry, present a free virtual screening of Cured. Watch the movie trailer here! Cured USA 2020 Patrick Sammon, Bennett […]

  **Sent on behalf of the UBC Psychiatry Education Team**   Dear Department Members, We are excited to announce that the UBC Psychiatry CaRMS Information Page is now live on the UBC Psychiatry Department website! This CaRMS information page will serve as an additional resource for any interested applicants who would like to learn more […]

  In interviews this week with numerous news and media outlets, Dr. Steven Taylor shared his perspectives on how people are coping with COVID-19 after having endured the pandemic for nearly a year. He also discusses the many uncertainties felt even as vaccination programs ramp up in Canada and around the world. Dr. Taylor is […]

    Dear colleagues, As you will recall, last winter we carried out an integrative strategic planning process which involved department-wide consultation on a wide range of issues and priorities. During this time, many clinical faculty members expressed a desire for more efficient and streamlined processes for appointment, reappointment, and promotion. Thus, in response to […]

    Dear colleagues, Firstly, we would like to thank our faculty and staff who have been providing exceptional support to our first Competence By Design (CBD) cohort of PGY1 residents over the last several months. As the UBC Psychiatry Postgraduate Program is preparing to implement individualized, one-to-one coaching for our residents as they progress […]

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, Program Director, Undergraduate Psychiatry Medical Education**   Dear Faculty, In large part due to the pandemic, our undergraduate medical education program (UGE) has encountered situations in which we are in need of preceptors willing and able to supervise Year 3 or Year 4 undergraduate medical students virtually […]

    Dear Department Members, We are aware of fraudulent emails being sent to Department members from from the email address lakshmi.yatham.ubc.ca[at]gmail.com which is an unknown Gmail account. PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO, ENGAGE WITH, OR SEND PERSONAL INFORMATION TO THIS EMAIL. Such emails are referred to as “CEO frauds” and are designed to impersonate […]

  PHSA will be discontinuing UBC Secure WiFi, in the UBC Hospital complex (Detwiller, Koerner and Purdy), on March 2, 2021.  Eduroam WiFi will remain available and offers the same service.  If you use WiFi at UBC Hospital, please make sure you are using Eduroam, rather than UBC Secure. Instructions for connection to Eduroam can […]

    On Tuesday March 9th 2021 from 4:00– 5:00pm, you are invited to join in celebrating the achievements of the recipients of the 2020 UBC Faculty of Medicine National Research Awards! The four awardees are among Canada’s leading scientists in heart, brain and cancer research, are being recognized for their scientific accomplishments, and for […]

    Dear Colleagues, It is with mixed feelings that we announce that Dr. Todd Tomita has decided to step down as the Program Director of the Postgraduate Forensic Psychiatry Subspecialty Program in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, after having served in this role since 2015. While we will miss the competent leadership and support […]

  *** Shared on behalf of the Psychiatry Postgraduate Program Directors – Drs. Irfan Khanbhai, Jennifer Russel, Ashok Krishnamoorthy and Todd Tomita ***     If you are a faculty member seeking to gain more knowledge and insight into Competence by Design (CBD), be sure to REGISTER for “Teaching and Learning in CBD,” the latest […]

  *** Sent on behalf of Dr. Kathryn Fung, Program Director, Undergraduate Psychiatry Medical Education ***   Dear Faculty, Please find attached an invitation to the participate in the Virtual Cup of Coffee Program, created by Student Affairs as a way for students to connect with clinicians without shadowing, as shadowing was cancelled due to […]

  Join fellow researchers, students and health care professionals for the High-Risk Substance Use and Overdose Among Youth Virtual Conference on Monday January 25, 2021 from 9:00am to 3:40pm, and participate in important and eye-opening discussions on high-risk substance use among youth. Hosted by the Addictions & Concurrent Disorders Research Group, in collaboration with the […]

    Are you a resident or early-career psychiatrist who is interested in a research career in psychiatry, or do you know one who might be? The Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) is now accepting applications for the Junior Investigator Research Colloquium (JIRC). The JIRC provides mentorship to young Canadian psychiatrists in the early phases of […]

  The Department congratulates Dr. Randall White, who will be awarded the status of Distinguished Fellow by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in 2021. As the sole recipient of this distinction for Western Canada, Dr. Randall is being recognized for his significant contributions to the psychiatric profession in a range of areas, including administration, teaching, […]

  Congratulations to Dr. Adele Diamond, whose article on Executive Functions originally published in the Annual Review of Psychology in 2013, was named among the Top 10 Most Downloaded Articles in 2020 by Annual Reviews. Dr. Diamond’s article was one of a handful of articles across 51 disciplines that attracted the most attention from readers […]

  Would you eat a sandwich… from a stranger? If a bad guy can persuade you to run his program on your computer, it is not your computer any more. It is an unfortunate fact of computers that when a computer program runs, it will do what it is programmed to do, even if it […]

    Dear students, residents, staff and colleagues, As the recruitment process for the position of Postgraduate Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) Subspecialty Program Director has concluded, we are delighted to announce that Dr. Jennifer Russel has been appointed to this role for a three-year term, from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2023. In […]

  Wishing you all a safe and festive holiday season, and all the best in the New Year! Please note that the UBC Psychiatry Administration Office will be closed as of noon on Thursday December 24, and will reopen on Monday January 4, 2021.  

    Year End Message From the Department Head December 17, 2020   Dear colleagues, staff, students and residents, As I reflect upon the year, I am truly grateful to all of you for your tremendous contributions over these last twelve months. Suffice to say, 2020 has been a uniquely challenging year, as the COVID-19 […]

    Dear Colleagues, As you are aware, over the last few months a diligent search process was carried out in order to fill the position of Postgraduate Education Program (PGE) Director in the UBC Department of Psychiatry. Although the position received a great deal of interest, unfortunately the search did not result in identifying […]

  **Sent on behalf of Dr. Irfan Khanbhai, Acting PGE Program Director, Department of Psychiatry**   Dear Clinical Faculty involved in teaching our PGY1s, First of all, I wanted to thank you all for your efforts and dedication to all our residents and especially to our PGY1 cohort. It is with our PGY1s that you are […]

    Dear Department members, Please see the IRP memo below regarding an erroneous Workday task to “Verify Life Insurance Beneficiary,” sent to UBC employees. As noted, this task has now been removed from inboxes, however if you changed your beneficiary on December 11 as a response to the requested task, please reverse this change […]

    Clinical Trials BC, part of the BC Academic Health Science Network, invites you to a virtual conference titled The Modernization of Clinical Trials. The conference will showcase regulatory renewal, new innovations in trial approaches and design, diversity of populations and teams, current topics, and leadership. This free event will be held virtually on […]

  The UBC Neuropsychiatry Program, headed by Program Director Dr. Trevor Hurwitz, has released its Annual Activity Report for 2020. The report lists all of its scholarly and research activities this year, including publications, manuscripts currently under review, and current grants held by Program members. Access the 2020 UBC Neuropsychiatry Program Annual Activity Report here

  This week, UBC Psychiatry Professor Dr. Adele Diamond is featured in the Faculty of Medicine News, where she discusses her recent study published in Cerebral Cortex that reveals the harmful impact of stress on our executive functions such as self-control, focused attention, working memory and problem solving. The research, led by Diamond Lab members […]

  The Department would like to congratulate and send our best wishes to Dr. Stephen Kline and Dr. Rosemary Basson, two long-serving Department members who have decided to retire from their UBC clinical faculty appointments in 2020.   Clinical Professor Dr. Stephen Kline joined the UBC Department of Psychiatry in 1988, and for the past […]

  *** Shared on Behalf of the UBC Psychiatry Education Office Team ***   Dear Faculty, Please see below an important message from UGME Task Force. ********************************************************************************************************************   Good afternoon Year 3/4 Program Administrators, Please see the info below in the Key Messages from UGME Task Force and distribute to your preceptors. Virtual Home Office Visit Guidelines […]

    Dear Department Members, We are aware of fraudulent emails (resembling the one shown below) being sent to Department staff and faculty from “Workday <notification[at]ubc.lol>”. PLEASE DO NOT CLICK ON OR PROVIDE YOUR CREDENTIALS TO ANY OF THE LINKS IN THIS EMAIL.  Such emails are credentials phishing attempts used to gain access to your […]

    Dear Department Members, With a recent influx of fraudulent emails and phishing attempts to UBC faculty and staff, it is important to keep in mind the following situations where you should email security@ubc.ca: Please report: If you see evidence of a computer attack or breach. If you see suspicious activity. If you have […]

  UBC Language Sciences’ news story this month features UBC Psychiatry Professor, Dr. Todd Woodward. Here, he discusses his research with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data to determine networks in the brain and also predict the cognitive processes involved.   Read “Looking at Brain Images to Read Minds: Using fMRI Data to Predict Cognitive […]

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

Exciting findings from the Phillips Lab hold promise for new non-opioid therapeutics for symptoms of opioid withdrawal.   Earlier this month, a research team led by Dr. Tony Phillips published their paper titled “Neural bases for attenuation of morphine withdrawal by Heantos-4: role of l-tetrahydropalmatine” in the Nature-affiliated journal, Scientific Reports. The study conducted by […]

  *** Sent on behalf of the UBC Psychiatry Education Office Team ***   Dear Faculty, We are still recruiting mock OSCE examiners for our February 18, March 11, April 1, & April 15 2020 mock exams.  The Mock OSCEs are an integral part of preparing our residents for their Royal College OSCE exams and […]

  *** Shared on behalf of the UBC Psychiatry Education Office Team ***   Dear Faculty, Please see the important update below from the UBC UGME Office. Thank you   ************************************************************************************   Good afternoon everyone, Update on Self-assessment Requirements In recent weeks, the BC Provincial Government has introduced a number of Public Health Orders related […]

  All active UBC employees and students now have access to UBC Microsoft Teams. You can activate your UBC Microsoft Teams account on portal.office.com, with your first.last@ubc.ca and CWL password. You should then be able to use all of the Teams Collaboration mode features, including 1Tb of UBC FoIPP act compliant OneDrive, through your web […]

    You are invited to the 5th Brain, Behaviour & Development 5th Annual Research Day! Event website: https://www.bcchr.ca/BBD-research-day   The BCCHR Brain, Behaviour & Development Theme is pleased to announce that the BB&D’s 5th Annual Research Day will be taking place virtually on Friday January 22nd, 2021. Everyone is welcome to attend, so please feel free […]

  The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry and The Cinematheque present: Dirty God Netherlands/Great Britain/Belgium/Ireland 2019 Sacha Polak 105 Minutes Virtual Streaming from Tuesday, December 8 – Monday December 14, 2020 PRE-ORDER  NOW OPEN!   “An unflinching exploration of beauty, identity, sex, and self in the wake of a life-changing event … […]

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

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

  Please send inquiries to psychiatry.education@ubc.ca.    Dear Psychiatry Clinical Faculty,   This is a reminder to submit your Postgraduate Clinical Teaching with Patient Care (CTwPC) invoices for the 2020-21 fiscal year (April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021) for PGY2-5 residents and PGY6 subspecialty psychiatry residents. Note that PGY1 teaching is paid by the […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  BCPA Members, psychiatrists, residents and students are invited to join the SECOND virtual BC Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting & AGM conference on Saturday November 20, 2021 from 9:00am to 3:50pm. The theme this year is “The Impact of Social Change on Psychiatry”. A panel of world-class speakers is expected for this year’s meeting, so […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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