Sophia Frangou

UBC President’s Excellence Chair in Brain Health


Contact info

Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health Room 3453
2215 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver , V6T 1Z3

Research and Interests

Dr. Sophia Frangou, MD, PhD, FRCPsych is a Professor of Psychiatry and President’s Excellent Chair in Research in Brain Health at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, where she leads the Translational Neuroimaging and Clinical Neuroscience Program in Mental Health.

The focus of the Program is to (a) characterise the brain mechanisms that underpin mood and psychotic disorders; (b) identify the biosignature of genetic and environmental risk factors for mental disorders using population neuroscience; and (c) discover brain mechanisms that mitigate the risk for mental disorders and enhance resilience in populations at risk. The overarching aim is to leverage this knowledge to develop novel prevention and intervention strategies. 

Dr. Frangou has authored more than 250 scientific papers that have attracted over 16,000 citations. Her work has been internationally recognised and she is the recipient of the 2019 Colvin Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Mood Disorders Research.




Dr. Frangou trained as a psychiatrist at the Maudsley and Bethlem Royal Hospitals in London, UK and as a neuroscientist at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, UK. Prior to joining UBC, she led the Section of Neurobiology of Psychosis at the Institute of Psychiatry until 2013 and served as Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA.

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