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Jaswant Guzder, MD

Jaswant Guzder, MD

Dr. Jaswant Guzder is an associate professor in the McGill Department of Psychiatry, head of Child Psychiatry and director of Child Day Treatment at the Jewish General Hospital, and an adjunct professor in the McGill Faculty of Education. She continues to serve as a senior consultant with the Cultural Consultation Service at the Jewish General Hospital. She is also a psychoanalyst and supervisor for the Art Therapy masters program at Concordia University. Dr. Guzder worked in Mumbai, India from 1980 to 1984. Her child and family practice in Montreal is multicultural. She has graduate students working with South Asian and African populations. Her current research projects are collaborations with:

  • Dr. Phyllis Zelkowitz, Dr. Joel Paris, and Dr. Ron Feldman on borderline children diagnostics, follow-up outcome and risk factors
  • the Culture and Mental Health research unit: consultant role
  • Dr. Ellen Corin's project on the outcome of psychosis with South Asian immigrants


Selected Articles

Guzder, J., & Rousseau, C. (2010). Child and community mental health in cultural perspective. Transcultural Psychiatry, 47(5), 683-685. 

Kirmayer, L. J., Narasiah, L., Munoz, M., Rashid, M., Ryder, A., Guzder, J., Hassan, G., Rousseau, C., & Pottie, K. (2010). Common mental health problems in immigrants and refugees: General approach to the patient in primary care. Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Hickling, F., Guzder, J., Robertson-Hickling, H., Snow, S., & Kirmayer, L. J. (2010). Psychic centrality: Reflections on two psychohistoriographic cultural, therapy workshops in Montreal. Transcultural Psychiatry, 47(1), 136-158.

Measham, T., Guzder, J., Rousseau, C., & Nadeau, L. (2010). Cultural considerations in child and adolescent psychiatry: Understanding cultural difference for a better therapeutic Alliance. Psychiatric Times, 27(2).

Robertson-Hickling, H., & Guzder, J., (2009). Fostering resilience in children at risk through a cultural therapy, intervention in Kingston, Jamaica. Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved, 20(4 Suppl), 31-5.

Kirmayer, L. J., Rousseau, C., & Guzder, J., Jarvis, E. (2008). Training clinicians in cultural psychiatry: A Canadian perspective. Academic Psychiatry, 32(4), 313-319.

Kirmayer, L. J., Thombs, B. D., Jurcik, T., Jarvis, E., & Guzder, J. (2008). Use of an expanded version of the DSM-IV outline for cultural, formulation on a cultural consultation service. Psychiatric Services, 59(6), 683-686.

Zelkowitz, P., Paris, J., Guzder, J., Feldman, R., Roy, C., & Rosval, L. (2007). A five year follow-up of patients with borderline pathology of childhood. Journal of Personality Disorders, 21(6), 664-674. 

Guzder, J., (2007). Psychoanalysis: Universal versus ethnocentric perspectives. Bulletin de la SPM 19:22 Numéro Spécial.

Guzder, J., & Zelkowitz, P. (2006). Le diagnostic de pathologie borderline chez l'enfant: utilité pour le diagnostic différentiel et l'intervention précoce' in Comment interveni auprès des jeunes adultes autour de 18 ans? Aspects épidemiologique, systemiques et organisationnels. La Revue PRISME, 45, 14-125. (Association des Médecins Psychiatres du Québec. Montreal, Québec)

Guzder, J., & Krishna, M. (2005). Mind the gap: Diaspora Indian Women in psychotherapy. Journal of Psychology and Developing Societies: A Journal, 17(2), 121-138.

Zelkowitz, P., Guzder, J., Paris, J., Feldman, R., & Roy, C. (2004). Borderline pathology of childhood. Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 13, 58-61.

Kirmayer, L. J., Groleau, D., Guzder, J., Blake, C., & Jarvis, E. (2003). Cultural consultation: A model of mental health service for multicultural societies. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 48, 145-153.

Guzder, J. (2002). Working through counter-transference: Sketches of a lecture by Christopher Bollas. Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis, 10(2), 281-301. 

Zelkowitz, P., Paris, J., Guzder, J., & Feldman, R. (2001). Diatheses and stressors in borderline pathology of childhood: The role neuropsychological risk and trauma. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 40, 100-105.

Paris, J., Zelkowitz, P., Guzder, J., Joseph, S., Feldman, R. (1999).Neuropsychological Factors Associated With Borderline Pathology In Children.  Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 38, 770-774.

Guzder, J., Paris, J., Zelkowitz, P., & Marchessault, K. (1996). Risk factors for borderline pathology in children. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 35, 26-33.

Paris, J., Zweig-Frank, H., Bond, M., & Guzder, J. (1996). Defense styles, hostility, and psychological risk factors in male patients with personality disorders. Journal of Nervous Mental Disease, 181(3), 153-158.

Frank, D., Handfield-Jones, R., Dawson, D., Russell, R., Steinart, Y., Boileau, M., Yaffe, M., Guzder, J., & Keyserlink, T. (1996). An integrated curriculum for teaching preparatory skills at a traditional medical school. Teaching and Learning in Medicine, 8(1), 4-9.

Zweig-Frank, H., Paris, J., & Guzder, J. (1995). Psychological factors associated with homosexuality in males with borderline personality disorder. Journal of Personality Disorders, 56-61.

Paris, J., Zweig-Frank, H., & Guzder, J. (1994). Psychological risk factors for borderline personality disorder in female patients. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 35, 301-305.

Paris, J., Zweig-Frank, H., & Guzder, J. (1994). Risk factors for borderline personality disorder in male out-patients. Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases, 19, 375-380.

Zweig-Frank, H., Paris, J., & Guzder, J. (1994). Psychological risk factors for dissociation and mutilation for female patients with borderline personality. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 39, 259-263.

Zweig-Frank, H., Paris, J., & Guzder, J. (1994). Psychological risk factors for self-mutilation and dissociation in male patients with borderline personality disorder. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 39, 265-268.

Zweg-Frank, H., Paris, J., & Guzder, J. (1994). Psychological risk factors for dissociation in female patients with borderline and non-borderline personality disorders. Journal of Personality Disorders, 8, 203-209. 

Paris, J., Zweig-Frank, H., & Guzder, J. (1994). Dissociation in male patients with borderline and non-borderline personality disorders. Journal of Personality Disorders, 8, 210-218.

Paris, J., Zweig-Frank, H., & Guzder, J., (1993). Psychological risk factors in recovery from borderline personality disorder in female patients. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 34, 410-413.

Guzder, J. (1991). Overview - Sita Shakti: Cultural paradigms for Indian women. Transcultural Psychiatry Research Review, 28(4), 257-301. 

Paris, J., & Guzder, J. (1989). The poisoned nest: Aspects of exogamous marriage. Journal of American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 17(3), 493-500.

Guzder, J. (1989). Article: Interview with Dr. Sudhir Kakar in New Delhi, India. Transcultural Psychiatry Research Review, 26(4), 299-306.

Selected Book Chapter

Guzder, J. (1992). South Asian women: Psychological issues related to assimilation. In R. Ghosh, & R. Kanungo (Eds.), South Asian Canadians: Current issues in the politics of culture (pp. 105-113)New Delhi, India: Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute.

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