Dept. of Psychiatry

By Fergus Grieve, McGill Newsroom

Depression, metabolic factors combine to boost risk of developing diabetes, study finds 

Depression may compound the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in people with early warning signs of metabolic disease, according to researchers from McGill University, l'Université de Montréal, the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal and the University of Calgary.

Classified as: health, depression, diabetes, Norbert Schmitz, metabolic disease, Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal, type 2, Molecular Psychiatry, neuroproject
Published on: 12 Apr 2016

Project Love is a collective of scholars based at McGill University whose mission is to (i) spread love on the streets of Montreal and beyond; (ii) better understand the nature of love and its impact on mental health and well-being (iii) combat the epidemic of loneliness and isolation plaguing many people. See their blog or contact them at projectlovemcgill [at] gmail [dot] com

Classified as: mental health, Project love, well-being
Published on: 11 Feb 2016

Dr. Mark Brandon and Dr. Sylvia Villeneuve are among the twenty-five outstanding McGill researchers being awarded Canada Research Chairs.

For more information, visit the following link:

Classified as: Canada Research Chairs, Psychiatry News
Published on: 10 Feb 2016

We are very saddened to annouce the passing of Dr. Duncan Pedersen, our dear colleague and friend. Dr. Pedersen had a sudden illness while in Chile for work on a project in Global Mental Health and passed away on January 27, 2016 . Our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones at this difficult time. Details for his memorial will be circulated as they are finalized.

Classified as: Psychiatry, Obituary, Global Mental health, Social and Transcultural Psychiatry
Published on: 29 Jan 2016

Dear Colleagues,

As you  know, Quebec is expecting the arrival of thousands of Syrian refugees over the next several weeks.

We are anticipating that some of these refugees may eventually need specialized mental health services.

CCS and allied programs are willing to help, but we need to organize a list of Arabic-speaking psychiatrists who could be approached in time of need.

Published on: 16 Dec 2015

Dr. Robert Whitley and his team, Recovery Advocacy Documentary Action Research (RADAR) group, released a video titled Newfoundland Notions: In Search of the Good Life.  

The film can be viewed here:

See mention of the short film on CBC news here:

Classified as: mental health, raise awareness, reduce stigma
Published on: 15 Dec 2015

Dear Residents and Faculty,

The Resident Awards Night took place at the Thomson House on November 10th. I would like to thank the MPRA and the Department of Psychiatry for making this a special evening where we were able to honor Faculty and Resident achievements.

Congratulations to the 2015 recipients of our annual Residents’ Awards:


Faculty Awards:

Dr. Carmella Roy - Best Clinical Supervisor for Senior residents

Dr. Robert Biskin - Best Clinical Supervisor for Junior residents

Dr. Nicola Casacalenda - Best Resident Advocate

Classified as: Resident Awards Night
Published on: 13 Nov 2015

To read Dr. Duncan Pedersen and Dr. Laurence J. Kirmayer's editorial for McGillReporter, please click the following link:


Classified as: social, cultural, Global Mental health
Published on: 13 Oct 2015

Dongier, Maurice, 1925 - 2015

Dr. Maurice Dongier died peacefully in Montreal on September 19, 2015. He is survived by his wife Suzanne, his four children, Pierre, François, Isabelle, Philippe and their families, his brother Michel, his sister-in-law Geneviève and their families. He will also be missed by many colleagues and friends.

Classified as: Obituary
Published on: 24 Sep 2015

To learn about the new and improved facilities of the Douglas Institute's brain bank, please visit the following link:

Classified as: Douglas Institute, mental health, psychiatry in the news, brain bank, Bell Canada Brian Bank
Published on: 25 Aug 2015

To read more about what Dr. Rob Whitley has to say about the misconception that people with mental illness are prone to violence, please visit the following link:


Classified as: Mental Illness, psychiatry in the news, myth, misconception
Published on: 25 Aug 2015

Dear psychiatry residents and faculty members,

Please join me in applauding two of our residents who have assumed very important leadership roles.

On behalf of myself and our residency program I heartily congratulate Dr. Annie Trepanier, an R5 in our program, for taking on the role of president of the Federation of Medical Residents of Quebec and Dr. Aris Hadjinicolaou for stepping up as president of the Association of Residents of McGill.

Classified as: Leadership, Psychiatry Residents
Published on: 21 Jul 2015

Department of Psychiatry

Message from the Chair’s Office


Date:                     June 1, 2015
Subject:               Post Graduate Program Director


Dear Colleagues,

Classified as: Post Graduate Program
Published on: 5 Jun 2015