Dept. of Psychiatry

Magicians have astonished audiences for centuries by subtly, yet powerfully, influencing their decisions. But there has been little systematic study of the psychological factors that make magic tricks work.

Classified as: Research, psychology, McGill News, Jay Olson, cognition, consciousness, magic, Raz
Published on: 9 Feb 2015

In this edition of Spotlight, we would like to congratulate Dr. Jaswant Guzder and Dr. Jens Pruessner for their promotion to the rank of Full Professor.

Classified as: Psychiatry, Professor, promotions
Published on: 6 Feb 2015

Dr. Jaswant Guzder is cited on CTV regarding childhood mental illness and parenting.  To read more, click the following link.

Classified as: psychiatry in the news
Published on: 28 Jan 2015

To hear Dr. Serge Gauthier interviewed on Radio-Canada, click the following link:

Classified as: Psychiatry, interview
Published on: 26 Jan 2015

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Classified as: SMQ, Publication
Published on: 23 Jan 2015

Dr. Boivin has recently been cited in interviews on her most recent works on our biological clocks.

To read more about the recent works by Marc Cuesta, Nicolas Cermakian and Diane B. Boivin, click on the links provided below:

Classified as: psychiatry in the news
Published on: 22 Jan 2015

Professor Mayada Elsabbagh speaks about  an "innovative" intervention that helps babies at a high risk of Autism. 

To read more, follow the links below:

Classified as: psychiatry in the news
Published on: 22 Jan 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Classified as: professor emeritus, Dr. Sourkes
Published on: 20 Jan 2015

Dr. Rob Whitley recently wrote a short and poignant film tracing the story of Elizabeth, a gifted and highly qualified candidate attending a job interview. All appears to be going swimmingly, until the conversation turns towards the subject of mental illness. While this film is a work of fiction, research indicates that it represents a reality played out daily.

The film can be seen at

Classified as: Psychiatry, short film
Published on: 12 Jan 2015

Dr. Serge Gauthier, M.D., FRCPC, an eminent researcher in Alzheimer’s disease, has been appointed to the Order of Canada by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.  To read more, click here.

You can also watch his interview on Alzheimer's Disease in connection with Alzheimer's Awareness Month on CTV here.

Classified as: Psychiatry, Order of Canada, douglas
Published on: 8 Jan 2015

Dr. Gustavo Turecki along with Dr. Juan Pablo Lopez speak about the identification of a molecule that predicts treatment response for depressed patients.

To watch, please click here.


Dr. Judes Poirier speaks about his discovery of the genetic variation that protects 25% of the population from Alzheimer's.

To watch, please click here.

Classified as: Psychiatry, Alzheimer's, depression, discovery, top 10
Published on: 8 Jan 2015

Making sure school-aged kids get to sleep at a regular hour is often a struggle for parents. But a study by researchers at McGill University and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal suggests it’s well worth the effort: the researchers found that a good night’s sleep is linked to better performance in math and languages – subjects that are powerful predictors of later learning and academic success.

Classified as: news, Psychiatry, Research, sleep, Douglas Mental Health Institute, Gruber, schoolchildren, sleep efficiency
Published on: 8 Jan 2015

It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Dr. Gustavo Turecki as Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, effective March 1, 2015. Dr. Turecki succeeds Dr. Mimi Israël, who led the department with great distinction since 2007. We take this opportunity to offer our sincere thanks to Dr. Israël for her outstanding leadership throughout her term, and we wish her continued success.

Classified as: Announcement, chair
Published on: 5 Jan 2015

To listen to Professor Howard Steiger speak about reconciling eating disorders and the holiday season, click the following link.


Classified as: news, Psychiatry, eating disorder
Published on: 24 Dec 2014