Dara Charney

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor

Contact Information
Email address: 
dara.charney [at] mcgill.ca
Fax number: 

McGill University Health Centre Addictions Unit
1547 Pine Avenue West
Montreal, Quebec
H3G 1B3



Areas of expertise: 

Addiction psychiatry


Dr. Charney graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in 1987. She obtained her MD from McGill University in 1991 and remained at McGill during her psychiatry residency and addiction psychiatry Fellowship. She joined the Department of Psychiatry in 1997 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2005. She has held the positions of Program Director for McGill Psychiatry Postgraduate Education since 2002, Director of the McGill RUIS Addiction Program since 2008, and Associate Chair (Education) of the McGill Department of Psychiatry since 2009. On a national level, she has served as an examiner for the Royal College Examination Board in Psychiatry and as the chair of COPE (Coordinators of Postgraduate Education). Dr. Charney's clinical and research work is conducted at the MUHC Addictions Unit. She has initiated a number of clinical trials and prospective treatment outcome studies with substance use disorder patients, with a particular emphasis on "dual disorder" patients. She has received research funding from the MUHC Research Institute, FRSQ, and CIHR, as well as salary awards from both the MUHC Research Institute and FRSQ.

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