RUIS Programs

Great North Mental Health Program

The RUIS McGill Great North Mental Health Program is committed to delivering high-quality mental health care to the Northern communities of Quebec. By bringing together mental health professionals and community partners, this program aims to promote culturally-adapted mental health care, which will ultimately act in preventing mental disorders and increasing the quality-of-life of those living in the Cree and Inuit communities.

This program will catalyze the exchange of experiences, strengths, and knowledge among our academic partners, community stakeholders, and governmental agencies. It will also include research and teaching activities in different domains, such as psychiatry, psychology, and social services.

Among its numerous goals, it will focus on creating new opportunities for learning, and on developing local training sessions in these regions.

The program will emphasize coordination of clinical activities to facilitate the access to specialized mental health care. The collaboration among the RUIS McGill hospitals (Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Jewish General Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital Center, and McGill University Health Center), and the local services is pivotal to delivering adequate care to our population. Tele-health will also play a major role in liaising with local services and health care providers.


Charles-Edouard Carrier, inf. B.Sc, D.E.S.S. (charles-edouard.carrier [at]

Dr. Eduardo Chachamovitch (eduardo.chachamovitch [at]

Affective Disorders Program

Director: Dr. Serge Beaulieu (serge.beaulieu [at]

Addiction Program

The McGill RUIS Addictions Program provides tertiary care for substance use disorders, as well as support for frontline practitioners working with alcohol- or drug-dependent patients. The MUHC Addictions Unit is the central service for the McGill network, accepting referrals for complex cases and specializing in comorbidity of substance dependence with psychiatric disorders and in treatment-resistant cases. Multidisciplinary clinical care is incorporated with teaching, training, and research, providing bench to bedside interventions. Consultation and ongoing integrated care are offered both for acute treatment and for rehabilitation, utilizing a variety of cost-effective, innovative, and evidence-based interventions such as brief interventions, relapse prevention, stress management, and medications for the prevention of relapse, etc. Detoxification from chronic high dose sedative or opioid analgesic therapy is available to other medical and psychiatric services throughout the McGill network, as well diagnostic consultation and guidance in treatment to members of the health care community at large.

Director: Dr. Dara A. Charney (dara.charney [at]

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Teaching and Research Program

The RUIS McGill CBT Teaching and Research Program is a centre of expertise in CBT, an evidence-based psychotherapy effective in many mental disorders. The goals of this program are to:

1. Increase access to quality CBT throughout the RUIS McGill territory, 
2. Train mental health professionals to administer and teach CBT for adults and children, 
3. Foster research on CBT. 

The RUIS program offers time-limited CBT for anxiety and mood disorders, as well as for complicated tertiary care cases with co-morbidity and major mental disorders such as schizophrenia. The program offers three levels of training intensity to mental health professionals at all levels of service delivery. Training components include a 6-month interactive skills-based seminar series, individual and group psychotherapy supervision, attendance at weekly cognitive-behavioural assessment clinics, and customized workshops. Administered out of the MUHC, clinical, teaching, and research activities may occur at various McGill teaching hospitals.  Click here for more information. 

 Director: Dr. Gail Myhr (gail.myhr [at]

Psychotic Disorders Program

The Psychotic Disorders Program provides services and treatments to people 18 years and older who are affected by psychotic disorders (schizophrenia and related disorders). The one exception to this is the Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychoses, PEPP-Montréal,  which covers all psychotic disorders (including affective psychoses) affecting people between 14 and 35 years old. The Psychotic Disorders Program provides comprehensive phase specific clinical care in its different components ranging from treatment of first episode in PEPP-Montreal to treatment resistant schizophrenia in other components of the program. In addition, the program generates new knowledge through a variety of clinically relevant research studies, evaluation of new treatments and models of treatment, and impact of community interventions although the nature and magnitude of such activities varies within different components of the program as does the level of integration of research and evaluation with clinical service. In addition, the program offers clinical and research training to a variety of professional disciplines. While it is the goal of this program to develop, apply and share the best practices in assessment and treatment of psychotic disorders, this is achieved to a varying degree in different components of the program. In addition, the program collaborates actively with internal and external partners, families and care givers and initiates teaching, training, and knowledge transfer activities.
Director: Dr. Ashok Malla (ashok.malla [at]

Personality Disorders Program

This program involves a unified McGill-based approach to the assessment and treatment of patients with personality disorders. Located at each of the teaching hospitals, the programs will complement each other and use common methods for evaluation and therapy.  We are also developing outreach to the first line in the community. The program sponsors a large conference with a visiting expert every two years.

Director: Dr. Joel Paris ( [at]

Eating Disorders Program

The Eating Disorders Program (EDP) is a main hub in the effort to care for people in the Quebec population with EDs in the anorexia or bulimia spectrum. The EDP exists as a centre of expertise, offering cutting-edge care, conducting clinical research to inform future treatment and prevention efforts, and offering training to health care professionals at various nodes in the health care and university systems.
Director: Dr. Howard Steiger (stehow [at]