Postgraduate Program Director (Psychiatry)
MD, FRCP(C), MSc, ABPN
Familial risk, genetic epidemiology
Dr. Low is a clinician-researcher in the Mood Disorders Program of the MUHC and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. She is a psychiatrist with training in psychiatric and genetic epidemiology and interested in familial risk in psychiatric disorders. Her research focuses on mood and anxiety disorders and other complex, chronic disorders. She uses (a) family and (b) longitudinal cohort study approaches to characterize (1) the phenotypic heterogeneity of what is transmitted within families; (2) the factors that contribute to the familial transmission, such as other psychiatric comorbidity, genetic factors, and the source of subject sampling; and (3) the role of environmental exposures on the course, progress, and outcomes of illness. Dr. Low also uses (4) comorbid disorders (e.g., migraine, sleep, cardiovascular diseases) to derive and evaluate possible familial phenotypes of psychiatric disorders.