Affiliated Research Centers

Since its inception more than 60 years ago, research at the McGill Department of Psychiatry has always been a priority. In 1963, the Research and Training Building was inaugurated as the first Canadian institution devoted to psychiatry research and training.

Today, the Department is comprised of three research centres and one partner centre.

  • Douglas Institute Research Centre
  • Lady Davis Institute (LDI) for Medical Research (Jewish General Hospital)
  • McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)
    • Montreal Children’s Hospital
    • Montreal General Hospital
    • Research and Training Building
    • Partner centre: Montreal Neurological Institute

Together, these institutions constitute a powerful network and contribute to the international reputation of excellence of Psychiatry Research at McGill.

Douglas Institute Research Centre

Scientific Director: Dr. Brigitte Kieffer

Executive Director: Dr. Alain Gratton

There are three research divisions at the DIRC

  1. Clinical Research Division
    -Brain imaging
    -Eating disorders
    -Suicide research and mood disorders
    -First episode psychosis and early intervention
     -Attention-deficit hyperactive disorder 
  2. Neuroscience Research Division
    -Neurodevelopmental models of mental pathologies
    -Behavioral epigenetics 
    -Adult phenotypes
    -Circadian rhythms and sleep
  3. Psychosocial Research Division
    -Services and policy research in mental health
    -Recovery from sever and persistent mental disorders 
    -Developmental psychopathology
    -Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    -Forensic mental health 


Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research at the Jewish General Hospital

Psychiatry Research Division
Director: Dr. Phyllis Zelkowitz

  • Cultural Psychiatry
  • Psychosocial Factors in Medical Illness
  • Etiology and Treatment of Mental Disorders 


McGill University Health Centre

Mental Health Mission

Director of research, Child Psychiatry: Dr. Lily Hechtman

Director of research, Adult Psychiatry: Dr. Simon Ducharme

Current major areas of research include

  • Addictions
  • Attention-deficit hyperactive disorder
  • Autism