Srividya Iyer, PhD

Srividya is interested in youth mental health and early intervention, including for serious mental illnesses such as psychosis, in Canada and beyond. She is a Researcher at the Douglas Hospital Research Centre and a psychologist at the Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychosis (PEPP) in Montreal. She is supported by a New Investigator Salary award from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) and had earlier received a salary award from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé.

In 2017, Srividya won the Principal’s Prize for Outstanding Emerging Researchers and the Maude Abbott Prize for outstanding research accomplishments. She was also inducted into the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada.

Srividya is the Scientific-Clinical Director of ACCESS Open Minds, a national youth mental health services research network established under CIHR’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research. In this role, she provides leadership to the development, implementation and evaluation of a transformation of youth mental health services at 14 sites in six provinces and one territory. These sites serve urban, semi-urban, rural, Indigenous, immigrant, ethnic minority and homeless youths; university students; youths under state protection; and youths involved in the criminal justice system. Along with Ashok Malla, she directs ACCESS’s research, training and knowledge translation strategy and leads a vibrant collaboration of 200+ youths, families, service providers, researchers, policymakers and Indigenous communities.

Srividya is one of the core leaders of Frayme, a Network for Centres of Excellence for translating youth mental health knowledge internationally into practice and policy.

Srividya’s ACCESS and FRAYME roles build on her experience coordinating PEPP-Montreal, one of Canada’s leading clinical and research programs for early psychosis. They also form the core of her larger program of youth mental health research that is primarily funded by a CIHR Foundation Scheme grant. Srividya is also the Associate Editor of the journal, Early Intervention in Psychiatry.

For over a decade, Srividya has been pursuing a cross-cultural longitudinal study of outcomes and family factors in first-episode psychosis that is funded by the US-based National Institutes of Health. This study involves PEPP in Montreal and the Schizophrenia Research Foundation, a mental health NGO in Chennai, India. More recently, she has been involved in additional mental health capacity building projects in India (in Kashmir, Delhi and Chennai).

In addition to a thematic focus on early intervention and youth mental health, Srividya’s program of research reflects her interests in using multiple quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods; engaging diverse stakeholders, particularly youth and family service users; implementation science; and building sustainable, collaborative clinical and research capacity within community contexts.

As a psychologist, Srividya gained assessment and treatment experience in India, the United States, and Canada. Her clinical interests are in the design and delivery of mental health services and early intervention strategies, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based approaches, clinical supervision and program leadership. She is also passionate about the mental health care of disadvantaged communities.

Srividya enjoys mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research associates, research-track residents and other trainees in lines of research that are related to her own. Some of her recent students have focused on post-traumatic growth following psychosis; various stakeholders’ perceptions about their relative responsibilities for meeting the support needs of people with mental health problems; treatment delays and pathways to care in youth mental health; childhood adversity and physical health outcomes in psychosis; family interventions in psychosis; and the experiences and mental health needs of Asian immigrant LGBTQ youth.

Srividya completed her Master’s in Clinical Psychology at the University of Mumbai, India, where she went on to work as the sole psychologist in one of the world’s busiest public hospitals. She then pursued her doctoral training in psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and University of California, Los Angeles, and her post-doctoral training at PEPP.

srividya.iyer [at] mcgill.ca (Email)

My Google Scholar profile

My Research Gate profile


Selected Articles (underline signifies student)

Iyer, S.N., Jordan, G., Joober, R., & Malla, A.K. (2015). Early intervention for psychosis: A Canadian perspective. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 203 (5): 356:64

Iyer, S.N., Boksa, P., Shah, J., Lal, S., Joober, R., Marandola, G., Jordan, G., Doyle, M., & Malla, A.K.. (2015). Transforming youth mental health: A Canadian perspective. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine (Special Focus on Youth Mental Health: International Perspectives), 32 (1), 51-60.

Rho, A., Traicu, A., Lepage, M., Iyer, S.N., Malla, A., & Joober, R. (2015) Clinical and functional implications of a history of childhood ADHD in first-episode psychosis. Schizophrenia Research, 165 (2-3):128-33

Levy, E., Traicu, A., Iyer, S.N., Malla, A., Joober, R. (2015). Psychotic disorders comorbid with ADHD: An important knowledge gap. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 60 (3), S48-52

Lutgens, D., Iyer, S.N., Joober, R., Brown, T. G., Norman, R., Latimer, E., Schmitz, N., Baki, A. A., Abadi, S., & Malla, A. (2015). A five-year randomized parallel and blinded clinical trial of an extended specialized early intervention vs. regular care in the early phase of psychotic disorders: study protocol. BMC Psychiatry, 15:22

Iyer, S.N. & Malla, A. (2014). Early Intervention in Psychosis: Concepts, Current Knowledge and Future Directions. Santé Mentale au Quebec, 39 (2), 201-30.

Jordan, G., Lutgens, D., Joober, R., LePage, M., Iyer, S.N.*, & Malla, A.* (2014). The relative contribution of cognition and symptomatic remission to functional outcome following treatment of a first episode psychosis. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 75(6):e566-72. * Senior authors

Lutgens, D., Joober, R., Malla, A. & Iyer, S.N. (2014). The Impact of Caregiver Familiarity with Mental Disorders on Timing of Intervention in First Episode Psychosis. Early Intervention in Psychiatry. doi: 10.1111/eip.12121

Lutgens D, Lepage M, Iyer S.N., & Malla A (2014). Predictors of Cognition in First Episode Psychosis. Schizophrenia Research, 152 (1), 164-169.

Jordan, G., Pope, M., Wallis, P. & Iyer, S.N. (2014). The Relationship between Openness to Experience and Willingness to Engage in Online Political Participation. Social Science and Computer Review. doi:10.1177/0894439314534590

Iyer, S.N., Banks, N., Roy, MA., Tibbo, P., Williams, R., Manchanda, R., Chue, P., & Malla, A.K. (2013). A qualitative study of experiences with and perceptions regarding long-acting antipsychotic injectable medications: Part I -Patient perspectives. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 58(5): 14S-22S

Iyer, S.N., Banks, N., Roy, M.A., Tibbo, P., Williams, R., Manchanda, R., Chue, P., & Malla, A.K. (2013). A qualitative study of experiences with and perceptions regarding long-acting antipsychotic injectable medications: Part II -Psychiatrist perspectives. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 58(5): 23S-29S

Manchanda, R., Chue, P., Malla, A.K., Tibbo, P., Roy, M.A., Williams, R., Iyer, S.N., & Banks, N.(2013). Long-Acting Injectable Antipsychotics: Evidence of Effectiveness and Utilization. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 58(5): 5S-13S

Malla, A.K., Tibbo, P., Chue, P., Levy, E., Manchanda, R., Teehan, M., Williams, R., Iyer, S.N., & Roy, MA. (2013). Long-acting injectable antipsychotic medications: Recommendations for clinicians. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 58(5): 30S-35S

Pruessner, M., Béchard-Evans, L., Boekestyn, L., Iyer, S.N., Pruessner, J., & Malla, A.K. (2013). Attenuated cortisol response to acute psychosocial stress in individuals at ultra-high risk for psychosis. Schizophrenia Research, 146 (1-3): 79-86

Iyer, S.N., Ramamurti, M., Jeyagurunathan, A., Rangaswamy, T., & Malla, A.K. (2011). An examination of patient identified goals for treatment in a first-episode program in Chennai, India. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 5(4):360-5

Iyer, S.N., Loohuis, H., Joober, R., & Malla, A.K. (2011). Concerns reported by family members of individuals with first-episode psychosis. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 5(2):163-7

Pruessner, M., Iyer, S.N., Faridi, K., Joober, R., & Malla, A.K. (2011). Stress and protective factors in individuals at ultra-high risk for psychosis, first-episode psychosis and healthy controls: A case control study. Schizophrenia Research,129(1):29-35

Iyer, S.N., Ramamurti, M., Rangaswamy, T., & Malla, A.K. (2010). Preliminary findings from a study of first-episode psychosis in Montréal, Canada and Chennai, India: Comparison of outcomes. Schizophrenia Research, 121(1-3), 227-233.

Béchard-Evans, L.*, Iyer, S.N., Lepage, M., Joober, R., & Malla, A.K. (2010). Investigating cognitive deficits and symptomatology across pre-morbid adjustment patterns in first-episode psychosis. Psychological Medicine, 40, 749-59.

Vracotas, N.C., Iyer, S.N., Joober, R., & Malla, A.K. (2010). The role of self-esteem in outcome in first-episode psychosis. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 58(1):41-6

Iyer, S.N., Boekestyn, L., Cassidy, C.M., King, S., Joober, R., & Malla, A.K. (2008). Signs and symptoms in the pre-psychotic phase: Description and implications for diagnostic trajectories. Psychological Medicine, 38, 1147-1156.

Iyer, S.N., Goldberg, K., & Malla, A.K. (2008). Sooner is better: The case for early intervention in psychosis. Schizophrenia Digest, 15(3), 15-16.

Iyer, S.N. (2007). Expanding the boundaries of psychology: International students in psychology graduate programs. International Psychology Bulletin, 11(4), 7-11.

Combs, D.R., Penn, D.L., Spaulding, W.D., Adams, S.D., Roberts, D.L., & Iyer, S.N. (2006). Graduate training in cognitive-behavioral therapy for psychosis: The approaches of three generations of clinical researchers. The Behavior Therapist, 29, 12-16.

Iyer, S.N., Rothmann, T.L., Vogler, J.E., & Spaulding, W.D. (2005). Evaluating outcomes of rehabilitation for severe mental illness. Rehabilitation Psychology, 50, 43-55.


Selected Book Chapters

Rothmann, T.L., Iyer, S.N., Peer, J.E., & Spaulding, W.D. (2006). Schizophrenia. In J.E. Fisher & W.T. O’Donohue (Eds.), Practitioner's guide to evidence-based psychotherapy (pp. 583-592). New York: Springer Science + Business Media.