Our UHN programs and services are among the most advanced in the world. We have grouped our physicians, staff, services and resources into 10 medical programs to meet the needs of our patients and help us make the most of our resources.
University Health Network is a health care and medical research organization in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The scope of research and complexity of cases at UHN has made us a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care.
Our 10 medical programs are spread across eight hospital sites – Princess Margaret, Toronto General, Toronto Rehab’s five sites, Toronto Western – as well as our education programs through the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. Learn more about the services, programs and amenities offered at each location.
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We are one of the country's largest mental health research hospitals as measured by grant funding – $29M in 2019. Our researchers pursue important and innovative work investigating the causes of numerous mental illnesses and develop new ways to treat them and deliver better care.
Our clinicians and researchers continue to deepen our understanding of physical and mental health integration conducting ground-breaking discoveries in a wide range of areas. They are joined in their research by graduate and post-graduate students affiliated with the University of Toronto.
Our research footprint expanded in 2021 with a transformative donation from the Nikean Foundation. The newly created Nikean Psychedelic Psychotherapy Research Centre will study the promise of a new treatment paradigm that has the potential to support patients across a range of mental health disorders.
Details about our current mental health research work are listed by category below.
UHN's research in the area of medical psychiatry explores mental health care and outcomes for those with physical health issues and those undergoing surgery. Areas of specific focus include organ transplantation, bariatric surgery, cardiac surgery, delirium, stroke, medical assistance in dying and sleep. We use innovative research methods including quantitative and qualitative studies, artificial intelligence, and technology-assisted interventions. In addition, several investigators are involved in studying health care worker distress during and adaptation to COVID.
Mateusz Zurowski, Linda Liu, Shannon Wright, Suze Berkhout, Kathleen Sheehan, Sanjeev Sockalingam, Raed Hawa, Rima Styra, Susan Abbey, Donna Stewart
Psychological adaptation to COVID; movement and anxietyUHN MSH AMO COVID innovation fund co-PI with Kenneth Fung title "Pandemic Acceptance and Commitment and Empowerment Response Intervention for font line Health Care Providers (PACER-HCP); private philanthropic funding for Parkinson and anxiety research
Trauma-informed intervention research, geriatric care, hcp mental health
Sole Expression: A trauma-informed intervention, Public Health Agency of Canada 2017-2021; Co-creating innovative strategies to address the wellbeing of older persons and their healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario Rapid Research, Jul 2020-Mar 2021
Transplant psychiatryCanadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program (CDTRP) Innovation Grant; July 2020-December 2021 (likely flexible given COVID)
Transplant, Qualitative Research, Placebo/Nocebo StudiesFrictions of Futurity In Transplant Medicine" (PI) New Frontiers Research Fund (delayed start - May 2021 - May 2023); "Placebo Talks Back"" (co-I) SSHRC, July 2020 - June 2023; "Limits of Cure: Metanarrative Review and Qualitative Pilot Study of Treatment Resistance in Mental Health" (PI); Excellence Funds, August 2020 - August 2021; "Lessons from the Nocebo Effect"" (PI), Medical Education Humanities Matching Grant, January 2020 - January 2021; UHN COVID Coping and Resiliency Employee Support (CARES) Quality Improvement Study (co-PI), UHN/MSH AMO Fund, April 2020 - ongoing
Quality of care for those with co-occurring mental and physical health issues, deliriumUsing artificial intelligence to identify and predict delirium among hospitalized medical patients, CIHR/NSERC Collaborative Health Research Projects, 2019-2022; Y-STROKE NEEDS Study: Psychosocial and Occupational Outcomes in Young Adults Following Stroke. CIHR Project Grant Priority Announcement, 2020-2021; UHN COVID CARES Program: Rapid Delivery and Evaluation of Mental Health Support Program for Staff. MSH/UHN AMO Innovation Fund, 2020; Frictions of Futurity and Cure in Transplant Medicine: Re-Thinking Central Challenges Through Feminist/Crip Science and Technology Studies New Frontiers in Research Fund – Exploration (Tri-Council), 2020-2023
Bariatric Surgery and Psychosocial CareTelephone-based cognitive behavioural therapy for post-operative bariatric surgery patients: a randomized controlled trial, Canadian Institutes for Health Research, June 2017-June 2022
Bariatric and sleep psychiatryCo-Investigator. Measurement of patient-reported outcomes and sleep health domains in the patients undergoing non-cardiac surgeries, for the TRANslating sleep health into QUaLity of recovery. (TRANQUIL) program: A feasibility Study. Singh M (PI) Co-Investigators: Urback O, Hawa R, Lim A, Bhatia A, Tomlinson G, Gandi R.; Co-Investigator. Evaluating the effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i) on patient centered outcomes such as self-efficacy, pain control and overall quality of life in the young adult chronic pain population. Singh M, Carney C (Co-PI), Co-Investigators: Stinson J, Lailoo C, Mcloone M, Sheffe S, burke-Quesnelle E, Bhatia A, Lim A, Hawa R, Law Y, Bosma R, Direnna T. The Young Adult CBTi (YAC) Study. Women's College Hospital Academic and Medical Services Group (WCHAMSG) Innovation Fund
Distress in COVID, delirium in cardiac patients, COVID study
Stressors and Protective Factors in Assessors and Providers of Medical Assistance in Dying
Our multidisciplinary psychosocial oncology research program focuses on understanding cancer-related needs and developing mental health interventions for cancer patients and their families. Research projects extend across all phases from active cancer treatment to palliative care and survivorship, with research approaches including mixed methods qualitative and quantitative studies, biomarker development, digital technologies, and clinical trials.
Mary Elliott, Sarah Hales, Chana Korenblum, Madeline Li , Kim Miller, Jody Morita, Pamela Mosher, Gary Rodin, Christian Schulz-Quach
Lori Bernstein, Norma D'Agostino, Kim Edelstein, Jennifer Jones, Andrew Matthew, Rinat Nissim
Cancer and the Brain
Quality of Life and Survivorship
Advanced and Terminal Disease
Note: Several projects are collaborations between staff, indicated with initials and * if PI
Our program is interested in novel disease modifying treatments for mood disorders and the implementation of evidence-based medicine in mood disorders. There is also an active clinical and research program in neurostimulation (rTMS) and deep brain stimulation for mood disorders.
Roger McIntyre, Rodrigo Mansur, Joshua Rosenblat, Jonathan Downar, Sid Kennedy
UHN's research in neuropsychiatry focuses on functional neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders. Current research projects include assessment of a novel collaborative care model for individuals with functional movement disorders and a randomized, placebo-controlled trial of cannabis for individuals with Tourette's syndrome.
Paul Sandor, Lindsey MacGillivray
Neurodevelopmental disorders, psychopharmacology, imaging, genetics
Randomized, placebo controlled trial of cannabis in Tourette syndrome patients. Tourette Association America
Functional movement disordersEvaluating new FMD clinic
Research in the eating disorders program is focused on evaluating outcomes of treatments and development and evaluation of concurrent treatment for eating disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder. Current studies include program evaluation of the Eating Disorders Program, evaluation of the effectiveness of a concurrent treatment for eating disorders and PTSD.
Kathryn Trottier, Danielle MacDonald
Seniors Mental Health
Seniors Mental Health Research includes basic research about brain structure, biomarkers and treatments for psychotic depression in the elderly and innovative treatments for dementia.
Alastair Flint, Kathleen Bingham, Andrea Iaboni, Ron Keren
Dalglish Family 22q Clinic
This research program involves the multi-system genetic disorder, 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11.2DS), that serves as a human model for its major associated conditions that are prevalent in the general population but particularly enriched in 22q11.2DS: schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, Parkinson disease, congenital cardiac disease, type 2 diabetes, and others.
Research topics, in addition to 22q11.2DS, include the genetics of schizophrenia and of congenital cardiac disease, and how rare molecular subtypes can inform precision medicine for complex diseases.
Culture, Equity and Social Determinants of Health
Research focus: identify social determinants of health that affect mental health and mental illness of diverse communities and develop effective individual and community psychological and social policy and interventions to decrease stigma, family violence, increase resilience, enhance wellbeing, and promote valued-living, guided by principles of equity, social justice, and empowerment.
Kenneth Fung, Keith Wong, Jenny Liu, Donna Stewart
Linking HeartsDescription: An implementation science project with 1 mental health centre and 6 universities in Jinan, Shandong Province, China. The project seeks to promote wellbeing, build capacity, and reduce mental illness stigma amongst interdisciplinary health professionals and students using Acceptance Commitment Therapy, psychoeducation, and group empowerment approaches.Recruitment: none at UHN; university faculty, healthcare professionals, counsellors, and students in Jinan China
Pandemic Rapid-response Optimization To Enhance Community-Resilience and Health (PROTECH)Description: A community-based action research project seeking to reduce the negative psychosocial impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Chinese-Canadians.Recruitment: none at UHN; Chinese community volunteers to engage in different aspects of the project (information curation, multi-media engagement, event organization, community outreach, live-chat support), as well as healthcare providers and/or Chinese community members highly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to engage in a resilience-promotion intervention.
Pandemic Acceptance and Commitment to Empowerment Response – HealthCare Professionals (PACER-HCP)Description: An online psychosocial intervention program to promote resilience, lower distress, and build capacity in healthcare providers in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic; integrates Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)Recruitment at UHN: healthcare staff/providers at UHN and other healthcare settings to engage in a resilience-promotion intervention.
ACT-GROWTHDescription: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy time limited group to help women who have experienced traumaRecruitment: suspended due to pandemic
Autism Mental Health Promotion ProjectDescription: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) groups to train clinicians and parents with children/adult children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to cope with stressRecruitment: on-going; groups is now online and virtual
Family ViolenceResearch on prevention and education on family violence/intimate partner violence and child maltreatment as factors which contribute to mental disorders. This work is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada and the research informs national health and wellbeing policy.
Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Preparing Providers to Recognize and Respond to Family Violence. Kimber M, Stewart DE, Vanstone M (coLeads). 2019/11 - 2023/2PHAC#1920-HQ-00008