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2020 Speaker Bios
Dr. Amanda Abate
Lecturer, University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry & Inpatient Psychiatrist at Ontario Shores
Dr. Amanda Abate is an inpatient psychiatrist at Ontario Shores, where she is also a member of the ECT treatment team, teaches medical students and residents, and is a member of various committees related to medical informatics, quality improvement, and development and evaluation of innovative care models. She also works with youth at Eva's Satellite and Eva's Place, does outreach work in Wawa, Ontario, and is a part-time lecturer with University of Toronto. Dr. Abate completed medical school at Queen’s University and subsequently completed her psychiatry residency from 2013-2018 at the University of Toronto. During residency, Dr. Abate was actively involved in a range of academic and educational activities, including serving as an OSCE and MCC QEII examiner, teaching as a resident teacher in the Personality Disorders Course, co-facilitating a Motivational Interviewing Workshop at St. Joseph’s Hospital and participating as a Scholar in the Year 4 Undergraduate Medical Education Portfolio Course at U of T. She has 3 co-authored publications, and during residency was also active in various medical organizations including serving as PRAT Vice-President, and Class Representative in PGY-3 and PGY-5, and as a General Assembly Member and Social Representative of PARO.
Dr. Paul Benassi
Assistant Professor University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry & Continuing Professional Development Lead for the Forensic Division
Dr. Paul Benassi’s clinical work focuses on forensic mental health, including psycho-legal assessments and managing individuals under the Ontario Review Board, at the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He completed his medical degree at McMaster University, followed by Psychiatry Residency and Forensic Subspecialty training at the University of Toronto. He attained graduate training in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (MSc QIPS) through the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation (IHPME) through the University of Toronto. He is cross appointed in the Department of Psychiatry and Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, where he supervises medical residents and graduate students. He is the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) lead for the Forensic Division in the Department of Psychiatry.
Dr. Deanna Chaukos
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry & Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrist at Mount Sinai Hospital
Dr. Deanna Chaukos is a Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrist at Mount Sinai Hospital (MSH) and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. In addition to her clinical work in C/L (inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry C/L team and HIV psychiatry outpatient clinic), she is the wellness lead for the University of Toronto Psychiatry Residency Program. She has prior experience working to implement wellbeing initiatives in diverse residency training settings, and has conducted research on trainee resilience. She completed her residency training at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and McLean hospital, and fellowship in consultation psychiatry at MGH.
Dr. Bruce Fage
Emergency and General Psychiatrist at CAMH
Dr. Bruce Fage is an Emergency and General Psychiatrist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He is a graduate of Queen's School of Medicine and completed his psychiatry residency at the University of Toronto in 2019. His areas of focus include medical education, peer advocacy, and developing health systems that meet the needs of the people and communities we serve. He is an Education Coordinator for the CAMH Gerald Sheff and Shanitha Kachan Emergency Department and a founder and board director of PsychEd, an educational psychiatry podcast. He is a member of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry's Mental Health Services Committee and has authored several works in the areas of professional identity, medical education, and emergency psychiatry
Dr. Susan Franchuk
Addiction Psychiatry Clinical Fellow, Acute Care Program, CAMH
Dr. Susan Franchuk completed medical school at Queen's University, then trained at the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto for her psychiatry residency. After graduating residency, she completed an Addiction Psychiatry/Medicine Fellowship this past year through the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)/University of Toronto. She is now a staff psychiatrist in the Addictions Division, Acute Care Program at CAMH working in outpatient addiction services. She received a Ruth Fox scholarship from the American Society of Addiction Medicine in 2019, and is a facilitator at the 2019 California Society of Addiction Medicine Review Course. She is interested in improving resident addiction education, and enhancing integration of addiction medicine into general psychiatric practice.
Dr. Amy Gajaria
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry & Psychiatrist, CAMH & Black Creek Community Health Centre
Dr. Amy Gajaria is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Dr. Gajaria is staff psychiatrist in the Child, Youth, and Family Program at CAMH and also works at Black Creek Community Health Centre as well as in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Her clinical and research interests are in the care of underserved and racialized children, adolescents, and their families, and in equitable access to mental healthcare.
Dr. Justin Geagea
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry, & Psychiatrist, CAMH
Dr Geagea is a staff psychiatrist at Camh and an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. He has dedicated himself professionally to the care of those with severe and persistent mental disorders, with an emphasis on assessment, diagnosis and treatment optimization to enhance recovery. He supervises postgraduate trainees regularly and his didactic teaching has focused assessment and treatment of people with schizophrenia and on civil mental health law. In 2017 he received the ‘Psychiatrist of the Year’ award from the Ontario Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Marina Golts
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry & Clinical Psychiatrist, Mount Sinai Hospital
Dr. Golts is a psychiatrist who works in the Perinatal Mental Health Program, as well as The General Psychiatry Inpatient Unit at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. She received her medical degree from Queen’s University in 2003, and completed her residency in Psychiatry at the University of Toronto in 2008. She previously worked on the Women’s Inpatient Unit at CAMH prior to coming to Mount Sinai Hospital. Her clinical interests involve women’s mental health issues across the reproductive life cycle. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She provides clinical supervision to undergraduate and post graduate students. She is involved in designing and conducting seminars on perinatal psychiatry for residents, other local hospitals, national conferences and webinars.
Dr. Jennifer Hirsch
Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto; Psychiatrist and Sleep Medicine Specialist, MedSleep & Reproductive Mental Health Psychiatrist, Mount Sinai Hospital
Dr. Jennifer Hirsch is a Psychiatrist and Sleep Medicine Specialist at MedSleep (Toronto Sleep Institute) and Reproductive Mental Health (Mount Sinai Hospital). She completed her residency in Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Her fellowship in Sleep Medicine was supervised by Dr Adam Blackman at the Toronto Sleep Institute. She earned her Doctor of Medicine at the University of Calgary-Cumming School of Medicine after graduating from McGill University with a major in mathematics and statistics. At the Toronto Sleep Institute, Dr Hirsch sees a wide range of sleep disorders including: insomnia, hypersomlenence, sleep-related breathing and movement disorders. In addition, she works as a Reproductive Psychiatrist, managing patients with mental illness both during pregnancy and post-partum. Dr Hirsch runs the Perinatal Mindfulness Meditation program at Mount Sinai Hospital and practices Interpersonal Psychotherapy. Lastly, Dr Hirsch works and supervises resident-trainees in the Emergency Department at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Dr. Jared R. Peck
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry & Head of Ambulatory Psychiatry and Head of CBT Services, Mount Sinai Hospital
Dr. Jared Peck is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He earned his MD from the University of Toronto in 2004 and completed residency in psychiatry at the University of Toronto in 2009. His clinical practice is based at Mount Sinai Hospital where he is the Head of Ambulatory Psychiatry and Head of CBT Services. He completed the Beck Institute Extramural CBT Training Program in 2010 and is a certified cognitive behavioural therapist with both the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies. He has also completed training in Quality Improvement. Dr. Peck is actively involved in resident education and has presented at the both the Canadian Psychiatric Association and American Psychiatric Association annual meetings on CBT for Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Safety and Quality Improvement in Mental Health.
Dr. Mary Preisman
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry & Consultation Liaison Psychiatrist, Mount Sinai Hospital
Dr. Preisman is a consultation liaison psychiatrist at Mount Sinai Hospital. Her areas of clinical focus and expertise include critical care psychiatry and inpatient perinatal psychiatry. She is very involved in medical education as the PGY1 Coordinator for the Department of Psychiatry, the course director of the University of Toronto Psychiatry Refresher Course and as an inter-specialty educator in collaboration with family medicine, internal medicine, critical care and obstetrics. She is passionate about work-life integration and runs a wellness series for ICU fellow as well as a busy household with two young children.
Dr. Joshua Rosenblat
Staff Psychiatrist and Clinician-Researcher, Toronto Western Hospital & Staff Psychiatrist and Clinician-Researcher, Toronto Western Hospital
Dr. Joshua Rosenblat is a staff psychiatrist and clinician-researcher at the Mood Disorders Psychopharmacology Unit (MDPU) at Toronto Western Hospital. His clinical focus is treatment-resistant unipolar and bipolar depression. His research focus is conducting clinical trials to identify and evaluate novel psychopharmacological interventions for mood disorders that may substantially improve patient outcomes. Current novel targets of interest include the glutamate system, inflammation and the insulin pathway. He is also interested in targeting specific symptom domains, such as cognition and anhedonia, that do not respond as well to currently available treatment. He has authored and co-authored over 100 journal articles and textbook chapters with over 1,500 citations.
Dr. Aviva Rostas
Lecturer, University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry & Psychiatrist, CAMH
Dr. Aviva Rostas completed her Undergraduate training at the University of Western Ontario and then attended medical school at McMaster University. She completed her psychiatry residency at the University of Toronto in 2017, and subsequently completed geriatric psychiatry subspecialty training at the University of Toronto in June 2018. She is currently on staff at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and works in the geriatric psychiatry inpatient unit, in transitional housing for seniors, and consulting to long-term care homes. She is a Lecturer in the University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry.
Dr. Mark Sinyor
Associate Professor, University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry & Psychiatrist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Dr. Mark Sinyor is a Psychiatrist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and an Associate Scientist at the Hurvitz Brain Sciences Research Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute. His clinical focus is on treatment of mood and anxiety disorders and coordinates Sunnybrook’s Mood Disorders Clinic. He is the founder of PROGRESS (the Program of Research and Education to Stop Suicide) at Sunnybrook. His main research focus is on suicide prevention and mental health literacy. He has 39 peer-reviewed publications in high impact factor journals including the CMAJ, BMJ, American Journal of Psychiatry, and World Psychiatry. His writing for lay audiences has appeared in the National Post and Toronto Star. His research has been featured in Time Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, BusinessWeek, the CBC, CTV and Global News. He has been a scientific advisor to several Canadian and international government agencies helping them develop suicide prevention strategies. He is the lead author on Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) guidelines for responsible media reporting and organizes a biyearly forum for journalists and policy makers to discuss safe reporting. He has also developed a mental health literacy curriculum for middle schoolers teaching distress tolerance using the Harry Potter novels. He has won numerous research and teaching awards including the 2017 CPA Early Career Achievement in Psychiatry Award.
Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam
Professor, University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry & Vice President, Education at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and Vice President, Education at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
He is currently the co-lead for the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Ontario Mental Health at the Centre for Addiction and Mental and Health and the University of Toronto, which is a provincial hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing network model building mental health and addiction capacity in rural Ontario. He is the Director of Curriculum Renewal for the Medical Psychiatry Alliance, systems and education initiative building capacity in integrated physical and mental health care.
Dr. Sockalingam has >130 peer-reviewed publications and is a lead investigator on several peer-reviewed clinical and medical education grants. His clinical research interests are focused on C-L Psychiatry, specifically obesity and mental health. His education research is focused on training for managing complexity, alignment of quality improvement and continuing professional development, and understanding factors influencing lifelong learning in practice. He has been the recipient of several national and international education awards including the 2018 Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (ACLP) Alan Stoudemire Award for Innovation and Excellence in C-L Psychiatry Education and the Association of Chairs of Psychiatry of Canada Award for Excellence in Education.
Dr. Daphne Voineskos
Lecturer, University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry & Psychiatrist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Dr. Daphne Voineskos is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry, working in Mood and Anxiety at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Her clinical area of expertise is in brain stimulation for mood disorders at the Temerty Centre for Therapeutic Brain Intervention. She is currently completing her PhD with a focus on neurophysiological biomarkers of response to brain stimulation therapies for treatment resistant illnesses. Her research and potential in this field has recently been recognized locally, by the Department of Psychiatry, provincially by the Ontario Mental Health Foundation, and internationally, by the American Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Juveria Zaheer
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry & Psychiatrist, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Dr. Juveria Zaheer MD FRCPC MSc is a psychiatrist and researcher at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Her areas of interest include suicide prevention, emergency psychiatry and qualitative research. She is very involved in education and is the winner of the prestigious Robin Hunter Award for Postgraduate Education.