Mental Health Matters Updates from your Department. No. 13 January 2015

Mental Health Matters - Issue No. 13: January 2015

Mental Health Matters - Updates from your Department provides monthly updates on members' activities, while highlighting the successes and achievements of the Department of Psychiatry and its members.


Dr. Marie-France Tourigny-Rivard awarded 2014-2015 Best E-Portfolio Coach, Francophone Stream from the Faculty of Medicine Adobe PDF (261 KB)

Natasha Fernandes, a University of Ottawa medical student, awarded the 2015 Canadian Organization of Undergraduate Psychiatric Educators (COUPE) Best Paper Award for her paper entitled "Dignity Therapy within a Mood Inpatient Setting."

Dr. Georg Northoff's new book, Neuro-Philosophy and the Healthy Mind: Learning from the Unwell Brain, released in December 2015 by Norton Publishing Ltd.

Dr. Katherine Allen appointed Psychiatry Anglophone Content Expert and Unit III Co-leader Adobe PDF (241 KB)


Drs. Gilles Fleury and Rob Milin publish a two-part CPA Position Paper in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry on training in substance-related and addictive disorders. Part 1, Part 2

Dr. George Tasca's PPRNet Blog – December and January Update

Dr. Simon Hatcher on CBC radio discusses how technology can help men at risk of suicide

Education & Events

February 10th University Round by Dr. Rudolf Uher, Canadian Research Chair in Early Intervention in Psychiatry, entitled "Identification of Risk and Early Interventions to Prevent Major Mood and Psychotic Disorders" Adobe PDF (751 KB)

February 11th Panel Discussion-The Refugee Crisis and Mental Health

February 12th Special Presentation "The Refugee Crisis and Mental Health "by Renos K. Papdopoulos, Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees, University of Essex Adobe PDF (42 KB)

February 24th University Round by Dr. Brad Booth and Mrs. Michelle O'Bonsawin entitled "An Introduction to Psychiatric Disability and Employment Law" Adobe PDF (824 KB)

Schedule of Upcoming University Rounds

The 37th Annual E.K. Koranyi Review Course welcomed 220 participants to the Shaw Centre from January 11 to 15, 2016 for an intensive review of all major areas of psychiatry by local and national experts. The course, over the past 37 years, is intended as part of preparation for the Royal College written exam in Psychiatry, but each year has seen a steady growth in clinician attendance using it as an update of their own psychiatric knowledge. Feedback so far is that it was one of the most successful to date.

In the News

Jacques Frémont, President of Quebec's Human Rights Commission, named University of Ottawa President Designate

Dr. Mireille St-Jean from the Department of Family Medicine discusses Drs. Michael Cheng and Simon Hatcher's involvement with and vision 20/20

Dr. Elliott Lee discusses Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and depression in the Ottawa Sun

Dr. Elliott Lee on CTV Morning Live discusses "Blue Monday"

Recent Appointments

Dr. Moshieve Edwin – Assistant Professor – Royal Ottawa Health Care Group

Dr. Abigail Ortiz (in process) – Assistant Professor – Royal Ottawa Health Care Group