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About Us

The Department of Psychiatry exists as a provincial academic and clinical entity in both the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Health Authority. In Saskatoon, Saskatchewan's largest city, campus is at the Royal University Hospital in the University of Saskatchewan, prominently located along the beautiful shoreline of the South Saskatchewan River. In Regina, the provincial capital, campus is in the Regina General Hospital.
 
The Department of Psychiatry offers medical undergraduate and postgraduate residency as well as postgraduate training in Master’s, PhD and postdoctoral fellowship opportunities in neuroscience and applied psychiatry. We also offer an ongoing series of continuing professional education activities. Our research reflects the diversity of our faculty and includes clinical, basic biomedical\applied research in psychiatry and neuroscience.
 
A vibrant group of psychiatrists provide clinical services on an inpatient and outpatient basis. We have medical faculty throughout the city offering general adult, child and adolescent, forensic and geriatric services as well as many other subspecialized clinics. We are committed to pursuing high quality academic and clinical service provisions in the context of providing our patients and the people of Saskatchewan with excellent and compassionate care and a new generation of well-trained clinicians, educators and researchers. Thank you for visiting the website!

Dr. Malin Clark, BA, MD, FRCPC
Professor and Acting Provincial Head, Department of Psychiatry

Our Mission

To safeguard and enhance the psychiatric well-being of patients, through dedicated practice of scholarly activities, research, teaching, and optimal clinical care.

Values

Collegiality & Collaboration
Integrity
Competency
Respect
Accountability

Purpose

The department of psychiatry is a unified organization with a membership that includes medical staff of the Saskatoon Health Authority as well as faculty based out of the University of Saskatchewan and surrounding community. Guided by leadership of a provincial head, members work collaboratively with dedication to excellence in clinical service, education, and research. With a mandate to support province-wide programming, the department nurtures partnerships in the field of mental health and addiction services, and strives to enhance academic activities and patient care through affiliated clinical programs.

Our annual report is released in the fall, after our fiscal year which runs from June-July. Please peruse our annual reports for a comprehensive view of the Department. 

Inside:

  • Academic and leadership positions
  • Resident Journal Club topics
  • Psychiatry Rounds presenters and topics
  • Department awards and events
  • Active research funding
  • Presentations & research publications
  • Review & supervision activities

2018-2019 annual report

2017-2018 annual report

Education

Welcome to our education programs in Psychiatry. We provide a full spectrum of education experience in Psychiatry beginning with an undergraduate medical curriculum, followed by the opportunity to complete specialty training in a fully accredited Royal college program in Psychiatry. Our Psychiatry postgraduate residency is a five year program offered at Saskatoon and Regina sites. We also have a sub-specialty program in Child & Adolescent and Forensic Psychiatry.
 
We provide Psychiatric training for Residents from other programs in Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and elective opportunities for other specialty programs. The Family Medicine Resident clinical experience is highly regarded by the trainees and Department of Family Medicine.
 
Additionally, the Department also provides a broad spectrum of Continuing Professional Development curriculum from September to June. Please follow the section links under Education to learn more about our programs, and for additional contact information.
 
Dr. Vern Bennett
Education Director & Saskatoon Area Department Lead

The General Objectives for the Undergraduate Medical Program are outlined in the following document.

The mistreatment, discrimination, and harassment policy is a key document to read and refer to for faculty and students to ensure a safe working and learning environment.

Psychiatry is a core program within the undergraduate medical curriculum. Pre-clerkship (years 1 and 2) includes multidisciplinary lectures and small group sessions which include members of the Department of Psychiatry as part of the learning experience.

There are also opportunities for students in this part of their training to “shadow” clinicians in their offices or in the hospital. For information on how to organize “shadowing” contact the Psychiatry Undergraduate Office as listed below.
Mental Health Foundations and Clinical Skills in the last half of year 2 provide the first formal opportunity for undergraduate medical students to learn about psychiatric illnesses and perform a psychiatric interview with real patients. These courses are a combination of didactic and small group teaching, which take place concurrently.


Clerkship

The clerkship syllabus is described here, with Psychiatry beginning on page 74.

Psychiatry is one of the core clerkship rotations. Psychiatry provides a 6 week core rotation for all Year 3 medical students. In addition we also provide electives for all students interested in furthering their experience in Psychiatry. The clinical clerkship is situation at three sites, which include Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert.

The goal is to provide a varied and exciting experience in Psychiatry. We are fortunate enough to have one of the most varied programs in the country with opportunities that include: adult psychiatry, child psychiatry, consultation liaison psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, inpatient/outpatient care and emergency psychiatric services. In addition to the clinical exposure and training, there are seminars and tutorials from many of our dedicated consultants and psychiatry residents. This experience often includes one-to-one clinical teaching by faculty and residents. Evaluations occur through One-45 and include a mid-term and final evaluation.

For more information on our clerkship or setting up an elective, please contact our Undergraduate Medical Office:

Laura White
Undergraduate Medical Education
Postgraduate Subspecialty Programs

Tel: (306) 844-1312
Fax: (306) 844-1504

The Residency training program at the University of Saskatchewan is a Royal College of Physician and Surgeons accreditated five year program designed to prepare trainees to practice general adult psychiatry, or prepare trainees for subspecialty training. Our strengths include dedicated and engaged teaching faculty, cohesive resident cohort that actively participate in program development and review, and a diversified, distributed learning experience. 

The residency training program is distributed across our Saskatoon and Regina campuses, and there are also opportunities for rural and remote learning. Our smaller program size fosters an environment of collegiality and provides residents with an approachable faculty encouraging of residents’ independent learning needs. This also gives residents opportunity to actively participate in program renewal and growth through participation in curriculum review and operational committees.

Subspecialty Residency Training Programs

There are three subspecialties that have recently been approved by the Royal College:

  • Child & Adolescent Subspecialty
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Forensic Psychiatry

The Department currently has two Royal College accredited subspecialty programs, Forensic, and Child & Adolescent. Residents has the option of adding a year to their training to pursue a subspecialty.  

To learn about our program in detail, please explore the relevant sections on this page.


Dr. Marla Davidson 
Residency Program Director

Contact

Kathy McKenzie
Postgradute Program Administrator
Tel: (306) 844 -1080
Fax: (306) 844-1504

Welcome to our Master’s and Ph.D. graduate programs administered through the Health Sciences program centrally in the College of Medicine. We have expertise in clinical psychiatry, Applied Research, Biological Psychiatry and Aboriginal mental health.

The graduate program in Applied Research focuses on the psychosocial determinants for emotional and physical wellbeing, and for mental health issues as well as the distribution and the effectiveness of treatment of these mental health issues.

The graduate program in Biological Psychiatry focuses more on determining the biological basis for brain dysfunction in selected mental health issues, particularly depression. Most of these studies are based on animal and cell models, and are designed to investigate the effect of pharmaceutical treatment(s) on cell function and/or the animal’s behaviour.

Research in Aboriginal Mental Health occur under the direction of a medical anthropologist.

While many of the studies in both the Applied Research and the Biological Psychiatry programs are undertaken by graduate students and technicians, more independent studies are taken on by post-doctoral researchers training for a career path in Academia or Industry. Interest in a concurrent M.D/M.Sc. (or Ph.D.) program can also be accommodated within the College of Medicine’s M.D. curriculum.

For more information on the Health Sciences Graduate Studies program or email our office.

We have a vibrant array of continuing educational activities in the Department of Psychiatry. Each month we have two departmental grand rounds and one journal club, the latter under the leadership of Dr. David Porter. We strive for balance and scope in the choice of topics and presenters. In addition to the traditional format, some grand rounds are part of the Debate series, modelled after the Maudsley Debates and recently championed by colleagues at Dalhousie. Two resident-consultant pairs debate each other on mental health topics and the pair that sways the most audience votes wins. Another popular format is the Second Opinion series: a panel of experts address questions submitted by the audience, both ahead of time and on the spot. Collaboration is encouraged among disciplines and within the department. The rounds are available through Telehealth and WebEx to our other teaching site in Regina and remote sites in the Saskatchewan Health Authority. Members are encouraged to develop Personal Learning Projects around the topics of grand rounds, assisted by pre-rounds literature resources suggested by the presenters, for Royal College, Maintenance of Certification, Section 2 credits. This past year, we developed a workshop on the Clinical Assessment of Capacity, led by Drs. Baillod and Thorpe, that was accredited for Section 3 credits.

The annual Academic Day now takes place in the fall. The Planning Committee, made up of psychiatry clinicians and researchers, psychologists, and representatives from Mental Health Services, considers the input from target audience members and other perceived learning needs and determines the theme, content, and choice of speakers for the event.

Dr. Bienca Lau
Director of Continuing Medical Education

Residency Training Program (PGME)

Please explore the tabs below to learn about our program.

Clinical Rotations

The program has been developed to provide each trainee the opportunity to acquire the requisite knowledge and clinical expertise in psychiatry, while developing individual academic interests.  Structured, supervised clinical experience occurs in a variety of settings and with a wide variety of psychiatric disorders and problems.

PGY1

The goal of the PGY1 year is to consolidate basic clinical skills across the spectrum of medicine and prepare the resident for core training in psychiatry. The basic clinical year may be undertaken in either Regina or Saskatoon, and individual rotations may be done at the distributed sites. The PGY1 consists of 12 months of training in the following areas:

  • Internal Medicine
8 weeks
  • Family Medicine 

8 weeks

  • Neurology
4 weeks
  • Neuroimaging
4 weeks
  • Emergency Medicine
4 weeks
  • Pediatrics
4 weeks
  • Emergency Psychiatry
4 weeks
  • Psychiatry
4 weeks
  • Geriatrics
4 weeks
  • Palliative Care
4 weeks
  • Selective: Pediatrics (Prefer Developmental), Family Medicine, Palliative Care, Geriatrics, Neurology, Endocrinology, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry Research
4 weeks
  • Elective
4 weeks
 
PGY2 & 3 Junior Residency

Junior residency is considered foundational training providing the experience of a psychiatrist working across the lifespan. Training occurs in a variety of settings including accredited acute care and ambulatory care settings. Residents are provided 12 months of general adult psychiatry; six months in psychiatric care of children, adolescents and their families; and six months in psychiatric care of the elderly and their families. Experience in developmental delay with and without psychiatric illness is also gained. Acute care training occurs at Royal University Hospital. Ambulatory care training takes place in a variety of community and hospital based practices.

PGY4 & 5 Senior Residency

The resident begins to consolidate their career track through electives and selective rotations and research. Senior residents assume a greater leadership role, gain experience in administrative functions and provide education guidance to junior residents and medical students. Emphasis is placed on developing a comprehensive systems approach to psychiatric practice through integration of the CanMEDS 2015 roles and competencies. Residents are required to complete 12 months of training during which they experience the complexity and volume of adult patients encountered in a general adult practice. This training will include three months of consultation-liaison psychiatry, two months (or the equivalent) under a collaborative care model, one month (or the equivalent) in addictions and six months working with the severe and persistently mentally ill. Residents choose six months of selectives with each content area a minimum of three months and specific to psychiatric practice areas. Content areas include but are not limited to Adult Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, and areas of specialization within psychiatry, such as: psychiatry and the law, psychosomatic medicine, psychiatric research, psychotherapies, addictions, developmental disabilities and psychiatry in rural and/or remote locations.

The University of Saskatchewan psychiatry residency program has a provision for a six month elective that can be taken in any area relevant to contemporary psychiatry and/or research. The entire elective may be completed outside of Saskatchewan with the approval of the Residency Training Committee and Postgraduate Office of the College of Medicine. Six months of electives provide the opportunity for additional training specific to psychiatry.

Community Based Training Experiences

Many of the clinical rotational experiences have community oriented training opportunities available. Saskatoon residents are supported to further explore rural experiences through rural clinics. PGY2 to PGY5 residents are required to complete four rural clinics during their residency training.

The Saskatoon Department of Psychiatry has a Northern Medical Services Psychiatry Clinic, which provides remote and fly-in psychiatry services to three communities in Northern Saskatchewan – La Loche, La Ronge and Stony Rapids, for both children and adults. 

PGY1 residents are provided with a half-day of protected academic sessions, whereas the PGY2-5 residents have a full academic day. Tuesday is the designated academic day, throughout all five years of the residency program. Residents are excused from clinical duty to attend academic day.

There is a comprehensive seminar program comprised of core seminars from PGY1-4.

The introductory seminars for PGY1 occur during the summer. The seminars provide residents with an orientation to psychiatry and focus on an introduction to community resources and emergency psychiatry. PGY1 seminars focus on ER Psychiatry, professionalism, resident wellness, life-long learning, facilitating learning, critical appraisal, and introduction to research.

PGY2-4 rotating blocks of seminars cover the core content and parallel the clinical rotations. The blocks cover topics in a variety of areas such as: Adult Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, pharmacology, and topics on professional development.

The PGY5 academic day is protected for self-study and exam preparation for the RCPSC Psychiatry exam.

During a Resident’s five years of training, they will develop skills in diagnostic interviewing, comprehensive assessment, use of psychotropic medications, and use of ECT.

Interviewing Skills and Formulation (PGY2) Initially, residents participate in a basic interviewing skills and formulation course at the beginning of PGY2 reviewing. The components of a psychiatric interview and be introduced to formulation. Following completion of the basic course, PGY2 residents participate in the Introduction to Interviewing Skills course, which focuses on developing strategies for managing particularly challenging interview situations that are less often encountered in day-to-day clinical practice.

Mock STACERs (PGY2-5) are held weekly on the first to third academic day of the month. A faculty member supervises the assessment of a patient utilizing the Royal College oral examination PGY4 Benchmarked STACER format.

OSCE Course (PGY2-5) Practice OSCEs are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Residents will act as both the examiner and the examinee, with the rest of the residents observing the process. The examiner writes an OSCE case with the assistance of the course supervisors. They then act as the examiner for a fellow resident examinee during the session.

Continuing Education

Departmental Grand Rounds, Quality Improvement Rounds, Department of Psychiatry Academic Day, Journal Club and Visiting Professor Rounds and Workshops are organized as part of Continuing Education.

Journal Club is resident led and residents have the opportunity to facilitate a minimum of three journal club presentations during residency training.

The Visiting Professor Program is particularly active, bringing in distinguished visiting faculty each academic year. In addition to presenting at Grand Rounds, the visiting professors meet with the residents informally and present workshops, primarily attended by the residents.

Quality Improvement Rounds or Mortality and Morbidity Rounds are held monthly in Saskatoon and Regina, which include discussion of patient deaths and of patients who suffer significant treatment complications or who are refractory to treatment. Residents will be involved in the presentation of the patient if they were involved in the care of the patient during the event discussed.

Residents are expected to present at Grand Rounds and Quality Improvement Rounds during their residency.

The Department of Psychiatry Academic Day is held yearly, usually in Saskatoon. Residents at both sites are provided with protected academic time to attend.

Clinical training in various psychotherapies plays an integral role in the program. All residents are expected to achieve a range of competencies in many forms of psychotherapy as required by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

 

PGY1 residents undertake supervised training in crisis intervention, in addition to participating in didactic seminars on crisis intervention and supportive psychotherapy.

PGY2 residents undertake supervised training in supportive psychotherapy, and are provided with a psychotherapy supervisor who provides supervision of at least two cognitive behavioral cases for a minimum of 20 hours. PGY2 residents also participate in a foundational curriculum focusing on an introduction to CBT and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

PGY3 residents participate in family therapy. Residents must observe or co-facilitate a minimum of one psychoeducation or therapeutic group. 

In PGY3-4 residents participate in two-year rotating curriculum focusing on advanced topics in psychotherapy such as CBT, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, formulation, motivational interviewing, and personality organization.

PGY3-5 residents are supervised in psychodynamic psychotherapy. They must complete a minimum of 60 hours of psychodynamic therapy as a primary therapist. Residents must complete an additional 20 hours of supervised training in a psychotherapy modality of their choice: CBT, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, IPT or DBT, where they act as the primary therapist.

 

In keeping with the RCPS recommendations, residents participate in research and scholarly projects during the course of the residency. A research curriculum is offered as part of the PGY1 academic day curriculum. Residents are provided with protected time in PGY2 to complete a junior research project which consists of a narrative literature review. Residents complete a senior research project which includes participation in a scholarly research, quality assurance, or educational project relevant to psychiatry. Residents are expected to present a poster of their research at the Saskatchewan Psychiatric Association Annual conference, and also have opportunities to present their work at local, national and international conferences. Dr. R. Lodhi is the research coordinator for residents. A research facilitator supports resident research at both sites.

Saskatoon residents acquire clinical experience in inpatient services and outpatient services at Royal University Hospital, the Mental Health Clinic, The Regional Psychiatric Centre and in private downtown offices. Residents acquire experience in consultation services to other departments at Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon City Hospital, and St. Paul’s Hospital, as well as to local schools and courts. Residents also gain experience in community settings through Mental Health Rehabilitation Services, Community Psychiatric Nursing and the McKerracher Centre (Day Program). Much of the experience in Geriatric Psychiatry is in various long-term care facilities and nursing homes throughout Saskatoon.

Residents gain experience in working with a number of community agencies in Mental Health such as the Crisis Intervention Service, Addictions Services, Canadian Mental Health Association, the Youth Resource Centre, Early Intervention program, the Clozapine Clinic and Anxiety and Mood Disorders Program.

Regina Residents acquire clinical experience in inpatient services and outpatient services at Regina General Hospital, Mental Health Clinic, Child and Youth Clinic and in private downtown offices. Residents acquire experience in consultation services to other departments at Regina General Hospital, Pasqua Hospital, Wascana Rehabilitation Centre, Family Medicine Unit, addictions clinics and Regina Correctional Centre. Residents also gain experience in community settings by working with the mental health rehabilitation services through the Regina Mental Health Clinic and the Recovery Support Program (Day Program) at the Regina General Hospital. Much of the experience in Geriatric Psychiatry is in various long-term facilities and nursing homes throughout Regina and affiliated quick assessment units. Residents gain experience in working with a number of community agencies in Mental Health such as the Crisis Intervention Service, Transitional Mental Health Services, Addictions Services, Canadian Mental Health Association, Early Intervention Program, the Clozapine Clinic and Schizophrenia Society.

Regina provides training under a distributive learning experience with the CoM office, and Associate Program Director (Dr. K. Reddi). Regina has had CARMS specific positions since July 2010. The University of Saskatchewan Psychiatry program at the Regina site provides the full spectrum of training requirements for residents.

Eligible CMG and IMG candidates are encouraged to submit CaRMS applications for consideration of a psychiatry residency position. For details on how to apply to our program, please visit the CaRMS website.

Candidates short-listed for an interview will be notified by email with a letter of offer to interview.

Child & Adolescent Subspecialty

The University of Saskatchewan offers a two-year program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry that is fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The principle location of training is in Saskatoon, although the opportunity exists to obtain training at the Regina site if the resident prefers.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists in Saskatchewan are a collegial group of dedicated psychiatrists who offer a broad range of clinical services. There are opportunities for research, and our residents have been successful in winning research awards at international conferences. Faculty are very keen to teach, and residents are encouraged and supported to develop their unique career interests within the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry subspecialty. There are dedicated Child and Adolescent Psychiatry inpatient units in both Saskatoon and Regina, and the new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital is set to open in the fall of 2019 in Saskatoon. This brand new facility contains a new emergency department as well as pediatric wards on which residents will participate in the active consultation-liaison service.

We look forward to welcoming new residents!

Dr. Malin Clark
Child & Adolescent Subspecialty Director

This is an exciting time to be training and practicing in Child Psychiatry in Saskatoon! We are receiving enhanced levels of support for collaborative and team-based care, to expand our triage, psychological assessments, and supports for those children who need emergency care for acute crisis.

The Saskatoon Department of Psychiatry works in close partnership with Child & Youth Mental Health & Addiction Services (MHAS), both in patient care and research. Child & Youth has various programs city wide, and also oversees the Dube Centre, an inpatient unit located adjacent to the Department on campus, with 10 dedicated beds for children in a mental health crisis. 

The brand new Jim Pattison Children's Hospital is scheduled to open Fall 2019 and will provide state of the art medical care for the departments of Paediatrics, Labour and Delivery, and Emergency Medicine. Child Psychiatry wil be involved in the care of the children in the hospital who have mental health needs along with other physical health concerns.

Other unique opportunities exist to provide psychiatric care to rural and remote communities, including telemedicine, rural clinics, and fly-in clinics to northern communities.

Saskatoon is a vibrant, active and culturally rich city of approximately 257,000 people, and growing. In Saskatoon residents will enjoy working alongside the scenic South Saskatchewan River, which provides breathtaking views as it flows through the city. For more information on the city of Saskatoon, please visit www.tourismsaskatoon.com.

Regina is a great place to train and practice as a child psychiatrist! The Regina site has a longstanding collaborative interdisciplinary child and adolescent mental health team in both community and inpatient settings. Child and adolescent mental health and addictions services are delivered through a strong interdisciplinary team at Regina Child and Youth Services which provides outpatient services to the children and families of Regina and consultation to the southern half of Saskatchewan.

At the Regina General Hospital is The Adolescent Psychiatric Unit, a 10-bed tertiary care inpatient unit providing patient care through a specialized interdisciplinary team, in addition to a 10-bed Secure Youth Detox. Psychiatric and psychological consultation, counselling and group therapy are provided by the Young Offender Team to the provincial youth forensics facility, Paul Dojack Youth Center. Autism assessments, treatment and case management is provided through the Autism Center.

We have a strong working relationship with our community partners, which includes the Ministry of Social Services, school boards, Ranch Ehrlo Residential Society (which provide services to complex youth with multi-domain psychopathology from all over Canada), and other community based organizations. Regina is small enough to foster such strong inter-agency working relationships, yet large enough to provide a broad variety of strong evidence-based interventions to the residents of our service area.

Regina, the capital of Saskatchewan, is a modern mid-sized welcoming city of approximately 236,000 people “nestled in the heart in the heart of the Canadian prairies.” For more information on the city of Regina, please visit www.tourismregina.com

Please find below our application form in fillable PDF format. All applications for the 2020 academic year are to be directed to Ms. Laura White, program administrative assistant, and should be received by September 9th, 2019. Applications may continue to be accepted on a case-by-base basis, depending on position availability. Interviews are currently scheduled for October 17th and 24th 2019, although some flexibility may be possible.

Application Form / Application Info

Research

The Department of Psychiatry has a vibrant research portfolio continually growing through the efforts of our knowledgeable and dedicated clinical, applied and basic research faculty, students, residents and staff. Our mandate is to undertake fundamental and clinical studies to contribute to continuously evolving field of psychiatry and provide the exceptional training environment to the next generation of scientists and clinicians.

We conduct cross-disciplinary clinical, applied and basic research through biological and sociocultural lenses to improve prevention, develop and implement better therapeutic interventions, and enhance care in individuals living with mental illnesses. We collaborate with Indigenous Peoples’ Communities and with Patient Partners to conduct research for improvements in wellness and mental health. Researchers in the Department tackle mental illness across life span utilizing cutting-edge technologies, from psychiatric genetics to computational psychiatry and artificial intelligence.

The Department is home to the following prominent researchers and innovative research programs:
 
Drs. Balbuena and Lodhi are currently seeking graduate students – please see the “Opportunities” tab for more info.
 
Addictions and Psychopharmacology – Dr. Rohit Lodhi brings us the Department’s newest research program, with a focus on three main areas: etiology of chemical and behavioral addictions as well as interventions that improve outcomes; new directions in psychopharmacology, including pharmacogenetics; and adverse health or treatment outcomes due to psychopharmacological medications or addictions.

Attachment Research Laboratory – Led by Dr. G. Camelia Adams, The Attachment Research Lab is focused on developing a better understanding of adult attachment characteristics and their impact on mental health, treatment and recovery. 

Cell Signalling Laboratory – Director Dr. Darrell D. Mousseau is the Saskatchewan Chair in Alzheimer disease and Related Dementia. His major research objective is to determine what biochemical events are common to depression and Alzheimer disease (AD). He is also examining depression-related targets in models of diabetes (insulin resistance) and in breast cancer.
 
Computational Psychiatry Group – Led by Dr. Lloyd Balbuena, the group uses data from electronic medical records, national surveys, administrative records, smartphones, and patent and health worker perspectives to investigate a wide range of topics including suicide, mood instability, neuroticism, emotional dysregulation, health services utilization, and social determinants of mental health.
 
Child Psychiatry Clinical Studies is overseen by Dr. Declan Quinn, Dr. Melissa Denis, and other collaborators, both within and outside of the Department. Research is focused on multiple factors affecting youth and adolescents, such as depression, anxiety, substance use, ADHD, and more.
 
Educational Research is undertaken by Dr. Marla Davidson and Dr. Vern Bennett. Interest is in the pedagogy for tomorrow’s physicians. Dr. Davidson is an expert in developing innovative teaching strategies and in psychiatry resident training scholar curriculum implementation and evaluation.
 
First Peoples First Person Indigenous Hub – Dr. Caroline Tait oversees collaborative studies that play a central research, policy, and knowledge dissemination role in collaborating with Indigenous peoples of Canada for vast improvement in wellness, healing, mental health, and addictions supports and services.
 
Psycholegal and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Research Laboratory – Dr. Mansfield Mela is a Diagnostic Research Lead for Canada’s comprehensive national Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (CanFASD). His research program focuses on FASD and the overlap with mental disorder, often including a forensic lens.
 
Social and Psychiatric Epidemiology Research Group (SPERG) SPERG’s focus is on social and psychological and epigenetic risk factors for mental illnesses and mental health including the prevention of mental disorders. The group is led by Dr. Carl D’Arcy, who is also the Academic Director for the Saskatchewan Research Data Centre (SKY-RDC).
 
Transformational Research Laboratory – Dr. Yanbo Zhang is the recipient of the prestigious Iver and Joyce Graham Small Indiana Professorship in Psychiatry. His research focuses on the efficacy of neurostimulation and cannabis on emotional and cognitive deficits in several neurological psychiatric disorders, including major depressive disorders, schizophrenia, PTSD, and multiple sclerosis.  

  

Listed here are the Department publications for the past three months (Bolded = Faculty, Italic = Resident).

Publications for the 2018-19 fiscal year (June-July) can be found in that year's annual report

OCTOBER 2019

Du, B., Li, H., Zheng, H., Fan, C., Liang, M., Lian, Y., Wei, Z., Zhang, Y., & Bi, X. (2019). Minocycline ameliorates depressive-like behavior and demyelination induced by transient global cerebral ischemia by inhibiting microglial activation. Frontiers in Pharmacology. 10:1247. Doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/fphar.2019.01247

Marchant, A., Turner, S., Balbuena, L., Peters, E., Williams, D., Lloyd, K, et al. (2019). Self-harm presentation across healthcare settings by sex in young people: an e-cohort study using routinely collected linked healthcare data in Wales, UK. Archives of Disease in Childhood. archdischild-2019-317248. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/archdischild-2019-317248

Yang, Y., Li, W., An, F-R., Wang, Y-Y., Ungvari, G.S., Balbuena, L., et al. (2019). Voluntary and involuntary admissions for severe mental illness in China: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Psychiatric Services.0(0):appi.ps.201900106. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.201900106

SEPTEMBER 2019

Alphonsus, K.B., & D'Arcy, C. Predictors of people's perceptions of second hand smoke exposure as a risk factor for multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders. 2019:101383. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.msard.2019.101383

AUGUST 2019

Hayward,  G.C., LeBlanc, P.J., Emter, C.A., Nyarko, J.N., Mousseau, D.D., MacPherson, R.E., et al. (2019). Female sex hormones and cardiac pressure overload independently contribute to the cardiogenic dementia profile in Yucatan miniature swine. Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine. Doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/fcvm.2019.00129

Lodhi, R.J., Wang, Y., MacIntyre, G., Crocker, C., Loverock, A., Henriques, B.C., et al. (2019). Trend level gene-gender interaction effect for the BDNF rs6265 variant on age of onset of psychosis. Psychiatry Research. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2019.112500

Peters, E.M., Knorr, U., Vinberg, M., Kessing, L.V., Bowen, R. (2019). A randomized placebo-controlled trial examining the effects of escitalopram on neuroticism and state anxiety in a nonclinical sample. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental. e2711. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/hup.2711

Wang, S., Vigliarolo, B.G., Chowdhury, M.A., Nyarko, J.N.K., Mousseau, D.D., & Phenix, C.P. (2019). Design and synthesis of fluorogenic substrate-based probes for detecting Cathepsin B activity. Bioorganic Chemistry. 103194. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bioorg.2019.103194

The Department of Psychiatry partners with the Saskatoon Health Authority’s Mental Health and Addiction Services. Our Department faculty currently has the following ongoing research projects with MHAS:

 

Dr. G C Adams

  • Attachment Style and Awakening Cortisol in Clients with Major Depressive Disorder With or Without Comorbid Social Anxiety Disorder
  • The relationship between attachment, treatment compliance, and treatment outcomes in patients with obstructive sleep apnea
  • The Relationship Between Attachment, Recidivism and Treatment in Forensic Patients with Mental Illness
  • The Impact of Adult Attachment on Treatment Utilization and Costs in Psychiatric Outpatients
  • Effectiveness Early Psychosis Intervention Program and the Examination of Risk Factors Interfering with its Use
Dr. L Balbuena
  • Suicide Psychological Autopsy Network Saskatoon (SPANS): Phase One
Dr. M Denis
  • Self-Reported Impairment and Quality of Life Information from Children and Adolescents with Psychiatric Symptoms: The Utility of the WHODAS-Child in the Saskatoon Health Region
Dr. D Quinn
  • Measuring Self-Reported Emotional Regulation in an Inpatient and Outpatient Psychiatric Population
  • Child & Youth Psychiatry - Consent to Participate in a Research Database
Dr. L Thorpe
  • Perspectives from Mental Health Professionals about the Potential Expansion of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) to Patients with Mental Illness as a Primary Reason for MAiD
  • Health Care Professionals’ Perspectives on Medical Assistance in Dying

The Department is looking for talented researchers to join our team. 

Collaborative research
If you are a researcher or clinician interested in collaborating with one of our faculty in the Department, please contact them directly. Their contact information is available through our faculty list.  

Postdoctoral Fellows
To view opportunities available for post-doctoral fellowships, please visit our university job posting site.

To apply for an opportunity, please follow the application process outlined in the posting. Additional information can be found through the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Graduate students
MSc and PhD degrees with focus in Psychiatry are available through the Health Sciences graduate program offered by the College of Medicine.

Prospective students are encouraged to view potential opportunities on the university job posting site and apply to the Health Sciences graduate program as per program admission guidelines.

Additional information can be found on the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (link above).

Undergraduate students (medical and other disciplines)
Active researchers in the Department accept a limited number of medical undergraduate students through the Dean’s Summer Research Projects program.

Students enrolled in Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, Physiology, and Pharmacology undergraduate programs are eligible to partake in research training through the Biomedical Summer Research Projects.

Research assistants
Positions as research assistants or coordinators are available periodically and posted on the university job posting site (link above). Please check frequently for the most recent opportunities and application guidelines.

Funding                                                                                                                                                                    College of Medicine stipends (review the “Health Sciences” section). College of Medicine Graduate Student Award (CoMRAD) and other funding resources.

For other research related opportunities within the Department of Psychiatry, please contact research.psychiatry@usask.ca.

Clinical

A dedicated cohort of community and university based faculty provide a wide array of inpatient, outpatient and outreach psychiatric services to the people of Saskatoon, Regina and surrounding areas.

Clinical consultation and continuing medical care is delivered through individual private clinics, the Royal University Hospital emergency department and inpatient units, other health authority facilities, rural clinics, and in specialized programs developed and delivered collaboratively with Mental Health and Addiction Services.

These specialized services reflect the breadth of our physicians’ interests and expertise, as well as the needs of our expanding population. Through this partnership with MHAS psychiatrists participate not only in Mental Health and Addiction Services program development, review and patient/family centred service delivery but also in activities committed to continuous quality improvement.

Requests for psychiatric services are typically initiated by family physicians and other medical specialists and in some instances by other mental health professionals within the specialized programs.

The Department of Psychiatry offers clinical services that span the continuum of care from community to acute care and back, in close partnership with Mental Health & Addiction Services. We have taken, and continue to take, significant quality improvement initiative to improve patient quality and flow.

Clincial Services:

  • Outpatient Psychiatry
  • Inpatient Psychiatry (Irene and Leslie Dubé Centre for Mental Health at RUH)
  • Rapid Access Clinic
  • Specialized Services
    • Addiction Services (MHAS outpatients & Calder Centre)
    • Anxiety and Mood Disorders Program
    • Clozapine Clinic
    • Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (RUH, SCH, SPH)
    • Early Psychosis Intervention Program
    • Maternal Mental Health Program
    • Student Health Clinic
    • McKerracher Centre Day Program
    • Rural Clinics – Biggar, Humboldt, Kindersley, Lanigan, LaRonge, Outlook, Rosetown, Rosthern,
    • West Side Community Clinic
    • Northern Medical Services

We are a group of child and adolescent psychiatrists working within the Saskatoon Health Region.  We provide psychiatric assessment to children, adolescents and their families. We are involved in teaching to medical students, trainees in psychiatry, paediatrics, and family medicine, and other health care professionals. We are also actively engaged in research of mental health involving children and adolescents. 

Clinical Services:

  • Psychiatric Assessment, Evaluation and Treatment to Children, Adolescents and their families
  • An inpatient service with a 10-bed in-patient unit
  • 24-hour Psychiatric Emergency Consultation and Assessment Service
  • Consultation Liaison to Pediatrics
  • Forensic Assessments
  • Consultation services to residential treatment programs and group homes
  • Work with Community Mental Health and Addictions Services
  • Consultation services to Social Services on a case by case basis

We do not provide Psychological Assessment, Educational Assessments, & Custody and Access Assessments.

Forms:

Family Information Form

School Report Form

WHO DAS 2 Children and Youth Form

Parent SNAP-IV Rating Scale

SNAP 26 Rating Scale

Information for Parents

  1. The Referral: We understand that your child or adolescent has been referred for psychiatric assessment. 
  2. Contact with Referral Source: When you go to your family physician for referral you will be asked to complete a family form called the family database and in addition a specific rating scale called the Who-Das. These are necessary for our assessment. It helps us to be better prepared for the assessment.
  3. School Information: In some cases, it is important to have information from the school. These forms will be given to you by your family physician, or sent from our office if they are required. Included with these forms will be a consent form to allow the school send information to us. This information is very helpful and important in helping us better assess your child.
  4. The Assessment: We understand that you may have worries, concerns and some apprehension about the assessment. The assessment will be completed by a trained child and adolescent psychiatrist with a team of residents working with us as well as senior medical students. Residents are specific postgraduate medical physicians training in family medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry and child psychiatry. On occasions there will be other individuals in the assessment. These individuals may be from other disciplines such as social work, psychology, healthcare and other disciplines and backgrounds. Everyone will follow all the standard confidentiality protocols.
  5. Confidentiality is very important for everyone concerned. Most importantly it is very necessary to reinforce that any information obtained will be protected in the most confidential manner to safeguard your child. Everyone working on the team follows the standard confidential privacy information act by the Saskatchewan Government called the HIPA (Health Information Privacy Act).

Access to information regarding the assessment:

  1. Consent Forms: When you come for the assessment you will be asked to complete a release of information form. This will determine who we would have permission to exchange information with such as your family physician and/or any other individuals such as schools. Most of the time it would be to have permission to collect information. Occasionally it may be to make specific recommendations about treatment. No information will be sent without your permission.
  2. Privacy and Confidentiality: we also ask you to respect the privacy and confidentiality of individuals that you might meet in the waiting room. Just as they are expected to respect your confidentiality and privacy the same is expected of you. 

Dr. Anna Felstrom
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Division Head

The Division of Forensic Psychiatry was established in February 2009 to organize the activities of substantial number of psychiatrists in the province who are involved in Forensic clincial practice, teaching of psychiatry residents, FMRs and medical students, and researching various aspects of Forensics.

The Division of Forensic Psychiatry offers a one-year PGY6 Forensic Psychiatry Training Program. The program is an accredited training program that follows the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada training requirements in Forensic Psychiatry.

Clinical Services:

  • Providing care to inpatients at the Regional Psychiatric Center in Saskatoon; the Forensic unit of the Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford
  • Providing care to patients at the Forensic outpatient clinic at Royal University Hospital and incarcerated patients at both Saskatoon Correctional Center and the Regina provisional correctional Center
  • Court-ordered psychiatric assessments (Fitness to Stand Trial and Criminal Responsibility Assessments)
  • Comprehensive care and services for people with serious mental illness who are placed under the jurisdiction of the Saskatchewan Review Board because they have been found not criminally responsible for their offense, or they have been deemed unfit to stand trial, on the account of having a serious mental illness
  • Partnership with community services including probation, National Parole Board, Crisis Management, and Mental Health and Addictions

Dr. Azaad Baziany
Forensic Division Head

We are a group of three geriatric psychiatrists working at various locations throughout the city of Saskatoon. As part of the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine and the Saskatoon Health Region, we provide psychiatric services to seniors with mental health problems, prioritizing those with multiple frailties including cognitive impairment. Especially for those with multiple medical comorbidities, we are increasingly working on a shared care model, in which the primary care physician retains the most responsible physician role, and we provide support and consultation. This model is not only necessary because of the shortage of dedicated geriatric psychiatrists, but is also best for the more frail patients, for whom psychiatric symptoms frequently reflect underlying medical disease.

We are involved in teaching to medical students, trainees in psychiatry, geriatric medicine, and family medicine, as well as other health care professionals, especially those providing care in nursing homes. We are also actively engaged in research of mental health involving older adults. 

  • Outpatient Geriatric psychiatry (RUH, SCH and private office)
  • Inpatient Psychiatry (Dr. Prasad: Irene and Leslie Dubé Centre for Mental Health at RUH)
  • Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
    • RUH (Dr. Prasad)
    • SCH (Dr. Thorpe)
    • SPH (Dr. L. Wanson)
    • Long-term care ( Drs. Davidson, Prasad and Thorpe)

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