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Jacob Cookey

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychiatry

Email: Jacob.Cookey@nshealth.ca
Phone: 902-434-3263
Mailing Address: 
Cole Harbour Place – Mental Health Clinic 51 Forest Hills Parkway Dartmouth, NS, B2W 6C6
Research Topics:
  • Addictions
  • Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI)
  • First Episode Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia


BSc (McGill University)
MSc (Dalhousie University)
FRCPC (Dalhousie University)

Research interests

Dr. Cookey’s research interests include schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders. He is involved in investigating the neurobiological underpinnings of these disorders using MRI based imaging techniques such as Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI). He is also interested more broadly in the mechanisms leading to mental disorders from the transdiagnostic perspective.

Selected publications

  • Bernier D, Cookey J, McAllindon D, Bartha R, Hanstock C, Newman A, Stewart S, Tibbo P. (2013). Multimodal neuroimaging of frontal white matter microstructure in early phase schizophrenia: the impact of early adolescent cannabis use. BioMed Central: Psychiatry. 13.
  • Cookey J, Bernier D, Tibbo P.  (2014) White matter changes in early phase psychosis and cannabis use: an update and systematic review of diffusion tensor imaging studies. Schizophrenia Research; 156(2-3):137-42.
  • Cookey, J., Butterfield, M., Robichaud, C., & Lovas, D. (2017). Integrating Clinical Neurosciences in a Psychiatry Residency Training Program: A Brief Report with Pilot Data. Academic Psychiatry163, 919. 
  • Crocker, C. E., Cookey, J., & Tibbo, P. G. (2017). Neuroimaging Findings in Adolescent Cannabis Use and Early Phase PsychosisHandbook of Cannabis and Related Pathologies: Biology, Pharmacology, Diagnosis, and Treatment.

Selected awards and honours

  • Best Junior Faculty Presentation -  Dalhousie University Department of Psychiatry Research Day (2017)
  • Winner of Dalhousie’s inaugural Three Minute Thesis (3-MT) competition (2013)
  • Ross Stewart Smith Fellowship – Dalhousie Postgraduate Medicine (2013)
  • Best resident research presentation – Dalhousie University Department of Psychiatry Research Day (2013)
  • Dr. W.O. McCormick Award – Dalhousie Psychiatry Residency (2012)
  • Charles J. David Prize – Dalhousie Psychiatry Residency (2011)