Working towards a healthier future

Research is a core function of the Department of Psychiatry. Spanning a wide variety of topics and involving basic research, clinical research, clinical trials and studies of animal model systems, we collaborate with researchers locally in clinical and basic science departments within Dalhousie and its affiliated teaching hospitals, and through many national and international collaborations.

We have active research programs in the following areas: mood disorders, early psychosis, cognitive health and rehabilitation, early detection and intervention in childhood psychiatric disorders, addictions and personality, sleep, impact of emotions and on mental health, brain imaging, and molecular mechanisms underlying psychiatric and neurological disorders.

We offer both a Master's in Psychiatry Research and a PhD in Psychiatry Research, programs equipping learners with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed as professionals in clinical and neuroscience research concerning mental health and illness.

The research team is responsible for developing and implementing a research curriculum for psychiatry residents and organizing events to celebrate our research accomplishments. It supports the research efforts of departmental members by providing technical personnel, competitive seed funding and summer studentships, as well as by fostering local and national research collaborations.


Contact us

Name Email Title
Dr. Ben Rusak Director, Research
Anila Balakrishnan   Coordinator, Research