Dr. Elizabeth Osuch has been re-appointed as the Dr. Joseph Rea Chair in Mood Disorders
Dr. Elizabeth Osuch, Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Medical Biophysics, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University, and Scientist in Neurosciences and Imaging at the Lawson Health Research Institute, has been re-appointed as the Dr. Joseph Rea Chair in Mood Disorders at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University.
As the Dr. Joseph Rea Chair in Mood Disorders, Dr. Osuch’s primary role will be to support evidence-based research into the causes, prevention, and treatment of affective disorders to improve the care and treatment of those suffering from these disorders (which include unipolar depression, bipolar disorder, and a spectrum of mood disorders, as well as anxiety disorders). Dr. Osuch received her medical degree from Michigan State University in 1993. She completed a residency in Psychiatry at Sheppard Pratt Health Systems in Baltimore, Maryland, followed by a clinical research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health, Biological Psychiatry Branch in Maryland, USA.
Dr. Osuch is the Founder and Physician Leader of the First Episode Mood and Anxiety Program (FEMAP) at London Health Sciences Centre. She established the program in 2006, and it currently provides clinical research volunteer opportunities and clinical care services to hundreds of late-adolescents and young adults with recent onset mood and anxiety symptoms each year. FEMAP also helps to facilitate research using brain imaging on the characteristics of the early stages of affective illnesses before compensatory processes or extensive psycho-social dysfunction affects the neurobiological characteristics of the patients.She has published more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles, abstracts and posters. She has received a number of awards including the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry Dean’s Awards of Excellence (Individual) in 2009 and Dean’s Awards of Excellence (Team) in 2014. Dr. Osuch also participates in a number of professional society and memberships, and University and Hospital committees.