Message from the Chair

Dr. Sukhera, Interim Chair of Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. C. Dickey

Chair/Chief of Psychiatry

Welcome to the Department of Psychiatry.  Psychiatry at Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry is a dynamic department dedicated to providing person-centered care, innovative education, and future-focused research.

Our clinical program is committed to serving people with mental health needs throughout their lifespan and across southwest Ontario.  Patients are at the center of all that we do.  Our clinicians are devoted to helping patients regain control of their mental health and engaging in their communities.  We provide compassionate, expert care in the assessment and treatment of disorders of addiction, anxiety, autism, eating behaviors, forensics, geriatrics, mood, personality, post-traumatic stress and psychosis.  We serve patients throughout the continuum of care: from emergency services, inpatient stays, outpatient clinics, to community reintegration.  Working from a framework of continuous quality improvement, we believe in partnering with our patients to learn how to best serve their needs. By forging connections with our community partners, we strive to provide care when and where patients need it.

Dedicated to life-long learning and the primacy of education, we provide a robust educational platform for undergraduate, post-graduate, and faculty learners.  Our undergraduate program introduces medical students to the privilege of working with patients with psychiatric disorders and their underlying psychopathophysiology.  Our faculty choose to work at Schulich to teach the next generation of psychiatry leaders.  With programs in child and adolescent, general adult, and geriatric psychiatry, our trainees learn from knowledgeable faculty who model providing state-of-the-art care along with engaging in cutting edge research.  To ensure that our faculty remain current with evidence-informed best practices, we provide a multi-layered and rich faculty development program.

Basic science and clinical translational research occurs with collaborators at Robarts Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute.  Pioneering investigators work across modalities and programs to create and disseminate new knowledge. Schulich psychiatry is proud of its ground-breaking and bar-setting work in basic science, developmental disorders; early identification of mood, epidemiology, anxiety, and psychotic disorders; meditation; operational stress disorders; seizure magnetic stimulation; and zero suicide.

Our department is strong because our people. Our department is replete with passionate, dedicated individuals with creative talents from diverse backgrounds.  I am proud to work alongside of such impressive individuals and to be part of the Schulich Psychiatry family.

Chandlee C. Dickey, M.D. is Professor and Chair of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, and Chief of Psychiatry at St. Joseph’s Health Care London and London Health Sciences Centre. 

She majored in East Asian Studies at Oberlin College in Ohio before attending Washington University in St. Louis, MO, for medical school.  She completed her psychiatry training at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD, where she was chief resident.  She completed two fellowships at Harvard Medical School:  a research fellowship in brain imaging and clinical program in neuropsychiatry.  She was an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School.

Her prior research career focused on understanding the underlying neurobiology of social cognition deficits in schizotypal personality disorder using neuroimaging and behavioral tasks.  She was the first to demonstrate gray matter abnormalities in any personality disorder and describe deficits in facial emotional expression and prosody in schizotypal personality disorder. She was a national leader in psychiatric education through sharing competence development tracking systems and creating innovative courses.  She was recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Psychiatrist Award for Education from the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard Medical School in 2018, and inducted into the American College of Psychiatrists in 2017.  She joined the Schulich faculty in October, 2018.