Introduction to Research in the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry

Research development is a core component of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at Western. The Division enjoys a strong collaborative relationship with other disciplines involved in the care of the elderly; this is also reflected in some of the collaborative research projects developed between Geriatric Psychiatry and Geriatric Medicine.  

Recent Publications by Members of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry

  1. O’Regan, N., Thain, J., Thain, A., & Burhan, A. M. (2019). Acute Medical Events: Falls, Seizures, CVAs, Urinary Retention, Cardiac Events, Hypotension, SIADH, Dehydration, and Infection. In Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry (pp. 129-151). Springer, Cham.

  2. Kerfoot, K., & Burhan, A. M. (2019). Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders in the Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient: Acute Treatment, Detoxification, and Withdrawal. In Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry (pp. 189-199). Springer, Cham.

  3. Montero-Odasso, M., Almeida, Q. J., Bherer, L., Burhan, A. M., Camicioli, R., Doyon, J., ... & McIlroy, W. (2019). Consensus on shared measures of mobility and cognition: from the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA). The Journals of Gerontology: Series A, 74(6), 897-909.

  4. Naidu, A. S., Vasudev, A., Burhan, A. M., Ionson, E., & Montero-Odasso, M. (2019). Does dual-task gait differ in those with late-life depression versus mild cognitive impairment?. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 27(1), 62-72.

  5. Ionson, E., Limbachia, J., Rej, S., Puka, K., Newman, R. I., Wetmore, S., ... & Vasudev, A. (2019). Effects of Sahaj Samadhi meditation on heart rate variability and depressive symptoms in patients with late-life depression. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 214(4), 218-224.

  6. Vasudev, A., Torres-Platas, S. G., Kerfoot, K., Potes, A., Therriault, J., Gifuni, A., ... & Rej, S. (2019). Mind-Body Interventions in Late-Life Mental Illnesses and Cognitive Disorders: A Narrative Review. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 27(5), 536-547.

  7. Ross, E., Khan, S., & Burhan, A. M. (2019). Psychiatric Symptoms Comorbid with Neurological Syndromes. In Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry (pp. 201-218). Springer, Cham.

  8. Patience, J., Lai, K. S. P., Russell, E., Vasudev, A., Montero-Odasso, M., & Burhan, A. M. (2019). Relationship Between Mood, Thinking, and Walking: A Systematic Review Examining Depressive Symptoms, Executive Function, and Gait. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 27(12), 1375-1383.

  9. Peckham, S. B., Ionson, E., Nassim, M., Ojha, K., Palaniyappan, L., Gati, J., ... & Rej, S. (2019). Sahaj Samadhi meditation vs a Health Enhancement Program in improving late-life depression severity and executive function: study protocol for a two-site, randomized controlled trial. Trials, 20(1), 605.

  10. Rudak, P. T., Gangireddy, R., Choi, J., Burhan, A. M., Summers, K. L., Jackson, D. N., ... & Haeryfar, S. M. (2019). Stress-elicited glucocorticoid receptor signaling upregulates TIGIT in innate-like invariant T lymphocytes. Brain, behavior, and immunity, 80, 793-804.

  11. Chertkow, H., Borrie, M., Whitehead, V., Black, S. E., Feldman, H. H., Gauthier, S., ... & Tierney, M. C. (2019). The comprehensive assessment of neurodegeneration and dementia: Canadian cohort study. Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences, 46(5), 499-511.

  12. Knuff, A., Leung, R. H., Seitz, D. P., Pallaveshi, L., & Burhan, A. M. (2019). Use of actigraphy to measure symptoms of agitation in dementia. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 27(8), 865-869.

Grants Currently held by Members of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry

  1. Improving Quality of Life in the Elderly by Standardizing Care for Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Dementia (Rajji, T., Kumar, S. & Burhan, A.M.). From Brain Canada Foundation $1,519,880; 04/2018-03/2021.
  2. Escitalopram for Agitation in Alzheimer Disease (Lyketsos, C., Porsteinssen, A., Burhan, A.M., VanBussel, L. & Vasudev, A.). From National Institute on Aging $3,000,455USD; 06/2017-06/2022.
  3. Cognitive Outcomes and the Response/Remission Efficacy of Convulsive Therapies in Treatment Resistant Depression: The CORRECT-TRD Trail (Blumberger, D.M. & Burhan, A.M.). From Brain Canada Foundation $1,499,918; 12/2016-12/2019.
  4. Suicide Prevention in Men: A Cluster Randomized Control Trail of Smartphone Assisted Problem Solving Therapy Compared to Usual Care in Men Who Present with Intentional Self-Harm to Emergency Departments (Hatcher, S., Heisel, M.J.). From Ontario SPOR Support Unit OSSUIMPACT Award $1,752,292; 6/2015-5/2018.
  5. Summer Research Institute on Suicide Prevention: The Development of a Patient-Oriented Research Training for Researchers, Clinicians, Policy Makers and People with Lived Experience of Suicide (Hatcher, S., Heisel, M.J.). From CIHR $24,989; 2017-2018.