Dr. Nasreen Khatri

Dr. Nasreen Khatri is an award-winning registered clinical psychologist with over 15 years of professional experience.  She is a gerontologist, neuroscientist and educator who specializes in the assessment, treatment and research of mood and anxiety disorders in older adults. At Toronto Brain Health, Dr. Khatri provides Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for mood, anxiety, obsessive compulsive and trauma conditions (e.g., depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, PTSD) across all adult ages (18-90+). She is a member of The Canadian Psychological Association.

A graduate of McGill University, from 2001 - 2004 Dr. Khatri completed her clinical internship and CIHR-funded post-doctoral fellowship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). From 2004 to 2012, she led the Mood and Related Disorders Clinic and founded the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) service at Baycrest. Baycrest was recently ranked as a global leader in geriatrics.

In 2012, Dr. Khatri joined The Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest, a cognitive neuroscience institute fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, where she studies how depression impacts the aging brain, the neural link between depression in mid-life and the subsequent onset of dementia. She further studies non-drug treatments for depression and anxiety in older adults, such as cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and exercise. She is a Scientific Officer of the Centre for Brain Health and Aging Innovation (CABHI) at Baycrest.

Dr. Khatri’s research has been funded continually since 2006 by, among others, The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), The Alzheimer’s Society of Canada (ASC), The Ministry for Health and Long-term Care (MOHLTC), The Government of Canada and private donors.  In 2013 she was awarded the Women of Baycrest Innovators in Research Award. Her work has been published in many peer-reviewed academic journals.

Dr. Khatri has completed over 400 presentations, including keynote addresses for the McGill Road to 200, Bell Let's Talk Day Workplace Wellness, The MaRS Discovery District, The Conference Board of Canada, Aging 2.0, CIBC, RBC and TD banks, Tiger21, CanWIT, The CIBC Women's Thought Leadership Series and The Toronto Public Library Thought Leadership Series. Dr. Khatri and her work have been cited in the media, including CBC - The National, CTV News,The Globe and Mail, The Wall Street Journal (US), The National Post, The Toronto Star, The Daily Mail (UK), Zoomer Magazine, The Vancouver Sun, Canadian Living, Chatelaine and 20 other media outlets. She blogs for The Huffington Post on the topic of Mind your Mood: Depression and the Aging Brain and writes for the CBC News: Parents website.

Dr. Khatri consults on Psychological Health and Safety Standards in the Workplace to the public and private sector. She is a content expert for health app and website development, including Stress StrategiesHer Nutrition and the Senior Friendly 7 (SF7) Toolkit.

Dr. Khatri serves as a mental health expert and keynote speaker for Bell Let's Talk Day.  She is the Mental Health Advisor for Girls E-Mentorship (GEM), The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), and past Mental Health Advisor for Canadian Health and Lifestyle Magazine and The Women's Brain Health Initiative (WBHI).  As well, she has provided advisement and content for The Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health (CCMSH), CAMH programming and SciSection. She was a member of Board of Trustees of The Psychology Foundation of Canada (PFC, 2012-2018) and currently serves as a member of the Bell Community Fund Advisory Committee and as Vice-chair of the McGill Women, Leadership and Philanthropy (WLP) Board.

 

Dr. Khatri received the 2016 Government of Ontario Leading Women, Building Communities Award for her "remarkable insights into mental health and reducing the stigma of mental health issues" and "the enormous impact of her work" as a psychologist and gerontologist at Baycrest. In 2019, CREST.BD, a UBC-based research network of which Dr. Khatri is a member, was awarded the CIHR Gold Leaf Prize, among the highest honours that can be bestowed for excellence in health research and its translation into benefits for Canadians.

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