Research Studies

The research initiatives under the ASR Chair fall into several categories. To learn more about each of our studies, please click on the links below:

Suicide Biomarker Study

Project Lead: Dr. Sakina Rizvi

The prevalence of suicide attempt in Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is about 20%. Risk for suicide attempt can be increased by many things such as negative life events, genetics, and changes in the way the body and brain function. It is most likely caused by a combination of several of these factors. Currently, we are conducting a study to identify biological risk factors for suicide attempt.

Please see the flyer for more information or contact Nicole at EdgarN@smh.ca.

Depression & Concussion Study

Project Lead: Dr. Sidney Kennedy

It is known that those who have suffered a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI; also known as concussion) are at greater risk of depression and suicidality. However, there has been little research about how brain function differs in those with mTBI and depression, and there are no clear risk factors for development of depression and suicidality after mTBI. The goal of this study is to characterize the biological profile (e.g. brain activity, behavioural tests) of those with mTBI and depression, and identify factors that may predict risk of depression and suicidality following injury.

Please see the flyer for more information or contact Amanda at CenitiA@smh.ca.

Desvenlafaxine & Reward Study

Project Lead: Dr. Sakina Rizvi

Those who suffer from depression are often at greater risk for changes in their ability to experience reward. These changes in their interest, pleasure and motivation may also have a significant impact on their everyday functioning at school, work, and their interpersonal relationships. However, there has been little research on how reward and function may be related on a neurobiological level. The goal of this study is to investigate changes in function and the experience of reward while taking an antidepressant, and to identify predictors of antidepressant response.

Please see the flyer for more information or contact Troy at ChowT@smh.ca.

Psychosocial/Psychoeducational Intervention for Persons with Recurrent Suicide Attempts (Skills for Safer Living)

Project Lead: Dr. Yvonne Bergmans

Current initiatives are investigating:

  • changes in identified risk factors and known deficit areas for people with recurrent suicide attempts participating in a group intervention for people with recurrent suicide attempts
  • the process of transition from high to lower risk for people with recurrent suicide attempts
  • client experiences of intervention in a multidisciplinary urgent care program

Mobile Health Study

Our current mobile health study has now finished. Please check back soon for new mobile health initiatives in the future!