Biography

Degrees and Diplomas

1997       Postgraduate Training (Residency in Psychiatry), Sheppard Pratt Health Systems, Baltimore, Maryland, United States

1993       MD, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Doctor (Medical), East Lansing, Michigan, United States

1983       BA, New College, Honors College of University of South Florida, Bachelor’s, Honours, Major in Philosophy, Sarasota, Florida, United States

Research Training

1997 - 2000       Clinical Research Fellowship, National Institute of Mental Health, Biological Psychiatry Branch, Senior Staff Fellow, Supervisor:  Dr. Robert M. Post, Bethesda, Maryland, United States

Qualifications, Certifications and Licenses

2005 - present   The College of Physicians and Surgeon of Ontario

2005 - present   The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Canada

1998 - 2018       American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Certified, United States

2005 - 2009       Maryland Board of Physicians, License, Maryland, United States

Professional and Academic Experience

The main driving forces influencing my career have been, first and foremost, excellent clinical care and ensuring that my research has bearing on the clinical realities of psychiatry.  Clinically and educationally, my focus has been to provide the very best and most comprehensive care necessary to assist patients return to full functioning, and to teach the next generation of mental health care providers to do the same.  Regarding research, my goal has been to isolate neurobiological aspects of specific clinical constructs that overarch DSM diagnostic categorization and to address real-world psychiatric problems.

 

In 2006 I started the First Episode Mood and Anxiety Program (FEMAP).  This provided three components to the Lawson Health Research Institute portfolio:  1) a place for youth in the transition age (16-25 years) to receive early identification and treatment for mood and/or anxiety concerns, not previously readily available in London; 2) a source from which to recruit research participants with the recent onset of mood disorders (with/without anxiety) for investigations of the pathophysiology of these illnesses involving fMRI methods; and 3) a pilot model of an early identification and intervention treatment program to be evaluated for its effectiveness.  In 2009 this program moved to the current location and in 2014 FEMAP was incorporated into London Health Sciences Centre clinical services, though without an operating budget.

Administrative Support

ellen.annett@lhsc.on.ca

Research Group

Research Interest Area 

Neuropsychiatry
Psychiatry
Health services research and health care delivery

Research Overview

  • Affective disorders
  • Reward system/neurocircuitry
  • fMRI in neuropsychaitric disorders
  • Differentiating mood disorders in the early stages of illness
  • Machine learning classification algorithms
  • Neurophysiology of non-suicidal self-injurious behavior

Partners

Evelyn Vingilis:  University of Western Ontario, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Department of Family Medicine:  Department of Family Medicine; The Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine; Second Floor; University of Western Ontario

Jean Theberge:  Lawson Health Research Institute, London Health Sciences Centre; University of Western Ontario Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Department of Psychiatry; University of Western Ontario Department of Medical Biophysics

Vince Calhoun:  The Mind Research Network; The University of New Mexico Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Jing Sui:  Brainnetome Center and National Laboratory of Pattern Recognition, Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences; University of Chinese Academy of Sciences; CAS Centre for Excellence in Brain Science and Intelligence Technology, Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Peter Williamson:  University of Western Ontario Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Department of Psychiatry; University of Western Ontario Department of Medical Biophysics

Richard Neufeld:  Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario

 

Other Professional Roles and Affiliations

  • Associate Professor and The Dr. Joseph Rea Chair in Mood Disorders, Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Western Ontario 
  • Chair/Medical Director, First Episode Mood and Anxiety Program (FEMAP), London Health Sciences Centre