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Dr. Nazanin Alavi
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Research Interests: 
  • e-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Suicidal behaviors related to bullying
  • Improving suicidal risk assessment in the emergency setting.

Faculty Bio

Dr. Nazanin Alavi is a staff psychiatrist and associate professor at the Department of Psychiatry at Queen's Iniversity. She is currently the Co-Program Medical Director at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) and Chair of the Division of Adult Psychiatry (Acute).

After completing her medical training at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Dr. Alavi completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Psychology Department at Queen’s university in the Mood Disorders lab. She then joined the residency training program in Psychiatry at Queen’s University and graduated in 2016 and joined the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) as a staff psychiatrist. Dr. Alavi rejoined the Queen's Department of Psychiatry in 2019.

Research Interests

Dr. Alavi’s research focuses on digital mental health. She has developed multiple studies on effect of online CBT in mood and anxiety disorders. She is offering online psychotherapy through a secured platform that she has developed with her team. Dr. Alavi has been recipient of national and international awards for her research including psychiatry Dan Afford award and APA Lily award. In 2019, Dr. Alavi was selected as 10 top Women Leaders in digital health by Digital Health Canada.

Dr. Nazanin Alavi is spearheading with her colleagues the development of the first online cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) program for individuals with bipolar depression type 2 and residual depressive symptoms. This online program funded by Providence Care aims to address several barriers presented by in-person therapy, providing effective, accessible, and cost effective mental health care.



Queen's University Online Psychotherapy Lab

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