Dr. Mimi Israël

Mimi Israël is psychiatrist-in-chief at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. She is an attending psychiatrist at the Douglas Eating Disorders Program, a consultant psychiatrist to a first-line community mental health care team, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at McGill. She is also president of the Association of Chiefs of Departments of Psychiatry of Montreal, and a fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders. She was chair of the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University from 2007 to 2015.

Active as a clinician, teacher, researcher and administrator, she is primarily interested in the areas of eating disorders, community mental health, health care service organization, public education and advocacy. A recipient of several McGill teaching awards, she was also presented with the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Exemplary Psychiatrist Award in 1998, the grand prize from the Quebec Medical College of Physicians in 2006, and the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services “Persillier-Lachapelle Career Achievement Award” in 2013.

Her research interests have focused on the implications of temperamental traits and adverse life events on neurobiological indices, and genetic variations in eating disorders. Other areas of interests within the field of Eating Disorders include the study of factors that determine treatment outcome, and determinants of the efficacy of different treatment techniques such as partial hospitalization.