Dr. Nasreen Khatri

In 2012, Dr. Khatri joined The Rotman Research Institute, 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 and innovates 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 peer-reviewed academic journals including PLoS ONE, Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Canada (JOGC), Psychiatry Research, Journals of Gerontologyy, and Journal of Clinical Psychology.

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 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 Strategies, Her Nutrition and the Senior Friendly 7 (SF7) Toolkit.

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 CBC News: Parents website.

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), SciSection 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) and CAMH programming.

She was a member of the 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, Chair of the McGill Women, Leadership and Philanthropy (WLP) Board and a Director of the Canadian Friends of Herzog Hospital Board (Israel).

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.

In 2020, Dr. Khatri was invited to serve on the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) Multidisciplinary Review Panel for transformational research.