Dr. Nasreen Khatri

Dr. Nasreen Khatri is an award-winning registered clinical psychologist, gerontologist, neuroscientist and educator who specializes in the assessment, treatment and research of mood and anxiety disorders in older adults. A graduate of McGill University, from 2001 - 2004 Dr. Khatri completed her clinical internship and CIHR-funded post-doctorate at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). From 2004 to 2012, she led the Mood and Related Disorders Clinic and founded the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) service at Baycrest.

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) and Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She is a Scientific Officer of the Centre for Brain Health and Aging Innovation (CABHI) at Baycrest.

Dr. Khatri’s research has been funded by 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 in 2013 she was awarded the Women of Baycrest Innovators in Research Award. Her research 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.

She has completed over 350 presentations, including a 2018 event keynote for the McGill Road to 200, the Bell Let's Talk Day 2017 keynote on Workplace Wellness, the MaRS Discovery District, the Conference Board of Canada, Aging 2.0, Canadian banking institutions, 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 Vancouver Sun, Canadian Living, Chatelaine, The Wall Street Journal (US), The Daily Mail (UK) and 20 other media outlets. She blogs for The Huffington Post on the topic of Mind your Mood: Depression and the Aging Brain.

She serves as a mental health expert and keynote speaker for Bell Let's Talk Day. Dr. Khatri is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Psychology Foundation of Canada (PFC, (2012-2018), the Expert Advisory Board of Canadian Health and Lifestyle Magazine, the Women's Brain Health Initiative (WBHI), the Bell Community Fund Advisory Committee and the McGill Women, Leadership and Philanthropy Board.

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."

Bell Let's Talk Day

SMALL ACTIONS - BIG IMPACT. On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell will donate more towards mental health initiatives in Canada by contributing 5¢ for every applicable text, call, tweet, social media video view and use of our Facebook frame or Snapchat filter.

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The Bell Let's Talk Community Fund

The Bell Let's Talk Community Fund is focused on improving access to supports and services for people living with mental illness through local projects and grassroots organizations in communities all around Canada.

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