Dr. Nasreen Khatri

Dr. Nasreen Khatri is an award-winning registered clinical psychologist with 20 years of professional experience. She is a 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) in Toronto. From 2004 to 2012, she led the Mood and Related Disorders Clinic and founded the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) service at Baycrest Geriatric Health Sciences, a global leader in brain health.

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 and published in peer-reviewed academic journals including PLoS ONE, Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Canada (JOGC), Psychiatry Research, Journals of Gerontology and Journal of Clinical Psychology. In 2013 she was awarded the Women of Baycrest Innovators in Research Award.

Dr. Khatri has completed over 400 presentations, including keynote addresses for the McGill Road to 200, Bell Let's Talk Day, The MaRS Discovery District, The Conference Board of Canada and The Toronto Public Library Thought Leadership Series.

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) and dozens of other media outlets.

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) and past Mental Health Advisor for Canadian Health and Lifestyle Magazine and The Women's Brain Health Initiative (WBHI). She was a member of the Board of Trustees of The Psychology Foundation of Canada (PFC, (2012-2018) and currently serves as a SheEO Activator (Venture Capital Fund), member of the Bell Community Fund Advisory Committee, Human Rights and Social Justice Committee (Canadian Psychological Association - CPA), CPA Foundation, Co-chair of the McGill Women, Leadership and Philanthropy (WLP) Board and a Director of the Canadian Friends of Herzog Hospital Board (Jerusalem).

Dr. Khatri provides content expertise for mental health platforms and advisement internationally to start-ups, banks and other established companies.

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 2021, Dr. Khatri was invited to serve on the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) Panel for transformational research.

Community Fund Advisory Committee

Mental health leaders in communities across Canada provide guidance and advice in the selection of Community Fund grant recipients.

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Diversity Fund Circle of Advisors

A circle of advisors, comprised of mental health experts, community leaders and people with lived experience from within Black, Indigenous and People of Colour communities assist in the review process and provide advice and consultation on the development and future evolution of the fund.

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