Clinician Scientist Profiles: Graduate Steam

Aneta Krakowski

I completed my undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at the University of Toronto. For my Master’s degree, I worked under the supervision of Dr. Paul Frankland at the Hospital for Sick Children researching adult neurogenesis in the hippocampus using mouse models. I completed medical school at the University of Toronto and developed an interest in child and adolescent psychiatry. I am particularly interested in working with children with autism and hope to intertwine my future clinical practice with research in order to learn how to best understand and treat children with autism and co-morbid mental health disorders.

Cory Weissman


This is an exciting time to be an academic psychiatrist. Psychiatry is starting to benefit greatly from discoveries happening now in neuroscience. Clinical psychiatry provides unique, rewarding interactions through rich relationships that physicians are able to make with their patients. I think that coupling discovery in neuroscientific research with clinical psychiatry can lead to an engaging and satisfying career. I am thrilled to continue this journey through a number of active and engaging projects including my upcoming Master’s program in pharmacology and toxicology. For this degree, I will be studying how common antidepressants affect levels of suicidality in patients with major depressive disorder in a re-analysis of a previous, large study (The STAR*D trial). This project compliments my other work in brain stimulation treatments for suicidality in psychiatric disorders, and is also related to my side interest in the emerging field of psychedelic science. 

Dr. Cory Weissman on Research Gate

Dr. Cory Weissman on PubMed

Danielle Baribeau

Degree(s): M.D., M.Sc. (candidate)

Program (Year): CSP Graduate Stream


I attended the University of Toronto for both medical school and residency training in general Psychiatry, and am now in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty Program also at U of T. My initial projects in the CSP focused on the clinical, genetic, and neuroimaging associated differences in social functioning across neurodevelopmental disorders. For my graduate thesis in Clinical Epidemiology at the Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation, I will be examining the longitudinal association between anxiety and repetitive behaviors in autism spectrum disorder. I am interested in better understanding the underlying mechanisms and developmental trajectories of common childhood conditions like autism, ADHD and OCD, in order to help develop new targeted interventions.

Project Title: Social Processing Across Neurodevelopmental Disorders; Anxiety and Repetitive Behavior in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Supervisor(s): Drs. Simone Vigod, Peter Szatmari, Evdokia Anagnostou

Dr. Danielle Baribeau on PubMed

Martin Rotenberg

Martin Rotenberg's research focus is on the role of social and environmental factors on the incidence of psychotic disorders and pathways to care. He is also interested in rehabilitation with ethnic minority individuals with severe and persistent mental illness.  He will be starting a MSc. in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation in July 2019.

Dr. Martin Rotenberg on ORCID

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is a fellow with a research interest in eating disorders. Her clinical research to date has focused on outcomes of inpatient eating disorder treatment, disease progression and eating disorder education. Additional areas of interest include emotional dysregulation in eating disorder treatment and eating disorder psychopharmacology. She also has research and policy interests in physician health that she has pursued locally and nationally with multiple physician organizations.

Dr. Sarah Smith on PubMed