Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Nazanin Alavi
Brain and Therapeutics
Nazanin Alavi
Contact Info
T: (416) 535-8501 34255
Centre for Addiction & Mental Health
100 Stokes St
Toronto, ON, M6J 1H4
Appointment Status Primary

Dr. Nazanin Alavi is a Psychiatrist in the Mood and Anxiety Division at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and a Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. After completing her medical training at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Dr. Alavi completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Psychology Department at Queen’s university in the Mood Disorders lab under the supervision of Dr. Kate Harkness in 2011. She then joined the residency training program in Psychiatry at Queen’s University and graduated in 2016 and joined department of psychiatry at University of Toronto as a staff psychiatrist.


Research Synopsis

Dr. Alavi’s research focuses on the effectiveness of online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. Dr. Alavi has been designing an online platform for delivering online psychotherapy. While CBT is the gold standard psychotherapy technique for treating depression and anxiety, there are high costs and long waiting lists associated with providing this treatment; therefore, developing innovative methods of delivering CBT is essential, to make it more accessible and affordable. Delivering CBT online is a new approach to effectively deliver care without sacrificing treatment quality or increasing treatment costs. Dr. Alavi also works on the relationship between bullying and suicidal behaviours and improving suicidal risk assessment in the emergency setting. Dr. Alavi has been recipient of multiple academic and clinical awards including psychiatry Dan Afford award, APA Lily award and Psychiatric Research Scholars Fellowship.