Adriana Carvalhal

MD, PhD, MSc

Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge institute


Dr. Adriana Carvalhal is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychiatry – University of Toronto and Director of Medical Psychiatry Consultation Service at St. Michael’s Hospital. Dr. Carvalhal completed her medical and psychiatric training in Brazil, where she also completed her MSc and PhD in Medicine.

She completed her research training at University of Toronto with a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Her research work is in the field of psychiatric disorders in Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infected patients, neurocognitive disorders associated HIV, mental health and service delivery for HIV population, more specific for HIV-positive women.

Recent Publications

  1. Naccarato, M, Hall, E, Wai, A, Ostrowski, M, Carvalhal, A. A case of a probable drug interaction between lurasidone and atazanavir-based antiretroviral therapy. Antivir. Ther. (Lond.). 2016;21 (8):735-738. doi: 10.3851/IMP3059. PubMed PMID:27328703 .
  2. Carvalhal, A. Editorial Commentary: Neurocognitive Performance in Ritonavir-boosted Protease Inhibitor Monotherapy. Clin. Infect. Dis. 2016;63 (2):265-7. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciw281. PubMed PMID:27143667 .
  3. Carvalhal, A, Gill, MJ, Letendre, SL, Rachlis, A, Bekele, T, Raboud, J et al.. Central nervous system penetration effectiveness of antiretroviral drugs and neuropsychological impairment in the Ontario HIV Treatment Network Cohort Study. J. Neurovirol. 2016;22 (3):349-57. doi: 10.1007/s13365-015-0404-5. PubMed PMID:26572786 .
  4. Chan, LG, Ho, MJ, Kaur, P, Singh, J, Ng, OT, Lee, CC et al.. Differences in clinical and psychiatric outcomes between prevalent HIV-1 molecular subtypes in a multiethnic Southeast Asian sample. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. ;38 :4-8. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2015.07.008. PubMed PMID:26380875 .
  5. Chan, LG, Carvalhal, A. Journeying with HIV patients across the health care spectrum - an examination of a seamless model of HIV Psychiatry of a large urban general hospital. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. ;37 (6):538-41. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2015.07.004. PubMed PMID:26277772 .
  6. Zipursky, AR, Gogolishvili, D, Rueda, S, Brunetta, J, Carvalhal, A, McCombe, JA et al.. Evaluation of brief screening tools for neurocognitive impairment in HIV/AIDS: a systematic review of the literature. AIDS. 2013;27 (15):2385-401. doi: 10.1097/QAD.0b013e328363bf56. PubMed PMID:23751261 PubMed Central PMC3814629.
  7. Canadian HIV Pregnancy Planning Guideline Development Team, Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada, Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, Canadian HIV/AIDS Trials Network, Infectious Diseases Committee and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Committee of Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada, Canadian HIV Pregnancy Planning Guideline Development Team Core Working Group et al.. Canadian HIV Pregnancy Planning Guidelines: No. 278, June 2012. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2012;119 (1):89-99. . PubMed PMID:23125998 .
  8. Carvalhal, A, Baril, JG, Crouzat, F, De Wet, J, Junod, P, Kovacs, C et al.. Recognizing cognitive and psychiatric changes in the post-highly active antiretroviral therapy era. Can J Infect Dis Med Microbiol. 2012;23 (4):209-15. . PubMed PMID:24294277 PubMed Central PMC3597400.
  9. Ndlovu, U, Ion, A, Carvalhal, A. "My children and my home": the most recent and challenging stressors of HIV-positive women. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2010;13 (3):215-22. doi: 10.1007/s00737-010-0148-4. PubMed PMID:20182756 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Director Medical Psychiatry Consultation Service, Mental Health Service, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto