Nadiya Sunderji


Affiliate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Please note: Dr. Sunderji is not taking any summer students.

Dr. Sunderji is a psychiatrist and a researcher in quality improvement and education in the area of integrated / collaborative mental health care. She is the physician lead for quality improvement in the St. Michael’s Hospital Mental Health and Addictions Service and an Assistant Professor and Lead for integrated mental health care education in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She has a Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, is a member of the Delta Omega Alpha Honour Society, and was recently awarded the Association for Academic Psychiatry’s Early Career Development Award.

Dr. Sunderji’s research aims to improve the implementation of collaborative mental health care models in primary care settings. Collaborative care models have been widely adopted, yet implementation is highly variable, frequently does not conform to evidence based practice, and has rarely been evaluated. Furthermore, evaluation frameworks and metrics are lacking. In her funded research, Dr. Sunderji is developing a quality framework and quality measures by which to evaluate and improve collaborative care in primary care. This novel framework sets standards for clinical programs, and promotes data-driven quality improvement (QI) efforts. The framework has attracted interest in Canada and the United States.

Dr. Sunderji also uses her education leadership activities to promote knowledge translation of evidence-based models of collaborative care by supporting practicing healthcare providers and trainees to implement and improve guideline-based, measurement-based, population-based care in their clinical practice settings. Thus, the aforementioned quality framework and measures also identify higher order outcomes at the patient, population, and health system levels, that can be incorporated into educational program evaluation.


Recent Publications

  1. Sunderji, N, Polaha, J, Ratzliff, A, Reiter, J. A walk on the translational science bridge with leaders in integrated care: Where do we need to build?. Fam Syst Health. 2020;38 (2):99-104. doi: 10.1037/fsh0000501. PubMed PMID:32525346 .
  2. Lim, B, Sproule, BA, Zahra, Z, Sunderji, N, Kennedy, SH, Rizvi, SJ et al.. Understanding the effects of chronic benzodiazepine use in depression: a focus on neuropharmacology. Int Clin Psychopharmacol. 2020;35 (5):243-253. doi: 10.1097/YIC.0000000000000316. PubMed PMID:32459725 .
  3. Barker, LC, Sunderji, N, Kurdyak, P, Stergiopoulos, V, Gonzalez, A, Kopp, A et al.. Urgent Outpatient Care Following Mental Health ED Visits: A Population-Based Study. Psychiatr Serv. 2020;71 (6):616-619. doi: 10.1176/ PubMed PMID:32089079 .
  4. Polaha, J, Hinde, JM, Beehler, GP, Sunderji, N. Evaluating time in health care: What are we busy about?. Fam Syst Health. 2019;37 (4):277-281. doi: 10.1037/fsh0000453. PubMed PMID:31815511 .
  5. Polaha, J, Sunderji, N. Patient access: How do we measure it?. Fam Syst Health. 2019;37 (3):191-194. doi: 10.1037/fsh0000442. PubMed PMID:31512907 .
  6. Sunderji, N, Ion, A, Zhu, A, Perivolaris, A, Rodie, D, Mulsant, BH et al.. Challenges in conducting research on collaborative mental health care: a qualitative study. CMAJ Open. ;7 (2):E405-E414. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20180172. PubMed PMID:31201177 PubMed Central PMC6579651.
  7. Polaha, J, Smith, JD, Sunderji, N. A recipe for assessing fidelity in family and health systems. Fam Syst Health. 2019;37 (2):101-106. doi: 10.1037/fsh0000421. PubMed PMID:31180707 .
  8. Sunderji, N, Nicholas Angl, E, Polaha, J, Gao, C. Why and how to use patient-oriented research to promote translational research. Fam Syst Health. 2019;37 (1):1-9. doi: 10.1037/fsh0000405. PubMed PMID:30920259 .
  9. Hilty, DM, Sunderji, N, Suo, S, Chan, S, McCarron, RM. Telepsychiatry and other technologies for integrated care: evidence base, best practice models and competencies. Int Rev Psychiatry. 2018;30 (6):292-309. doi: 10.1080/09540261.2019.1571483. PubMed PMID:30821540 .
  10. Polaha, J, Sunderji, N. A vision for the future of Families, Systems, & Health: Focusing on science at the point of care delivery. Fam Syst Health. 2018;36 (4):421-426. doi: 10.1037/fsh0000386. PubMed PMID:30589319 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Medical Director, Quality, St. Michael’s Hospital Mental Health and Addictions Service
  • Assistant Professor and Lead, Integrated Mental Health Care Education, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto