Nadiya Sunderji


Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


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.

Please note: Dr. Sunderji is not taking any summer students in 2018.

Recent Publications

  1. 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 .
  2. Zaheer, S, Garofalo, V, Rodie, D, Perivolaris, A, Chum, J, Crawford, A et al.. Computer-Aided Telephone Support for Primary Care Patients with Common Mental Health Conditions: Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Ment Health. 2018;5 (4):e10224. doi: 10.2196/10224. PubMed PMID:30530461 .
  3. Bergmans, Y, Ninkovic, D, Sunderji, N, Simpson-Barrette, D. Client Evaluation of an Interprofessional Urgent Mental Health Care Program. J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv. 2018; :1-8. doi: 10.3928/02793695-20181019-01. PubMed PMID:30376584 .
  4. Ratzliff, A, Sunderji, N. Tele-Behavioral Health, Collaborative Care, and Integrated Care: Learning to Leverage Scarce Psychiatric Resources over Distance, Populations, and Time. Acad Psychiatry. 2018;42 (6):834-840. doi: 10.1007/s40596-018-0984-5. PubMed PMID:30338461 .
  5. Crawford, A, Gratzer, D, Jovanovic, M, Rodie, D, Sockalingam, S, Sunderji, N et al.. Building eHealth and Telepsychiatry Capabilities: Three Educational Reports Across the Learning Continuum. Acad Psychiatry. 2018;42 (6):852-856. doi: 10.1007/s40596-018-0989-0. PubMed PMID:30311178 .
  6. Snelgrove, N, Sunderji, N. Training specialists as consultants integrated into primary care. Med Educ. 2018;52 (11):1204. doi: 10.1111/medu.13694. PubMed PMID:30276850 .
  7. Sunderji, N, Ion, A, Huynh, D, Benassi, P, Ghavam-Rassoul, A, Carvalhal, A et al.. Advancing Integrated Care through Psychiatric Workforce Development: A Systematic Review of Educational Interventions to Train Psychiatrists in Integrated Care. Can J Psychiatry. 2018;63 (8):513-525. doi: 10.1177/0706743718772520. PubMed PMID:30097003 PubMed Central PMC6099757.
  8. Stewart, AM, Sunderji, N, Vasa, P, Jansz, G, Ion, A, Ghavam-Rassoul, A et al.. The collaborative chronic care model for mental health should be implemented in Canada. CMAJ. 2018;190 (27):E839. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.69289. PubMed PMID:29986861 PubMed Central PMC6041251.
  9. Kates, N, Arroll, B, Currie, E, Hanlon, C, Gask, L, Klasen, H et al.. Improving collaboration between primary care and mental health services. World J. Biol. Psychiatry. 2018; :1-18. doi: 10.1080/15622975.2018.1471218. PubMed PMID:29722600 .
  10. Sunderji, N, Waddell, AE. Mixed Methods Convergent Study Designs in Health Professions Education Research: Toward Meaningful Integration of Qualitative and Quantitative Data. Acad Med. 2018;93 (7):1093. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002241. PubMed PMID:29642104 .
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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