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. Sunderji, N, Kurdyak, PA, Sockalingam, S, Mulsant, BH. Can Collaborative Care Cure the Mediocrity of Usual Care for Common Mental Disorders?. Can J Psychiatry. 2018; :706743717748884. doi: 10.1177/0706743717748884. PubMed PMID:29316806 .
  2. Broad, KL, Sandhu, VK, Sunderji, N, Charach, A. Youth experiences of transition from child mental health services to adult mental health services: a qualitative thematic synthesis. BMC Psychiatry. 2017;17 (1):380. doi: 10.1186/s12888-017-1538-1. PubMed PMID:29183289 PubMed Central PMC5706294.
  3. Ion, A, Sunderji, N, Jansz, G, Ghavam-Rassoul, A. Understanding integrated mental health care in "real-world" primary care settings: What matters to health care providers and clients for evaluation and improvement?. Fam Syst Health. 2017;35 (3):271-282. doi: 10.1037/fsh0000294. PubMed PMID:28805405 .
  4. Sunderji, N, Ion, A, Ghavam-Rassoul, A, Abate, A. Evaluating the Implementation of Integrated Mental Health Care: A Systematic Review to Guide the Development of Quality Measures. Psychiatr Serv. 2017;68 (9):891-898. doi: 10.1176/ PubMed PMID:28502244 .
  5. Sunderji, N, Ion, A, Lin, E, Ghavam-Rassoul, A, Jansz, G. Participatory approaches to evaluating integrated care: the vital role for client inclusion and participation. BMJ Qual Saf. 2018;27 (1):90-91. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2017-006604. PubMed PMID:28314857 .
  6. Sunderji, N, Waddell, A, Gupta, M, Soklaridis, S, Steinberg, R. An expert consensus on core competencies in integrated care for psychiatrists. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. ;41 :45-52. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2016.05.003. PubMed PMID:27302722 .
  7. Crawford, A, Sunderji, N, López, J, Soklaridis, S. Defining competencies for the practice of telepsychiatry through an assessment of resident learning needs. BMC Med Educ. 2016;16 :28. doi: 10.1186/s12909-016-0529-0. PubMed PMID:26813286 PubMed Central PMC4728785.
  8. Hilty, DM, Crawford, A, Teshima, J, Chan, S, Sunderji, N, Yellowlees, PM et al.. A framework for telepsychiatric training and e-health: Competency-based education, evaluation and implications. Int Rev Psychiatry. 2015;27 (6):569-92. doi: 10.3109/09540261.2015.1091292. PubMed PMID:26540642 .
  9. Sunderji, N, Waddell, A. Using real-time Delphi to develop a consensus on competencies. Med Educ. 2015;49 (11):1151-2. doi: 10.1111/medu.12851. PubMed PMID:26494082 .
  10. Sunderji, N, de Bibiana, JT, Stergiopoulos, V. Urgent Psychiatric Services: A Scoping Review. Can J Psychiatry. 2015;60 (9):393-402. doi: 10.1177/070674371506000904. PubMed PMID:26454727 PubMed Central PMC4574715.
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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