Sidney Kennedy


Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

Research Programs


Dr. Sidney H. Kennedy is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, the Arthur Sommer Rotenberg Chair in Suicide and Depression Studies, and a Scientist at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute and Toronto Western Research Institute, Toronto, Canada. Dr. Kennedy is the lead investigator for a large depression biomarker initiative. He has published extensively on new drug evaluation, neuroimaging and neurostimulation therapies, personality factors in depression, antidepressant effects on sexual function and treatment guidelines for Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder.

Dr. Kennedy is the Immediate Past President of the International Society for Affective Disorders, former President of the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and the founding chair of the Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CANMAT).

He has published more than 350 peer reviewed publications and 11 books on depression and related topics.

Recent Publications

  1. Hirst, JE, Knight, HE, Ohuma, EO, Dwyer, T, Hennig, BD, Papageorghiou, AT et al.. Social gradient of birthweight in England assessed using the INTERGROWTH-21st gestational age-specific standard. Arch. Dis. Child. Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2018; :. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2018-315295. PubMed PMID:30464006 .
  2. Arrua-Duarte, E, Migoya-Borja, M, Barrigón, ML, Barahona, I, Delgado-Gomez, D, Courtet, P et al.. Spanish adaptation of the Dimensional Anhedonia Rating Scale (DARS). J Affect Disord. 2018;245 :702-707. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2018.11.040. PubMed PMID:30447569 .
  3. Romanowska, S, MacQueen, G, Goldstein, BI, Wang, J, Kennedy, SH, Bray, S et al.. Neurocognitive deficits in a transdiagnostic clinical staging model. Psychiatry Res. 2018;270 :1137-1142. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2018.10.030. PubMed PMID:30360915 .
  4. Allen, TA, Lam, RW, Milev, R, Rizvi, SJ, Frey, BN, MacQueen, GM et al.. Early change in reward and punishment sensitivity as a predictor of response to antidepressant treatment for major depressive disorder: a CAN-BIND-1 report. Psychol Med. 2018; :1-10. doi: 10.1017/S0033291718002441. PubMed PMID:30220263 .
  5. Santesteban-Echarri, O, MacQueen, G, Goldstein, BI, Wang, J, Kennedy, SH, Bray, S et al.. Family functioning in youth at-risk for serious mental illness. Compr Psychiatry. 2018;87 :17-24. doi: 10.1016/j.comppsych.2018.08.010. PubMed PMID:30193153 .
  6. Suh, JS, Schneider, MA, Minuzzi, L, MacQueen, GM, Strother, SC, Kennedy, SH et al.. Cortical thickness in major depressive disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Prog. Neuropsychopharmacol. Biol. Psychiatry. 2019;88 :287-302. doi: 10.1016/j.pnpbp.2018.08.008. PubMed PMID:30118825 .
  7. Barros, FC, Rabello Neto, DL, Villar, J, Kennedy, SH, Silveira, MF, Diaz-Rossello, JL et al.. Caesarean sections and the prevalence of preterm and early-term births in Brazil: secondary analyses of national birth registration. BMJ Open. 2018;8 (8):e021538. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-021538. PubMed PMID:30082353 PubMed Central PMC6078248.
  8. Farris, MS, MacQueen, G, Goldstein, BI, Wang, J, Kennedy, SH, Bray, S et al.. Treatment History of Youth At-Risk for Serious Mental Illness. Can J Psychiatry. 2018; :706743718792195. doi: 10.1177/0706743718792195. PubMed PMID:30071747 .
  9. Kennedy, SH, Klumpp, DA. Hydrocarbon synthesis with vinyl cations. Science. 2018;361 (6400):331-332. doi: 10.1126/science.aau0809. PubMed PMID:30049864 .
  10. Villar, J, Giuliani, F, Figueras-Aloy, J, Barros, F, Bertino, E, Bhutta, ZA et al.. Growth of preterm infants at the time of global obesity. Arch. Dis. Child. 2018; :. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2018-315006. PubMed PMID:30032114 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Staff Physician, Department of Mental Health, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
  • Research Scientist, Krembil Neurosciences, University Health Network