Vicky Stergiopoulos

MD, MHSc, MSc, BSc

Affiliate Scientist


Dr. Vicky Stergiopoulos is an Associate Scientist at MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. She previously served as the Psychiatrist-in-Chief at St. Michael’s Hospital from 2011-2016 and is now the Physician-in-Chief at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She is the Director of the Division of Adult Psychiatry and Health Systems and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Her research interests focus on the design, implementation and evaluation of interventions to address the needs of people experiencing mental health and addiction challenges and social disadvantage, including people who are homeless and those with complex health and social needs. Dr. Stergiopoulos has a keen interest in mental health policy, system redesign, and care integration across hospital and community settings.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of Inner City Health Associates and serves on a number of government advisory committees. She has held a Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Career Scientist Award, a Canadian Association for Medical Education Award, a Recognition Award by the Ontario College of Family Physicians as well as the Henry Durost Award for Excellence in Creative Professional Activity in the Department of Psychiatry.

Recent Publications

  1. Mejia-Lancheros, C, Woodhall-Melnik, J, Wang, R, Hwang, SW, Stergiopoulos, V, Durbin, A et al.. Associations of resilience with quality of life levels in adults experiencing homelessness and mental illness: a longitudinal study. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2021;19 (1):74. doi: 10.1186/s12955-021-01713-z. PubMed PMID:33663538 PubMed Central PMC7971123.
  2. Reid, N, Mason, J, Kurdyak, P, Nisenbaum, R, de Oliveira, C, Hwang, S et al.. Evaluating the Impact of a Critical Time Intervention Adaptation on Health Care Utilization among Homeless Adults with Mental Health Needs in a Large Urban Center: Évaluer l'effet d'une Adaptation De l'intervention En Temps Critique Sur l'utilisation des Soins De Santé Chez Des Adultes Itinérants Ayant Des Besoins De Santé Mentale Dans Un Grand Centre Urbain. Can J Psychiatry. 2021; :706743721996114. doi: 10.1177/0706743721996114. PubMed PMID:33611924 .
  3. Sandu, RD, Anyan, F, Stergiopoulos, V. Housing first, connection second: the impact of professional helping relationships on the trajectories of housing stability for people facing severe and multiple disadvantage. BMC Public Health. 2021;21 (1):249. doi: 10.1186/s12889-021-10281-2. PubMed PMID:33516187 PubMed Central PMC7847021.
  4. Liu, M, Mejia-Lancheros, C, Lachaud, J, Latimer, E, Aubry, T, Somers, J et al.. Overall and Gender-specific Associations between Dimensions of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Mental Health Outcomes among Homeless Adults: Associations Générales et Sexospécifiques Entre les Dimensions des Expériences Défavorables de L'enfance et les Résultats de Santé Mentale Chez les Adultes Sans Abri. Can J Psychiatry. 2021; :706743721989158. doi: 10.1177/0706743721989158. PubMed PMID:33502253 .
  5. Bani-Fatemi, A, Malta, M, Noble, A, Wang, W, Rajakulendran, T, Kahan, D et al.. Supporting Female Survivors of Gender-Based Violence Experiencing Homelessness: Outcomes of a Health Promotion Psychoeducation Group Intervention. Front Psychiatry. 2020;11 :601540. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2020.601540. PubMed PMID:33362610 PubMed Central PMC7755885.
  6. Polillo, A, Foussias, G, Wong, AHC, Ampofo, A, Stergiopoulos, V, Anderson, KK et al.. ED to EPI: protocol for a pragmatic randomised controlled trial of an SMS (text) messaging intervention to improve the transition from the emergency department to early psychosis intervention for young people with psychosis. BMJ Open. 2020;10 (12):e042751. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-042751. PubMed PMID:33334839 PubMed Central PMC7747582.
  7. Mejia-Lancheros, C, Lachaud, J, Stergiopoulos, V, Matheson, FI, Nisenbaum, R, O'Campo, P et al.. Effect of Housing First on violence-related traumatic brain injury in adults with experiences of homelessness and mental illness: findings from the At Home/Chez Soi randomised trial, Toronto site. BMJ Open. 2020;10 (12):e038443. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-038443. PubMed PMID:33277277 PubMed Central PMC7722391.
  8. Kirst, M, Friesdorf, R, Ta, M, Amiri, A, Hwang, SW, Stergiopoulos, V et al.. Patterns and effects of social integration on housing stability, mental health and substance use outcomes among participants in a randomized controlled Housing First trial. Soc Sci Med. 2020;265 :113481. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113481. PubMed PMID:33218893 .
  9. Mejia-Lancheros, C, Lachaud, J, Woodhall-Melnik, J, O'Campo, P, Hwang, SW, Stergiopoulos, V et al.. Longitudinal interrelationships of mental health discrimination and stigma with housing and well-being outcomes in adults with mental illness and recent experience of homelessness. Soc Sci Med. 2021;268 :113463. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113463. PubMed PMID:33120207 .
  10. Pottie, K, Kendall, CE, Aubry, T, Magwood, O, Andermann, A, Salvalaggio, G et al.. CMAJ. 2020;192 (41):E1225-E1241. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.190777-f. PubMed PMID:33051325 PubMed Central PMC7588247.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Associate Professor and Director, Division of Adult Psychiatry and Health Systems, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
  • Physician-in-Chief, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health