Vicky Stergiopoulos

MD, MHSc, MSc, BSc

Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Dr. Vicky Stergiopoulos is an Associate Scientist at the 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. Stergiopoulos, V, Saab, D, Francombe Pridham, K, Aery, A, Nakhost, A. Building flexibility and managing complexity in community mental health: lessons learned in a large urban centre. BMC Psychiatry. 2018;18 (1):20. doi: 10.1186/s12888-018-1597-y. PubMed PMID:29368586 PubMed Central PMC5784615.
  2. Paul, S, Corneau, S, Boozary, T, Stergiopoulos, V. Coping and resilience among ethnoracial individuals experiencing homelessness and mental illness. Int J Soc Psychiatry. 2018;64 (2):189-197. doi: 10.1177/0020764017748986. PubMed PMID:29291667 .
  3. Worton, SK, Hasford, J, Macnaughton, E, Nelson, G, MacLeod, T, Tsemberis, S et al.. Understanding Systems Change in Early Implementation of Housing First in Canadian Communities: An Examination of Facilitators/Barriers, Training/Technical Assistance, and Points of Leverage. Am J Community Psychol. 2017; :. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12219. PubMed PMID:29251344 .
  4. Jeffs, L, Saragosa, M, Zahradnik, M, Maione, M, Hindle, A, Santiago, C et al.. Collaborative Care Transitions Symposium: Insights from Participants. Nurs Leadersh (Tor Ont). 2017;30 (2):39-56. . PubMed PMID:29083292 .
  5. Lamanna, D, Shapiro, GK, Kirst, M, Matheson, FI, Nakhost, A, Stergiopoulos, V et al.. Co-responding police-mental health programmes: Service user experiences and outcomes in a large urban centre. Int J Ment Health Nurs. 2017; :. doi: 10.1111/inm.12384. PubMed PMID:29044920 .
  6. Nakhost, A, Law, SF, Francombe Pridham, KM, Stergiopoulos, V. Addressing Complexity and Improving Access in Community Mental Health Services: An Inner-City Adaptation of Flexible ACT. Psychiatr Serv. 2017;68 (9):867-869. doi: 10.1176/ PubMed PMID:28806892 .
  7. Stergiopoulos, V, Gozdzik, A, Cohen, A, Guimond, T, Hwang, SW, Kurdyak, P et al.. The effect of brief case management on emergency department use of frequent users in mental health: Findings of a randomized controlled trial. PLoS ONE. 2017;12 (8):e0182157. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0182157. PubMed PMID:28771524 PubMed Central PMC5542632.
  8. Latimer, EA, Rabouin, D, Cao, Z, Ly, A, Powell, G, Aubry, T et al.. Costs of services for homeless people with mental illness in 5 Canadian cities: a large prospective follow-up study. CMAJ Open. 2017;5 (3):E576-E585. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20170018. PubMed PMID:28724726 PubMed Central PMC5621955.
  9. Urbanoski, K, Veldhuizen, S, Krausz, M, Schutz, C, Somers, JM, Kirst, M et al.. Effects of comorbid substance use disorders on outcomes in a Housing First intervention for homeless people with mental illness. Addiction. 2018;113 (1):137-145. doi: 10.1111/add.13928. PubMed PMID:28667822 .
  10. Lamanna, D, Stergiopoulos, V, Durbin, J, O'Campo, P, Poremski, D, Tepper, J et al.. Promoting continuity of care for homeless adults with unmet health needs: The role of brief interventions. Health Soc Care Community. 2018;26 (1):56-64. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12461. PubMed PMID:28569397 .
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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