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. Nelson, G, Worton, SK, Macnaughton, E, Tsemberis, S, MacLeod, T, Hasford, J et al.. Systems change in the context of an initiative to scale up Housing First in Canada. J Community Psychol. 2019;47 (1):7-20. doi: 10.1002/jcop.22095. PubMed PMID:30506925 .
  2. Macnaughton, E, Nelson, G, Worton, SK, Tsemberis, S, Stergiopoulos, V, Aubry, T et al.. Navigating Complex Implementation Contexts: Overcoming Barriers and Achieving Outcomes in a National Initiative to Scale Out Housing First in Canada. Am J Community Psychol. 2018;62 (1-2):135-149. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12268. PubMed PMID:30106486 .
  3. Durbin, A, Lunsky, Y, Wang, R, Nisenbaum, R, Hwang, SW, O'Campo, P et al.. The Effect of Housing First on Housing Stability for People with Mental Illness and Low Intellectual Functioning. Can J Psychiatry. 2018; :706743718782940. doi: 10.1177/0706743718782940. PubMed PMID:29916270 .
  4. Kahan, D, Noble, AJF, Stergiopoulos, V. PEACE: Trauma-Informed Psychoeducation for Female-Identified Survivors of Gender-Based Violence. Psychiatr Serv. 2018;69 (6):733. doi: 10.1176/ PubMed PMID:29852842 .
  5. Stergiopoulos, V, Gozdzik, A, Nisenbaum, R, Durbin, J, Hwang, SW, O'Campo, P et al.. Bridging Hospital and Community Care for Homeless Adults with Mental Health Needs: Outcomes of a Brief Interdisciplinary Intervention. Can J Psychiatry. 2018;63 (11):774-784. doi: 10.1177/0706743718772539. PubMed PMID:29716396 .
  6. Nakhost, A, Sirotich, F, Pridham, KMF, Stergiopoulos, V, Simpson, AIF. Coercion in Outpatients under Community Treatment Orders: A Matched Comparison Study. Can J Psychiatry. 2018; :706743718766053. doi: 10.1177/0706743718766053. PubMed PMID:29614866 .
  7. Francombe Pridham, K, Nakhost, A, Tugg, L, Etherington, N, Stergiopoulos, V, Law, S et al.. Exploring experiences with compulsory psychiatric community treatment: A qualitative multi-perspective pilot study in an urban Canadian context. Int J Law Psychiatry. ;57 :122-130. doi: 10.1016/j.ijlp.2018.02.007. PubMed PMID:29548499 .
  8. 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.
  9. 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 .
  10. 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. 2018;61 (1-2):118-130. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12219. PubMed PMID:29251344 .
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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