Nadiya Sunderji


Affiliate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Please note: Dr. Sunderji is not taking any summer students.

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.


Recent Publications

  1. Ashcroft, R, Menear, M, Greenblatt, A, Silveira, J, Dahrouge, S, Sunderji, N et al.. Patient perspectives on quality of care for depression and anxiety in primary health care teams: A qualitative study. Health Expect. 2021; :. doi: 10.1111/hex.13242. PubMed PMID:33949060 .
  2. Rodie, DJ, Fitzgibbon, K, Perivolaris, A, Crawford, A, Geist, R, Levinson, A et al.. The primary care assessment and research of a telephone intervention for neuropsychiatric conditions with education and resources study: Design, rationale, and sample of the PARTNERs randomized controlled trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2021;103 :106284. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2021.106284. PubMed PMID:33476774 .
  3. Polaha, J, Johnson, L, Quinn, M, Sunderji, N. Lessons from the team care playbook: Recommendations for COVID-19 vaccination dissemination and uptake. Fam Syst Health. 2020;38 (4):341-345. doi: 10.1037/fsh0000575. PubMed PMID:33332139 .
  4. Hassan, AN, Ragheb, H, Malick, A, Abdullah, Z, Ahmad, Y, Sunderji, N et al.. Inspiring Muslim Minds: Evaluating a Spiritually Adapted Psycho-educational Program on Addiction to Overcome Stigma in Canadian Muslim Communities. Community Ment Health J. 2021;57 (4):644-654. doi: 10.1007/s10597-020-00699-0. PubMed PMID:32844327 .
  5. Sunderji, N, Polaha, J, Ratzliff, A, Reiter, J. A walk on the translational science bridge with leaders in integrated care: Where do we need to build?. Fam Syst Health. 2020;38 (2):99-104. doi: 10.1037/fsh0000501. PubMed PMID:32525346 .
  6. Lim, B, Sproule, BA, Zahra, Z, Sunderji, N, Kennedy, SH, Rizvi, SJ et al.. Understanding the effects of chronic benzodiazepine use in depression: a focus on neuropharmacology. Int Clin Psychopharmacol. 2020;35 (5):243-253. doi: 10.1097/YIC.0000000000000316. PubMed PMID:32459725 .
  7. Barker, LC, Sunderji, N, Kurdyak, P, Stergiopoulos, V, Gonzalez, A, Kopp, A et al.. Urgent Outpatient Care Following Mental Health ED Visits: A Population-Based Study. Psychiatr Serv. 2020;71 (6):616-619. doi: 10.1176/ PubMed PMID:32089079 .
  8. Polaha, J, Hinde, JM, Beehler, GP, Sunderji, N. Evaluating time in health care: What are we busy about?. Fam Syst Health. 2019;37 (4):277-281. doi: 10.1037/fsh0000453. PubMed PMID:31815511 .
  9. Polaha, J, Sunderji, N. Patient access: How do we measure it?. Fam Syst Health. 2019;37 (3):191-194. doi: 10.1037/fsh0000442. PubMed PMID:31512907 .
  10. Mulder, C, Sunderji, N. Balancing patient priorities for technical and interactional aspects of care in a measure of primary care quality. Prim Health Care Res Dev. 2019;20 :e85. doi: 10.1017/S1463423619000392. PubMed PMID:32799986 PubMed Central PMC8060840.
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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