Venkat Bhat



Research Programs


Dr. Bhat is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He is currently a staff psychiatrist based at two Depression Centres: The Centre for Depression and Suicide Studies at St. Michael’s Hospital and the Poul Hansen Depression Centre at Toronto Western Hospital. At St. Michael’s Hospital, he is the Director of the Interventional Psychiatry Program which offers novel psychopharmacological (e.g. IV ketamine/other anesthetic agents), neurostimulation (e.g. rTMS, ECT, emerging neurostimulation modalities) and digital therapeutic (mobile-based monitoring and interventions) interventions for Mood and other Disorders. At Toronto Western Hospital, he has a focus on invasive neurostimulation (Deep Brain Stimulation and Invasive Brain Mapping) and is currently leading a study comparing ECT to IV Ketamine for Treatment-resistant Depression. Dr. Bhat collaborates closely with anesthesia, imaging, informatics, neurology and neurosurgery to offer emerging and procedural interventions for psychiatric disorders, his research program aims to understand treatment-response with these emerging interventions.

Recent Publications

  1. Anteraper, SA, Guell, X, Lee, YJ, Raya, J, Demchenko, I, Churchill, NW et al.. Cerebello-cerebral Functional Connectivity Networks in Major Depressive Disorder: a CAN-BIND-1 Study Report. Cerebellum. 2022; :. doi: 10.1007/s12311-021-01353-5. PubMed PMID:35023065 .
  2. Ceniti, AK, Abdelmoemin, WR, Ho, K, Kang, Y, Placenza, F, Laframboise, R et al.. "One Degree of Separation": A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of Canadian Mental Health Care User and Provider Experiences With Remote Care During COVID-19. Can J Psychiatry. 2022; :7067437211070656. doi: 10.1177/07067437211070656. PubMed PMID:34986035 .
  3. Vaccarino, SR, Adamsahib, F, Milev, RV, Parikh, SV, Lam, RW, Blier, P et al.. The Effects of Ketamine on Cognition in Unipolar and Bipolar Depression: A Systematic Review. J Clin Psychiatry. 2022;83 (1):. doi: 10.4088/JCP.21r13870. PubMed PMID:34985832 .
  4. Khoo, Y, Demchenko, I, Frey, BN, Milev, RV, Ravindran, AV, Parikh, SV et al.. Baseline anxiety, and early anxiety/depression improvement in anxious depression predicts treatment outcomes with escitalopram: A CAN-BIND-1 study report. J Affect Disord. 2021;300 :50-58. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2021.12.027. PubMed PMID:34921820 .
  5. Elias, GJB, Germann, J, Boutet, A, Loh, A, Li, B, Pancholi, A et al.. 3 T MRI of rapid brain activity changes driven by subcallosal cingulate deep brain stimulation. Brain. 2021; :. doi: 10.1093/brain/awab447. PubMed PMID:34919630 .
  6. Kerzner, J, Liu, H, Demchenko, I, Sussman, D, Wijeysundera, DN, Kennedy, SH et al.. Stellate Ganglion Block for Psychiatric Disorders: A Systematic Review of the Clinical Research Landscape. Chronic Stress (Thousand Oaks). ;5 :24705470211055176. doi: 10.1177/24705470211055176. PubMed PMID:34901677 PubMed Central PMC8664306.
  7. Nguyen, B, Nigro, M, Rueda, A, Kolappan, S, Bhat, V, Krishnan, S et al.. Feature Analysis and Hierarchical Classification of Anxiety Severity during early COVID-19. Annu Int Conf IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2021;2021 :1678-1681. doi: 10.1109/EMBC46164.2021.9629537. PubMed PMID:34891608 .
  8. Nguyen, B, Kolappan, S, Bhat, V, Krishnan, S. Clustering and Feature Analysis of Smartphone Data for Depression Monitoring. Annu Int Conf IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2021;2021 :113-116. doi: 10.1109/EMBC46164.2021.9629737. PubMed PMID:34891251 .
  9. Nguyen, B, Torres, A, Sim, W, Kenny, D, Campbell, DM, Beavers, L et al.. Digital Interventions to Reduce Distress Among Health Care Providers at the Frontline: Protocol for a Feasibility Trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2021; :. doi: 10.2196/32240. PubMed PMID:34871178 .
  10. Rnic, K, Jung, YE, Torres, I, Chakrabarty, T, LeMoult, J, Vaccarino, AL et al.. Association between discrepancy in objective and subjective cognitive abilities and treatment response in patients with major depressive disorder: A CAN-BIND-1 study report. J Affect Disord. 2021;295 :1095-1101. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2021.09.002. PubMed PMID:34706420 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Associate Scientist, LKSKI & KRCBS (core affiliation)
  • Director, Interventional Psychiatry Program, St. Michael’s Hospital (other affiliation)
  • Clinician Investigator, Krembil Research Institute, University Health Network (other affiliation)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto (other affiliation)