RESEARCH TEAM

Reva Schachter, MSc

Reva Schachter is a Clinical Research Project Manager in the program. She oversees the day to day operations of  our clinical research program. After completing her Masters degree in the U.K., Reva returned to Canada to work in mental health research. She has worked with children and families, in the department of Psychiatry, at SickKids for 10 years. When not working, her favourite pastime is walking her dog at High Park.

Clinical Research Project Manager

Dr. Susan Campisi joined the Korczak team in 2020 as a post-doctoral research fellow. She received her PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto in 2020. She has held various positions in global health research, marketing, regulatory affairs, and private practice. She also worked on projects at the Center for Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children, for the College of Dietitians of Ontario and the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research. Susan’s research area is pediatric nutritional psychiatry focused on child and adolescent depression in Canada and beyond. She has developed expertise in evidence syntheses and studying the impact of diet on depressions among children and adolescents in collaboration with the Korczak team.

Dr. Susan Campisi joined the Korczak team in 2020 as a post-doctoral research fellow. She received her PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto in 2020. She has held various positions in global health research, marketing, regulatory affairs, and private practice. She also worked on projects at the Center for Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children, for the College of Dietitians of Ontario and the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research. Susan’s research area is pediatric nutritional psychiatry focused on child and adolescent depression in Canada and beyond. She has developed expertise in evidence syntheses and studying the impact of diet on depressions among children and adolescents in collaboration with the Korczak team.

Dr. Susan Campisi joined the Korczak team in 2020 as a post-doctoral research fellow. She received her PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto in 2020. She has held various positions in global health research, marketing, regulatory affairs, and private practice. She also worked on projects at the Center for Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children, for the College of Dietitians of Ontario and the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research. Susan’s research area is pediatric nutritional psychiatry focused on child and adolescent depression in Canada and beyond. She has developed expertise in evidence syntheses and studying the impact of diet on depressions among children and adolescents in collaboration with the Korczak team.

Clinical Research Project Manager
Clinical Research Project Assisstant
Clinical Research Project Assisstant
Clinical Research Project Assistant
Stephanie Perruzza,
BSc, MSW Candidate

Stephanie began her time at SickKids in 2015 as a Child Life Volunteer, engaging in therapeutic play with inpatients on the Burns/Plastics and Haematology/Oncology Units. She joined the Korczak Lab in 2017 as a Clinical Research Project Assistant after completing an Honours Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto in 2016, specializing in Psychology and majoring in Neuroscience. Through her experiences in Child Life and the Korczak Lab, Stephanie discovered a passion for integrated models of care. Stephanie is completing a Master of Social Work at the University of Toronto with aspirations of providing psychosocial support to patients and families experiencing acute and chronic illness.

Clinical Research Project Assistant
Dr. Daphne J. Korczak,
MD, MSc, FRCPC
Principal Investigator

Dr. Korczak is the Director of the Children’s Integrated Mood and Body (CLIMB) Depression Program, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Associate Scientist at the SickKids Research Institute, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Her research activities focus on the relationship between early onset depression and future cardiometabolic risk, including obesity, and the mechanisms subserving this relationship.  Her secondary area of research is in child and adolescent suicidality, in which she is leading the first RCT of a youth suicide prevention intervention in Canada. She is currently leading a study looking at the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health in children and youth. Dr. Korczak is the author of over 50 publications and book chapters and is a sought after speaker on the topics of depression and suicidality among children and adolescents for clinical and research audiences. She is the Chair of the Research and Scientific Committee for the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Chair of the Mental Health Task Force of the Canadian Paediatric Society.

Clinical Research Project Manager

Dr. Susan Campisi joined the Korczak team in 2020 as a post-doctoral research fellow. She received her PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto in 2020. She has held various positions in global health research, marketing, regulatory affairs, and private practice. She also worked on projects at the Center for Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children, for the College of Dietitians of Ontario and the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research. Susan’s research area is pediatric nutritional psychiatry focused on child and adolescent depression in Canada and beyond. She has developed expertise in evidence syntheses and studying the impact of diet on depressions among children and adolescents in collaboration with the Korczak team.

Clinical Research Project Assistant
Clinical Research Project Assistant
Clinical Research Project Assistant
Alicia N. Segovia, HBSc, MSc
Clinical Research Project Assistant

Alicia Segovia joined the Korczak Lab in 2020 as a Clinical Research Project Assistant. She completed her Masters in Health Psychology at University College London and Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology Research at the University of Toronto. Her previous research focused on the relationship between emotional overeating and energy intake in early childhood. Before joining SickKids, Alicia worked in the Department of Psychiatry at Women’s College Hospital, where she discovered a passion for suicide prevention and working with individuals who have experienced trauma.  Alicia hopes to pursue graduate studies in Clinical Psychology. 

Fotini Krklinski, BA, CYC
Clinical Research Project Therapist

Fotini Krklinski joined the Korczak lab in 2018 as the Research Therapist for the Youth Suicide Prevention study.  In this role, Fotini has worked with youth and their families to deliver a suicide prevention program first developed for use in the inpatient unit at SickKids.  Fotini has 10 years of clinical experience working as a Child and Youth Counsellor in the inpatient unit and in outpatient mental health at SickKids.  She is passionate about youth mental health and hopes to continue contributing in a therapeutic capacity in the future.  Fotini is currently pursuing her Master in Counselling Psychology. 

Clinical Research Project Assistant
Clinical Research Project Assistant
Clinical Research Project Assistant
Angela Dou
Clinical Research Project Assistant

Angela joined the team in October 2020 as a Clinical Research Project Assistant. She recently graduated from the University of Ottawa with an Honours Bsc. in Psychology and Minor in Statistics. Throughout her undergraduate studies, Angela contributed towards working on a variety of research projects exploring different behaviours that promote positive academic outcomes within the university learning environment. Her Honours Thesis investigated the effects of ADHD symptomatology and academic enabling behaviours on achievement outcomes among undergraduate students. Angela is very excited to be working with clinical and community cohorts and contributing towards research promoting mental and physical health among youth and families. She aims to continue learning and developing a variety of research skills necessary in the field of clinical/ experimental psychology.

Clinical Research Project Assistant
Clinical Research Project Assistant
Clinical Research Project Assistant
Arij Alarachi
Clinical Research Project Assistant

Arij joined the Korczak Lab in October 2020 as a Clinical Research Project Assistant. She is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science, specializing in Neuroscience and majoring in Psychology. In her undergraduate degree, Arij contributed to research in three different labs on topics ranging from investigating self-knowledge and interpersonal perception to identifying cell markers of neural circuits in mouse models. These experiences led her to discover her integrated interests in both the physical and mental mechanisms underlying mood problems, symptoms of anxiety, and suicide-related behaviours. She is very excited to be working in a lab that takes this same approach with clinical populations. She hopes to continue contributing to research improving the prognoses of mood and anxiety disorders in Clinical Psychology graduate studies.

TAKING A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH

© 2020 Dr. Daphne Korczak.

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