CHOICE-D Patient and Family Guide to Depression Treatment project wins 2018 Paula Goering award!

The CHOICE-D Patient and Family Guide to Depression Treatment project team has been awarded the Paula Goering Collaborative Research and Knowledge Translation Award!

This bi-annual award recognizes an innovative researcher–knowledge user collaborative project in the area of mental health and addictions. It is sponsored by University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation, and CAMH’s Provincial System Support Program.


The CHOICE-D project was led by Dr. Sagar Parikh, Adjunct University of Toronto / Fulltime University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Andrew Kcomt, Mood Disorders Association of Ontario; and Janice Pong and Trehani Fonseka, St. Michael’s Hospital.

Funded by the Ontario Brain Institute, it involved a collaboration of three organizations— CAN-BIND,  a major national research network to improve the treatment of depression; CANMAT, a network of leading clinicians and scientists in mood and anxiety disorders, which publishes mood disorder treatment guidelines; and the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario (MDAO).

The three partnered to create a guide to depression treatment for patients and family members. MDAO recruited and led a group of patients and family members to develop the guide, supported by content experts in KT, patient advocacy, patient-oriented research, and psychiatry. The "Patient and Family Guide to Depression Treatment" was released on the MDAO website free of charge in March 2018 and is being actively disseminated, with evaluation of its impact underway.

An event will be held in the next few months to celebrate the winning team as well as Dr. Goering’s vital contributions to making integrated knowledge exchange an important component of research. For a list of all the past award recipients, click here.

We thank all the applicants for their submissions to the competition and encourage further applications for the 2020 round. Please stay tuned for the details!


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