Jitender Sareen, MD FRCPC
Dr. Sareen is the Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba, Medical Director for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) Mental Health Program and Provincial Co-Lead of the Mental Health Addictions Team for Shared Health.  Dr. Sareen holds the rank of Professor of Psychiatry in the Departments of Psychiatry, Psychology and Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba.  

Dr. Sareen has been supported by numerous national and local peer-reviewed grants in the areas of military mental health, indigenous suicide, and homelessness. He currently holds the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Foundation Grant (2015-2022) on Defining the Longitudinal Course, Outcomes, and Treatment Needs of Vulnerable Canadians with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

Dr. Sareen has published over 350 peer-reviewed publications in the areas of traumatic stress, anxiety disorders, indigenous suicide, psychiatric neuroimaging, and military mental health.  Many of these publications have been in high impact journals including: New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA Psychiatry, and Psychological Medicine.

Dr. Sareen has received several awards for excellence in clinical research (Canadian Psychiatric Association, Canadian Institutes of Military and Veterans Health Research Forum and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy) and teaching (University of Manitoba). 


Dr. Sareen has been invited as a Witness to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health: Bill C-211 - An Act respecting a federal framework on posttraumatic stress disorder.
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An interview with the University of Manitoba's Dr. Jitender Sareen - Awardee of the sixth annual Dr. Samarthji Lal Award for mental health research.
Graham Boeckh Foundation: http://grahamboeckhfoundation.org/dr-jitender-sareen-2016/

Selected Publications:

1. Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Stein, MB, Sareen, J.  N ENGL J MED 373;21 November 19, 2015, PMID:26580998

2. Smoking and Mortality - Beyond Established Causes. Sareen J, Zaborniak K, Green M. N Engl J Med. 2015 May 28;372(22):2168-70. PMID: 26017837

3. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Adults; Impact Comorbidity, Risk Factors and Treatment. Sareen J.  CanJPsychiatry 2014;59(9):460–467.

4.  Common mental disorder diagnosis and need for treatment are not the same: findings from a population-based longitudinal survey. Sareen J, Henriksen CA, Stein MB, Afifi TO, Lix LM, Enns MW.  Psychol Med. 2012 Dec 7:11. PMID: 23217846

5.  Adverse childhood experiences in relation to mood and anxiety disorders in population-based sample of active military personnel. Sareen J, Henriksen CA, Bolton SL, Afifi TO, Stein MB, Asmundson GJ.  Psychol Med. 2013 Jan:43(1):73-84.  PMID: 22608015 


6.  The Relationship between Household Income and Mental Disorders: Findings from a Population-Based Longitudinal Study.   Sareen J, Afifi TO, McMillan KA*, Asmundson GJG.   Arch Gen Psychiatry 2011 68(4):419-27. PMID: 21464366  

7.  Anxiety Disorders and Risk for Suicide: Why Such Controversy?  Sareen J.  Depress Anxiety.2011 NOv:28(11):941-5. PMID: 22076969



8.  Combat and Peacekeeping Operations in Relation to Prevalence of Mental Disorders and Perceived Need for Mental Health Care: Findings from a Large Representative Sample of Military Personnel. Sareen J, Cox BJ, Afifi TO, Stein MB, Belik SL*, Meadows G, Asmundson GJ.  Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2007, Jul:64(7):843-52 PMID: 17606818 Download PDF: http://archpsyc.ama-assn.org/cgi/reprint/64/7/843


9.  Disability and poor quality of life associated with comorbid anxiety disorders and physical conditions.  Sareen J, Jacobi F, Cox BJ, Belik SL, Clara I, Stein MB.  Arch Intern Med. 2006 Oct 23:166(19):2109-16  PMID:  17060541.

10.  Anxiety disorders and risk for suicide ideation and suicide attempts:  a population-based longitudinal study for adults.  Sareen J, Cox BJ, Afifi TO, de Graaf R, Asmundson GJ, ten Have M, Stein MB.  Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2005 NOv:62(11):1249-57.  PMID: 16275812 [click here to download article]

University Rank: Professor & Head Department of Psychiatry

Clinical/Academic/Administrative Responsibilities
Specialty Lead, Mental Health and Addictions
Shared Health

Group Leader of Manitoba Population Mental Health Research Group

Contact Information
Health Sciences Centre
PZ430 PsycHealth Centre
771 Bannatyne Avenue
Winnipeg, MB, R3E 3N4
(Phone) 204-787-7056
(Fax) 204-787-4879
(Admin E-mail) jsareen@hsc.mb.ca
(University Email) sareen@umanitoba.ca