Dr. Jitender Sareen is a leading expert in the field of psychiatry and mental health, with a particular focus on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), suicide risk and prevention, psychiatric epidemiology, and Indigenous mental health. He is currently the Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba, as well as the Provincial Specialty Lead for Mental Health and Addictions at Shared Health.
Throughout his career, Dr. Sareen has made significant contributions to the field of psychiatry through his research. He has published over 400 peer-reviewed publications in prestigious journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, CMAJ, JAMA Psychiatry, Psychological Medicine, and Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. His research has had a significant impact on national and provincial policies related to military and veterans' health, suicide prevention, homelessness, and PTSD.
In recognition of his contributions to the field, Dr. Sareen has received numerous awards and grants, including the Canadian Psychiatric Association's J.M Cleghord Award for Excellence in Research (2020), the University of Winnipeg Distinguished Alumni Award (2018), and the Canadian Institutes of Military and Veterans Health Research Fellow (2017). He also received over $20 million in grant funding as a principal investigator, including a current grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Foundation on Defining the Longitudinal Course, Outcomes, and Treatment Needs of Vulnerable Canadians with PTSD.
In addition to his research and teaching responsibilities, Dr. Sareen is also a prominent figure in the public sphere, having presented as a witness to the House of Commons and Senate Standing committees of Veterans and Public Safety Personnel. He is also a certified member of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, a member of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, a registrant of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba, and a member of the Canadian Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Sareen holds a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC) in Psychiatry from the University of Manitoba (2000) and a research fellowship from the University of Manitoba (1997-1999). He also holds cross-appointments at the Faculty of Arts and the Max Rady College of Medicine and leads the Manitoba Population Mental Health Research Group.
With a deep commitment to improving the lives of those affected by mental health issues and a wealth of experience and expertise in the field, Dr. Jitender Sareen is a true leader in the field of psychiatry and mental health. Additional profiles can be found on ORCID, ResearchGate and Google Scholar.