Sanjeev Sockalingam

My research activities are focused on two major themes: (1) identification and treatment of psychosocial morbidity in medically ill patient populations, and (2) approaches to translating knowledge on best practices in Psychiatry to better patient care. My clinical interests are medical psychiatry and collaborative mental health care, with a specific focus on the areas of bariatric surgery, hepatology and delirium care.

Our bariatric surgery psychosocial research team is conducting studies examining psychosocial predictors of bariatric surgery outcomes; factors for improving adherence to care post-surgery; establishment of psychosocial quality indicators for bariatric psychiatric care; and the efficacy of novel psychosocial interventions, such as telephone cognitive behavioural therapy in bariatric surgery patients.

Our continuing professional development research team is studying methods for integrating quality improvement into mental health professional development activities and methods for enhancing knowledge translation in the psychiatric care of medically ill patients. We are researching the role of apps and simulation to improve team-based delirium care in these activities.
Obes Surg. 2019 May 03;:
Kantarovich K, Wnuk S, Cassin S, Hawa R, Sockalingam S
Nutrients. 2019 Mar 27;11(4):
Cassin SE, Buchman DZ, Leung SE, Kantarovich K, Hawa A, Carter A, Sockalingam S
Acad Psychiatry. 2019 Jan 07;:
Tan A, Chaudhary Z, Sockalingam S, Mylopoulos M
Can J Psychiatry. 2019 Jan 07;:706743718802798
Chauvin S, Mulsant BH, Sockalingam S, Stergiopoulos V, Taylor VH, Vigod SN
Psychosomatics. 2018 Nov 27;:
Hawkins M, Lee A, Leung S, Hawa R, Wnuk S, Yanofsky R, Sockalingam S
Obes Med. 2018 Mar;9:38-44
Gerretsen P, Kim J, Shah P, Quilty L, Balakumar T, Caravaggio F, Plitman E, Chung JK, Iwata Y, Pollock BG, Dash S, Sockalingam S, Graff-Guerrero A
Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2018 Nov 26;:
Wnuk S, Parvez N, Hawa R, Sockalingam S
Int J Rheum Dis. 2018 Nov 05;:
Kandane-Rathnayake R, Golder V, Louthrenoo W, Luo SF, Jan Wu YJ, Li Z, An Y, Lateef A, Sockalingam S, Navarra SV, Zamora L, Hamijoyo L, Katsumata Y, Harigai M, Chan M, O'Neill S, Goldblatt F, Hao Y, Zhang Z, Al-Saleh J, Khamashta M, Takeuchi T, Tanaka...
Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2018 Aug 30;55:51-59
Shen N, Sockalingam S, Charow R, Bailey S, Bernier T, Freeland A, Hawa A, Sur D, Wiljer D
J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2018 Oct 16;:
Wiljer D, Tavares W, Mylopoulos M, Campbell C, Charow R, Davis D, Okrainec A, Silver I, Sockalingam S



Deputy Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Department of Psychiatry, University Health Network
Head, Hepatology and Mental Health Service, University Health Network
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

Director, Bariatric Surgery Psychosocial Program, Toronto Western Hospital
Director, Continuing Professional and Practice Development, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
Director, Curriculum Renewal, Medical Psychiatry Alliance