Meet our team

DEPRESSD is an international collaborative project involving experts in health policy, psychiatry and statistics as well as investigators who have collected depression screening data. Our mission is to synthesize the global depression screening data in order to develop and apply rigourous methods on assessing depression screening tool accuracy that minimize bias and provide evidence to inform research and policy to improve mental health care. The project builds a database for shared usage and also provides a unique platform for trainee development, including skills in evidence synthesis and statistical modelling.


First DEPRESSD webinar recording is now AVAILABLE online


Yesterday, 35 collaborators attended the first DEPRESSD webinar - Addressing overestimation of prevalence based on self-report questionnaires: Are there cost-effective alternatives. For those of you who couldn’t make it to the meeting, you can watch the recording here [LINK]. The DEPREESSD team is planning to have more webinars later in the fall. We will keep you all posted. Thanks to all of you for your collaboration!

DEPRESSD Team published a new IPDMA protocol - Equivalence of the Accuracy of 9 and 10 item Versions of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale for Screening to Detect Major Depression among Pregnant and Postpartum Women on OSF


Dr. Xia Qiu, a visiting PhD Student, and the DEPRESSD team published their protocol on OSF. The objectives of the study are (1) to evaluate the equivalence of continuous EPDS-9 and full EPDS scores for assessing depressive symptom severity; and (2) to assess the equivalence of the accuracy of the EPDS-9 and full EPDS across relevant cut-offs for screening to detect major depression. Read more here.

Welcome new team member!


Suiqiong Fan, as a Research and Synthesis Analytical Coordinator, will be joining the DEPRESSD and COVID-19 Living Systematic Review projects on June 21. Suiqiong completed her BSc in Global Health at Wuhan University in 2019 and recently completed her MSc in Public Health from McGill. At McGill, Suiqiong worked on two projects related to child marriage. We’re fortunate to have her join the team! Click here to know more about her.

FIRST DEPRESSD Webinar - Addressing overestimation of prevalence based on self-report questionnaires: Are there cost-effective alternatives?


We are planning to host a series of webinars for project collaborators and other interested researchers and clinicians. Please see below for information regarding our FIRST WEBINAR [see our flyer]:


Dipika Neupane, Analytical Coordinator at the Lady Davis Institute of Medical Research, Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, Canada 

Brooke Levis, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Prognosis Research, Keele University, Staffordshire, UK 


16 June 2021   12:00-1:00 pm EST


No need to register; simply click on the following link and enter the passcode:

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Dr. Thombs interviewed on Montreal CTV News about work of COVID-19 Living Systematic Review Team 


On May 22nd, Dr. Thombs was interview on Montreal CTV News, where he discussed changes in mental health from prior to COVID-19 to during the pandemic. Based on findings from the team's ongoing living systematic review of over 50,000 scientific articles, Dr. Thombs pointed out that across population groups, results suggest that, rather than a mental health crisis, at a population level, there has been a high level of resilience during COVID-19. Click here to watch the full interview. 


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The DEPRESSD Project

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Tel: (514) 340-8222


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