Dr. Tarek Rajji
Clinician Scientist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Chief, Geriatric Psychiatry, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Head, Geriatric Ambulatory Services, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Dr. Rajji obtained his MD from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He completed residency in general psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and clinical training in geriatric psychiatry at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh. In 2006, he joined CAMH and the University of Toronto as a research fellow in geriatric psychiatry and then as a clinician scientist and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in December 2009. Dr. Rajji is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with subspecialty in Geriatric Psychiatry.
Dr. Rajji was the lead geriatric psychiatrist on several clinical initiatives at CAMH prior to assuming the role of Chief. He also received numerous research awards and honors including the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry Barry Lebowitz Award, an International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology International Junior Investigator Award, the University of Toronto John M. Cleghorn Newly Established Researcher Prize, and the US National Institute of Mental Health NCDEU New Investigator Award.
He receives research support from provincial, federal, national, and international agencies such as the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation, the US National Institute of Mental Health, and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation.
Dr. Rajji’s research focuses on restoring brain function in patients with neurodegenerative diseases and severe mental illnesses. Towards this goal, he combines novel brain stimulation, cognitive, functional, and pharmacological methods to study and enhance neuroplasticity across the lifespan with a special focus on late life.