Dr. Nasreen Khatri

Dr. Nasreen Khatri

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Speech Title: Mind your Mood

Topic: The connection between mental health and cognitive health, and how maintaining emotional balance improves memory and thinking as we age.

Come and learn about the small changes you can make to feel good and keep your mental edge at work, home and play. Your brain is in your hands!


Dr. Nasreen Khatri is a registered clinical psychologist and gerontologist who specializes in the assessment, treatment and research of mood and anxiety disorders in older adults. A graduate of McGill University, from 2001 – 2004 Dr. Khatri completed her clinical internship and CIHR-funded post-doctorate at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). From 2004 to 2012, she led the Mood and Related Disorders Clinic and founded the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) service at Baycrest.

In 2012, Dr. Khatri joined the Rotman Research Institute, a brain institute fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, where she studies how depression impacts the aging brain, the neural link between depression in mid-life and the subsequent onset of dementia and she innovates non-drug treatments for depression and anxiety in older adults.  Dr. Khatri’s research has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada (ASC), The Ministry for Health and Long-term Care (MOHLTC), The Government of Canada,  and in 2013 she was awarded the Women of Baycrest Innovators in Research Award.

In addition to her research and private practice, she consults on Psychological Health and Safety Standards in the Workplace to the public and private sector. Dr. Khatri is the first Scientist-in-Residence at The Challenge Factory, a career and talent management company.  She has completed 300 presentations.  Dr. Khatri and her work have been cited in the media, including CBC – The National, CTV News, The Globe and Mail, The Vancouver Sun, Canadian Living, The Wall Street Journal (US) and The Daily Mail (UK). She currently blogs for The Huffington Post on the topic of Mind your Mood: Depression and the Aging Brain.

She served as a subject matter expert and keynote speaker for Bell Let’s Talk Day 2017.  Dr. Khatri is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Psychology Foundation of Canada (PFC), the Expert Advisory Board of Canadian Health and Lifestyle Magazine, the Women’s Brain Health Initiative (WBHI)  and the Bell Community Fund Advisory Committee. Dr. Khatri received the Premier Wynne-nominated 2016 Leading Women, Building Communities Award.

Nasreen’s Website:


2016 Leading Women, Building Communities Award – Press Release:


 March 2017:  Canadian Living


Depression and dementia


Globe and Mail/ CBC News Health:  Depression ups women’s risk of dementia



Technology, busyness, exercise and brain health

Canadian Living:  Do you know how to keep your brain healthy?



Post City Magazine:  Toronto psychologist Dr. Nasreen Khatri talks about the toll our rushed lives take on our brains



Social connectedness

CBC – The National:  Why Loneliness can be as unhealthy as smoking 15 cigarettes a day


News Talk 770 AM Calgary:  Loneliness is more unhealthy than you thought



Workplace mental health

Baycrest website:  Stress less at work



What is depression?

Best Health Magazine:  What it really means to be depresse


Baycrest Website:  Is depression a normal part of aging?



What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for depression?


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