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Dr. Ashley D. Wazana
Clinical Director, Early Childhood Disorders Day Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Jewish General Hospital
Research Director (Psychiatric Phenotypes and Endophenotypes) Maternal Adversity, Vulnerability and Neurodevlopment (MAVAN) Project
Investigator, Lady Davis Institute and Douglas Institute
Member of the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University


Dr. Ashley Wazana is an FRSQ clinician-scientist in the department of psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital. He was trained as a child psychiatrist at McGill and as an epidemiologist at Columbia University. He is the clinical and research director of an Early Childhood Disorders day hospital at the Jewish General Hospital as well as an investigator in projects at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, at the Douglas Institute of Mental Health and in international collaborations with France, Finland the United States. He currently holds the McGill Chair of Psychiatry's Early Career Researcher Award.
 
Dr. Wazana is currently the Principal Investigator for the psychiatric outcomes of Dr Michael Meaney's Maternal Adversity, Vulnerability and Neurodevelopment (MAVAN) project. His CIHR funded project aims to identify how genotypes in the Serotonin, Dopamine and Glucocorticoid pathways and which early maternal experiences interact to modify the trajectory for anxious and depressive psychopathology of children with prenatal adversity. Low birth weight and prenatal maternal depression are two conditions of adversity used to test competing models of developmental psychopathology about the role of prenatal experience (determinants or susceptibility-factors).
 
He is also faculty in the McGill Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry and is involved in evaluating the precarious health outcomes of children and pregnant women with precarious immigration status. He has also been extensively involved in research, teaching and policy development in the relation between physicians and the pharmaceutical industry, a domain for which he has been called to testify as an expert witness. He was a member of the Consensus Panel which developed the AACAP's recent conflict of interest guidelines. Other awards include the NIMH outstanding resident award (2000), the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry Ginsburg Fellowship (1999-2001) and the Quebec Psychoanalytic Society Fellowship (2000-2001).
 
Major Research Activities

He is researching the early manifestations of psychopathology, the modulation of prenatal risk by genotype and parent-child interactions, as well as the validation of research and clinical instruments of early child psychopathology; the health of children with precarious immigration status; and the relations between physicians and the pharmaceutical industry.

Recent Publications
 
Wazana A, Meyer T, Minde K, Meaney M (2010) The interplay of maternal care and genotype in the development of early psychopathology in children with prenatal adversity . Inf Mental Health J, 31 (Abstract Supplement), p 101

Shojaei-Brosseau T, Wazana A, Pitrou I, Gilbert F, Bergeron L, Valla JP, Kovess V (2009) Psychometric properties of the Dominic Interactive in a large French sample. Can J Psych. 54(11) 767-776.

Shojaei-Brosseau T, Wazana A, Kovess V (2009) The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire: French results and cross-cultural comparison. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 44:740–747.
 
Dr. Ashley Wazana is an FRSQ clinician-scientist in the field of developmental psychopathology. His CIHR funded project examine the psychiatric outcomes of children from the Maternal Adversity, Vulnerability and Neurodevelopment (MAVAN) cohort of Dr Michael Meaney. His current focus is on the role of maternal care and genotype in the modulation of risk for anxious and depressive psychopathology in preschool children with prenatal adversity. He also conducts research in the validity of clinical and research based instruments of early psychopathology, by means of international collaborations.
 

Dr. Wazana's Publications Indexed on PubMed

 

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