Katerina Nikolitch, MDCM, MSc
SPECIALTY AND TITLE
Psychiatrist, The Ottawa Hospital; Chief of the Department of Mental Health, Cornwall Community Hospital
The Ottawa Hospital; Cornwall Community Hospital
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa
AREA OF RESEARCH
Dr. Nikolitch’s research covers the areas of mood disorders, including their phenomenology and novel treatments in all major modalities (neuromodulation, psychopharmacology, and psychotherapy). She is interested in the complexity of mental illness and the emergence of mental phenomena. Other areas covered by her research interests include medical education, medical trainee wellness, psychiatric nosologies, and philosophy of psychiatry. A curiosity-driven life-long learner, she is completing her PhD in Mental Health in parallel with her academic, clinical, and leadership duties, through McGill University, on the relative serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibition of several antidepressants.
MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO SCIENCE AND/OR HEALTH CARE DELIVER
Dr. Nikolitch integrates her academic, clinical, and leadership interests through the creation of evidence-based services in the hospitals she works at. She was responsible for creating the Royal Ottawa Hospital Esketamine service, with the vision of expanding it into a research-integrated, patient-centered, evidence-based depression service. At the Ottawa Hospital, she has worked on introducing measurement-based care in the outpatient psychiatry department. As Chief of Psychiatry at the Cornwall Community Hospital, she led the introduction of measurement-based care for depression on the inpatient mental health unit, and is creating an innovative mood disorders program designed to span the patient’s journey from the inpatient ward through outpatient services, to community services.