Dr. Claudio Soares appointed as Head of the Department of Psychiatry
Dean Richard Reznick is pleased to announce that Benoit-Antoine Bacon, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) at Queen’s University, has appointed Dr. Claudio Soares as Head of the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Health Sciences, for a five-year period beginning October 1, 2017.
For the last decade, the Department of Psychiatry has thrived under the leadership of Dr. Roumen Milev, who has recently accepted the appointment of Director of the Centre for Neuroscience Studies at Queen’s University. On behalf of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Dr. Reznick wishes to express gratitude to Dr. Milev for his service to the department.
Dr. Soares graduated in 1989 with a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Sao Paulo Medical School. He then went on to train in psychiatry and obtain a PhD in Psychoneuroendocrinology at the same institution. He further completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Women’s Mental Health at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. In 2015, Dr. Soares completed a joint MBA from Queen’s University’s Smith School of Business and Cornell University’s S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management.
Dr. Soares has held a number of academic appointments throughout his career. Among these, he served as a lecturer and assistant professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University. Dr. Soares first joined Queen’s University in 2016 as a professor in the Department of Psychiatry. In 2017, he became a Director of the Fellowship Program in the same Department.
Dr. Soares’ clinical work has been primarily dedicated to mood disorders and women’s mental health issues, mostly the identification, prevention, and management of mood and anxiety disorders across the reproductive life cycle, with a particular focus on midlife women. For eight years (2004-2012), he served as the Director of the Women’s Health Concerns Clinic (WHCC) at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, ON. To date, Dr. Soares has received approximately $5 million as PI or co-PI in grant funding and has authored or co-authored in excess of 150 publications. He has presented his work widely nationally and internationally.
In addition to being an active researcher, Dr. Soares has taken on a number of major educational leadership roles. He was a chairperson at various activities held at the American Psychiatric Association’s Annual Meetings for a number of years. Most recently, he served as chairperson for the 15th World Congress on Menopause for the International Menopause Society.
For his work in the field of Psychiatry, Dr. Soares has received a numerous awards and honours, including the Ontario Research Fund Excellence Award for his proposed work on Mood and Mobile Health Technologies, and the Independent Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD Foundation).