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Anthony Levitt, MD, MBBS, FRCPC

Scientist

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Ave., Room FG 03
Toronto, ON
M4N 3M5

Phone: 416-480-5307
Fax: 416-480-6022

Administrative Assistant: Lukshmy Parameswaran
Phone: 416-480-6100 x5307
Fax: 416-480-6022
Email: lukshmy.parameswaran@sunnybrook.ca

Education:

  • MBBS, 1983, University of Western Australia, Australia
  • FRCPC, 1989, University of Toronto, Canada

Appointments and Affiliations:

Research Focus:

  • Mental health

Research Summary:

Dr. Levitt’s research and clinical interest is in mood disorders. He is the medical director of the Family Navigation Project, a community-based, free service that helps families of youth suffering from a mental illness or addiction find the most appropriate care. His research with this group has focused on examining the effectiveness and critical components of navigation for youth with mental health or addiction issues. He is researching the outcomes of the Family Navigation Project to support optimal navigation services for youth and families.

He has published on randomized controlled trials in treatment-resistant depression, bipolar disorder, seasonal depression and adolescent depression. More recently, Dr. Levitt and his team have examined the role of neuromodulation in treatment-resistant mood and anxiety disorders, and the impact of various thyroid hormones on mood, both in depression and in thyroid illness. Beyond these academic pursuits, Dr. Levitt has a firm commitment to public and medical education, improving recognition of mood disorders by health care professionals and expanding access to care for people with mood disorders in the community.

Selected Publications:

  1. Schaffer A, Weinstock LM, Sinyor M, Reis C, Goldstein BI, Yatham LN, Levitt, AJ. Self-poisoning suicide deaths in people with bipolar disorder: characterizing a subgroup and identifying treatment patterns. Int J Bipolar Disord. 2017 Dec;5(1):16.
  2. Fishman KN, Levitt AJ, Markoulakis R, Weingust S. Satisfaction with mental health navigation services: piloting an evaluation with a new scale. Community Ment Health J. 2017. Published online ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10597-017-0201-0.
  3. Markoulakis R, Turner M, Wicik K, Weingust S, Dobbin K, Levitt A. Exploring peer support needs of caregivers for youth with mental illness or addictions concerns in family navigation services. Community Ment Health J. 2017. Published online ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10597-017-0191-y.
  4. Otoki Y, Hennebelle M, Levitt AJ, Nakagawa K, Swardfager W, Taha AY. Plasma phosphatidylethanolamine and triacylglycerol fatty acid concentrations are altered in major depressive disorder patients with seasonal pattern. Lipids. 2017 Jun;52(6):559–71.
  5. Markoulakis R, Levitt AJ, Weingust S, Foot J. The Family Navigation Project: an innovation in working with families to match mental health services with their youth’s needs. Can J Commun Ment Health. 2016;35(1):63–6.

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