DR. Giuseppe Guaiana

MD, MSc, PhD, FRCPC

 

BIO SKETCH

Dr. Giuseppe Guaiana graduated in Medicine from the University of Milan, Italy in 1998. He then started his Residency in Psychiatry at the Eastern Piedmont University in Novara, Italy. He moved to the United Kingdom in 2001 to complete his Residency Training in Psychiatry. He was Board Certified in Psychiatry in 2002, from Italy and United Kingdom. After certification, Dr. Guaiana took up an Assistant Professor (Clinical Lecturer) position at the University of Hull, United Kingdom, in 2003. He then moved to Switzerland, in 2005, where he worked as Attending Physician in Psychiatry at a State Psychiatric hospital in Mendrisio, Ticino Canton, where he remained until June 2009. He obtained a Master (MSc) in Affective Neuroscience in 2007, and Doctorate Degree (PhD) in 2012, both from Maastricht University (Netherlands).
Since July 1 2009, he has been the Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Western University, working in the Psychosis and Assessment Program (Saint Thomas) and in Mood and Anxiety (GAAMHS, London). He has been appointed as Clinical Director of the North of Superior Program of Western University in April 2012. Since November 12 2012, he has also been appointed as Chief of Psychiatry at Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital.
He has obtained Academic Certification and Fellowship status from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Academic Route) since June 2014.
His research and clinical interests are in Psychiatric Epidemiology, Psychosis, Mood and anxiety, Cognitive Therapy and Psychopharmacology. He taught and is teaching to Undergraduate Students in Psychology, to Medical Students and to Residents in Psychiatry.


 

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS


Degrees and Diplomas

2007 - 2012  PhD, Maastricht University, School for Mental Health and Neuroscience, Graduate - PhD, Psychiatric Epidemiology, Thesis title: Suicide trends and antidepressant prescribing in Italy and Ticino Canton, Switzerland, MENTAL HEALTH, Supervisor: Prof. Eric Griez, Maastricht, Netherlands

2005 - 2007  MSc, Maastricht University, Master’s Thesis, Affective Neuroscience, Thesis title: Antidepressant drug consumption and suicide rates in Italy 1955-2000, MENTAL HEALTH, Supervisor: Prof. Stefano Pallanti, Maastricht, Netherlands

2004 - 2005  Postgraduate Diploma, University of York, Health Studies, Postgraduate, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Supervisor: Dr. Mark Latham, York, United Kingdom

1998 - 2002  Postgraduate Specialist Diploma, University of Eastern Piedmont, Postgraduate, Psychiatry, Thesis title: Amitriptyline in depression: a meta-analysis, Supervisor: Prof. Eugenio Torre, Novara, Italy

1991 - 1998  MD, University of Milan, Undergraduate, Medicine and Surgery, Thesis title: Major Depression as risk factor and prognostic factor in Myocardial Infarction, Supervisor: Prof. Italo Carta, Milan, Italy

1986 - 1991  High School Diploma (Grade 12 or ‘A’ level equivalent), Liceo Scientifico Statale “Ettore Majorana[”Ettore Majorana” Preparatory High School], High school, Rho, (Milan), Italy


Specialized Training

2016             Self-Awareness and Effective Leadership, Canadian Medical Association, Physician Leadership Institute, Supervisor: Monica Olsen, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2015 - 2016  Talent Management Program, University of Western Ontario, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Leadership development program, Supervisor: Dr. Margaret Steele, London, Ontario, Canada

2014             10 hours training in LEAN methodology, LEAN Yellow Belt training, Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital

2014             Dollars and Sense: Leadership in the Delivery of Cost-effective Health Care, Canadian Medical Association, Physician Management Institute, Supervisor: Ian Killop, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2014             13 hours training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, The Centre for Mindfulness Studies, Mindfulness, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Basics Workshop, Supervisor: Dr. Patricia Rockman, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2013             Conflict Management and Negotiation, Canadian Medical Association, Physician Management Institute, Supervisor: Janice Stein, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2011 - 2012  30 hours distance supervision in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (Duration: 9 months, from June 1 2011 to February 2012), Institute of cognitive Therapy in Psychosis, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis, Supervisor: Dr. Page Burkholder and Dr. Michael Garett

2011             24 hours training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (Duration: 4 days, from April 27 2011 to April 30 2011), Institute of cognitive Therapy in Psychosis, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis, Supervisor: Dr. Yulia Landa, New York City, New York, United States

2011             24 hours of training in teaching skills (Instructional Skills Workshop). Duration: 3 days (from February 23 to February 25 2011). University of Western Ontario, Teaching Support Centre, Teaching, Supervisor: Dr. Deb Dawson, London, Ontario, Canada

2009 - 2010  50 hours (34 individual supervision and 16 theory): 8 patients with Mood and Anxiety disorders seen for about 10 sessions each. Duration: 12 months (from Dec 9 2010 to Dec 14 2010). The Beck Institute, Extramural Program, Cognitive Therapy, Supervisor: Kevin Kuehlwein, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

2008 - 2009  30 hours of introductory training to Motivational Interviewing. Duration: 6 months (from September 15 2008 to March 30 2009). Pacific Centre for Motivation and Change, Motivational Interviewing, Supervisor: Dr. Susan Habib, Atherton, Australia

2006 - 2009  320 hours of theory and group supervision: 3 cases seen (1 case of phobia, 2 cases of depression); 1 Cognitive Therapy group (various mental disorders) for 16 sessions. Duration: 42 months (from February 1 2006 to June 30 2009). Studi Cognitivi (Psychotherapy School), Cognitive Therapy, Supervisor: Dr. Daniela Rebecchi, Milan, Italy

2005 - 2006  Three 1.5 day courses on Psychopharmacology of Anxiety Disorders, Substance Abuse and Schizophrenia, from January 21 2005 to May 31 2006. British Association of Psychopharmacology, Psychopharmacology, United Kingdom

2004 - 2005  79 hours of theory and 48 hours of small group supervision (2 cases seen for 14 sessions each: a case of depression, 1 case of panic disorder). Duration: academic year 2004-2005. University of York, Department of Health Sciences, Short-Term Cognitive-Behavioural Psychotherapy, Supervisor: Mark Latham, York, United Kingdom

2003 - 2005  Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation training. University of Hull, Psychiatry, Supervisor: Prof. Ann Mortimer, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, United Kingdom

2003             24-hour introductory course on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Duration: 3 days (from March 12 2003 to March 14 2003). Association for Psychological Therapies, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dudley, United Kingdom

1996 - 1998  Clinical Clerk. Duration: from June 1 1996 to October 1 1998. Niguarda Hospital, Servizio Psichiatrico Diagnosi e Cura (Psychiatric ward ), Clinical Elective in Psychiatry, Supervisor: Dr. Franco Lugo, Milan, Italy


Qualifications, Certifications and Licenses

2014 - present    Fellow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Psychiatry, 2016318, Canada

2014 - present    Academic Certification in Psychiatry, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Certification as a specialist in Psychiatry through the Academic Route, Canada

2012 - present    Enrolled in the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Maintenance of Certification

2012 - present    Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, Academy of Cognitive Therapy, Certification

2011             Instructional Skills Workshop Certificate, Western University, Certificate of Completion, London, Ontario, Canada

2011             Certificate of Completion of Extramural Training in Cognitive Therapy, The Beck Institute, Certificate of Completion, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

2009 - present    Academic License to Practice in Medicine in a Unit which is affiliated with the University of Western Ontario (from July 1 2009). College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, License, 91426 (MINC: CAMD-0100-4594), Ontario, Canada

2009             Cognitive Therapy, Psychotherapy School “Studi Cognitivi”, Certificate of Attendance, Milan, Italy

2009             Motivational Interviewing, Pacific Centre for Motivation and Change, Certificate of Completion, Atherton, Australia

2006             European Certificate of Anxiety and Mood Disorders, Maastricht University, Certificate of Completion, Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands

2006             Part 1 Certificate, British Association for Psychopharmacology, Certificate of Completion, United Kingdom

2005 - present    Unrestricted License to practise Medicine in Switzerland, Ufficio federale della Sanitą Pubblica [Swiss Federal Office of Public Health], License, 7601000812094, Switzerland

2005 - present    Board Certification in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Ufficio Federale della Sanitą Pubblica [Swiss Federal Office of Public Health], License, 7601000812094, Switzerland

2003 - 2006  Specialist Registration (Board Certification) in Psychiatry, General Medical Council, License, 4692801, United Kingdom

2002 - present    Board Certification in Psychiatry, Ministry of Health of Italy, License, Italy

2002 - 2005  Section 12(2) of The Mental Health Act 1983 approval, East Midlands Local Authority, Qualification, East Midlands, United Kingdom

2000 - 2006  Unrestricted License to practice Medicine in the United Kingdom, General Medical Council, License, 4692801, United Kingdom

1999             State Licensing Exam for Italy, Universitą Statale di Milano (State University of Milan), License, Milan, Italy

1998 - present    Unrestricted License to practice Medicine in Italy, Ordine Provinciale dei Medici Chirurghi e Odontoiatri della Provincia di Milano [College of Physicians and Dental Surgeons of the Province of Milan], License, 36183, Italy


APPOINTMENTS AND HONOURS


Appointments

Current Positions Held

Current Academic Position(s)

2014 - present    Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Continuing Appointment) and Attending Physician (Psychiatrist)/Chief of Psychiatry, Western University, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Psychiatry, Leading a Mental Health Program, with inpatient and outpatient units.
Granted a Continuing Appointment (Tenure track) with the Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University, on February 7 2014, Saint Thomas, Ontario, Canada

2010 - present    Associate Scientist, Lawson Health Research Institute, Mental Health, London, Ontario, Canada

Current Clinical Position(s)

2012 - present    Chief of Psychiatry, Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital, Mental Health, Planning a brand new Mental Health Service that opened on January 13 2014.
Clinical work (from January 13 2014 to present day) as well as administrative work (from November 12 2012 to present day), Saint Thomas, Ontario, Canada

2012 - present    Clinical Director, North of Superior Program of Western University, Western University, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Psychiatry, Providing clinical direction and clinical services (fly-in and telepsychiatry) to the Western University outreach program to Northern Ontario, North of Superior area (from April 1 2012 to present day). Ontario, Canada

Previous Positions Held

Previous Academic Position(s)

2009 - 2014  Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Limited-Term) and Attending Physician (Psychiatrist), Western University, Schulich School of Medicine, Psychiatry, 4 days a week at Regional Mental Health Care - St. Thomas (Psychosis and Assessment Program), 1 day a week at London Health Sciences Centre (General Adult Ambulatory Mental Health Service). Starting date: July 1 2009. London and Saint Thomas, Ontario, Canada

2007 - 2013  Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Hull, Great Britain, Postgraduate Medical Institute, Psychiatry, Responsibility for teaching Psychiatry to Medical Students and to Research in collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Hull, UK. Starting date: May 1 2007. Hull, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom

2007 - 2009  Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Universitą di Ferrara [University of Ferrara], Postgraduate School of Psychiatry, Responsibility for teaching Psychiatry to Residents (40 hours). Duration: two academic years (2007-2008 and 2008-2009). Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

2006 - 2008  Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Universitą della Valle d’Aosta [University of Aosta Valley], Faculty of Psychology, Responsibility for teaching Psychiatry to Undergraduate Psychology students (120 hours). Duration: two academic years (2006-2007 and 2007-2008). Aosta, Valle d’Aosta, Italy

2003 - 2005  Clinical Lecturer (Assistant Professor) and Honorary Specialist Registrar (Senior Resident Equivalent) in General Adult Psychiatry / Neuropsychiatry, University of Hull and National Health Service UK, Psychiatry. 2 days a week of clinical activity (Liaison Psychiatry/Neuropsychiatry and Community General Adult Psychiatry), 3 days a week of academic activity (teaching and research). 1 in 5 second on-call. The post has been officially approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists for Higher Specialist Training. Duration: 25 months (from July 1 2003 to August 31 2005). Hull, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom

2001             Honorary Researcher, “Mario Negri” Institute for Pharmacological Research, Laboratory of Psychiatric Epidemiology, Research projects in clinical Psychiatry (Subjects: pharmacoepidemiology, suicide rates in Italy, organization of psychiatric services in Italy and UK). Duration: 12 months (from January 15 2001 to December 31 2001). Milan, Italy

Previous Clinical Position(s)

2013 - 2014  Consultant Psychiatrist, Regional Mental Health Care - London, Psychiatry, Working 4 days a week in outpatient as Consultant Psychiatrist (General Psychiatry) in addition to administrative duties (from March 12 2013 to January 12 2014). St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada

2011 - 2013  Consultant Psychiatrist and Physician Clinical Lead (Psychosis Program), Regional Mental Health Care - St. Thomas and London Health Sciences Centre, Psychiatry, Working 3 days a week in inpatient Psychosis Program doing Clinical work and coordinating a group of four psychiatrists (Regional Mental Health Care - St. Thomas). One day a week in outpatient Mood and Anxiety program as Consultant Psychiatrist (from January 1 2011 to March 11 2013), St. Thomas and London, Ontario, Canada

2011 - 2012  Consultant Psychiatrist, Western University, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Psychiatry, Providing fly-in and telepsychiatry consultations to rural areas in Northern Ontario (North of Superior area), from September 1 2011 to March 31 2012. Ontario, Canada

2009 - 2010  Consultant Psychiatrist, Regional Mental Health Care - St. Thomas and London Health Sciences Centre, Working 3 days a week in inpatient Psychosis Program (Regional Mental Health Care - St. Thomas) and 1 day a week outpatient Mood and Anxiety (London Health Sciences Centre), from July 1 2009 to December 31 2010. St. Thomas and London, Ontario, Canada

2006 - 2009  Medico Capoclinica in Psichiatria (Consultant Psychiatrist equivalent), Clinica Psichiatrica Cantonale [Canton Psychiatric Hospital], Full time inpatient acute psychiatry job with some outpatients. 1 in 7 resident on-call. General Adult Psychiatry. Duration: 32 months (from November 11 2006 to June 30 2009). Mendrisio, Ticino, Switzerland

2005 - 2006  Medico Assistente in Psichiatria (Senior Resident in Psychiatry equivalent), Clinica Psichiatrica Cantonale [Canton Psychiatric Hospital], Full time inpatient acute psychiatry job. 1 in 7 resident on-call. General Adult Psychiatry. Duration: 14 months (from September 15 2005 to November 10 2006). Mendrisio, Ticino, Switzerland

2003             Senior House Officer in Forensic Psychiatry (Resident Equivalent), Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust - Reaside Clinic, Full-time inpatient Forensic Psychiatry job with 1 in 5 first on-call. The post was approved by The Royal College of Psychiatrists for Specialist Training. Duration: 5 months (from February 5 2003 to June 22 2003). Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom

2002 - 2003  Senior House Officer in General Adult Psychiatry (Resident Equivalent), Worcestershire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust - Brookhaven Mental Health Unit, Full-time inpatient and outpatient job in General Adult Psychiatry. The post was approved by The Royal College of Psychiatrists for Specialist Training. Duration: 6 months (from August 7 2002 to February 4 2003). Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, United Kingdom

2002             Senior House Officer in General Adult Psychiatry (Resident Equivalent), Worcestershire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust - Hillcrest Mental Health Unit and Hollywell High Dependency Unit, Full-time inpatient (ordinary ward and Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit ward) and outpatient job in General Adult Psychiatry. The post was approved by The Royal College of Psychiatrists for Specialist Training. Duration: 6 months (from February 6 2002 to August 6 2002). Redditch, Worcestershire, United Kingdom

2001 - 2002  Locum Staff Grade in General Adult Psychiatry (Resident Equivalent), Worcestershire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust - Brookhaven Mental Health Unit, Full-time outpatient job in General Adult Psychiatry and Rehabilitation Psychiatry.Duration: 3 months (from November 5 2001 to February 5 2002). Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, United Kingdom

2001 - 2002  Resident in Psychiatry (PGY-4 grade), University of Eastern Piedmont, Novara (Italy), Chair of Psychiatry, This period was entirely done in the UK (see above for more details) and recognized by the University of Eastern Piedmont in Italy. Duration: 12 months (from November 1 2001 to October 31 2002).

2001             Locum Staff Grade in General Adult Psychiatry (Resident Equivalent), Worcestershire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust - Waterside Day Hospital, Full-time outpatient job in General Adult Psychiatry. Duration: 1 month (from October 8 2001 to November 4 2001). Evesham, Worcestershire, United Kingdom

2001             Locum Staff Grade in General Adult Psychiatry (Resident Equivalent), Shropshire Mental Health NHS Trust - Shelton Hospital, Full-time inpatient and outpatient job in General Adult Psychiatry. Duration: 2 months (from August 13 2001 to October 7 2001). Shrewsbury, Shropshire, United Kingdom

2001             Locum Senior House Officer in General Adult Psychiatry (Resident Equivalent), Worcestershire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust - Kidderminster Hospital, Full-time inpatient and outpatient job in General Adult Psychiatry. Duration: 1 month (from May 2 2001 to June 1 2001). Kidderminster, Worcestershire, United Kingdom

2000 - 2001  Resident in Psychiatry (PGY-3 grade), University of Eastern Piedmont, Novara (Italy), Chair of Psychiatry, 8 months in The Community Mental Health Centre in Borgomanero (Novara), Italy. 1 month in Kidderminster, UK (see above). 2 months in Shrewsbury, UK (see above). 1 month in Evesham, UK (see above). Duration: from November 1 2000 to October 31 2001. Italy

1999 - 2000  Resident in Psychiatry (PGY-2 grade), University of Eastern Piedmont, Novara (Italy), Chair of Psychiatry, 4 months in The Community Mental Health Centre in Borgo San Dalmazzo (Cuneo), Italy. 8 months in “MIZAR” Hostel for patients with severe psychosis (Rehabilitation Psychiatry) in Milan, Italy. Duration: from November 1 1999 to October 31 2000. Italy

1998 - 1999  Medico tirocinante post-laurea (Post-graduate doctor PGY-1 grade), Universitą degli Studi di Milano [University of Milan], Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics-Gynecology, Laboratory Medicine. Duration: 6 months (from November 1 1998 to April 30 1999). Milan, Lombardy, Italy

1998 - 1999  Resident in Psychiatry (PGY-1 grade), University of Eastern Piedmont, Novara (Italy), Chair of Psychiatry, 2 months in Neurology ward in Novara Hospital, Novara, Italy. 9 months in The Community Mental Health Centre in Novara, Italy. 1 month in The Community Mental Health Centre in Borgo San Dalmazzo (Cuneo), Italy. Duration: from November 1 1998 to October 31 1999. Italy


Honours

Received

2017             Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital Leadership Award, An award for Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital employees for publishing an article in a peer-reviewed journal, Type: Distinction, Local


Teaching Awards

Received

2011 - 2012  University Student Council Teaching Honour Roll Certificate, Level: Undergraduate, This award is presented to the most outstanding teachers on campus. Professors that receive an accumulated average of 6.30 or higher out of 7 on the first 14 questions of the evaluations are recognized with an award. Scope: Faculty, Western University, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Ontario, Canada

2010             Clerkship Supervisor of the Year - Rural, Level: Undergraduate, Scope: Department, Western University, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Department of Psychiatry, Soc. & Rural Division, Ontario, Canada


SERVICE AND ADMINISTRATION


Professional Affiliations and Activities

Professional Associations

2009 - present    Full Member, Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation

2017 - present    Member, Canadian Psychiatric Association

2016 - present    Member, Canadian Society of Physician Leaders

2016 - present    Member, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry

2016 - present    Member, Neuroscience Education Institute

2011 - present    Member, Canadian Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

2011 - present    Member, International Society for the Psychological Treatments of the Schizophrenias and Other Psychoses

2011 - present    Member, Canadian Academy of Psychiatric Epidemiology

2011 - present    Member, Associazione Ricercatori Italiani in Ontario [Association of Italian Researchers in Ontario]

2010 - 2012  Member, Neuroscience Education Institute

2010 - present    Member, American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology

2009 - present    Member, International Society of Human Ethology

2004 - present    Member, British Association for Psychopharmacology

2004 - 2009  Member, British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

2003 - 2009  Member, British Neuropsychiatry Association (BNPA)


Peer Review Activities

Journal Reviewer

2016             Manuscript Reviews, Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, Reviews: 1

2015             Manuscript Reviews, Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, Reviews: 3

2014             Manuscript Reviews, Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, Reviews: 2

2013             Manuscript Reviews, Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, Reviews: 2

2013             Manuscript Reviews, PLOS one, Reviews: 1

2012             Manuscript Reviews, Journal of Psychopharmacology, Reviews: 1

2012             Manuscript Reviews, International Journal of Mental Health Systems, Reviews: 1

2011             Manuscript Reviews, International Journal of Mental Health Systems, Reviews: 1

2011             Manuscript Reviews, Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, Reviews: 1

2008 - 2009  Manuscript Reviews, Psychiatry Research, Reviews: 1

2003 - 2005  Manuscript Reviews, Epidemiologia e Psichiatria Sociale, Reviews: 1

Sentinel Reader for the McMaster Online Rating of Evidence (MORE)

2003 - present    Reading published articles sent by McMaster University Online Rating of Evidence and score on relevance and newsworthiness, McMaster Online Rating of Evidence (MORE), Reviews: 296

Administrative Committees

International

Cochrane Depression Anxiety and Neurosis Group

2014 - present    Member, Title proposals review board

 

Provincial

Ontario Psychiatric Outreach Program (OPOP)

2014 - present    Member, Steering Committee

2012 - 2014  Member, Access to Clinical Services Committee

 

Regional

South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)

2016 - present    Member, Mental Health and Addiction Capacity Planning Committee

 

Local

Department of Psychiatry

2013 - present    Member, Research Commitee

Western University

2009 - 2011  Member, University of Western Ontario Research Ethics Board

 

Hospital

2007 - 2009  Member, Implementation committee of Quality System according to ISO:9001

Regional Mental Health Care - St. Thomas

2010 - 2013  Member, Rehab/Recovery Milieu Project

Saint Joseph’s Health Care - London (ON)

2012 - 2014  Member, Research Committee of Regional Mental Health Care London and St. Thomas

2009 - 2011  Member, Research and Development

2009 - 2010  Member, Organization committee for educational event (Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Psychosis)

Saint Joseph’s Health Care London

2010 - 2012  Member, Hospital Ethics Committee

Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital

2014 - present    Co-Chair, Mental Health Clinical Care Team Committee

2014 - present    Member, Medical Advisory Committee

 


RESEARCH AND SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES


Research Endeavours

2016 - present    Meta-analysis of Telepsychiatry in Depression, In collaboration with the University of Verona, Italy

2011 - present    Meta-analyses of Psychopharmacological treatments in Panic Disorder, In collaboration with the Cochrane Collaboration for Anxiety Depression and Neurosis (CCDAN), the University of Verona (Italy), the University of Ulm (Germany), the University of Bristol (UK), the University of Kyoto (Japan)

2010 - 2016  MoCa in Schizophrenia, Validation of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) in Schizophrenia

2010 - present    Meta-analysis of Benzodiazepines in Generalized Anxiety Disorder, In collaboration with the Cochrane Collaboration for Anxiety Depression and Neurosis (CCDAN)

2009 - present    Meta-analysis of Group Cognitive Therapy in Psychosis, In collaboration with the Cochrane Group for Schizophrenia, Nottingham, UK

2009 - 2014  Meta-analysis of Agomelatine in Major Depression, In collaboration with the Cochrane Collaboration Depression Anxiety and Neurosis (CCDAN) group, in Bristol, UK

2008 - 2016  Translation and validation of the Italian version of the Scale for Cognitive Impairment in Psychiatry (SCIP). In collaboration with the University of Alberta, Canada (dr. Scot Purdon), the University of Ferrara, Italy, (Prof. Luigi Grassi), and the Faculty of Medicine of of the University of Pisa, Italy (dr. Giulia Balboni).

2007 - 2010  Trends of suicides in Ticino Canton (Switzerland). In collaboration to the Pharmacological Research Institute “Mario Negri”, Milan, Italy (dr. Barbara D’Avanzo)

2007 - 2010  Meta-analysis of hydroxyzine in Generalised Anxiety Disorder, In collaboration with the Section of Psychiatry of the University of Verona, Italy (dr. Corrado Barbui), and the Cochrane Collaboration Depression Anxiety and Neurosis (CCDAN) group, in London, UK

2007 - 2009  The impact of depression treatment on outcome of depressed patients with heart failure, In collaboration with the University of Hull, UK, (professor Ann Mortimer) and the University of Cagliari, Italy (professor Mauro Carta)

2007 - 2008  Trends of suicides in Italy among children and adolescents, In collaboration to the Pharmacological Research Institute “Mario Negri”, Milan, Italy (dr. Barbara D’Avanzo)

2002 - 2012  Psychiatric Epidemiology (suicide rates and pharmacoepidemiology), Participation in research projects on Psychiatric Epidemiology (analysis of suicide rates, pharmacoepidemiology and meta-analyses). I work with Dr. Corrado Barbui, University of Verona, Verona, Italy. This collaboration (Corrado Barbui is on of the leading experts on Psychiatric Epidemiology in Italy) allowed me to learn the epidemiological methods applied to suicide rates and psychopharmacology.

1995 - 1996  Psychobiology of Tourette Disorder, I learned the psychobiology of Tourette Disorder, Chair of Health Psychology, The State University of Milan, Research elective in Psychiatry, Supervisor: Prof. Egidio A. Moja, Milan, Italy.



PUBLICATIONS


Peer Reviewed Publications

Journal Article

Published

1.  Bighelli I, Trespidi C, Castellazzi M, Cipriani A, Furukawa TA, Girlanda F, Guaiana G, Koesters M, Barbui C. Antidepressants and benzodiazepines for panic disorder in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2016 Sep 12; 9 (CD011567), Coauthor

2.  Guaiana G, Barbui C. Discontinuing benzodiazepines: best practices. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, (2016), 25:214-216, Principal Author

3.  Guaiana G, Barbui C, Bighelli I, Trespidi C, Chiodo D, Cipriani A, Davies SJC, Koesters M. Antidepressants and benzodiazepines for panic disorder in adults [protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2015, DOI 10.1002/14651858.CD011567, Principal Author

4.  Imai H, Tajika A, Chen P, Pompoli A, Guaiana G, Castellazzi M, Bighelli I, Girlanda F, Barbui C, Koesters M, Cipriani A, Furukawa TA. Azapirones versus placebo for panic disorder in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews; 2014,DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD010828. Coauthor

5.  Guaiana G, Barbui C, Caldwell DM, Davies SJC, Furukawa TA, Imai H, Koesters M, Tajika A, Pompoli A, Cipriani A. Antidepressants, benzodiazepines and azapirones for panic disorder in adults: a Network Meta-Analysis [protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2014 Sep 23, Principal Author

6.  Guaiana G, Ramelli V. Analisi epidemiologica dei casi di suicidio nel Canton Ticino (Svizzera) comparati con le Province di Varese, Como e Verbano-Cusio-Ossola dal 1999 al 2010 [Epidemiological analysis of suicide cases in Ticino Canton (Switzerland) compared to the Provinces of Varese, Como and Verbano-Cusio-Ossola from 1999 to 2010]. Tribuna Medica Ticinese, 2013, 78: 371-374, Principal Author

7.  Guaiana G, Chiodo D, Gupta S, Davies SJ, Koesters M. Agomelatine versus other antidepressants for depression. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews,  2013, DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD008851.pub2, Principal Author

8.  Guaiana G, Barbui C, Chiodo D, Cipriani A, Davies SJC, Himai I, Kösters M. Azapirones versus placebo for panic disorder [Protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2013, DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010828, Principal Author

9.  Koesters M, Guaiana G, Cipriani A, Becker T, Barbui C. Agomelatine efficacy and acceptability revisited: systematic review and meta-analysis of published and unpublished randomized trials. British Journal of Psychiatry, 2013, 203: 179-187, Coauthor

10.    Guaiana G, Barbui C, Chiodo D, Cipriani A, Davies SJC, Kösters M. Benzodiazepines versus placebo for panic disorder [Protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews; 2013, DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010677, Principal Author

11.    Guaiana G, Barbui C, Chiodo D, Cipriani A, Davies SJC, Kösters M. Antidepressants versus placebo for panic disorder [Protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews; 2013, DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010676, Principal Author

12.    Gale C, Herbison GP, Glue P, Coverdale J, Guaiana G. Benzodizepines for generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) [Protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2012, 11, CD001846. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001846.pub3, Coauthor

13.    Guaiana G, Morelli AC, Chiodo D. Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Group) for Schizophrenia [protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2012, DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009608, Principal Author

14.    Guaiana G, Andretta M, Griez E, Biancosino B, Grassi L. Sales of antidepressants, suicides and hospital admissions for depression in Veneto Region (Italy) from 2000 to 2005: an ecological study. Annals of General Psychiatry, 2011. 10:14. Impact Factor: 1.53, Principal Author

15.    Guaiana G. Suicides, Attempted Suicides and admissions for depression in Ticino Canton (Switzerland) 2000-2007. Minerva Psichiatrica, 2011, 52 (2): 101-106, Principal Author

16.    Guaiana G. Antidepressant prescribing and suicides in Emilia-Romagna Region (Italy) from 1999 to 2008: an ecological study. Clinical Practice and Epidemology in Mental Health, 2011, 7: 120-122, Principal Author

17.    Guaiana G, Cipriani A, Barbui C. Hydroxyzine for Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2010, Issue 12, Art. No.: CD006815. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006815.pub2, Principal Author

18.    Guaiana G, Gupta S, Chiodo D, Davies SJC. Agomelatine versus other types of antidepressive agents for major depression [Intervention protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2010, Issue 11, Art. No.: CD008851. DOI: 10.1002/14651858, Principal Author

19.    Campi R, Barbato A, D’Avanzo B, Guaiana G, Bonati M. Suicide in Italian children and adolescents. Journal of Affective Disorders, 2009, 113: 291-295, Coauthor

20.    Guaiana G, Tyson P, Roberts K, Mortimer AM. Negative symptoms and not cognition predict social functioning among patients with schizophrenia. Swiss Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry, 2007, 158: 25-31. Principal Author

21.    Guaiana G, Barbui C, Hotopf M. Amitriptyline for depression. The Cochrane Library, 2007 (3):CD004186.pub2, Principal Author

22.    Guaiana G, Barbui C, Churchill R, Cipriani A, McGuire HF. Hydroxyzine for generalised anxiety disorder (protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2007, (4):CD006815. Principal Author

23.    Guaiana G, Barbui C. Admissions for personality disorders in Italy from 1988 to 1998. Clinical Practice and Epidemiology in Mental Health, 2006, 2:20. Principal Author

24.    Guaiana G, Andretta M, Corbari L, Mirandola M, Sorio A, D’Avanzo B, Barbui C. Antidepressant drug consumption and public health indicators in Italy, 1955-2000. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 2005, 66:750-755. Principal Author

25.    Barbui C, Guaiana G, Hotopf M. Amitriptyline for inpatients and SSRIs for outpatients with depression? Systematic review and meta-regression analysis. Pharmacopsychiatry, 2004, 37:93-97. Coauthor

26.    Guaiana G, Barbui C. Trends in the use of the Italian Mental Health Act, 1986-1997. European Psychiatry, 2004, 19:444-445. Principal Author

27.    Guaiana G, Tyson P, Mortimer AM. The Rivermead Behavioural Memory Test can predict social  functioning among schizophrenic patients treated with Clozapine. International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, 2004, 8:245-249. Principal Author

28.    Guaiana G, Barbui C, Hotopf M. Amitriptyline versus other types of pharmacotherapy for depression. The Cochrane Library, 2003(2): CD004186. Principal Author

29.    Guaiana G, D’Avanzo B, Barbui C. Update of suicide trends in Italy from 1986 to 1996. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 2002, 37(6): 267-270. Principal Author

30.    Guaiana G, Barbui C. Aspetti regolatori in Europa: revisione sistematica delle raccomandazioni sugli psicofarmaci. [A systematic review of the European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products (EMEA) recommendations on the conduct of clinical trials in psychiatry] Epidemiologia e Psichiatria Sociale, 2002, 11(1):28-34. Principal Author

31.    Barbui C, Danese A, Guaiana G, Mapelli L, Miele L, Monzani E, Percudani M on behalf of the Study Group. Prescribing second-generation antipsychotics and the evolving standards of care in Italy. Pharmacopsychiatry, 2002, 6:239-243. Coauthor

32.    Torre E, Zeppegno P, Usai C, Torre EM, Artioli P, Guaiana G, Olgiati P. Il Burnout: aspetti quantitativi e caratteristiche di personalita’ Una ricerca. [Burnout: quantitative aspects and personality styles A study] Minerva Psichiatrica, 2001, 42(2): 83-89. Coauthor

33.    Torre E, Guaiana G, Marangon D, Migliaretti G, Rudoni M, Torre EM, Usai C, Zeppegno P. Suicide among young people: an epidemiological analysis in three Italian provinces. The European Journal of Psychiatry, 2001, 15(3): 180-188. Coauthor

34.    Guaiana G, Barbui C. Ansia e insonnia: quali alternative alle benzodiazepine. Informazioni sui Farmaci, 2001, 25 (1): 18-26. Principal Author

35.    Barbui C, Guaiana G. La distimia in medicina generale Epidemiologia e trattamento farmacologico. Informazioni sui Farmaci, 2001, 25(2-3): 62-66. Coauthor

36.    Barbui C, Guaiana G, Garattini S. Regulatory issues in Europe. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, 2001, 21(6): 545-548. Coauthor

37.    Torre E, Zeppegno P, Imperatori F, Panella M, Artioli P, Guaiana G. Burnout, caratteristiche individuali, tipo psicologico: una ricerca. Rivista di Psichiatria, 2000, 35(4): 171-176. Coauthor

Submitted

1.  Kösters M, Guaiana G, Barbui C. Vortioxetine for Major depressive disorder. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2016 Aug 15, Coauthor

2.  Gale C, Herbison GP, Glue P, Coverdale J, Guaiana G, MacMurdo MG. Pharmacological treatments for generalised anxiety disorder (GAD): a Network Meta-Analysis [protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2016 Mar 31, Coauthor

3.  Guaiana G, Gale C, Herbison GP, Glue P, Coverdale J, MacMurdo MG. Azapirones versus placebo for generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) [protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2016 Mar 31, Principal Author

4.  Guaiana G, Abbatecola M, Tarantino F, Chiodo D. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Group) for Schizophrenia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2015 Dec 31, Principal Author

5.  Guaiana G, Abouhassan R, Barbui C. Antidepressants versus placebo for Generalized Anxiety Disorder [protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2015 Dec 31, Principal Author

6.  Barbui C, Guaiana G, Cipriani A, Kösters M. Antidepressants versus placebo for panic disorder  in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2015 Nov 5, Coauthor

7.  Gale C, Herbison GP, Glue P, Coverdale J, Guaiana G, MacMurdo MG. Benzodiazepines versus azapirones for generalised anxiety disorder (GAD). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2015 Nov 5, Coauthor

8.  Barbui C, Guaiana G, Cipriani A, Kösters M. Benzodiazepines versus placebo for panic disorder in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2015 Nov 5, Coauthor

9.  Gale C, Herbison GP, Glue P, Coverdale J, Guaiana G, MacMurdo MG. Benzodiazepines versus antipsychotics for generalised anxiety disorder (GAD). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2015 Jun 1, Coauthor

10.    Gale C, Herbison GP, Glue P, Coverdale J, Guaiana G, MacMurdo MG. Benzodiazepines versus placebo for generalised anxiety disorder (GAD). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2015 Jun 1, Coauthor

11.    Gale C, Herbison GP, Glue P, Coverdale J, Guaiana G, MacMurdo MG. Benzodiazepines versus pregabalin for generalised anxiety disorder (GAD). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2015 Jun 1, Coauthor

12.    Guaiana G, Gale C, Herbison GP, Glue P, Coverdale J, MacMurdo MG. Benzodiazepines versus antidepressants for generalised anxiety disorder (GAD). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2015 Jun 1, Principal Author

 

Letters to Editor

Published

1.  Koesters M, Guaiana G, Becker T, Barbui C. Antidepressant efficacy of agomelatine: meta-analysis of published and unpublished studies. BMJ. 2014 Apr 14. (Rapid Response), Coauthor

 

Case Reports

Published

1.  Guaiana G, Salvioli C, Mariconda G. Methadone augmentation of clozapine in treatment-resistant schizophrenia without opiates addiction: a case report. 2009. Swiss Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry, 2009, 3:122-123, Principal Author

2.  Guaiana G, Markova IS. Antipsychotic treatment improves outcome in Herpes Simplex Encephalitis: a case report. 2006. Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, 2006, 18:247. Principal Author

3.  Guaiana G, Eyrek C, Mariconda G. Polydipsia with normal natremia induced by Valproic Acid. 2006. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 2006, 40:815-816. Principal Author

4.  Guaiana G, Robertson C, Mortimer AM. Efficacy of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Panic Disorder: a case report. 2005. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 2005, 39:1047. Principal Author

 


Non-Peer Reviewed Publications

Commentaries

Published

1.  Guaiana G. Past or current drug or alcohol use disorders increase the likelihood of a switch from depressive to manic, mixed or hypomanic states in patients with bipolar disorder. 2010. Evidence-Based Mental Health, 2010 Aug, 13:78, Principal Author

 

Invited commentary on personal experience with Autism

Published

1.  Guaiana G, Guaiana ML. Possiamo cominciare la nostra storia dalla fine. 2009. Autismo Oggi, 2009, 17: 18-21, Principal Author

 


ABSTRACTS


Abstracts Published

Peer Reviewed

Published

1.  Olgiati P, Guaiana G. Self-identity change in chronic schizophrenia; 2005. Abstract published for the International Congress for Schizophrenia Research, in Savannah, Georgia, US, on 5-6 April 2005. Coauthor

 


Abstracts Presented

1.  Burnout fra dimensione quantitativa e dimesione semantica, 2000 Nov 5, XVII Congress of the Italian Society of Psychosomatic Medicine, November 5 2000, Siena, Tuscany, Italy, Co-Author

2.  Burnout e personalitą: il ruolo dei tipi psicologici [Burnout and personality: the role of psychological types], 2000 May 27, International Congress of Forensic Psychiatry La Corretta Pratica Psichiatrica in Psicofarmacologia Clinica e Psicoterapia, May 27 2000, Baja Sardinia (Sassari), Italy, Presenter

3.  DSM -IV eating disorders: psychopharmacological and cognitive treatment targeted to diagnostic subtypes, 1998 Jul 15, XXIst Congress of the Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum, July 15 1998, Glasgow, United Kingdom, Co-Author


Posters Presented

1.  Gale C, Glue P, Wilkinson S, McMurdo M, Rapsey C, Coverdale J, Guaiana G, Influence of covariates on treatment outcome in placebo-controlled trials of benzodiazepines in GAD, 2013 Dec 4, Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research, December 4-6, 2013, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Co-Author