Dr. Lena C. Quilty is a Senior Scientist as well as the Director of Research Training in the Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute. She is additionally a Senior Scientist in the Addictions and Psychology Divisions. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto.
Areas of Research
Dr. Lena Quilty has an applied program of research, with a focus on the role of personality and cognition in depression and addiction. Dr. Quilty has led and collaborated upon numerous treatment trials over the past ten years, investigating the efficacy and causal mechanisms underlying novel and standard psychological treatments for complex psychiatric concerns, frequently including cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational enhancement, and compatible approaches.
After an initial focus on in-person cognitive behavioural therapy for depression, this work extended to digital interventions, including cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness, cognitive retraining, and cognitive bias modification in patients with a range of co-occurring disorders. Dr. Quilty has also led and collaborated upon numerous cohort studies, investigating risk and resilience factors related to mental health outcomes, with a focus on transdiagnostic factors linked to real world functioning. She has finally led participatory research in which she has worked closely with local and provincial knowledge users and collaborators, with a focus on increased access to evidence-based prevention and treatment programming particularly within those who face barriers to standard care pathways.
Dr. Quilty has been actively involved in the development of guidelines, training, and other knowledge mobilization to increase the impact of applied research on the health system. Her initiatives incorporate a consistent emphasis on knowledge user feedback, lived experience perspectives, knowledge mobilization, and evaluation throughout the research endeavor.
View Dr. Quilty's publications on PubMed.