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Natasja Menezes


Dr. Menezes is an Associate Professor and has been on faculty at McMaster University since 2007. Dr. Menezes is also the Undergraduate Director in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, and the Chair of Student Affairs for the Undergraduate Medical Education Program, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University. She completed her medical degree and specialty training in Psychiatry at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.  She subsequently pursued clinical fellowship training and a Master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Toronto, with a focus on early intervention for psychosis, and determinants of outcome. Her clinical expertise is in the area of early intervention for psychosis, with her primary clinical setting being the Cleghorn Early Intervention Clinic. Her research interests are in the areas of determinants of outcomes from psychosis and schizophrenia-related disorders, early intervention and transition youth, and education in psychiatry. She is very involved in administration and education, both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Featured Publications

  • Menezes NM, Hawa R, Oswald R, Lee EK.  Does One Size Truly Fit All? The COUPE Undergraduate Perspective on Competency-Based Medical Education in Psychiatry. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.  doi. 10.1177/0706743718758967
  • Bogie BJM, Colbourne A, Menezes NM,  Saperson K, McConnell MM. The Doctor Is In: Media Portrayals of Psychiatrists and Their Influence on Canadian Medical Students' Recruitment into Psychiatry. Acad Psychiatry. 2017 Sep 5. doi: 10.1007/s40596-017-0798-x.
  • Lau T, Zamani D, Lee EK, Asli KD, Gill J, Brager N, Hawa R, Song WY, Gill E, Fitzpatrick R, Menezes NM, Pham VH, Douglass AB, Allain S, Meterissian GB, Gagnon N, Toeg H, Murphy C. Factors Affecting Recruitment into Psychiatry: a Canadian Experience. Acad Psychiatry 2015; 39(3): 246–252 PMID:  25583402
  • Zipursky RB, Menezes NM, Streiner DL.  Risk of symptom recurrence with medication discontinuation in first-episode psychosis: A systematic review.  Schizophr Res. 2014 Feb; 152(2-3):408-14.  Epub 2013 Aug 21, doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2013.08.00.
  • Atzema C.,Austin P., Kurdyak P., Menezes N., Wilton D., Schull M. Patients with Mental Illness in the Emergency Department: A Population-based Analysis of their Care Relative to other Patients, and the Effect of Crowding. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 2012, Dec 11;184(18):E969-76.
  • Menezes NM, Georgiades K, Boyle M. The Influence of Immigrant Status and Concentration on Psychiatric Disorder in Canada: A Multilevel Analysis.  Psychological Medicine, 2011 Oct., 41(10):2221-2232.
  • Menezes NM, Malla AM, Norman R, Archie S, Roy P, Zipursky RBA multi-site Canadian perspective: Examining the functional outcome from first episode psychosis.  Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 2009, Aug., 120(2):138-46
  • Menezes NM, Arenovich T., Zipursky RB. A systematic review of longitudinal outcome studies of first-episode psychosis. Psychological Medicine, 2006, 36,1349-1362
  • Education

    • M.D.C.M., McGill University, 1997
    • Psychiatry, McGill University, 2003
    • F.R.C.P.C., 2003
    • M.Sc., Clinical Epidemiology, Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, 2006

    Research Areas

    Determinants of health in schizophrenia, randomized control trials and education research.

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