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Dr. van Reekum has served as a Neuropysychiatric consultant to the Acquired Brain Injury Program at the Hamilton Health Sciences Centre since completing his training. He was also a staff psychiatrist, and Associate Scientist, at Baycrest Centre for nearly fifteen years. Dr. van Reekum is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, an Associate member of the Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Laval University. Dr. van Reekum is an author/co-author on over 100 scientific articles and chapters, has edited a number of chapters and sections of important textbooks, has been a reviewer and/or board member for a number of scientific journals, was a contributor to Ontario’s mild Traumatic Brain Injury Practice Guidelines (both editions), has held over two million dollars in research grants, and has  supervised a number of post-graduate students. Dr. van Reekum is not currently actively engaged in research, but continues to write articles for publication particularly related to the field of neuropsychiatry, and in particular related to affective, behavioural, motivational and cognitive changes following Traumatic Brain Injury.

Featured Publications

  • van Reekum R. Should posttraumatic headaches be considered a post concussive symptom?  Brain Injury 27(10):1210-1, 2013.
  • van Reekum R, van Reekum EA: Apathy.  Requested chapter in Clinical Manual for the Management of Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury.  Arciniegas D, Jaffee M, Vanderploeg R, Zasler N eds., American Psychiatric Publishing, Arlington VA: 283-302, 2013.
  • van Reekum R, Stuss DT, Ostrander L: Apathy: Why Care? J Neuropsy and Clin Neurosciences 17: 7-19, 2005.
  • van Reekum R, Binns M, Clarke D, Chayer C, Conn D, Hermann N, Mayberg H, Rewilak D, Simard M, Stuss DT: Is Late-Life Depression A Predictor of Alzheimer’s Disease? Results from a Historical Cohort Study. Int J Geriatric Psychiatry 20: 80-82, 2005.
  • van Reekum R, Clarke D, Herrmann N, Conn D, Eryavec G, Cohen T, Ostrander L: A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial of the Discontinuation of Long-Term Antipsychotics in Dementia. International Psychogeriatrics 14: 197-210, 2002.
  • van Reekum R, Streiner DL, Conn DK: Applying Bradford Hill’s Criteria for Causation to Neuropsychiatry: Challenges and Opportunities. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosc 13: 318-325, 2001.

Clinical and Research Interests

Ongoing involvement with Ontario's Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Practice Guidelines.


  • Hons. B.Sc Biochemistry, McMaster University, 1981
  • MD, McMaster University, 1985
  • FRCPC, McMaster University, 1991
  • Fellowship in Behavioural Neurology, Boston University, 1990
  • Fellowship in the Clinical Investigator Training Program, Department of PSychiatry, McMaster University, 1992

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