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Dr. Denburg is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and Associate Vice-President Academic in the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS). She has been a faculty member since 1978, working first as a staff psychologist at St. Joseph’s Hospital, as Education Coordinator and Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, and then as Associate Dean Education, FHS.

Her research interests lie in the area of psychoneuroimmunology, specifically immune mechanisms of nervous system dysfunction.  She is strongly committed to initiatives that enhance innovative interdisciplinary health-related research and education across the University and was instrumental in launching several of the new cross-Faculty interdisciplinary graduate programs.  She has served on numerous University committees at the Senate and Board of Governors levels and is currently strategic advisor to the President, leading the operationalization of the vision articulated in his letter to the community entitled Forward with Integrity. Finally, Susan provides oversight for the Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative, made possible by the generous donation of Suzanne Labarge, which supports research and knowledge translation activities related to optimal aging. 

Featured Publications

  • Denburg SD, Carbotte RM, Denburg JA.  Cognitive impairment in systemic lupus erythematosus:  A neuropsychological study of individual and group deficits. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol, 1987, 9, 323-339.
  • Carbotte RM, Denburg SD, Denburg JA.  Cognitive dysfunction in systemic lupus erythematosus is independent of active disease.  J Rheumatol, 1995, 22, 863-867.
  • Denburg, SD, Stewart, KE, Hart, LE, Denburg, JA.  How ‘Soft’ are Soft Neurological Signs?  The Relationship of Subjective Neuropsychiatric Complaints to Cognitive Function in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.  J Rheumatol, 2003, 30, 1006-1010.
  • Denburg SD, Larocque L, Denburg JA.  Cognitive dysfunction in SLE.  In:  Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, 4th Edition.  (Lahita RG, Ed).  Academic  Press, San Diego: 827-853, 2004.
  • Elgamal S, Denburg S, Marriott M, MacQueen G.  Clinical Factors that Predict Cognitive Function in Patients with Major Depression.  The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 2010, 55, 10, 653-661.


  • Registered Psychologist, Ontario Board of Examiners in Psychology (College of Psychologists), since 1978
  • Clinical Intern in Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, McMaster University, 1977-1978
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, Chedoke-McMaster Centre, 1975-1977
  • PhD, Psychology, University of Toronto, 1975
  • MA, Educational Psychology, Cornell University, 1970
  • BA, Psychology, McGill University, 1969

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