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Simone Vigod, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Scientist, Women’s College Research Institute 
Staff Psychiatrist, Women’s College Hospital
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto


Dr. Simone Vigod is a scientist at Women’s College Research Institute and a psychiatrist at Women’s College Hospital. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) in Toronto, Ontario. In addition, she is the recipient of the inaugural Shirley Brown Chair in Women’s Mental Health Research Clinician-Scientist Award, and an Ontario Mental Health Foundation New Investigator Award.

Dr. Vigod specializes in the treatment of women with mood and anxiety disorders across the lifespan. Her research at Women’s College Research Institute is focused on two main areas: (1) Optimizing outcomes for women with mental illness during pregnancy and the postpartum period, and (2) Gender and sex-based analysis of care pathways for women with mental health issues.

Dr. Vigod is the principal investigator on a number of peer-reviewed grant-funded projects from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Physician innovation Fund. She leads population-based studies focused on psychiatric, obstetrical and neonatal outcomes for women with serious mental illness in pregnancy and the postpartum period. Currently, she is developing a patient decision aid to assist women with decisions regarding psychotropic medication use in pregnancy. She also has funding from the SickKids Foundation to evaluate transcranial direct current stimulation as a novel, non-invasive, non-drug treatment for depression in pregnancy.

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  • Fully affiliated with:
  • University of Toronto
  • A member of:
  • Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)