Women's College Research Institute

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Simone Vigod, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Scientist, Women’s College Research Institute 
Staff Psychiatrist, Women’s College Hospital
Lead, Reproductive Life Stages Program, Women’s College Hospital
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
Adjunct Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences

Dr. Simone 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. She has developed 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.

Select Awards

  • Shirley A. Brown Memorial Chair in Women's Mental Health Research (2018)
  • Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), New Investigator Award (2015-2020)
  • Ontario Mental Health Foundation New Investigator Award (2013-2016)


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MSc, Clinical Epidemiology, University of Toronto, 2011

MD, University of Toronto, 2003

Areas of Interest

Mental Health

Reproductive Health

  • Fully affiliated with:
  • University of Toronto

  • A member of:
  • Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)