The University of Ottawa Psychiatry Residency Training Program is a mid-sized program with an average of 13 residents per year. It offers training in diverse teaching hospitals including acute care, tertiary care, children’s hospital and a bilingual teaching hospital. There is a 1:4 resident/faculty ratio and these faculty members and many allied health professionals create a supportive and enriching learning environment.

We advocate for vulnerable and marginalized members of our society and strive to build a diverse and inclusive residency program. We recognize structural and individual barriers to persistent health inequities and aim to engage those traditionally under-represented in medicine through faculty and resident-led initiatives.

  • A uOttawa indigenous psychiatrist leads a lecture on the significance of the Truth and Reconciliation Report to the practice of psychiatry.
  • Transcultural psychiatry is introduced in the PGY1 year and all residents attend an annual transcultural psychiatry day in collaboration with other psychiatry departments across the country.
  • A well-recognized LGBT2SQ on-line training is made available to all residents.
  • Mentoring is available to BIPOC residents by staff with knowledge and expertise of EDI practices.
  • CaRMS interviews by BIPOC faculty and EDI training for all faculty/interviewers.

Residents have access to an exceptionally wide breadth of expertise within the Department. Beyond the subspecialties in Geriatric, Child and Adolescent and Forensic Psychiatry, there are staff members recognized for their expertise in 1) Addiction Psychiatry 2) Sleep Medicine 3) Schizophrenia 4) Eating Disorders 5) Psychotherapy 6) Community Psychiatry and 7) Psychopharmacology.

Residents can tailor their training to interests. An optional Research Stream is available for those wanting to further develop their research skills or pursue a Master’s or PH.D. Residents interested in medical education can also access advanced training through the University of Ottawa Department of Innovation in Medical Education (DIME), or complete a certificate or Master’s in medical education.

Program overview


Residents are expected to complete and present a scholarly project at Resident Research Day at least once during their training. Residents are given protected time to attend psychiatry review courses during training

The Research Stream (optional) provides high quality research experiences for interested residents. It is meant to assist residents in becoming exposed to research during their residency within our training program. It assists residents who wish to do research during their training, as well as those who want to set the course for a research career in Psychiatry. It provides the resident a half-day per week of protected time plus elective rotations for research activities.

We are fortunate at the University of Ottawa to have the ability to enhance research training in a more formal capacity through the Royal College Clinical Investigator Program. This opportunity provides formal research training of two years duration to residents and is open to trainees in any medical specialty. Should a Psychiatry trainee be interested and receive approval for the program, one year of clinical research training would come from within the usual Psychiatry training elective time. The other year is an additional year of training. More information on this program is available through our PGE office, the Royal College website or by contacting the program director at the University of Ottawa.


All PGY-1 candidates must apply directly through:

Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS)
151 Slater Street, Suite 802
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K1P 5H3
Phone: 1-800-465-4584
Fax: 613-563-2860


Psychiatry Postgraduate program directory

  • Dr. Sephora Tang
    Program Director
  • Dr. Kristofer Harder 
    Interim Assistant Program Director, Curriculum Lead
  • Dr. Andrew Smith 
    Interim Competence Committee Chair

  • Dr. Daniel Saul
    Psychotherapy Coordinator
  • Dr. Soojin Chun
    Site Director, Royal Ottawa
  • Dr. Saumil Dholakia
    Site Director, General Campus – TOH
  • Dr. Andrew Green
    Site Director, Civic Campus - TOH
  • Dr. Olivia MacLeod
    Site Director - CHEO
  • Dr. Aroldo Dargel
    Director, Scholar activity and Research Stream
  • Dr. Charles Éric Lahaie
    Site Education Director - Montfort Hospital
  • Dr. Michael Peabody
    Resident Executive Chair

Questions? Please contact:

Ms. Debbie Hall

Program Manager
Psychiatry Residency Training Program
Email: [email protected]