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Physician, Educator, and Activist


Dr. Javeed Sukhera is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Paediatrics at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada where he also provides clinical consultation to the Child and Adolescent Mental Healthcare Program, Paediatric Chronic Pain Program ,and Transcultural Mental Health Program. at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC). He is also a Scientist at the Centre for Education Research and Innovation, and an Associate Scientist at Children's Health Research Institute/Lawson Health Research Institute.

He completed his honours bachelor of science degree at Trinity College at the University of Toronto and his medical degree at the Medical School for International Health (MSIH), an innovative collaboration between Columbia University and Ben-Gurion University in Israel that provides a four-year MD program with an emphasis on global health. He completed his residency in psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Rochester in New York. He also holds a PhD in Health Professions Education from Maastricht University's School of Health Professions Education in the Netherlands.

He has been honoured to serve on the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Board of Directors from 2010-2012. He has also served on the AAMC’s Organization of Resident Representatives Administrative Board and as a Diversity Leadership Fellow and member of the Committee of Members-in-Training at the American Psychiatric Association. 

Dr. Sukhera holds certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in both Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is also double-board certified in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Sukhera sits on several committees and councils at the local, provincial, national and international levels. He is incumbent President of the Ontario Psychiatric Association. He sits on the Governance Committee of the Academic Medical Organization of Southwestern Ontario, and Board of the Clinical Teachers Association at Western University. He is has been on the London Police Services Board. since 2018, and was recently elected as Chair..

His work has been recognized by the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry's 2018 Award of Excellence, Western University Department of Psychiatry Clinical Innovation Award, Arnold Gold Foundation, and the Associated Medical Services- Phoenix Fellowship. He was named in the 2018 class of London Ontario's Top 20 Under 40, and won the award for 2018 Best Research in Medical Education Paper at the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Since 2012, he has secured over $2 million in grant funding including several peer-reviewed research grants as principal investigator. His research interests include mental illness stigma reduction, implicit bias in health professional education and facilitating authentic youth and community engagement with the health sector.

Selected Grants and Publications


Active Grants

Principal Investigator, “Improving Outcomes for Vulnerable Populations through Implicit Addictions Stigma Reduction,” Academic Medical Organization for Southwestern Ontario Innovation Fund ($83,016). Co-Investigators: Mark Goldszmidt, Sharon Koivu, Sayra Cristancho, Leah Chapman

Principal Investigator, “Co-creating Digital Stigma Reduction Curricula” Associated Medical Services Call for Caring Grants, Associated Medical Services ($36,308). Co-Investigators: Kerry Boyd, Jill Sangha, Ayelet Kuper, Lisa Hawthornthwaite

Co-Investigator, “How and why are the arts and humanities being used to educate physician and interprofessional learners across the developmental spectrum," Association of American Medical Colleges Arts and Humanities Scoping Review Request for Proposals ($30,000 USD) Principal Investigators: Lorelei Lingard and Tracy Moniz. Co-Investigators: Paul Haidet, Maryam Golafshani, Tavis Apramian, Rebecca  Volpe, Shannon Arntfield, Claire De Boer

Co-Investigator, “Exploring the Perspectives of Women Enrolled in Clinician Scientist Training Programs,” University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry Postgraduate Innovation Award ($9,970). Principal Investigators: Juveria Zaheer, Simone Vigod. Co-Investigators: Katrina Hui, Benjamin Goldstein, Paul 

Kurdyak, Valerie Taylor.

Co-Investigator, “Assessment and Evaluation of Medical Education for Compassionate, Person-Centred  Care” Associated Medical Services Call for Caring Grants, Associated Medical Services ($40,000) Principal 

Investigator: Ayelet Kuper

Selected Publications

Sukhera J, Miller K, Scerbo C, Milne A, Lim R, Watling C. Implicit Stigma Recognition and Management for Health Professionals. Academic Psychiatry. 2019 Nov 7:1-5.

Kalaichandran A, Sukhera J. Why quality improvement efforts depend on healthy cultures. Healthcare the Journal.. 2019 Oct:100389-.

Sukhera J, Wodzinski M, Rehman M, Gonzalez CM. The Implicit Association Test in health professions education: A meta-narrative review. Perspectives on medical education. 2019 Sep 18:1-9.

Sukhera, J., “Breaking Microaggressions without Breaking Ourselves.” Perspectives on Medical Education. Published ahead of Print, May 28, 2019

Templeton, K., Bernstein, C., Sukhera, J., Nora, L.M., Newman, C., Burstin, H., Guille, C., Lynn, L., Schawarze, M.L., Sen, S., Busis, N., “Gender-based differences in burnout: Issues faced by women physicians. NAM Perspectives. Discussion Paper, National Academy of Medicine, Washington, D.C. May 28, 2019

Sukhera, J., Wodzinski, M., Milne, A., Teunissen, P., Lingard, L., Watling, C., “Implicit Bias and the Feedback Paradox: Exploring how Health Professionals Engage with Feedback while Questioning its Credibility” Academic Medicine. Published ahead of Print, April 30, 2019

Wylie, L., Van Meyel, R., Harder, H., Sukhera, J., Luc, C., Ganjavi, H., Elfakhani, M., Wardrop, N. “Assessing Trauma in a Transcultural Context: Challenges in Mental Health Care with Immigrants and Refugees” 2018/12; 39(1)22. Public Health Reviews

Sukhera, J., Wodzinski, M., Teunissen, P., Lingard, L., Watling, C., “Striving while Accepting: Exploring the Relationship Between Identity and Implicit Bias Recognition and Management” Academic Medicine. 2018 Nov; 93(11S): S82-88

Sukhera, J., Milne, A., Teunissen, P., Lingard, L., Watling, C., “The actual versus idealized self: Exploring responses to feedback about implicit bias in health professionals.” Academic Medicine. 2018 April;93(4):623-629. 

Sukhera, J., Milne, A., Teunissen, P., Lingard, L., Watling, C., “Adaptive Reinventing: Implicit Bias and the Co-Construction of Social Change.” Advances in Health Sciences Education. 2018 Feb 17. 23(3): 587-599 

Sukhera, J., Watling, C., “A Framework for Integrating Implicit Bias Recognition into Medical Education.” Academic Medicine. 2018 Jan;93(1):35-40. 

Poonai, N., Patmanidis, A., Mamdani, M., Mehrotra, S., Sukhera, J., Miller, M., Doan, Q., “The association of exposure to suicide-related Internet content and emergency department visits in children: a population-based time series analysis.” Can J Public Health 2018/1 ;108(5-6):e462–e467 

Miller, K., Sukhera, J., Lynch, J. “Voices Unheard: Exploring the Caregiver  Experience for Caregivers of Emerging Adults with Mental Illness.” Families in Society 2017, 98(4), 235–242 

Gregory, J., Sukhera, J., Taylor-Gates, M. “Integrating Smartphone Technology at the Time of Discharge from a Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry Unit”. Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 26:1 March, 2017.

Sukhera, J., Miller, K., Milne, A., Scerbo, C., Lim, R., Cooper, A., Watling, C., “Labeling of Mental Illness Stigma in a Paediatric Emergency Department and its Implications for Stigma Reduction Education.” Perspectives on Medical Education. June 2017. 6(3) 165-72 

Sukhera, J., Miller, K., Lynch, J., Wardrop, N., “Real Time Needs, Real Time Care: Creating Adaptive Systems of Community Based Care for Emerging Adults.” Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health. 2017. 36 (1)

Van Deven, T., Sukhera, J., Gunz, A., Tithecott, G. “Social Medicine, New Medicine? A curricular integration driving deeper learning with the social drivers of patient care.” MedEdPublish. December 20, 2016. 

Sukhera, J., Chahine, S., “Reducing Mental Illness Stigma through Unconscious Bias-Informed Education.” MedEdPublish. July 21, 2016. Paper No: 16. 

Wassenaar, CA, Sukhera, J., “Resilience to childhood adversity: Insight from gene-environmental interactions in depression and post-traumatic stress disorder”. UWOMJ 2016; 85(2): 22-25.

Sukhera, J., Fisman, S., Davidson, S., “Mind the Gap: A Review of Mental Health Service Delivery for Transition Age Youth.” Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies. September 2015 10(4): 271-280

Salituri, J., Sukhera, J., “Determining Medical Student Preferences Regarding the Delivery of Global Health Education.” Annals of Global Health. May–June, 2014 80(3): 176 

Sukhera, J., Cerulli, C., Gawinski, B., Morse, D., “Bridging Prevention and Health: Community Perceptions of Intimate Partner Violence in Rural Honduras.” Journal of Family Violence, July 2012. 27:707-714

Sukhera, J., “Teaching and Learning Moments: Burial in Completion” Academic Medicine, July 2011. 86(7): 798

Sukhera, J., “Implications of Continuity of Care and Residency Training on Patient and Trainee Safety” American Journal of Psychiatry Residents’ Journal, August 2010. 5(8): 6

Watad, W., Sukhera, J., Shushan, S., Kazlak, M., Skinner, H.A., Alnueirat, A.A., and Roth, Y., “Water Pipe Smoking: Effects, Attitudes, Directions” Journal of Smoking Cessation. May 2009. 4(1) 18-25