Dr. Javeed Sukhera is the Chair of Psychiatry at the Institute of Living (IOL), and Chief of Psychiatry at Hartford Hospital under the Hartford Healthcare Behavioral Health Network. Founded in 1822, the IOL was one of the first mental health centers in the United States, and the first hospital of any kind in Connecticut. The IOL has a storied history of service and advocacy including longstanding affiliations with the University of Connecticut and Yale University. In his role as Chair/Chief, Dr. Sukhera is responsible for advancing the IOL's clinical, research, and educational mission including training programs in psychiatry, psychology, social work, and nursing, as well as several endowed research centers. He is also an Associate Clinical Professor at Yale University's School of Medicine.
He joins Hartford Healthcare from London, Ontario, Canada, where he served as Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Paediatrics at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University and provided clinical consultation to the Child and Adolescent Mental Healthcare Program and Paediatric Chronic Pain Program at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC). He was 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 and served on the Executive Committee of Western's Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion. He has held various leadership roles throughout his career including as Senior Designate Physician Lead for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at London Health Sciences Centre and Academic Director for Global Health Curriculum at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.
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 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 has participated on several committees and councils at local, national, and international levels. He is a Past President of the Ontario Psychiatric Association and has served on the London Police Services Board from 2018-21, including serving as Board Chair from 2020-21. He has also served on the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)'s Board of Directors and is currently on the AAMC's Research in Medical Education Committee and a member of the Group on Educational Affairs.
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 Best Research in Medical Education Paper at the Association of American Medical Colleges in 2018.
Since 2012, he has secured over $2 million in grant funding including several peer-reviewed research grants as principal investigator. His research program focuses on bias, equity, and stigma in health professions education.
Sukhera, J, Watling, C., Gonzalez, C, “Implicit Bias: From Recognition to Transformation” Academic Medicine. May 2020. 95(5): p717-723
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
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