Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences
Phone: 905-522-1155 x 36201
Education and Career
Dr. Zipursky obtained his BA from Cornell University and MD from McMaster University. He completed his residency training in Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, followed by postdoctoral fellowship training at Stanford University and the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Medical Centre in the field of brain imaging in schizophrenia and alcoholism. He served as the Clinical Director of the NIMH Clinical Research Center at the Palo Alto VAMC and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He was a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto from 1991-2006 where he was Professor of Psychiatry and Tapscott Chair in Schizophrenia Studies. From 2007 to 2011, he served as Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University and Chief of Psychiatry/Vice-President for Mental Health and Addiction Services at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and Hamilton Health Sciences.
Dr. Zipursky's research interests have been in investigating the biology of schizophrenia and its treatment using brain imaging techniques (CT, MRI, PET), the treatment of first episode psychosis, prevention of schizophrenia, and clinical outcomes from schizophrenia. He has served on the editorial boards of Schizophrenia Research and Schizophrenia Bulletin. He is a recipient of the John Cleghorn Memorial Award for Excellence and Leadership in Clinical Research from the Canadian Psychiatric Association and the Michael Smith Award from the Schizophrenia Society of Canada.
Dr. Zipursky's clinical interest has been in early intervention and prevention in schizophrenia. He founded the First Episode Psychosis Program at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry/CAMH in 1992 which developed into a major clinical, research and training program. He has been interested in optimizing the outcomes from schizophrenia using early intervention and prevention approaches. He is the Co-editor with Dr. S.C. Schulz of The Early Stage of Schizophrenia, published by American Psychiatric Publishing in 2002.