Sidney Kennedy

Sidney H. Kennedy, MD, FRCPC, FCAHS, FRSC -


Sidney H. Kennedy is Professor of Psychiatry and Arthur Sommer Rotenberg Chair in Depression and Suicide Studies at the University of Toronto, Director of the Centre for Depression & Suicide Studies at St. Michael’s Hospital, and a Scientist at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute and Krembil Research Institute in Toronto.


He is the Founding Lead for the Canadian Biomarker Integration Network in Depression (CAN-BIND) which is funded by the Ontario Brain Institute to evaluate biomarkers as predictors of risk, treatment response and relapse in people with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and those at risk for suicide. He is also the founding Chair of the Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments, which is internationally recognized for leadership in guidelines for the treatment of MDD and Bipolar Disorder.

His research in depression and suicide focusses on defining “bio-types” within MDD and related disorders, that support a precision medicine approach to diagnosis and treatment selection through integration of clinical, molecular and neuroimaging data. He has participated in the development of clinical scales and novel pharmacological and neurostimulation therapies for Treatment Resistant Depression.

Dr. Kennedy has authored more than 500 peer-reviewed publications and 11 books on depression and related topics. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the Royal Society of Canada. In 2021 he was appointed Executive Director of the Homewood Research Institute.