Geriatric Psychiatry, Randomized Clinical Trials, Technology-Assisted Behavioral Interventions (Virtual Reality, Zoom, Sensors, Phenotyping, Robots), Mind-Body Interventions (Mindfulness, Meditation, Yoga, Tai Chi, Exercise, Health Education), Psychedelic Therapy, Late-Life Depression, Anxiety, and Dementia.
Dr. Soham Rej completed his medical school (2009) and psychiatry residency at McGill (2014), followed by a geriatric psychiatry clinical and research fellowship at the University of Toronto (2017). He is currently a Geriatric Psychiatrist and Assistant Professor at the Jewish General Hospital/Lady Davis Institute, McGill University, Montreal, Canada since 2017.
As of June 2021, he has 104 peer-reviewed publications, $2.0M in peer-reviewed research funding (CIHR, FRQS, etc.) and $1.8M in charitable, corporate, and governmental funding. He has mentored more than 55 graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, psychiatry residents, and other trainees.
Major Research Activities
Soham’s Geri-PARTy lab has 12-15 full-time staff, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students and investigates clinical trials to improve mood, anxiety, and cognitive disorders in older adults with three foci:
1. Technology-Assisted Behavioral Interventions with a Human Touch (Virtual Reality, Zoom, Sensors, Phenotyping, Robots), working closely with Community Partners and using Mixed Quanti-/Quali-Methods
2. Mind-body Interventions (Mindfulness, Meditation, Tai Chi, Yoga, Exercise, Health Education)
3. Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy (Ketamine, Psilocybin)
Soham Rej’s Publications Indexed on PubMed: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=soham+rej
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Intervention for the Treatment of Late-Life Depression and Anxiety Symptoms in Primary Care: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
Torres-Platas SG, Escobar S, Belliveau C, Wu J, Sasi N, Fotso J, Potes A, Thomas Z, Goodman A, Looper K, Segal M, Berlim M, Vasudev A, Moscovitz N, Rej S (IF 12.3). Psychother Psychosom. 2019;88(4):254-256. doi: 10.1159/000501214. Epub 2019 Jul 9. PMID: 31288245
Brief Mindfulness Meditation for Depression and Anxiety Symptoms in Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis: A Pilot Feasibility Study.
Thomas Z, Novak M, Platas SGT, Gautier M, Holgin AP, Fox R, Segal M, Looper KJ, Lipman M, Selchen S, Mucsi I, Herrmann N, Rej S. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol (IF 5.1). 2017 Dec 7;12(12):2008-2015. doi: 10.2215/CJN.03900417. Epub 2017 Oct 12. PMID: 29025788
Connecting During COVID-19: A Protocol of a Volunteer-Based Telehealth Program for Supporting Older Adults’ Health.
Dikaios E, Sekhon H, Allard A, Vacaflor B, Goodman A, Dwyer E, Lavin-Gonzalez P, Mahdanian A, Park H, Walsh C, Sasi N, Nazar R, Gruber J, Su CL, Hanganu C, Royal I, Schiavetto A, Cinalioglu K, Rigas C, Launay C, Beauchet O, McDonald E, Seitz D, Kumar S, Nair V, Miresco M, Bruneau MA, Alexopoulos G, Looper K, Vahia I, Rej S, Bukhari SN. Front Psychiatry (IF 3). 2020 Dec 2;11:598356. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2020.598356. eCollection 2020. PMID: 33343425
A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled pilot trial of atorvastatin for nephrogenic diabetes insipidus in lithium users.
Fotso Soh J, Beaulieu S, Trepiccione F, Linnaranta O, Torres-Platas G, Platt RW, Renaud S, Su CL, Mucsi I, D’Apolito L, Mulsant BH, Levinson A, Saury S, Müller D, Schaffer A, Dols A, Low N, Cervantes P, Christensen BM, Herrmann N, Rajji T, Rej S. Bipolar Disord (IF 5.1). 2021 Feb;23(1):66-75. doi: 10.1111/bdi.12973. Epub 2020 Jul 16. PMID: 32621644 Clinical Trial.
Exercise Intervention for Late-Life Depression: A Meta-Analysis.
Klil-Drori S, Klil-Drori AJ, Pira S, Rej S. J Clin Psychiatry (IF 5.8). 2020 Jan 21;81(1):19r12877. doi: 10.4088/JCP.19r12877. PMID: 31967748
Dr. Rej and colleagues’ Geri-PARTy lab investigate clinical trials to improve mood, anxiety, and cognitive disorders in older adults with three foci:
1. Technology-Assisted Behavioral Interventions with a Human Touch
2. Mind-body Interventions
3. Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy