Jennifer Phillips , PhD

Dr. Jennifer Phillips is an Associate Scientist in the Mood Disorders Research Unit at The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR), affiliated with the University of Ottawa.

She received her BSc from Brock University and her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Ottawa. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa and an Adjunct Research Professor and Contract Instructor in the Department of Neuroscience at Carleton University.

Dr. Phillips has been engaged in research at The Royal for over a decade. Her research interests are in clinical neuroscience with a focus on depression and suicide prevention. Her ongoing studies investigate the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to characterize suicidal thoughts and behaviours in the brain and examine clinical and psychosocial determinants to identify gender-specific risk factors for suicidal behaviours.

Through clinical trials conducted in collaboration with Dr. Pierre Blier, Dr. Phillips explores the efficacy of low-dose ketamine to treat depressive symptoms and suicidal thoughts in patients resistant to other forms of treatment. New directions for her research involve the use of machine-learning techniques to harness inpatient electronic medical record data to improve prediction of suicide risk post-hospital discharge.