Dr. Raymond Lam is a psychiatrist and Professor and BC Leadership Chair in Depression Research at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where he is an Associate Head in the Department of Psychiatry. He is also Co-Director of the Mood Disorders Centre at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health in Vancouver. Dr. Lam received his BSc and MD degrees from UBC, where he also did his psychiatry residency training. He then completed a research fellowship at the University of California, San Diego, before returning to UBC as a faculty member.
Dr. Lam is internationally recognized for his research focusing on understanding the biological causes of mood disorders, clinical trials for new treatments, and improving clinical care for people suffering from depression. He is a lead investigator for the Canadian Biomarker Integration Network in Depression (CAN-BIND) and has held continuous funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and many other agencies throughout his research career. Dr. Lam also conducts research on digital technologies and equity issues in global mental health. Much of this work is shared internationally through his role as Executive Chair of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Digital Hub for Mental Health, hosted at UBC.
Dr. Lam is also a champion for evidence-based psychiatry and knowledge translation. As past Executive Chair for the Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CANMAT), he spearheaded clinical guidelines for depression and bipolar disorder that are widely used by clinicians in Canada and worldwide. Dr. Lam has received many awards including recognition as a Highly Cited Researcher (top 1% of scientists in the Psychiatry/Psychology category) by Clarivates Web of Science, and election to Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, regarded as one of the highest honours in the Canadian health sciences community.