About Us

Paul Grof, M.D., PhD, FRCPC

Director of the Mood Disorders Centre of Ottawa

Following his graduation in medicine, Paul Grof took his psychiatric training and became specialized in psychiatry in 1962. He worked as a research psychiatrist in the Psychiatric Research Institute in Prague, and as a fellow in psychoendocrinology of affective disorders in West Germany. In the fall of 1968 Dr. Grof was recruited as research psychiatrist and faculty member at McMaster University, Canada.

Between 1974 and 1977 he helped develop and run Affective disorder Clinics at the Sunnybrook Medical Center at the University of Toronto, and several other Canadian universities. Dr. Grof spent 1977 and 1978 as a Visiting Scientist at the National Institute of Mental Health in Washington, initially in a clinical neuropharmacology branch with Dennis Murphy and later in the psychobiology branch with Fred Goodwin.

In l982 Dr. Grof became Director of Research and Education at the Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital, a teaching hospital of McMaster University where he expanded research activities in psychobiology, and established a psychopharmacology research and training center. 1985 -2000 he was active as Expert of the World Health Organization, Mental Health section and chaired both an Expert committee and a Working Group on psychotropic drugs. From 1988 to 1993 Dr. Grof was Clinical Director of the Royal Ottawa Hospital and subsequently directed there clinical and research activities in mood disorders.

He is currently Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and directs Mood Disorders Center of Ottawa. He has published over 400 articles and three books, and received several national and international research awards.

Anne Duffy, M.D., FRCPC

Co-Director of Mood Disorders Centre of Ottawa

Campus Alberta Innovates Program (CAIP) Professor in Youth Mental Health, University of Calgary, Cummings School of Medicine

Anne Duffy was born in Toronto. She completed her Honours Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Psychology at McMaster University. Following this, she completed a Masters in Medical Sciences at McMaster University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Her thesis investigated the effects of state and trait anxiety of the quality and quantity of breastmilk in first time mothers.

She started her Doctoral level graduate studies in Neuropsychology at the University of Victoria, but left this to study Medicine at the University of Calgary. Subsequently, Duffy completed a rotating internship at the Rockyview Hospital in Calgary and Royal College specialty training in Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa. With a competitive training award from the Ontario Mental Health Foundation she went on to complete a 2-year clinical research training fellowship investigating the early course of mood disorders in children of parents with bipolar disorder.  This was a pioneering longitudinal high-risk study, which formed the basis for a world-renowned clinical research program dedicated to understanding the development of mood disorders in high-risk youth.

Over the past 20 years, Duffy has developed this novel translational high-risk research program with competitive operating grants including from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). She has earned competitive salary awards from the National Alliance of Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders (NARSAD), CIHR and from the Canada Research Chairs program. Most recently Dr. Duffy has been recruited to the University of Calgary with a CAIP Professorship to develop an integrated clinical and research program for high-risk youth and their family members. Duffy splits her time continuing to serve and study the highly motivated families identified in southern Ontario and identifying new families in the Calgary region.

Research Team Members

Arielle Weir, MSc

Research Coordinator, MDCO 

Arielle Weir works at the Mood Disorders Centre of Ottawa as the research coordinator. Arielle obtained her BSc in Biomedical Sciences from the  University of Ottawa, and completed a Master's degree in Neuroscience at Carleton University. She is currently working on a PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa

Arielle is passionate about mental health research and enjoys facilitating ongoing research at MDCO, and working with our research participants. 

Elizabeth Tetzlaff, MA

Research Associate, MDCO

Liz Tetzlaff works at the Mood Disorders Centre of Ottawa as a research associate. Liz obtained her BA (hons) in English Literature from the University of King's College in Halifax, and her Master's degree from Dalhousie University. Liz is passionate about research and learning, and is keen to improve her knowledge of mental health research.