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Nicola Keyhan

Title: Staff Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry
Designations: MA, MD, FRCPC
Phone: 416-813-6600
Alternate Contact Name: Terrilyn Chow
Alternate Phone: 416-813-7531
Alternate Email:
U of T Positions: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry


Dr. Nicola Keyhan, joined SickKids in 2005 as a Staff Psychiatrist. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Her main areas of interest and expertise are in the assessment and treatment of Anxiety Disorders. She also has a strong interest in psychotherapy and runs cognitive behavioural therapy groups for children with Anxiety Disorders and their parents.

Dr. Keyhan is actively involved in the education of medical students, psychiatry residents, and paediatric residents and fellows. She has been nominated for and won several teaching awards. She also holds a number of leadership positions in education and is currently the SickKids Postgraduate and Psychotherapy Site Coordinator for the University of Toronto Psychiatry Residency Program and the Director of Scholarship and Professional Development for the SickKids Psychiatry Department.

Education and experience

  • 1990–1994: Bachelor of Science, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
  • 1995–1997: Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Canada
  • 1997–2000: Doctor of Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
  • 2000–2005: FRCPC, Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  • 2013: Subspecialty in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Toronto, Canada


  • 2012: Paul Steinhauer Award for Excellence on Postgraduate Education, University of Toronto
  • 2012: Nominee, Robin Hunter Award for best teacher in Postgraduate Education, University of Toronto
  • 2010: Division of Developmental Paediatrics Faculty Teaching Award, University of Toronto.
  • 2007: Division of Developmental Paediatrics Faculty Teaching Award, University of Toronto
  • 2006: Undergraduate Teaching Award, SickKids.


  1. Keyhan, N.  (April 2020) Canadian Pediatric Society, Blog Post, “Supporting Youth with Anxiety Disorders During the COVID-19 Pandemic"
  2. Keyhan N, Minden D, Ickowicz, A.  (2006) Clinical case rounds in child and adolescent psychiatry:  Neurofibromatosis Type 1, Cognitive Impairment, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 14:2, May, 87-90.
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