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 their 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

Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Queen's University

Anne Duffy is an academic psychiatrist with a clinical and research focus of characterizing the early clinical stages of mood disorders that onset in high-risk children, adolescents, and young adults and associated biopsychosocial risk processes.  She currently holds a full-time academic position in the Faculty of Health Sciences in the Department of Psychiatry at Queens University in Kingston Ontario. Her clinical work is focused in university Student Mental Health and her research involves large multigenerational families in SE Ontario.  Duffy’s research has been funded consistently >20 years from provincial, national and international peer-reviewed operating grants including from the CIHR, OMHF and NARSAD, and she has been the recipient of several competitive salary awards including a Canada Research Chair Tier II in Child Mood Disorders and CIHR and NARSAD Investigator Awards.  Duffy has mentored >50 clinical and research trainees and has >100 publications in scientific journals.  Her work has resolved several controversies in the field such as diagnosing mania in small children, highlighted the importance of heterogeneity of mood disorders in research and clinical practice, and recently has culminated in a clinical staging model charting the development of bipolar and related mood disorders in high-risk youth.  When not working, she enjoys spin class and outdoor pursuits with her family.

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.