Welcome to the Thombs Research Team Website!

Dr. Brett Thombs is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University, a Senior Investigator at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research at the Jewish General Hospital, Chair of the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care and Director of the Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network (SPIN) and Director of the DEPRESsion Screening Data (DEPRESSD) Project.

Members of the Thombs Research Team work in three projects or areas: (1) SPIN, (2) the DEPRESSD Project, and (3) meta research and policy, which includes the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC), the development of an extension of the CONsolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) statement for trials conducted in cohorts and other routinely collected data, and other meta-research projects.

Each project group includes research coordinators, research assistants, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students who collaboratively work on various aspects of the projects. Check out the individual project sections to learn more about each project team and our current team members.

Latest News...

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DEPRESSD Team awarded $200,000 in latest CIHR competition | 2021/03/03

Congratulations to the DEPRESSD team, which was successful in obtaining two $100,000 Project Grants from CIHR, through the Personalized Health priority announcement! One proposal was for updating our databases on the PHQ-9, EPDS, HADS, and GDS depression screening tools. The other was for advancing statistical methods to use for developing personalized depression screening models.

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Sami Harb receives media coverage on recent publication on the Physical ACtivity Enhancement (SPIN-PACE) project | 2021/02/25

Sami Harb’s MSc thesis (recently published in Arthritis Care & Research) was featured in Healio Rheumatology ( Congratulations to Sami and the rest of the SPIN team! To learn more about the study, see previous news item published on 2021/02/03 entitled "Results from the SPIN-PACE Survey, Sami Harb's MSc thesis, published in Arthritis Care & Research".

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Congratulations to Dr. Felix Fischer and the DEPRESSD Team on their new publication! | 2021/02/22

A new study, led by Dr. Felix Fischer (Psychometrics and Health Outcomes Research, Department of Psychosomatic Medicine of The Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin), Dr. Brooke Levis and the rest of the DEPRESSD Team, has been published in Psychological Medicine. The study used an individual participant data meta-analysis (IPDMA) database to compare different scoring methods based on latent variable models of the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9). Read more about the study:


Results from the SPIN-PACE Survey, Sami Harb's MSc thesis, published in Arthritis Care & Research | 2021/02/03

This week, a survey study related to the SPIN - Physical ACtivity Enhancement (SPIN-PACE) project was accepted for publication in Arthritis Care & Research. The objectives were to determine the (1) prevalence and importance of ​physical activity barriers experienced in scleroderma and (2) likelihood of using possible facilitators to overcome barriers. In brief, among 721 respondents, medical-related barriers were most prevalent, and fatigue and Raynaud's phenomenon were most important. Facilitators likely to be used involved adapting exercise, taking care of one’s body, keeping warm, and protecting skin. The SPIN team ​will later use the survey results to develop ​and test the online SPIN-PACE program ​with the aim of supporting people with scleroderma in leading an active lifestyle. Congratulations to Sami and the rest of the SPIN Team! Read more here.

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Andrea Carboni Jiménez accepted into the Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL)/Juris Doctor (JD) Program at McGill University | 2021/01/18

Team member Andrea Carboni Jiménez one of 180 students with excellent academic track records to be accepted into the Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL)/Juris Doctor (JD) program at McGill University. Andrea completed her second undergraduate honours thesis under the supervision of Dr. Brett Thombs researching the burden experienced by caregivers of people with various medical conditions. Her Master’s of Psychiatry thesis focuses on examining the effectiveness of psychological interventions delivered to incarcerated individuals with (1) mood disorders and (2) post traumatic stress disorder. In addition, Andrea is currently leading a project evaluating health outcomes from randomized control trials that have tested questionnaire-based screening. Congratulations Andrea!

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