Professor  |  Vice-Chair, Research

Alastair Flint

Geriatric Psychiatry


UHN - Toronto General Hospital
200 Elizabeth St, 8 Eaton North, 238, Medical Sciences, Toronto, Ontario Canada M5G 2C4
Appointment Status

Dr. Flint is Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto; Senior Scientist, Toronto General Research Institute; and Faculty Member, Institute of Medical Science, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto. Dr. Flint received his medical degree and psychiatry residency training at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and subsequently completed a research fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Dr. Flint has engaged in research, teaching, and clinical and administrative roles in geriatric psychiatry for the past 25 years. He is listed in the inaugural and subsequent editions of Best Doctors in Canada and listed in Best Doctors in America for his academic and clinical contributions to the field of geriatric psychiatry. Former leadership roles include Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Program, Whitby Psychiatric Hospital and Head, Geriatric Psychiatry Program, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Toronto which he held in parallel with his ongoing role as Head, Geriatric Psychiatry Program, University Health Network. Currently, Dr. Flint also serves as Head of the Division of Neurosciences and Psychiatry and the Director of Psychiatric Research, University Health Network.

Research Synopsis

Dr. Flint's research interests include depression and anxiety in later life, psychotic depression across the adult lifespan, and the interplay of affective and mobility disorders. He is widely published and has received peer-reviewed funding from federal and provincial granting agencies and scientific foundations for the past 25 years to support his research. He is currently principal investigator of a NIMH-funded intervention study examining the prevention of relapse of psychotic depression and lead investigator of the affective disorders component of a CIHR-funded Team Grant focused on the optimization of balance and mobility.