Coordinating Centre Core Team

Please note that the TDRA Coordinating Centre Core will be located at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) as of September 8, 2020. For any inquiries regarding the transition or our new contact information, please contact us.

Tarek K. Rajji, MD, FRCPC

Executive Director
Dr. Tarek Rajji is the Chief of Adult Neurodevelopment & Geriatric Psychiatry and the Deputy Physician-in-Chief for Research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Dr. Rajji is also actively involved in dementia research and has been a long-time member of TDRA’s Clinical Research Core. Since 2009, Dr. Rajji has held more than $17M as a Principal Investigator and published more than 150 peer-reviewed publications (H-index = 32 (Scopus) and 38 (Google Scholar)). He has also been continuously federally funded.


Emily Di Giovanni

Emily Di Giovanni, BSc

Administrative Research Coordinator
Emily joins the TDRA from University Health Network. There she gained front line experience in health care and research. She holds a BSc in Biology from York University.


Luca F Pisterzi

Anna Malakhova, BASc

Clinical Research Coordinator
Anna joins the TDRA from McGill School of Communication Sciences and Disorders where she was involved in a project that aimed to identify language markers in Parkinson’s disease. Anna is currently working on the TDRA Database project. She is interested in the interdisciplinary approach to brain research and holds a BA&Sc in Cognitive Science from McGill University. 
Luca F Pisterzi

Luca F. Pisterzi, PhD

Director, Strategy & Operations
Luca joins the TDRA after having been the Program Manager for the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP) at the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Canada’s largest population health cohort. Luca was named an Ambassador of the Privacy by Design program developed by the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario in 2014.  He received his PhD in biophysics and molecular pharmacology from the Leslie L. Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto. 
Tiffany Scarcelli

Tiffany Scarcelli, MSc

Communications and Stakeholder Strategist
Tiffany joins the TDRA with over 5 years of experience working within the non-profit and healthcare sectors, mainly in knowledge translation, communications, and stakeholder relations. Tiffany holds an MSc in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology from the University of Toronto, where she studied the effects of focused ultrasound in Alzheimer’s disease.



Winnie Qian, MSc

Research Participant Strategist
Winnie received her Honours BSc from the University of Toronto with a Specialist in Neuroscience, and her MSc from the University of Toronto in the Institute of Medical Science. Her research interests and publications involve Alzheimer’s disease and delusions. Prior to her position with the TDRA, Winnie worked at St. Michael’s Hospital and CAMH with expertise in dementia and mental health.


Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
St Michaels Hospital
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
University Health Network