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.



Zoya Sheikh, BHS, MSW

Administrative Assistant
Zoya received her Honours BHS from York University with a specialization in Health Policy, and her MSW from the University of Windsor. Zoya has high-level administrative expertise from the Clinical Lab at CAMH, and has also supported the CAMH Geriatric Psychiatry Division and the Complex Care and Recovery Program for four years prior to this role.


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. 
Natalie Dren

Natalie Dren, MPH 

Research Coordinator, Knowledge Translation
Natalie received her Honours BSc from Dalhousie University with specializations in Biology and International Development Studies, and her MPH from Lakehead University. Natalie joins the TDRA after having been the Research Manager at a global lymphoma not-for-profit, with an expertise in knowledge synthesis and transfer, content creation, stakeholder engagement, and community partnerships. 

Winnie Qian, MSc

Research Coordinator
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.