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M.B.B.Ch., 1980, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
M.R.C.Psych., 1988, University of London, U.K.
M.Phil., 1990, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, University of London, U.K.
PhD, 1992, Institute of Neurology, University of London, U.K.
FRCPC, 1996, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Appointments and Affiliations:

Associate scientist, Physical Sciences, Hurvitz Brain Sciences Research Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute
Director, neuropsychiatry program, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Professor, department of psychiatry, University of Toronto
Former chair, Medical Advisory Committee, MS Society of Canada

Research Foci:

Neuropsychiatry of multiple sclerosis
Stress and emotional health in front-line journalists
Developing self-report rating scales to assess psychological illness

Research Summary:
Dr. Feinstein’s multiple sclerosis (MS) research has delineated the natural history of cognitive and emotional abnormalities and how these correlate with brain pathology as visualized on brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). His current MS work aims to develop novel computerized tests focused on attention, information processing speed and working memory. A series of studies is also in progress investigating the cognitive effects and functional brain changes associated with cannabis use in people with MS.
His post-traumatic stress disorder research has been funded by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the Freedom Forum and is devoted to understanding how journalists cope with the hazards of reporting on war. His behavioural research in Namibia was funded by a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Dr. Feinstein is also doing collaborative work with the department of psychology in Botswana to develop self-report rating scales to assess psychological illness.