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Dr. Nathan Kolla
Dr. Nathan Kolla

Dr. Nathan Kolla, PhD, MD
Clinician Scientist at the University of Saskatchewan 

Dr. Nathan Kolla is a Clinician Scientist and the Director of the PGY-6 Residency Program in Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Saskatchewan. Additionally, Dr. Kolla is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Criminology and Psychological Clinical Science at the University of Toronto. He has an appointment as a Staff Psychiatrist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, where he is Head of the Violence Prevention Neurobiological Research Unit, and a Clinician-Scientist in CAMH’s Research Imaging Centre.

Dr. Kolla has many achievements, including receiving various awards and grants as an independent investigator. He regularly presents across Canada, the United States, and internationally. He has authored and co-authored many publications, articles, 
and chapters, including in the top journals Biological Psychiatry, Neuropsychopharmacology, and JAMA Psychiatry. Also, Dr. Kolla sits on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. More recently, Dr. Kolla received the 2023 Manfred S. Guttmacher Award from the American Psychiatric Association. This award is given in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the literature of forensic psychiatry. 

Dr. Kolla earned an MSc in Forensic Mental Health Science at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, UK, and took his PhD in Neuroscience (PET Neuroimaging of Personality Disorders) at the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto. He completed clinical training in forensic psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital, New York University.

Previously, Dr. Nathan Kolla served as Waypoint's Vice President, Research & Academics. Under his leadership, the Waypoint Research Institute experienced new growth and development, seeing unprecedented success in external rant awards supporting various important initiatives and projects. He was also key to establishing the first University of Toronto, Research Chair in Forensic Mental Health at Waypoint. Given his connection with and vision for mental health research, Dr. Kolla also held this role during his time at Waypoint. 

Keywords: Forensic mental health, psychiatry, violence prevention. 


Research Interests

Neuroimaging; PET; forensic psychiatry; antisocial personality disorder; borderline personality disorder; self-injury.


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Dr. Kolla invites students and volunteers to contact him about potential research opportunities.

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