Sanjeev Sockalingam, MD FRCPC MHPE
  • Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health,
  • Toronto Canada


Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and the Director of the Bariatric Surgery Psychosocial Program at the Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network. He is the Scientific Director for Obesity Canada. He is also a Senior Scientist, Chief Medical Officer, and Vice President of Education at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He is Vice-Chair, Education for Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Dr. Sockalingam has >230 peer-reviewed publications and is the co-editor of the books, “Psychiatric Care in Severe Obesity”, a comprehensive summary of an integrated approach to the assessment and managing psychosocial care in severe obesity, and a newly released book by Cambridge University Press, “Psychological Care in Severe Obesity: A Practical Approach”. He has funding from CIHR and other peer-reviewed agencies examining psychosocial outcomes related to obesity care, psychological treatments for obesity and exploring the construct of food addiction. He is the co-principal investigator on a large multi-site CIHR funded to evaluate the long-term outcomes of telephone-based cognitive behavioural therapy after bariatric surgery. Dr. Sockalingam is a co-author on the 2020 Canadian Obesity Guidelines.