Nazanin Alavi
CoFounder and Chief Clinical Officer, Mind Relief
Staff Psychiatrist and Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Queen’s University


“Dr. Alavi truly exemplifies a woman leader in the field of digital health. She not only talks the talk but also walks the walk and has initiated a transformation in the mental health field by bringing her carefully curated and evidence-based therapy modules to commercialization. Her efforts in knowledge translation has led her to co-founding a new start-up aiming to develop a platform for onine delivery of mental health. Her goal is to develop a platform that every clinician can use to seamlessly offer accessible and affordable online mental health to their patients at a fraction of normal time and cost.”


Dr. Alavi is a Staff Psychiatrist and Assistant Professor at Queen’s University Psychiatry Department. She has worked as a staff psychiatrist in the Mood and Anxiety Division at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH) and Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto.


After completing her medical training at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Dr. Alavi completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Psychology Department at Queen’s university in the Mood Disorders lab. She then joined the residency training program in Psychiatry at Queen’s University & graduated in 2016.


Dr. Alavi’s research focuses on the effectiveness of online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. She has been designing an e-platform for delivering online psychotherapy for the past 12 years that has recently become a commercial product through OPTT Inc. Under her clinical direction, OPTT’s platform is changing the lives of mental health patients.


Dr. Alavi has been the recipient of multiple academic and clinical awards including psychiatry Dan Afford award, APA Lily award and Psychiatric Research Scholars Fellowship. She has also authored the first textbook on Online CBT published by Springer/Nature.