Dr. Zahra Goodarzi is an academic geriatrician and a new recruit to the Division of Geriatrics in Calgary starting 2017. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Section of Geriatrics within the Department of Medicine and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary. As a junior scientist she has started to establish her research program after recently completing her Geriatric Medicine & Clinical Investigator fellowship as well as her Masters degree in Health Services Research through the Department of Community Health Sciences in July 2016.

Her major research focus in on the interplay of mental illness and neurologic diseases, specifically focusing on dementia and Parkinson’s disease. From a methodological standpoint she is focused on knowledge translation through the use of synthesis and qualitative methods to inform practice and engage patients. Specifically focused on barriers and facilitators research with stakeholders. Her current research projects will be to examine the tools available for detecting anxiety in dementia and Parkinson’s disease; then understand how we can use these tools.

Position/Title: Assistant Professor

Institution: University of Calgary

Department: Medicine and Community Health Sciences

Email: zahra.goodarzi@albertahealthservices.ca 

Areas of Expertise: Clinical: Geriatric Medicine, Neuropsychiatric Symptoms, Depression, Anxiety, Dementia, Parkinson’s disease. Research: Systematic review, Scoping review, meta-analysis, diagnostic accuracy, knowledge translation, implementation, qualitative methods, behaviour change

Names of Current Grants/Project Titles:

2020. Canadian Institutes of Health Research Knowledge Synthesis: COVID-19 in Mental Health & Substance Use. Funding: $50,000. Depression In community Residing Elders (DIRE): A Rapid Review and Network Meta-Analysis of Depression Telemedicine Treatments for Older Adults Living in the Community.

2019. O’Brien Institute of Public Health Catalyst Funding. Validation of the Depression Rating Scale in Long Term Care.

2018-2020. Cumming School of Medicine & Alberta Health Services Clinical Research Fund. Funding: $35,000. Detecting Anxiety in Those with Parkinson's Disease or Dementia: A Diagnostic Accuracy Study.

2017-2019. M.S.I. Foundation Research Grant. Funding: $98,000. Improving Care for those with Dementia or Parkison's Disease and Comorbid Depression or Anxiety.

Select Publications: 

1: Watt JA, Goodarzi Z, Veroniki AA, Nincic V, Khan PA, Ghassemi M, Thompson Y, Lai Y, Treister V, Tricco AC, Straus SE. Safety of pharmacologic interventions for neuropsychiatric symptoms in dementia: a systematic review and network meta-analysis. BMC Geriatr. 2020 Jun 16;20(1):212. doi: 10.1186/s12877-020-01607-7. PMID: 32546202; PMCID: PMC7298771.

2: Watt JA, Goodarzi Z, Veroniki AA, Nincic V, Khan PA, Ghassemi M, Thompson Y, Tricco AC, Straus SE. Comparative Efficacy of Interventions for Aggressive and Agitated Behaviors in Dementia: A Systematic Review and Network Meta-analysis. Ann Intern Med. 2019 Nov 5;171(9):633-642. doi: 10.7326/M19-0993. Epub 2019 Oct 15. PMID: 31610547. 

3: Watt J, Goodarzi Z, Tricco AC, Veroniki AA, Straus SE. Comparative safety and efficacy of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia: protocol for a systematic review and network meta-analysis. Syst Rev. 2017 Sep 7;6(1):182. doi:10.1186/s13643-017-0572-x. PMID: 28882156; PMCID: PMC5590133.