null Gail Myhr, MD, CM, M.Sc.

Investigator, RI-MUHC

Brain Repair and Integrative Neuroscience (BRaIN) Program

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University



cognitive behavioural therapy • suitability • anxiety • psychosis

Research Focus

My research focuses on the question of what sorts of problems and what personal characteristics can predict those clients who will benefit from short-term CBT. The MUHC CBT Unit has pioneered the systematic use of a specialized assessment tool, the Suitability for Short-Term Cognitive Therapy interview and rating procedure (Safran et al 90), which refines the client selection for short-term CBT in order to ensure a positive experience for CBT clients, maximize resource allocation and enhance training outcomes. Pre-treatment information on such characteristics as age, personality traits, attachment style, emotional avoidance, interpersonal sensitivity, and tendency to somatise have been analyzed to see what predicts good outcome. I have recently initiated a project studying the use of computerized CBT for individuals waiting for our services. Another project involves effects of our training program on the administration of CBT by trainees.

Selected Publications

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  • Bédard M, Russell JJ, Myhr G. Impact of personality psychopathology on outcome in short-term cognitive-behavioral therapy for Axis I disorders. Psychiatry Res. 2015; 230(2):524-30. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2015.09.049. Epub 2015 Oct 3. PMID: 26456894.

  • Renaud, J., Russell, J.J., Myhr,G. Predicting who benefits most from cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety and depression. Journal of Clinical Psychology. 2014; 70(10), 924–932. doi: 10.1002/jclp.22099. Epub 2014 Apr 19. PMID: 24752934.

  • Renaud, J., Russell, J.J., Myhr,G. The association between outcome expectancies and avoidance in predicting the outcome of cognitive-behavioural therapy for major depressive disorder. British Journal of Clinical Psychology. 2013; 42-52. DOI:10.1111/j.2044-8260.2012.02044.x. Epub 2012 Aug 13. PMID: 23398111.

  • Myhr, G., Russell, J.J., Saint-Laurent, M., Tagalakis, V., Belisle, D., Khodary, F.,Faridi, K., Pinard, G. Assessing Suitability for Short-Term Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Psychiatric Outpatients with Psychosis: A Comparison with Depressed and Anxious Outpatients. Journal of Psychiatric Practice. 2013; 29-41. DOI: 10.1097/01.pra.0000426325.49396.4c PMID: 23334677.

  • Payne K., Myhr, G. Increasing Access to Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for the Treatment of Mental Illness in Canada: A Research Framework and Call for Action. Health Care Policy. 2010; 5:e173-e185. PMID: 21286263.