Derek Pallandi has been licensed to practice medicine in Ontario as a psychiatrist since 2000 after he completed his Doctor of Medicine at McMaster University in 1995 and completed psychiatry residency training at the University of Toronto in 2000.
Currently, he is employed as a contract psychiatrist at the Ontario Correctional Institute in Brampton and the Riverdale (Toronto), Keswick and Newmarket Probation and Parole offices, as well as a staff psychiatrist at the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby. Additionally, he maintains a private practice in psychiatry in civil, regulatory and criminal (forensic) matters.
Between 2008 and 2020, he was an Investigating Coroner in the City of Toronto.
He holds the rank of Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.
His interests are in serious and persistent mental illness and the recovery from it; correctional mental health; addictions, trauma and the evaluation and management of sexual and violent offenders.
In 2022, he was an invited member of an expert panel on deaths in custody, for the Ontario Office of the Chief Coroner. The panel authored “An Obligation to Prevent” which was released by the Chief Coroner of Ontario in January, 2023.