Dr. William Panenka
Associate Professor, Neurologist, Psychiatrist, MD
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Education Associations

University of British Columbia


Dr. Panenka is an Associate Professor in the department of Psychiatry. He is dually trained in Psychiatry and Neurology and practices as a clinician scientist with the BC Provincial Neuropsychiatry program, the BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services Institute, and is the Fraser Health Concussion Clinic. His research program focusses on the intersection of traumatic brain injury, substance use, and mental health in diverse groups, including Vancouver’s vulnerably housed population.


1.Panenka WJ, Gardner AJ,…. Systematic Review of Genetic Risk Factors for Sustaining a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. J Neurotrauma. 2017 Jul 1;34(13):2093-2099. doi: 10.1089/neu.2016.4833. Epub 2017 Feb 27.

2. Schmitt T,…, Panenka WJ. Traumatic Brain Injury in a Community-Based Cohort of Homeless and Vulnerably Housed Individuals. Neurotrauma. 2017 Jul 25. doi: 10.1089/neu.2017.5076.

3. Jones AA, Jang K, Panenka WJ,…. JAMA Psychiatry. 2018 Mar 1;75(3):298-300. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry. 2017.4432.

4. Silverberg ND, Panenka WJ, Iverson GL. Work Productivity Loss After Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2018 Feb;99(2):250-256. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2017.07.006. Epub 2017 Jul 29.

5. Silverberg ND, Panenka WJ, Iverson GL. Fear Avoidance and Clinical Outcomes from Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. J Neurotrauma. 2018 Aug 15;35(16):1864-1873. doi: 10.1089/neu.2018.5662.

6. Silverberg ND, Martin P, Panenka WJ. Headache trigger sensitivity and avoidance after mild traumatic brian injury. J Neurotrauma. 2019 Jan 11. doi: 10.1089/neu.2018.6025.

7. Stubbs JL,…, Panenka WJ. Working memory load improves diagnostic performance of smooth pursuit eye movement in mild traumatic brain injury patients with protracted recovery. Sci Rep. 2019 Jan 22. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-36286-3.

8. Zhou LW, Panenka WJ,…,Field TS. Prevalence and Risk Factors of Brain Infarcts and Associations with Cognitive Performance in Tenants of Marginal Housing. J Am Heart Assoc. 2019 Jul 2;8(13): e011412.doi:10.116 /JAHA.118.011412

9. Stubbs JL,…, Panenka WJ. Traumatic brain injury in homeless and marginally housed individuals: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet Public Health . 2020 Jan;5(1):e19-e32. doi: 10.1016/S2468-2667(19)30188-4. Epub 2019 Dec 2.

10. Stubbs JL,…,Panenka WJ. Atypical somatic symptoms in adults with prolonged recovery from mild traumatic brain injury. Front Neurol. 2020 Feb 4. 6(2): e21. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2020.00043.

11. Jones AA,…,Panenka WJ, Barr AM, Thorton AE, Honer, WG. Associations of substance use, psychosis, and mortality among people living in precarious housing or homelessness: A longitudinal, community-based study in Vancouver, Canada. PLoS Medicine. 2020 July 6;17(7): doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1003172.

12. Zhou LW, Panenka WJ,…,Field TS. Cerebral Small Vessel Disease, Risk Factors, and Cognition in Tenants of Precarious Housing. Stroke 2020 Oct 6: STROKEAHA120030446. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.120.030446.