I am a physician licensed in the Province of British Columbia having qualified in Medicine from The University of Cambridge (UK) in 1976.
I have a Masters degree in Natural Science (Experimental Psychology) from The University of Cambridge (1975).
I hold a specialty qualification (FRCPC) in Psychiatry, obtained in 1987. I have also been a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK) since 1979.
I held the position of a Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Medicine of The University of British Columbia until July of 2002, when I retired following relocating to the Fraser Valley.
For the past 25 years, my clinical practice, research and teaching interests have been in the areas of adult, geriatric and organic psychiatry – concentrating on patients with degenerative brain disorders and acquired brain injuries, Post-Trauma Stress Disorders and chronic pain syndromes.
I have formal training, published research and extensive clinical experience in Clinical Psychopharmacology – the effects of medications on the brain.
I have several years’ experience in the assessment and treatment of drug abuse and addiction when I volunteered to work for Release, a street-based psychiatric and addictions program in London, UK, from 1978-1983.
I have published widely with more than 100 articles (both peer-reviewed and invited) in scientific journals and textbooks. In addition, there have been many articles and abstracts in various conference proceedings, both nationally and internationally.
I have been on the conference organizing committees and have been the Program Chair for several national and international academic conferences in the areas of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, Schizophrenia, Dementia and Occupational Mental Health.
From 1985, I was the Head of Geriatric Psychiatry at Valleyview (later amalgamated with Riverview) Hospital then subsequently the Director of Clinical Research at Riverview Hospital, leaving in 1991. I was also the Head of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry of UBC from 1986 until 1997. I was responsible for clinical services, teaching and research in the areas of dementia from such disorders as Alzheimer’s, cerebrovascular disease and Parkinson’s Disease and have published widely in these areas – both scientific papers and textbooks. I was a founding member and sat on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry. I was an invited member of the ‘C5R’ – a Canadian consortium of clinical researchers that was established to undertake clinical trials in anti-dementia drugs. I was a principal researcher on a number of clinical trials of anti-dementia agents from 1990 until 1998 and have been a cited author in several papers in the area.
From 1991 to 1998, I was the Head of the Department of Psychiatry, St Vincent’s Hospital in Vancouver – affiliated with UBC. I was responsible for four clinical programs with both inpatient and outpatient components:
- Geriatric Psychiatry
- Refractory Psychosis
- Mental Handicap – in association with the BC Provincial Persons with Developmental Disorders Program
- Brain Injury – in association with GF Strong Rehab Centre
I have delivered many lectures to family physicians and specialists on the psychiatric consequences of trauma – such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Chronic Pain Syndromes and Pain Disorders, Acquired Brain Injury and the Post-Concussion Syndrome – in Canada, the United States and Australia. I was also a consulting Police Psychiatrist, holding the rank of Special Constable with the Abbotsford Police Department. Prior to that, I was affiliated with the New Westminster Police Service. In this capacity I treat officers in those departments, as well as others (such as from the RCMP), for Critical Incident Stress, Post Trauma Stress syndromes and other psychiatric disorders. I am involved as a psychiatric consultant to the Abbotsford Police Department both for staff-related issues as well as ongoing criminal investigations. I consulted with Emergency Response Tactical crisis & hostage negotiation teams.
I also provided training in critical incident assessment and management as well as mental health issues in policing to the City of Windhoek Police Department in Namibia and the Namibian National Police.
I have taught undergraduates and law enforcement officers in the area of mental illness, violent crime and policing as an invited lecturer at UFV.
I was appointed a Visiting Professor of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine, The University of Namibia in 2015.
I was the Program Chair and a member of the Organizing Committee of MTBI 2009, the first conference on Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries, held in Vancouver in August 2009 and was an invited presenter on “The Psychiatric Consequences of Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries”.
I have provided independent medical opinions for lawyers, the RCMP and other police departments, trades unions, employers and insurance companies.
I have been accepted as an expert in psychiatry in The Supreme Court of British Columbia, The Court of the Queen’s Bench of Alberta and The Human Rights Tribunals of both BC and Alberta.
After 1998, my clinical practice involved the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of persons with the psychiatric consequences of trauma of which approximately 70% have sustained an acquired brain injury, among their other injuries. After relocating to Salmon Arm, BC, in late 2017, I am continuing a limited private practice and am also the Consulting Psychiatrist to the Shuswap Lake General Hospital in Salmon Arm and provide psychiatry consultation services to several family practice clinics and long-term care facilities in the area.
I have recently opened a Concussion & Acquired Brain Injury Clinic at the North Okanagan/Shuswap Brain Injury Society (NOSBIS) in Salmon Arm. I am also the Medical Adviser to the Board of Directors of NOSBIS.
I am currently involved in co-authoring a Family Physician’s Handbook for the Assessment, Diagnosis and Management of Concussion & Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries with Dr. Steven Holliday.