I obtained my Medical Degree from the University of Manitoba, my specialty degree in Geriatric Psychiatry from the University of Toronto and my Masters in Neuroscience degree from the University of London, England. Currently I am a Clinical Professor within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, Canada.
I have a long involvement with various professional and public education initiatives. This includes my role as the founding and ongoing Director of the award-winning Frames of Mind Mental Health Film Series and Festival. I also write film reviews, many of which have published in the Canadian Psychiatric Association's Canadian Psychiatry Aujourd'hui. Honours include Baycrest Hospital's Munk Geriatric Award; a Clinical Traineeship Award from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; a Lady Davis Visiting Professor Fellowship, Technion University, Israel; the 2003 CPA/COPCE Award for outstanding Continuing Medical Education (CME) Activity within Canada; the 2004 Lil Hewton Bursary Award to conduct archival research related to the history of psychiatry, the inaugural UBC Faculty of Medicine Innovation in CME award, and the 2010 Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division's Professional Services Award. I have written and taught extensively on Alzheimer's disease, psychiatry and information technology, and the clinical and educational applications of films in mental health.
I have also written a work of fiction, The Evolution of Inanimate Objects,initially published in the Fall of 2010 by Insomniac Press and republished in hardcover and paperback by HarperCollins UK. In 2013, The Evolution of Inanimate Objects was longlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize.
HarperCollins UK and Coach House Books published my forthcoming novel, The Stonehenge Letters, in Spring 2014.