New Chairman at Helm of the Canadian Psychiatric Association Board of Directors

    ST. JOHN'S, Sept. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Dr. Donald Addington was inaugurated
as the new Chairman of the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) Board of
Directors (2009-2012) this past weekend. He takes over from Dr. Blake Woodside
whose two terms of faithful service as Chairman of the Board came to an end on
August 28 at the CPA's 59th Annual General Meeting in St. John's,
    Dr. Addington is a professor of psychiatry at the University of Calgary
and a respected researcher. He brings valuable leadership experience to his
new role. He recently completed an 11-year tenure as Head and Professor of the
Department of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary and Head of the Regional
Clinical Department of Psychiatry at Calgary Health Region. He joins CPA
rejuvenated from a one-year sabbatical at Yale's department of psychiatry
where he taught as a Visiting Professor and concentrated on his research.
    Dr. Addington's research interests range from depression in schizophrenia
to early intervention to the psychopharmacological treatment of depression in
schizophrenia, including the ethics of placebo use in such
psychopharmacological research. Other areas of focus include health services
research and the transfer of research knowledge into medical practice.
    His achievements in clinical research are impressive. His research on
depression in schizophrenia led to the development of the Calgary Depression
Scale for Schizophrenia. This scale has been translated into 30 languages and
is extensively used in clinical trials and other research areas. More recently
he has focused on health services research, particularly on how to apply
research to early psychosis intervention.
    Dr. Addington's engagement in organized psychiatry dates back to the
1980s when he became involved with the Alberta Psychiatric Association,
serving as President in 1990-1991. He got his start in the national arena as a
member of the CPA Scientific and Research Council including six years as its
chair during which time he became part of a broader cooperative movement to
form what is now the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addictions.
As a member of the CPA Special Committee on Clinical Practice Guidelines he
helped elaborate a process to develop and disseminate clinical practice
guidelines (CPG) and chaired the CPA committee which developed the first of
these CPG guidelines. The CPG for the Treatment of Schizophrenia was initially
published in 1997 and revised under his direction in 2005.
    As Chair of the Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry of
Canada, he was implicated in the CPA Working Group on a National Strategy for
Postgraduate Education in Psychiatry which led to the recognition of three
psychiatry subspecialties in the areas of child and adolescent, geriatric and
forensic psychiatry. He was also a member of the Canadian Journal of
Psychiatry Editorial Board from 1998 to 2007 and continues as a reviewer for
the publication.
    In 1972 Dr. Addington earned his medical degree from London University in
London, England and after further training at this institution, received his
UK psychiatry degree in 1976. He moved to Canada in 1981 and after two years
of training in Calgary, Alberta was licensed as a Canadian psychiatrist in

    The Canadian Psychiatric Association is the national voice for Canada's
4,100 psychiatrists and more than 600 psychiatric residents. Founded in 1951,
the CPA is dedicated to promoting an environment that fosters excellence in
the provision of clinical care, education and research.

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For further information: Hélène Côté, Canadian Psychiatric Association,
Tel: (613) 794-9663 or

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