Allan Abbass, MD

Allan Abbass, MD

Allan Abbass, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, Director of Psychiatric Education, and founding Director of the Centre for Emotions and Health at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. He is a leading teacher and researcher in the area of Short-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, with over 225 publications, including Hidden from View: A Clinician’s guide to Psychophysiological Disorders and Reaching Through Resistance. Originally a family doctor and emergency room doctor, he became frustrated with the limits of traditional medicine in treating the very common demographic of patients with medically unexplained symptoms. He went on to do advanced studies in psychotherapy at McGill University and then studied Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Since then he has gone on to develop an award-winning program bringing psychotherapy to patients who frequently attend the emergency department. He has given over 300 presentations internationally and provides ongoing training programs in several countries. In 2001, Dr. Abbass was awarded the Association of Chairs of Psychiatry of Canada Education Award for Excellence in Education. In 2013, Dr. Abbass was awarded the Douglas Utting Award in Montreal, Quebec, in the “Canadian Providing Outstanding Contributions” category, for recognition of his treatment of depression. He was awarded the designation “Distinguished Professor of 2016” by the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Department of Psychiatry. And in 2018, he was named the David Malan Visiting Professor of Psychotherapy at the Tavistock in London, UK, and he is also Visiting Professor of Psychotherapy at University of Derby, UK.

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