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Professor Trevor Young elected Dean of U of T’s Temerty Temerty Faculty of Medicine

June 2, 2014

TORONTO, ON — Pro­fes­sor Trevor Young, Chair of U of T’s Depart­ment of Psy­chi­a­try, has been appoint­ed Dean of Temer­ty Temer­ty Fac­ul­ty of Med­i­cine for a five-year term effec­tive Jan­u­ary 1, 2015. Young will also serve as the University’s Vice-Provost, Rela­tions with Health Care Insti­tu­tions for a con­cur­rent term. He suc­ceeds Pro­fes­sor Catharine White­side who has led the Fac­ul­ty since 2005.

“We are delight­ed that Pro­fes­sor Young will be lead­ing the University’s inter­na­tion­al­ly renowned Temer­ty Temer­ty Fac­ul­ty of Med­i­cine,” said Pres­i­dent Mer­ic Gertler. “Pro­fes­sor Young’s out­stand­ing record of con­tri­bu­tions in clin­i­cal prac­tice, research, and admin­is­tra­tion make him ide­al­ly suit­ed to this role, and I look for­ward to work­ing with him.”

The for­mer Cameron Wil­son Chair in Depres­sion Stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to is also a Pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Phar­ma­col­o­gy and Tox­i­col­o­gy and Senior Sci­en­tist at the Cen­tre for Addic­tion and Men­tal Health (CAMH). Pro­fes­sor Young is a clin­i­cian-sci­en­tist and main­tains an active pro­gram of research on the mol­e­c­u­lar basis of mood dis­or­ders and their treat­ment, and how to apply these find­ings to a clin­i­cal set­ting. He is a Fel­low of the Cana­di­an Acad­e­my of Health Sci­ences, a Senior Fel­low of Massey Col­lege and a Dis­tin­guished Fel­low of the Amer­i­can Psy­chi­atric Asso­ci­a­tion.

“I am hon­oured and excit­ed to accept this posi­tion as the head of the country’s most pres­ti­gious school of med­i­cine,” said Young. “I hope to guide the fac­ul­ty as we con­tin­ue to strength­en exist­ing part­ner­ships and forge new ones through­out the health care indus­try.”

Pro­fes­sor Young received his med­ical degree at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Man­i­to­ba and his PhD from the Insti­tute of Med­ical Sci­ences at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to. He com­plet­ed his res­i­den­cy train­ing at McGill Uni­ver­si­ty and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, and held a Research Fel­low­ship at Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­si­ty. He joined the Depart­ment of Psy­chi­a­try at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to in 1989, and returned as Chair in 2010, after hold­ing aca­d­e­m­ic appoint­ments at McMas­ter Uni­ver­si­ty and the Uni­ver­si­ty of British Colum­bia.

Pro­fes­sor Young has exten­sive admin­is­tra­tive expe­ri­ence in uni­ver­si­ty and health care set­tings. Pre­vi­ous appoint­ments include Physi­cian-in-Chief and Exec­u­tive Vice-Pres­i­dent Pro­grams at CAMH; Head, Depart­ment of Psy­chi­a­try, Uni­ver­si­ty of British Colum­bia; and Vice-Pres­i­dent (Med­i­cine) for British Colum­bia Men­tal Health and Addic­tion Ser­vices, with­in the Provin­cial Health Ser­vices Author­i­ty. He has served as a mem­ber of hos­pi­tal and uni­ver­si­ty boards and com­mit­tees and has a suc­cess­ful record of fundrais­ing in the areas of men­tal health and psy­chi­a­try.


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