News & Events

What's happening in the mental health community

News relevant to the Department of Psychiatry will be posted here in between issues of Headlines.

Save the Date: Trans Health Symposium 2021

WHAT: TransHealth Symposium 2021
Integrated care for gender dysphoric, gender non-binary, & transgender children into adulthood
WHEN: Oct. 21-22, 25-26, 1:00pm - 4:45pm
WHERE: Hosted virtually on Zoom

More information will be posted here when it becomes available.

Dr. Aidan Stokes retires from the department after 50 years

Dr. Aidan Stokes retired from the department on June 30, 2021 after almost 50 years of service at the IWK and Dalhousie. He has been co-lead of IWK provincial Children’s Intensive Services (previously Compass) for over a decade. During the course of his career, he served as Acting Head and Deputy Head of Dalhousie Department of Psychiatry for over two decades and is a past president of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  His sense of humor is legendary, and his leadership and mentorship has enabled the mental health and addictions program, the department and the people within it to flourish.  We want to extend our gratitude to Dr. Stokes for his significant career contributions that have positively impacted so many, and his unwavering commitment to his work, his colleagues and the children, youth and families we serve. Thank you from all of us, we wish you a very well deserved retirement!


COVID-19 information

The Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University has compiled information on COVID-19 and pandemic protocols. Read more on their website.


Dr. Alexa Bagnell participates in IWK back to school webinar series 

The IWK Mental Health and Addictions Program, in partnership with the Nova Scotia’s Department of Early Education and Childhood Development (EECD), has developed a new webinar series entitled Road to Resilience: Skills and strategies to prepare for the upcoming school year.  

The three webinars are intended to provide the tools, strategies and skills to help prepare parents and children for the upcoming school year. Dr. Alexa Bagnell, head of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and chief of the Department of Psychiatry at IWK Health, delivers the second webinar, Coping with Change & Uncertainty

Watch the webinars


Dr. Phil Tibbo helps develop new Canadian research network

Faculty member Dr. Phil Tibbo was part of a  team who developed new Canadian network for research in schizophrenia and psychoses. Read about their mandate in this position paper [PDF - 132KB] or check out their website.