Babatunde Apantaku-Olajide

Assistant Professor

Phone: 506-658-3737
Mailing Address: 
Addictions and Mental Health Services for Child and Youth
Mercantile Building
55 Union Street
3rd floor
Saint John, NB E2L 5B7
Research Topics:
  • Addictions
  • Child and adolescent mental health
  • Psychiatric epidemiology
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Psychopharmacology


MD University of Ilorin, Nigeria
General Psychiatry, Dublin, Ireland
FRCPC, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Subspecialty training in child/adolescent psychiatry and substance misuse at the HSE- Ireland Addiction Training Program, Bridge House Hospital, Dublin

Research interests

Dr. Apantaku-Olajide’s research interests include child and adolescent mental health, youth substance addictions and non-suicidal self-injury behaviours. His work is interdisciplinary, collaborative, and geared both to contributing to the academic literature and to affecting change in youth substance use intervention strategies and influencing policy at federal and provincial levels.

Selected publications

  • Apantaku-Olajide, T., James P., & Smyth, B. P. (2014). Association of Educational Attainment and Adolescent Substance Use Disorder in a Clinical Sample. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 23:169–176.
  • Apantaku-Olajide, T. & Smyth, B. P. (2013). Non medical use of Psychotropic Prescription Drugs among Adolescents in Substance Use Treatment.  Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 45 (4), 340–346.{Apantaku-Olajide, 2013 #179}
  • Apantaku-Olajide, T., Darker, C. D., & Smyth, B. P. (2013). Onset of Cocaine Use: Associated Alcohol Intoxication and Psychosocial Characteristics among Adolescents in Substance Abuse Treatment. Journal of Addiction Medicine, 7(3), 183-188. {Apantaku-Olajide, 2013 #179}Apantaku-Olajide, T., Ducray, K., Byrne, P., & Smyth, B. P. (2012) Perception of unmet needs and association with benzodiazepine misuse among patients on a methadone maintenance treatment programme. The Psychiatrist, 36(5), 169-174.
  • James, P. D., Smyth, B. P., & Apantaku-Olajide, T. (2012) Substance use and psychiatric disorders in Irish adolescents: a cross-sectional study of patients attending substance abuse treatment service. Mental Health and Substance Use, 1-9. doi: 10.1080/17523281.2012.693519

Selected awards and honours

  • April 2011: “Abuse of prescription and over the counter drugs” The College of Psychiatry of Ireland, Faculty of Addiction Essay Prize 2011
  • December 2009: Case Management and Journal Presentations Competition
  • 2009 Eli Lilly Ireland/Naas Hospital Psychiatry Research Bursary Award
  • December 2008: Audit: Prescribing practices in psychiatric rehabilitation services
  • 2008 Janssen-Cilag Ireland /Tallaght Hospital Psychiatry Research Bursary Award
  • December 2007: Case presentation: Frontal lobe seizures following Amphetamine/Ecstasy poisoning. 2007 Eli Lilly Ireland /Naas Hospital Psychiatry Research Bursary Award


  • FRCPC (Fellow, Royal College of Physicians of Canada)
  • MRCPsych (Member, Royal College of Psychiatrists of United Kingdom)
  • Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


  • Lead tutor and coordinator, medical clerkship advanced skills in psychiatry interview techniques
  • Undergraduates, psychiatry and family medicine residents tutoring- Anxiety Disorders- phenomenology, management and prognosis
  • Clinical elective preceptor- child and adolescent psychiatry for international medical students.
  • Preceptorship for medical clerks to observe physicians’ roles, responsibilities and interactions.

Service & Activity

New Brunswick Psychiatric Association

  •   President, 2014
  • Member, Executive Committee 2013

Health Horizon Network-Zone 2, Saint John Regional Hospital

  • Research Committee, 2013-present
  • Committee for Geographical Mental Health Service Planning (2013)

Community and Related Educational Activities

  • “Talk to the doc- PEER 126”. Open forum question and answer group meeting with adolescents on psychiatric and mental health issues (2012- ).