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David Lovas

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychiatry

Email: david.lovas@iwk.nshealth.ca
Phone: 902-470-6570
Mailing Address: 
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
IWK Health Centre - 4 Link
5850/5980 University Avenue
Halifax, NS B3K 6R8
Research Topics:
  • Child and adolescent mental health
  • Mindfulness
  • Medically unexplained physical symptoms
  • Somatization
  • Biomarkers
  • Chronic pain


BSc (Dalhousie University)
MD (Dalhousie University)
Adult psychiatry residency (Havard Medical School)
Psychosomatic medicine / psychosocial oncology fellowship (Havard Medical School)
Child & adolescent psychiatry residency (Havard Medical School)

Research interests

Dr.Lovas’ research interests include child & adolescent mental health, with particular interests in medically unexplained physical symptoms, chronic pain, mood and anxiety. He conducts research into the psychological and neurobiological mechanisms underlying these problems, their relationships to other disorders, and their treatment, particularly using mindfulness-based interventions.

Selected publications

  • Lovas DA & Barsky AJ. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for hypochondriasis, or severe health anxiety: A pilot study. Journal of Anxiety Disorders 2010; 24: 931-935.
  • Abbass A, Lovas D, Purdy A. Direct diagnosis and management of emotional factors in chronic headache patients. Cephalalgia 2008; 28(12): 1305-1314.
  • Lovas DA, Herschenhous NL, Braum A. Chapter 230: “Approach to Patients with Somatic Symptom Disorders or Health Anxiety.” in Goroll AH ed, “Primary Care Medicine: Office Evaluation & Management. Seventh Edition” Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA (2014).
  • Lovas JGL, Lovas DA. Rapid relaxation – practical management of pre-operative anxiety. Journal of the Canadian Dental Association 2007;73(5): 437-40.
  • Lovas JG, Lovas DA. Lovas PM. Mindfulness and professionalism in dentistry. Journal of Dental Education 2008; 72(9): 998-1009.

Selected awards and honours  

  • Junior Faculty Award for Best Research Presentation at the Annual Dalhousie Psychiatry Research Day, Dalhousie University, 2013
  • Harry C & Maida Solomon Award For Best Resident Research Presentation at the Annual Harvard Psychiatry Research Day, Harvard Medical School, 2009
  • Livingston Fellowship Award for Psychiatric Research, Harvard Medical School, 2008
  • Dupont-Warrant Fellowship Award for Psychiatric Research, Harvard Medical School, 2008


  • American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry


  • Neuropsychopharmacology Seminar (PGY-2 Psychiatry Residents)
  • Clinical Neuroanatomy & Brain Dissection for Psychiatry Residents (PGY-2 Psychiatry Residents)
  • Clinical Neuroscience Rounds (All years of Psychiatry Residency)