Selene Etches

Assistant Professor

selene etches

Phone: 902-470-8375
Mailing Address: 
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry IWK Health Centre 5850/5980 University Ave PO Box 9700 Halifax, NS B3K 6R8
Research Topics:
  • Knowledge translation
  • Pharmacotherapy


  • BSc University of British Columbia
  • MD University of Toronto
  • FRCPC Dalhousie University
  • Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Concurrent Disorders – University of Toronto

Research interests

Dr. Etches’ current research interests include outcome evaluations of patients in the CHOICES program, risk and protective factors in adolescent substance users (particularly the impact of past trauma), sleep disturbances in substance users, primary prevention programs, tertiary program development, and staff/family/community education modalities.

Selected publications  

  • Durdle H & Etches S. Screening for mental health and substance abuse difficulties in a sample of adolescents presenting for substance abuse treatment: Results of a four year study
  • Etches S, Brennan M, Durdle H.  CHOICES: An integrated youth concurrent disorder treatment program
  • Mental Health and Addictions Contributor for Adolescent Withdrawal Management Guidelines
  • Mental Health Contributor for the following publications:Teening Your Parent, Parenting Your Teen, Depression, My Parent Has Depression, Anxiety, My Parent Has Anxiety, Schizophrenia, My Parent Has Schizophrenia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, My Parent Has Substance Dependence,
  • Teen Mental Health Information Guides, 2013


  • Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons


  • 23/07/2014 Orientation to Substance Use Disorders; Didactic Session (PGY1)
  • 21/05/2014 Youth Concurrent Disorders; Didactic Session (PGY3)
  • 24/07/2013 Orientation to Substance Use Disorders; Didactic Session (PGY1)
  • 14/08/2013 Youth Concurrent Disorders; Didactic Session (PGY3)
  • 30/10/2013 Psychopharmacology of Substance Use Disorders; Didactic Session (PGY2)

Invited Lectures and Workshops

  • 25/06/2014 “Motivational Interviewing Workshop”; IWK CHOICES staff clinical conference
  • 19/06/2014 and 20/06/2014 “Youth Concurrent Disorders”; IWK Integration Team Meetings
  • 25/04/2014 “How Did We Get Here From There: Youth Concurrent Disorders”; Department of Psychiatry Academic Day
  • 07/04/2014  “DSM-V Substance Use Disorders”; Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Retreat, Dalhousie University
  • 09/12/2013 “Adolescent Withdrawal Management Guidelines; Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness Physician Education Event