Dr. Allan Abbass is a Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology and founding Director of the Centre for Emotions and Health at Dalhousie University.
He completed Medicine at Dalhousie University, a residency in Family Medicine at McGill University and has worked as a family physician and emergency physician. He completed a Psychiatry residency at the University of Toronto before teaching at UBC in Psychiatry until 1998.
Over the past 20 years he has become a leading teacher and researcher in the area of Short-term Psychotherapy, having contributed 230 publications and most recently his first books Reaching Through Resistance: Advanced Psychotherapy Techniques and Hidden from View: clinician’s guide to psychophysiologic disorders. He has been both a lead and co-investigator of research into Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy for Treatment Resistant Depression, Personality Disorders and somatic symptom disorders. He has received a number of awards including a national teaching award in Psychiatry and the Douglas Utting Prize for contributions to the treatment of Depression. He has been honored with visiting professorships at institutions including most recently the Tavistock in London.