Centre for Research in
Family Health

Dr. Patrick McGrath

Dr. McGrath is a clinical psychologist, scientist and social entrepreneur. His major career goal has been to use research to improve healthcare. As VP Research, Innovation and Knowledge Translation at IWK Health Centre and Nova Scotia Health Authority, he created the Translating Research into Care grants, a partnership amongst scientists, administrators, patients and foundations and founded BIOTIC, a translational imaging research facility. His own research is now in digital health. He founded the not for profit Strongest Families Institute and won the Manning Principal award as the best innovation in Canada and the Governor General’s Innovation Award. He is chair of the Board for Strongest Families which delivers mental health care to over 12 thousand families each year across Canada. He is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University and a Scientist at the IWK Health Centre. He founded and led for over a decade the clinical psychology PhD program at Dalhousie. McGrath has published over 320 peer reviewed papers and 14 books. His h-index is 104 and he has been cited over 44 thousand times (Google Scholar). He was senior founding editor of the Oxford Textbook of Paediatric Pain. He has received numerous Canadian and international awards for research, mentorship and administrative work. He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2002. He remains active in research, heading several CIHR grants and in clinical work. His latest company is 90Second Health, which has developed a novel way of delivering health information.