Dr. Dallas Seitz, MD, PhD
Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences
Hotchkiss Brain Institute
Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education
Dr. Seitz is a Professor of Psychiatry and Community Health Sciences, in the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. He was the Provincial Medical Lead for Dementia Capacity Planning in Ontario and immediate past president of the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry. His research focuses on mental health and dementia and examines health service utilization of older adults with psychiatric disorders; evaluation of the safety and efficacy of treatments for geriatric mental health conditions; and, knowledge translation in geriatric mental health. Dr. Seitz is actively involved in the development health system strategies, guidelines and policies related to seniors and mental health at both the provincial and national level.
Areas of Research
My research activities include health services research related to dementia and other mental health conditions, knowledge translation in geriatric mental health, and assessment of the safety and efficacy of therapeutics used in the treatment of dementia and other mental disorders in late life. I have completed systematic reviews related to geriatric mental health including Cochrane reviews related to diagnostic test accuracy and interventions related to dementia, and systematic reviews and syntheses of pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments for geriatric mental health conditions. I have also been involved in guideline development and implementation of best practices in geriatric mental health including educational programs for dementia care in primary care and long-term care settings.
I am currently co-chairing guidelines related to cannabis use disorders in older adults and cholinesterase inhibitor deprescribing. I have extensive experience using administrative healthcare databases for research purposes to examine factors related to quality of care in older adults and for health policy and planning purposes. I served at the Provincial Medical Lead for Dementia Capacity Planning in Ontario between 2015 – 2018 and helped develop a capacity planning framework that supported implementation of the Ontario Dementia Strategy.
I supervise undergraduate MSc, PhD and Post-doctoral fellows in epidemiology and neurosciences along with clinical trainees from family medicine, psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry.
Participation in university strategic initiatives
- Outstanding Contributions to Geriatric Psychiatry, Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2021
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