Prof. Scott Patten

Prof. Scott Burton Patten

Pronouns: He/Him



Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences

Cuthbertson & Fischer Chair in Pediatric Mental Health

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute


O'Brien Institute for Public Health

Full Member

Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education

Child Health & Wellness Researcher

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute

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Office: +1 (403) 220-8752


Office: TRW Building4D66

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Educational Background

B.M.Sc. Bachelor of Medical Sciences, University of Alberta, 1984

Doctor of Medicine Medicine, University of Alberta, 1986

Doctor of Philosophy Epidemiology & PubHealth, University of Calgary, 1994



Dr. Patten is a Professor of Psychiatrist and Epidemiologist at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary where he holds the Cuthbertson and Fischer Chair in Pediatric Mental Health. He is the Clinical Medical Director of the Mood Disorders Program at the Foothills Medical Centre and Research Director with the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Patten’s research applies epidemiological (population-based) approaches to better understand issues related to mental health, including the prevalence of mental disorders, associated risk and prognostic factors and patterns of mortality. He has extensive experience both with survey and longitudinal research and analysis methods.


Areas of Research

Epidemiology, Mental Illness, Population Health, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Participation in university strategic initiatives


Course number Course title Semester
MDCH 740 LEC 01 01 (VETM740)Advanced Epidemiology Winter 2022
MDCH 740 TUT 01 T01 (VETM740)Advanced Epidemiology Winter 2022


  • Alumnus of Distinction for Research Award, Cumming School of Medicine. 2021
  • Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences . 2020
  • Peak Scholar, University of Calgary. 2017
  • O’Brien Institute Research Excellence Award , O'Brien Institute for Public Health. 2016
  • Alex Leighton Joint CPA-CAPE Award in Psychiatric Epidemiology, Canadian Psychiatric Association. 2009
  • Watanabe Distinguished Achievement Award for Overall Excellence, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary. 2006
  • Cochrane Distinguished Achievement Award for Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary. 2005