Professor, Dalhousie University
Department of Psychiatry
Staff Psychiatrist, IWK Health Centre
Sunlife Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health
Director, WHO Collaborating Centre
Maritime Outpatient Psychiatry
Phone: (902) 470-6598
Fax: (902) 492-0383
Dr. Kutcher is an internationally-renowned expert in the area of adolescent mental health and a national and international leader in mental health research, advocacy, training, policy, and health services innovation. Dr. Kutcher uses his considerable expertise to advance the work of the Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health, building awareness and knowledge about mental health in young people through the development of programs that address adolescent mental health promotion, education, care and research, locally, nationally, and internationally.
Dr. Kutcher most recently served as Associate Dean of International Medical Development & Research with Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine. At Dalhousie, he has been Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and has helped lead the development of the Life Sciences Development Association, the Brain Repair Centre, and the International Health Office. He is also the Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Mental Health at Dalhousie.
His current interests include translating mental health research into: clinical care; patient and parent empowerment; health systems/health policy; and optimization of mental health care through the training of community based health human resources in primary care. He has helped develop innovative mental health literacy and integrated care models for secondary schools in Canada and abroad and has done extensive mental health development work in numerous low and middle income countries, including current projects in Sub Saharan Africa. He is the author of more than 250 scientific papers and author/co-author of numerous medical textbooks, has edited the Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology News and has been a consultant to various governments, institutions, and organizations on issues pertaining to mental health treatments, mental health research and program reviews in children, adolescents and adults alike. He is currently leading a team developing innovative interventions in school mental health and primary care training in youth mental health care.
- Adolescent psychiatric illness
- Mood Disorders
- Primary care education
- School Mental Health