Dr Joel Sadavoy is professor of psychiatry and the inaugural chair holder of the Sam and Judy Pencer and Family Chair in Applied General Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital and the University of Toronto.

He is Director of the Cyril & Dorothy, Joel & Jill Reitman Centre for Alzheimer’s Support and Training, head of Geriatric Psychiatry, and head of Community Psychiatry services at Mount Sinai Hospital. Throughout his career, Dr Sadavoy has maintained an active clinical practice in geriatric psychiatry, and his primary delivery, psychotherapy, personality disorders as applied to the elderly and access to mental health care for ethno-cultural seniors.

He has co-edited or written 9 books and manuals in geriatric psychiatry including being senior editor of the three editions of Comprehensive Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry, author of Psychotropic Drugs for the Elderly (2004) and senior editor of “Treating the elderly with Psychotherapy: the scope for change in late life (1986). He is a past- president of the International Psychogeriatric Association and was founding President of the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Dr Sadavoy has served on the board of directors of the American Association for Geriatric psychiatry, Canadian Psychiatric Association, International Psychogeriatric Association and as an Advisor to the Council on Aging of the American Psychiatric Association.

Among his numerous awards and recognitions, he has received the President’s Award of the International Psychogeriatric Association for distinguished achievement in geriatric psychiatry (2010), the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry award for outstanding contributions to geriatric psychiatry in Canada (2006) and the International Psychogeriatric Association Field Award for Contributions to Geriatric Psychiatry (1999). He currently sits on the new subspecialty committee designing the process and structure of the newly approved geriatric psychiatry subspecialty in Canada.

Through his position at the Cyril & Dorothy, Joel & Jill Reitman Centre for Alzheimer’s Support and Training, Dr Sadavoy has been involved with the creation of the Dementia Advisor App, which recently won a prestigious Bronze award for Mobile Digital Health Resources in the Fall 2017 competition of the Digital Health Awards. Click here to watch Dr Sadavoy discuss his involvement with the Dementia Advisor App.