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Dr. Joseph Sadek

Mental health change maker in suicide prevention and ADHD expert

  • Sobey Executive MBA, 2000
  • Winner of a Sobey EMBA Alumni 25th Anniversary Impact Award

Joseph Sadek (EMBA’00) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University, a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. As the clinical academic leader for the Mayflower Unit at the Nova Scotia Hospital, he is a change maker in suicide prevention programming and therapeutic treatments for mental illness.

Prior to enrolling in the Sobey EMBA program, Dr. Sadek had earned a medical degree and a pharmacy degree, and worked as a pharmacist in Nova Scotia.  After completing his MBA, he did a psychiatry residency at Dalhousie University and psychopharmacology research training at Harvard University.

In his leadership role at the Nova Scotia Hospital, Dr. Sadek works tirelessly to educate patients and their families and enhance patient care. His efforts extend to improving interpersonal relationships, overcoming the stigma associated with Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), supporting those dealing with addiction, increasing knowledge about healthy living conditions, encouraging compliance with treatment, and facilitating communication with treatment teams. Related responsibilities include extensive service on professional committees and his roles as chair for both the Provincial Suicide Prevention Task Force and previously the CDHA/IWK Suicide Prevention Task Force.

In addition to his commitment to mental health and suicide prevention, Dr. Sadek is also an internationally recognized expert in ADHD and the author of two books: A Clinician’s Guide to ADHD and A Clinician’s Guide to ADHD Co-morbidities. He established the first public adult ADHD clinic in Nova Scotia and has served for more than a decade as Medical Director of the Atlantic Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Clinic. He served as both the Vice President and Regional Director for Atlantic Canada of the Canadian Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Resource Alliance (CADDRA). He is a reviewer for several journals including Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. This month, the Sage Encyclopedia published his chapter on stimulant medication.

The Sobey School of Business is proud to acknowledge the impact of Dr. Sadek’s clinical leadership and dedication to the health and wellbeing of Nova Scotians.


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