Dr. Diane McIntosh

Psychiatrist | Educator | Author | Speaker


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Dr. McIntosh graduated from Dalhousie University, where she completed an undergraduate degree in pharmacy before completing her medical school training. She completed 2 years of a pediatric residency and then an adult psychiatry residency. She is a clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia and has a community psychiatry practice. Dr. McIntosh is extensively involved in continuing medical education programs to colleagues nationally and internationally, with a focus on rational pharmacology.  She has a particular interest in the neurobiology of mood and anxiety disorders and ADHD.

Every year, Dr. McIntosh provides more than 200 lectures to colleagues and other audiences, always coming back to an essential, central theme: we must strive to improve the quality of care and the treatment options available for people diagnosed with a mental illness. 

Dr. McIntosh is the co-founder of SwitchRx, the online psychotropic switching tool for prescribers. She has her own continuing medical education program called PsychedUp, which was developed to encourage the appropriate, confident, rational prescribing of psychiatric medications. She has published blogs in the Huffington Post and Op-Eds for newspapers focusing on mental health issues. She is also the founder of We Do Matter, which advocates for more compassionate care for psychiatric patients and their families.  

Dr. McIntosh is the co-author of the Stress: The Psychology of Managing Pressure. Her book, This is Depression: A comprehensive and compassionate guide for those who want to understand depression, will be launched on World Mental Health Day, October 10, 2019. It is written for those who have depression, for those who love someone who is depressed, and for anyone who wants to better understand the disorder.

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“The best conference I ever attended”.
Hanna Pytlak
Psychiatrist, ON.

“The best psych course I have attended - concise, practical info and Dr McIntosh is a phenomenal and engaging speaker - Thank you”.
Angela Thermann
Family Physician, BC.

“Wonderful, practical and evidence based program! I will definitely recommend to colleagues”.
Sarah Thompson
Psychiatrist, NS.

“One of the best psychiatry conferences I have attended. Dr McIntosh is an engaging speaker and she presents clinical pearl after clinical pearl”.
Brad Steeves
Pharmacist, AB.

“Psyched Up CME is a fun and interactive way to update psychiatric knowledge. The presentation was both detailed and accessible and will definitely improve my clinical practice.
I recommend these excellent workshops to colleagues in primary care and psychiatric setting”.
Keren Mitchell
Nurse Practitioner, BC.