About the Speaker

Prof. David Conn

Prof. David Conn is the Executive Vice-President of Education and Chief Academic Officer at the Baycrest Academy for Research & Education. He is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto and is a Geriatric Psychiatrist at Baycrest. David is founding Co-Chair of the Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health (CCSMH) and Past President of the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry.  His academic interests include nursing home psychiatry, telepsychiatry, guideline development and knowledge translation.  He is the author or co-author of more than 100 publications and is the co-editor of three textbooks including “Practical Psychiatry in the Long-Term Care Home: A Handbook for Staff”.  He has received numerous awards including the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry Award for Outstanding Contributions to Geriatric Psychiatry in Canada and a Distinguished Service Award from the International Psychogeriatric Association.  Prof. Conn was the principal investigator for a recent CCSMH project funded by Health Canada to develop Canadian Guidelines for 4 Substance Use Disorders among older adults (alcohol, benzodiazepines, cannabis and opioids) and led the 2021 Update of the Canadian Guidelines on Prevention, Assessment and Treatment of Depression Among Older Adults.


Prevention, Assessment & Treatment of Depression among Older Adults:  a Canadian Perspective


The presentation will provide an overview of recently updated Canadian Guidelines on the Prevention, Assessment and Treatment of Depression among Older Adults. The latest version of the guidelines which includes a new section on prevention can be downloaded from the website of the Canadian Coalition for Seniors Mental Health (www.ccsmh.ca). The guidelines include recommendations for a wide range of therapies including psychotherapies, medication and for the first time transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS). The presentation will also outline the ongoing success of the CCSMH which is celebrating its 20 year anniversary. In addition a number of promising Canadian approaches and programs in support of the mental health of older adults will be described.