Dr. Joel Sadavoy is Head of Geriatric Psychiatry, the Reitman Centre for Alzheimer's support and training, and head of community psychiatry services at Mount Sinai Hospital.
At the University of Toronto and Mount Sinai Hospital he is a Professor of Psychiatry and inaugural holder of theSam and Judy Pencer Chair in Applied General Psychiatry.
From 1980-1991 he was the Psychiatrist-in-Chief and founder of the Department of psychiatry at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care. Following that, from 1991-1993 he headed the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry of the University of Toronto, during which time he was elected the founding President of the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry.
From 1998 -2001 he was Head, Division of General Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto and from 1998-2002 Clinical Director, Joint Program in General Psychiatry, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)/Mount Sinai Hospital.
Dr Sadavoy was President of the International Psychogeriatric Association from 2005-2007.
His research and clinical interests focus on clinical psychiatric care of the elderly with special reference to personality and development in aging, psychopharmacology, practical application of research in service delivery and overcoming barriers to access to mental health care for ethnoracial communities especially for seniors. He has worked locally, provincially and internationally for organizational change in the area of equity and diversity and to create coordinated systems of mental health service delivery. He has published over 100 professional articles, book chapters and books.