Dr. A-M. Ghadirian — Biography


Dr. Abdu’l- Missagh Ghadirian is a Professor Emeritus at McGill University  Faculty of Medicine and  McGill University Health Centre. He is former Director of Medical Education of the Montreal-World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is Chairman of the Scientific Committee, American Psychiatric Association’s Quebec and Eastern Canada District Branch. He has spoken in academic conferences and lectured in several universities in North, Central and South America as well as in Europe, Asia, and  Australasia.

Dr. Ghadirian received his post-doctoral training with a degree of M. Sc. in Psychiatry in the United States in 1967.  He then continued advanced studies at McGill University in Montreal and completed a Diploma Course in the Department of Psychiatry.  In 1977 he joined the Department of Psychiatry at McGill as a faculty member and actively pursued his career in clinical, teaching and research at this university. In January 1989 he was promoted to Professor in the Department of Psychiatry,  Faculty of Medicine and in June 2009 the designation of Professor Emeritus was conferred upon him by McGill University in recognition of his years of devoted and meritorious service to his university.

He has received several awards including Physician’s Recognition Award from the American Medical Association (1986), Senior Scholar Award of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, Distinguished Life Fellow Award of the American Psychiatric Association (2003) and Award of Excellence for Social Responsibility and Service (for his contribution to prevention of substance abuse), China, October 2008.  In 2011 he received a Distinguished Scholarship Award in the book category from the Association for Baha’i Studies, North America. In December 2012 he received the Queen Elizabeth-II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions and service to society in Canada.

He has done extensive research and has published over 150 research articles (and book chapters) most of which were in peer-reviewed scientific publications in the field of psychiatry and social sciences. He is the author of fourteen books, including Ageing: Challenges and Opportunities (George Ronald, Oxford, UK, 1991), Environment and Psychopathology, with late professor Heinz Lehmann, Eds (Springer Publishing Company, New York, 1993) and Alcohol and Drug Abuse: a Psychosocial and Spiritual Approach to Prevention (George Ronald, Oxford, UK, 2007).

In recent years he published Creative Dimensions of Suffering (Wilmette, Illinois, USA, 2009) and Materialism – Moral and Social Consequences (George Ronald, Oxford, UK, 2010).For the latter book he received a Distinguished Scholarship Award, as mentioned above. More recently he published Steadfastness in the Covenant: Responding  to Tests and Tribulations (George Ronald, Oxford, UK,2014).   Some of his works have been translated and published in French, English, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Persian and Chinese.

Currently, his research and teaching are focused on resilience and coping with suffering and adversity, the impact of materialism on society, and integrating medicine and spirituality for healing in modern medicine.   Since 2002, he has developed a curriculum on Spirituality and Medicine and has been teaching this course at the Faculty of Medicine, McGill University.

Dr. Ghadirian is  a member of the Baha’i community.   As a Baha’i, he has been writing on the persecution of Baha’is and also the application of Baha’i principles to current human problems. He served the Institution of the Learned for nearly 30 years in different capacities including many years as a member of the Continental Board of Counsellors in the Americas.