Paul Dagg is the executive medical director at BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services. He moved to B.C. in 2005 to establish the tertiary mental health services for the Interior Health Authority, which were being developed as a result of the regionalization of services from the Riverview Hospital. He opened Hillside Centre in Kamloops and led the tertiary mental health services at Interior Health until 2016. He is a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UBC, and in 2013, he was inducted as a member of the American College of Psychiatry. Prior to coming to B.C., Dr. Dagg was the director of clinical services at the Royal Ottawa Hospital. Until 2005, he was the Assistant Dean for Postgraduate Education in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and Associate Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Psychiatry.
Dr. Dagg has been heavily involved in postgraduate training in medicine and psychiatry and has consulted on psychiatric service delivery in inpatient, outpatient, and community settings in cities across Canada. In 2016, he was awarded the Duncan Graham Award for Lifelong Contribution to Medical Education in Canada by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
In addition to his administrative and educational responsibilities, he is on the editorial board for the Journal of Ethics in Mental Health and has written on the topic. He also has an interest in service delivery models in mental health, cognition in schizophrenia, psychotherapy and the role of evidence in its practice, and the treatment of adults with pervasive developmental disorders and Asperger’s syndrome.