Dr. Elliot Goldner

October 29, 1953 - November 27, 2016

To honour Elliot, his family has set up the Dr. Elliot Goldner Graduate Fellowship in Mental Health Policy to support the graduate student community at SFU Health Sciences. To contribute to the memorial fund, please visit: elliotgoldnermemorial

It is with deep sorrow that we inform the University community of the untimely passing of Dr. Elliot Goldner MD, FRSPC (Psychiatry), MHSc, Professor, Associate Dean (Research) and Director of the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addictions (CARMHA) in the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU. Elliot was one of the founding members of the Faculty and he was a dedicated and tireless contributor to the development of the Faculty and the mentorship of many of our faculty and students. Over his career, Elliot was an exemplar of the engaged faculty member. He began his career as a psychiatrist working to help individuals struggling with mental illnesses and addiction in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. His research program addressed the full spectrum of mental health and addiction problems and he developed a research unit designed to provide research support to governments in their efforts to advance the quality of mental health and addiction services. He was the Chair of the Science Advisory Committee of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. More recently he developed a research team and secured funding from Grand Challenges Canada to develop, test and scale up mental health interventions for adults and children in Vietnam. Despite all of these extraordinary commitments, he was a passionate teacher in both the undergraduate and graduate programs, and in his career he has trained over 40 doctoral and post-doctoral students.

To his colleagues in FHS, Elliot was a warm and caring friend, mentor and generous colleague. He cared deeply about his students, and demonstrated profound respect for staff and faculty in all his interactions and relationships. In recent years, his leadership in the Dean’s office was measured and thoughtful, and his wise counsel will be sorely missed.

His loss will be deeply felt by many and we send our condolences to his wife Roslyn, their children Sarah and Adam, and his mother Phyl. 

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