Remembering Dr. Glenda MacQueen, Our Cherished Friend and Colleague


Dear colleagues,

We are all shocked and profoundly saddened to learn about the passing of Professor Glenda MacQueen on Friday March 27, 2020. Dr. MacQueen was a distinguished researcher and educator, a beacon and a true leader in Canadian psychiatry, and a close associate and mentor to many students and colleagues in psychiatry across the country.  Needless to say, this is a devastating loss, not only to our field but also to the many people in the mood disorders community, myself included, who worked very closely with Glenda and considered her a cherished friend and colleague.

Glenda was world renowned and a highly cited researcher who made significant contributions to the understanding of the neurobiology and treatment of major depression and bipolar disorder. She was also a valued member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CAN-MAT), a Deputy Editor for the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, and until recently served as the Vice-Dean of the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary.

Glenda will be remembered by me and countless others as being an exceptional scholar, a warm and caring mentor and physician, a model of academic generosity, and a truly wonderful human being.  On behalf of the UBC Department of Psychiatry, I would like to send our deepest condolences to Glenda’s family, as well as to her extended family at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and the Mathison Centre for Health and Education.

We are thinking of all of you, and join you in mourning as we get through this most difficult time.


Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry

A message board has been set up in Glenda’s memory, and we encourage you to share your thoughts here.