It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of the passing of Dr. Jane Garland, Clinical Professor Emerita, on Sunday April 25, 2021. Dr. Garland was a long-serving member of the UBC Department of Psychiatry, a brilliant and compassionate psychiatrist, a pillar within the Mental Health Program at BC Children’s Hospital and the broader psychiatric community, and a cherished colleague and friend to many.
Dr. Garland served as the clinical head of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Clinic at BC Children’s Hospital for many years, and was an active member of our clinical faculty for nearly three decades before retiring in 2016. She was granted the designation of emeritus the following year in recognition of her exemplary contributions and years of service to the Department, the Faculty of Medicine, and the University. Dr. Garland was a dedicated and passionate instructor who had been actively engaged in teaching for our undergraduate and postgraduate education programs throughout her career. By all accounts, she was a superb mentor and role model to countless students, residents and junior colleagues. Over the years, Dr. Garland would receive numerous teaching excellence awards, and a great many learners would describe in their evaluations her extraordinary patience and support, her vast skill, wisdom and expertise, the wonderful care she provided to patients and their families, and the immense influence she would have in shaping their training and future careers.
In addition to her teaching activities, Dr. Garland was dedicated to her research, focusing on the areas of childhood depression and anxiety disorders, as well as psychoeducation and cognitive behavioral therapy to treat mood and anxiety disorders in children. Notably, she was instrumental in establishing the Taming Worry Dragons program, for which she developed an evaluation study for a new parent training module, and also contributed significantly to the development of innovative teaching materials for children and families on managing anxiety and depression.
Despite the demands of her teaching and research activities, Dr. Garland enthusiastically served on numerous committees in the UBC Psychiatry Child & Adolescent division, and also held positions in various bodies, including as chair of the BC Medical Association GPAC Module Development Committee, chair of the Canadian Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Practice Guidelines Update Committee, and as a member of the VCH Regional Steering Committee on e-mental health. Following retirement, Dr. Garland maintained strong connections to the Department and the Hospital, often volunteering her time to provide junior colleagues with perspectives and practical assistance with curriculum, academic writing and research program development.
Clearly, the loss of Dr. Garland will be deeply felt by all who had the privilege to train and work alongside her. We may find some comfort in knowing that her legacy lives on in countless students and mentees who will follow in her example of true integrity, empathy and generosity of spirit. On behalf of the UBC Department of Psychiatry, I send my deepest condolences to her family during this most difficult time.
If you wish to share a memory or send a message of condolence to the Garland family, please visit Dr. Garland’s Memorial Page here: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/vancouver-bc/elspeth-garland-10167995
Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, MBBS, FRCPC, MRCPsych (UK), MBA (Exec)