Congratulations to Dr. David Kealy, Promoted to the Rank of Associate Professor with Tenure!


The Department warmly congratulates Dr. David Kealy on his promotion to the rank of Associate Professor with Tenure, effective July 1, 2021.

Dr. Kealy was first appointed to the UBC Department of Psychiatry as a Clinical Instructor in 2012, was promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor in 2015, then in the same year, was appointed to a full-time academic faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor (Tenure Track).

An investigator in the UBC Psychotherapy Program, Dr. Kealy currently leads studies focusing on four intersecting areas: psychotherapy and outcomes of psychotherapeutic treatment, identity-related phenomena such as pathological narcissism and other personality disorders, the role of trauma in relation to personality health, and understanding the needs and treatment implications of distinct populations, such as individuals with social barriers or trauma histories. In 2019, his significant contributions to psychotherapy were recognized by the Western Psychological Association, which awarded him with the Enrico E. Jones Award for his excellence in early career scholarship and research in clinical psychology with applications to psychotherapy. Dr. Kealy also received the 2019 Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI) Marvin R. Goldfried New Researcher Award, which recognizes early career researchers whose body of work is considered outstanding with regard to quality, quantity, and connection to psychotherapy integration.

In addition to his research activities, Dr. Kealy contributes significantly to all levels of teaching in the Department and the Faculty of Medicine. His demonstrated excellence in supervising and mentoring students has been recognized on numerous occasions, most recently in 2020 with the UBC Psychiatry Residents Association Annual Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Teaching.  Dr. Kealy is also a keen participant in various committees within the Department, serving on the Psychotherapy Program Committee, the Merit Review Committee, and the Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee. Externally, he has maintained an active involvement in various local, national and international professional organizations, including serving as a member of the Quality Assurance Committee for the British Columbia College of Social Workers, and as an Executive Board Member and Secretary-Treasurer for the Canadian Group Psychotherapy Foundation.

Please join us in warmly congratulating Dr. Kealy on his very well deserved promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure!