Dr. Susan Lieff wins the Royal College Duncan Graham Award in honour of her extensive contribution to medical education

Susan Lieff When asked about the most rewarding aspect of her career, Dr. Susan Lieff responds “helping others to succeed in their career paths”. As an educator who has dedicated her pursuits to faculty development and improving the quality of medical education, Dr. Lieff’s efforts have been highly recognized by the medical and psychiatric communities.

Most recently, Dr. Lieff won the Royal College Duncan Graham Award in honour of her extensive contributions to medical education. She has also been recognized for her excellence in teaching and educational innovation by the University of Toronto, the Faculty of Medicine, the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, the Canadian Association of Medical Education, the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, the Association of Academic Psychiatry, and the American and Canadian Psychiatric Associations.

Dr. Lieff is a Professor and recently completed her term as Vice-Chair of Education in the Department of Psychiatry. She is currently the founding Director of the New and Evolving Academic Leaders Program (NEAL) at the Centre for Faculty Development (CFD), Faculty of Medicine and St Michael’s Hospital, an international program that supports the development of formal and informal leaders in the academic health sciences, as well as their Director of Academic Leadership Development. 

As a consulting geriatric psychiatrist within the Baycrest Health Care System, Dr. Lieff’s scholarship has focused on recruitment, competencies and faculty development in North America. She was the founding Chair of the Teaching and Training Committee of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry from 2000-2003. More recently, she helped steward the development of the first Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Geriatric Psychiatry Subspecialty Exam, serving as its Co-Chair from 2010-2017.

In faculty development, Dr. Lieff’s initial scholarship focused on psychiatry clinician-educators, which informed her creation of the CFD’s award winning Education Scholars Program for clinician-educators in the health sciences. Her current scholarship focuses on studying the practices, networks and perspectives of academic leaders in the health sciences as well as the design and evaluation of leadership development programs for faculty in the health sciences.

Dr. Lieff completed her Masters of Education in Higher Education of Health Professionals at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto in 2002, and her International Masters in Health Leadership at McGill University in 2008.