Patricia Cavanagh completed her training in Psychiatry in 1996 at the University of Toronto, where she is an Assistant Professor. Throughout her career she has maintained an interested in working with people with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness. She served as the Director of Emergency Psychiatry at the University Health Network, and also launched their ACT program, IMPACT, in 1998. She was very active in the GTA ACT Network in its formative years.She has worked with the homeless population for many years, largely at the Women’s Residence shelter, Toronto’s largest women’s hostel.
She was a founding partner of the Inner City Health Associates, and is now Chair of the Board. She was recruited to CAMH in 2010 to serve as the Clinical Chief, Outreach and Community Care in the Schizophrenia Program, and has recently been appointed as the Clinical Head, Outpatient Services, Queen Street Site, for the Complex Mental Illness Program. Prior to studying medicine at McMaster she studied literature at McGill and at the University College, Dublin.