Patricia Lynn Dobkin, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, McGill University

Dr. Dobkin is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and has been a faculty member in the Department of Medicine at McGill University for the past 20 years. She is affiliated with McGill Programs in Whole Person Care and she teaches undergraduate and medical students out of the Departments of Social Studies in Medicine and Psychology. Dr. Dobkin obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology in the United States, interned at Rochester (New York) Medical Center and completed her post-doctoral training at McGill University. Her specialty is Mind-Body Medicine. Dr. Dobkin has published >100 articles and book chapters in medical and psychological journals and has presented her work internationally in various conference venues. She works in English and French.

On September 30, 2015, we celebrated the publication of the first book edited by Dr. Patricia Dobkin: Mindful Medical Practice. Clinicians from 5 countries narrate how mindfulness enhances the quality of patient/client care, adding depth and meaning to their lives and work. The book was published by Springer Press (2015) and is available here. For a video of the event, please click here. She has written a second book with Dr. Craig Hassed: Mindful Medical Practitioners: A Guide for Clinicians and Educators published by Springer International Publishing in 2016. The book is available here.

Dr. Dobkin has provided and studied psychosocial programs entitled, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Medical Practice for the past 16 years. While most research pertaining to these programs show positive mental and physical health outcomes, relatively few have examined the processes underlying these benefits. Moreover, there is a paucity of research with regard to how MBSR impacts health professionals’ well-being. She, along with her students and colleagues, is filling this gap. Dr. Dobkin is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher.

According to the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians, one out of six doctors contemplates suicide. As we continue fighting against COVID-19 with a healthcare system stretched to its limits, many doctors report feelings of guilt if they take time off. Dr. Patricia Dobkin has also noticed changes in physician well-being since the start of the pandemic. Read about what she suggests to reduce the stress of COVID-19 and increase wellbeing for healthcare professionals:

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