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Dr. Saadia Sediqzadah

Episode #5: Take a Stance


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Saadia Sediqzadah, MD joins us to discuss her personal connection to her research and practice, the role of activism in medicine, decision science and how it affects clinical practice, stigma in mental health, and so much more!


Dr. Saadia Sediqzadah is a PGY-5 Psychiatry resident at the University of Toronto, with a strong interest in psychotic illnesses. She recently graduated with a Science Master’s in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. She also completed an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship at Harvard. She proudly identifies as a daughter of Afghan refugees and as a first-generation Canadian. When she isn’t in clinic, she can be found biking around the city, coffee shop hopping, or dancing to Lizzo.



  • Saadia’s family story and the origin of her name

  • What’s in a name? How she chooses to introduce herself as someone with an non-Anglo Saxon name

  • Dr. Sediqzadah on Twitter and blending the personal and professional

  • Activism within refugee healthcare

  • Saadia’s Science Master's in Health Policy and Management at Harvard

  • Decision science and its real world applications to mental healthcare, particularly psychosis

  • Dr. Sediqzadah’s personal essay published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) about her personal connection to mental health research and clinical care

  • Stigma: the difference between anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and psychotic disorders

  • Her family’s journey to becoming comfortable with being open about lived experience

  • Representation of women, particularly women of colour, in academic spaces

  • The false dichotomy of being a clinician researcher and being a clinician activist (hint: not mutually exclusive!)

  • How not taking a political stance is a stance in and of itself, an acceptance of the status quo

  • Therapeutic alliance and taking a position on political issues

  • The importance not reacting to things right away and taking the time to educate yourself about issues

  • Considering other perspectives, particularly those of marginalized folks



  • Dr. Saadia Sediqzadah’s NEJM Perspective Article: “Sister First, Doctor Second” 

  • Follow her on Twitter

  • Find out more about decision science here!

  • For more information about psychosis and related resources, visit the CAMH Psychosis page (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health).



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