Chief Neuroscience Officer at TELUS

Dr. Diane McIntosh

Dr. Diane McIntosh is Chief Neuroscience Officer at TELUS. She is responsible for optimizing all mental health-related products, services and innovations, leveraging TELUS’ world-leading technology to enable improved health outcomes for all Canadians.

Diane is extensively involved in providing continuing medical education programs to colleagues nationally and internationally, with a focus on rational prescribing and the sharing the science underlying psychiatric disorders. Every year, she delivers hundreds of lectures, always coming back to an essential, central theme: we must strive to improve the quality of care and the treatment options available for people diagnosed with a mental illness.

Diane obtained an undergraduate degree in pharmacy before completing her medical school training, two years of a pediatric residency and then an adult psychiatry residency. She is a clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia and has a community psychiatry practice.

Diane is the co-founder of SwitchRx, the online medication switching tool for prescribers and pharmacists. She has her own continuing medical education program, PsychedUp, which was developed to encourage the appropriate, confident, rational prescribing of psychiatric medications. Diane’s book, This is Depression: A comprehensive and compassionate guide for those who want to understand depression, is written for those who have depression, for those who love someone who is depressed, and for anyone who wants to better understand the disorder. Diane was recognized with the 2020 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award by the Women's Executive Network.