Dr. Segal was born in Lutsk, Ukraine, in 1956. He received his B.A. (Hons) from McGill University in 1978, his M.A. from Queen's University in 1979, and Ph.D. in Psychology from Queen's in 1983. He is currently being recruited by the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough to join them as a Professor. Dr. Segal will serve as the Director of Clinical Training for the new UTSC M.A. and Ph.D. programs in clinical psychology being offered through the new UTSC Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science.
Dr. Segal brings a wealth of experience and prestige that will serve him, and the Department of Psychological Clinical Science, well as he functions as the public face of the new graduate program in clinical psychology. He is currently the Cameron Wilson Chair in Depression Studies, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. He is cross-appointed to the University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry. Before this he was the Morgan Firestone Chair in Psychotherapy in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto (2001-2009), the Head of the Psychotherapy Program for the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto (2001-2009), and Head of the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Unit at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry (1990-present).
Dr. Segal's research focuses on psychotherapy, and more specifically, mood disorders, with an interest in both the clinical and cognitive aspects of such disorders. He is well known internationally for having developed a mindfulness-based meditation training program (Mindfulness-based Cognitive therapy, or MBCT) for helping those afflicted with depression. MBCT teaches patients to become aware of their own beliefs without responding to them affectively. This program has been demonstrated to be as effective as drug-based interventions in avoiding relapses of depression, and has been found to be more palatable to many patients than traditional treatments because it does not carry the oft-perceived stigma of therapy. Dr. Segal is also a highly skilled cognitive therapist, and one of the leading investigators of the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying its therapeutic effects.
Dr. Segal is scientist with a truly world-class reputation, and very strong and continuous track-record of productivity. He has 124 published journal articles, 8 books, 3 edited books, 47 book chapters, and 113 invited talks, with an H-index of27. He has 2 active CIHR grants and 1 active NIMH grant, totaling over $1,000,000 in current research funding for his work. With his collaborators, Dr. Segal has held over $8,060,000 in grant funding throughout his career, and over $2,700,000 in industry funded contracts.
Dr. Segal has received numerous honours and awards for his research, including: the New Researcher Award, Special Interest Group: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, from the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy in 1988; the Health Psychology Award from the Hospital Psychology Association of Ontario in 1999; a Senior Research Fellowships from the Ontario Mental Health Foundation continuously from 1999-2009; presentation of the Heinz Lehman Lecture at McGill University in 2006; the Douglas Utting Prize and Medal for Depression Research in 2006, the Hope Award from the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario in 2007; and the Distinguished Service Award from the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counselors, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists in 2012. In recognition of his expertise Dr. Segal has served on the editorial boards of several important journals in his field, including the International Journal of Cognitive Therapy (2007-present), the Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy: An International quarterly (1996-present), Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (1995-present), and as Associate Editor of Cognitive Therapy and Research (1994-2002).