Dr. Derryck Smith



  • Personal injury claims (civil litigation)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Disability assessments

Contact Information:

Phone: 604-879-2200
Book appointments through Ms. Mary Nolletti

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Academic Appointment

Clinical Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia


Dr. Derryck Smith graduated from medical school at the University of Western Ontario and completed training in psychiatry at the University of British Columbia in 1985. He is a past president of the British Columbia Medical Association. Currently Dr. Smith focuses his practice on treating Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and brain injury in children and adults.

He has completed more than 5,000 psychiatric assessments for individuals with workplace disabilities and performs Independent Medical Examinations for the courts. He has particular expertise in the area of traumatic brain injuries in the workplace. He is routinely asked to chair claims review committees for injured workers who are appealing their disability insurance decisions.

Dr. Smith is a Clinical Professor Emeritus with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. He frequently gives lectures on ADHD, brain injury and related topics. He is a past president of the Medical Legal Society and was chair of the board for the Greater Vancouver Mental Health Services Society.

Current Positions

  • Private Practice
  • Member, Division of Child and Adolescent and Forensic Psychiatry, UBC
  • Honorary Staff, BC Children’s Hospital
  • Consultant to Oak Group, Boston, Massachusetts USA


University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
B.Sc. Chemistry 1970

University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
Medical Doctor 1974

Internship: Ottawa General Hospital
1974 – 1975

Psychiatry Residency: University of British Columbia
Completed 1984

Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada
Psychiatry 1985

Cases of Note

 Peer Review for Academic Journals
  • Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
  • Brain Injury
  • International Journal of Obesity
  • Journal of Psychosomatic Research
  • Advisory Board, International Brain Research Foundation
  • Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Medicine
  • The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
  • Journal of the American Medical Association

Selected Talks and Publications

“Mental Capacity Assessment: A Psychiatric Perspective.” 12th Annual Medical/Legal Conference, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, 2014 Hawaii Conference. January 31, 2014.

“The Problem with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) and Postconcussion Syndrome.” Neuropsychiatry Rounds. Vancouver, BC. September 10, 2014.

“Differentiating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder from Traumatic Brain Injury Following Motor Vehicle Accidents.” Canadian Psychiatric Association, 63rd Annual Conference, Ottawa, Ontario. September 26 – 28, 2014.

“Mental Illness & the Duty To Accommodate: A Practical Look at the Legal, Medical & Human Resources Issues.” HRMA Conference Tradeshow, Vancouver, BC. April 28 – 29, 2015.