2022 Independent Practice License, Psychiatry Specialist, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

2017 Called to the Bar of Alberta (Law Society of Alberta)

2012 Called to the Bar of Ontario (Law Society of Ontario)


2017-2022 College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, Postgraduate Residency Physician in Psychiatry, University of Toronto

2017 MD, McMaster University

2011 Juris Doctor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

2007 Bachelor of Arts (Honours, First Class), Philosophy and French, University of Alberta

2003 National Theatre School of Canada, Montréal

Academic Awards and Achievements

2020 CAMH Emergency Dept. Masters of Interprofessional Collaboration (MICE) Award

2017 Valedictorian (Elected) Michael G. Degroote School of Medicine, McMaster University

2011 Valedictorian (Elected), University of Toronto Faculty of Law Class of 2011

2011 1st Place Team, Wilson Moot

2009 Second Place Oralist, Cassels Brock Moot

2004-2006 Jason Laing Scholarship, University of Alberta

2005 Roscoe Robinson Miller Scholarship, University of Alberta

2004 Best Cultural Performance, Western Canada Eritrean Festival, Saskatoon

2004 Roger S. Smith Undergraduate Student Researcher Award, University of Alberta

2003 Royettes Scholarship, National Theatre School of Canada

2000 Alexander Rutherford Scholarship, Govt. of Alberta

2000 Most Respected and Admired Graduate, Victoria School of Arts, Edmonton

2000 Outstanding Achievement in Acting, Victoria School of Arts, Edmonton

Forensic and Medico-Legal Experience

Forensic psychiatry experience as a psychiatry resident includes treatment of patients detained under the Ontario Review Board at a forensic facility, testifying at review board and Consent and Capacity Board Hearings, conducting NCR, fitness to stand trial, and mental health diversion assessments, and drafting associated reports.

Medico-legal experience includes conducting healthcare and financial capacity assessments, mental health assessments and report writing for refugee applications and Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds Applications at the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture, and safety assessments under the Mental Health Act of Ontario.

 Work Experience

Present Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist, and Lawyer

2017-2022 Resident physician in psychiatry, University of Toronto

Nov 2012-June 2014 Staff Lawyer, Criminal Duty Counsel, Legal Aid Ontario

July 2011-May 2012 Articling Student, Cavalluzzo Hayes Shilton McIntyre & Cornish LLP

May 2012 Legal research and writing, assistance with preparation of facts and evidence.

May- Summer Law Student, African Canadian Legal Clinic

August 2010 Conducting legal research, writing, and intakes, providing summary advice, attending human rights tribunal hearings and mediations.

May- Actor, “Homegrown”, Summerworks, Toronto

August 2010 Rehearsing and performing a lead role in a play about criminal justice.

April- Actor, “Out the Window”, Theatre Centre, Toronto

May 2010 Rehearsing and performing several roles in a play about criminal justice, police conduct, and mental health issues.

May- Caseworker, Downtown Legal Services, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

August 2009 Appeared in criminal courts on numerous occasions. Conducted pretrial negotiations, trial

preparation, sentencing submissions, peace bond matters, and a successful cross

examination of a Crown witness. Conducted negotiations with university discipline

counsel and officials on behalf of students, and appeared before an academic appeal

committee. Provided summary legal advice and conducted numerous intake interviews.

Summers 2004-

2006 Research Assistant, CRC Humanities Computing Studio, University Alberta Developed an online database of Eritrean/Ethiopian literature and art, conducted interviews, and translated folklore from Tigrinya and French to English.

June 2003- Aug.2003 Lead Performer, “Twelfth Night”, CanStage Dream in High Park, Toronto

Performed a principal role in a Shakespearean play.


Sediqzadah S, Ghebrehariat L, Weersink KT, Fisman DN, Naidoo KA. Involuntary isolation: interpreting mental health legislation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Br J Psychiatry. 2021 Nov 219(5):575-577.

Butt, H, Ghebrehariat L, Stephens G, “Resident doctors are humans, not heroes: It’s time to abolish 26-hour shifts,” Healthy Debate, February 12, 2021

Research Projects and Presentations

“Narrative Psychiatry and Richard Rorty”, Research Elective Paper, February 2017

“The ‘Moral Adventure’ of Forensic Psychiatry in the Immigration Context”, Research Elective

Paper, November 2017

“Meaningful Work: The Politics and Philosophy of Workplace Mental Health”, December 2018 Grand

Rounds Presentation, University Health Network, Toronto

Extra-Curricular Activities and Community Involvement

Present Member of the Board of Directors of The Theatre Centre, Toronto

2016 Master of Ceremonies, Pegasus Conference Welcome Reception

Provided entertainment for a conference about  peace, global health, and sustainable solutions.

2014 Writer, director, and performer of “Lwam is Eritrea’s Greatest Hockey Player”

Prepared and performed a solo stand up comedy show in the 2014 Toronto Fringe Festival.

2013  Volunteer, Ontario Justice Education Network, Toronto

Mentored and tutored high school students in preparation for a mock trail before a 

Superior Court Judge.

2008-2011 Member and volunteer, Black Law Student’s Association, University of Toronto

Volunteer and division leader, Downtown Legal Services, University of Toronto

Volunteer, Artist’s Legal Advice Services

Organizer, Theatre Workshop for LAWS annual conference (2009, 2010, and 2011)

January 2010 Co-organizer, “The Prime Minister, Prorogation, and Parliamentary Democracy” a panel at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law

March 2009 Panel Member, “See Yourself Here”, Black Law Students Association

Aug. 2007 Voice-Over Performance, “White Mice”, by Darren O’Donnell/Directed by Ryan Hughes, Edmonton Fringe Festival

Mar. 2005-

May 2007 Volunteer and Contributor, “Blood Ink” student literary journal, University of Alberta


Apr.2006 General Secretary, Kamit African Caribbean Society (KACS), University of Alberta

Mar. 2006Master of Ceremonies, “Ribbon Rouge”(fundraiser for Stephen Lewis AIDS Foundation), University of Alberta

Feb. 2006 Co-host of “Floetry”, an open-mic spoken word event, University of Alberta

Director, “Riot”, by Andrew Moodie, a staged theatrical reading, University of Alberta

Oct. 2005 Tutor, Student’s for Literacy, University of Alberta

Educational Conference and Presentation Experience

Mar. 2010 and

Spring 2009 Facilitator, Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop, Global Citizenship Conference, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Mar. 2006 Panel Member, Anti-Racism Education Forum, sponsored by Council of Canadians of African and Caribbean Heritage (CCACH) and Northern Alberta Alliance on Race Relations (NAARR) , University of Alberta

Feb. 2006 Panel Member, “Get Smart or Die Slavin’” (discussion on the portrayal of blacks in the mass media), CJSR

Jan. 2006 Presented a paper entitled “Peter Singer and Affirmative Action”, 2006 Prairie Provinces Undergraduate Philosophy Association (PPUPA), University of Alberta

Nov. 2005 Presented a paper entitled “My Edmonton Education”, One Vision – Many Voices: Cross-Cultural/Anti-Racism Education Conference, University of Alberta

Oct. 2005 “Eritrean Print and Oral Culture”, Faculty of Arts Visiting Committee, University of Alberta

Aug. 2004 “The Monk and the Devil: An Eritrean Folktale”, Western Canada Eritrean Festival, Saskatoon

Other Skills and Interests

Conversant in French and Tigrinya. Acting/Fitness/Djembe/Stand up comedy

References available upon request

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