Dr. Anthony Njoku

Clinical Department Head

Department of Psychiatry

Fredericton Area


Born in England but raised and educated in Nigeria, Dr. Anthony Njoku received his medical degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria’s premier medical school. After completing one year of housemanship and one year of voluntary youth services in northern Nigeria, Dr. Njoku began practicing general medicine in Kaduna before relocating to the United Kingdom (U.K.). While in the U.K., Dr. Njoku completed his specialist training in psychiatry at the London Deanery Training Scheme in 2005 and worked at Priory Hospital, a private mental health hospital, and at medium-secure forensic psychiatric hospitals. In 2010, Dr. Njoku moved to Fredericton, where he lives with his wife, two daughters, and niece.

As the Clinical Department Head of Psychiatry and Medical Director of the Addictions and Mental Health Services in Fredericton, Dr. Njoku champions exploring innovative collaboration with service user groups and community-based organizations to improve services and mental health service delivery at the grassroots. This includes building local mental health services to be more inclusive and responsive to a growing local settler and immigrant community and our First Nations Communities even beyond what is currently available.

Dr. Njoku engages in community activities supporting immigrants and newcomers. From 2016 to 2018, he served as a council member of the Local Immigration Partnership of Fredericton, working in a multi-level collaborative effort with various stakeholders, including provincial, municipal and federal partners, to facilitate and coordinate services for better support and integration of newcomers into the community.

He is committed to lifelong learning through continuous professional development, training in psychotherapies (e.g., psychoeducation groups, accelerated resolution therapy and eye movement and desensitisation reprocessing) and involvement in college activities.

Dr. Njoku is a Board member of the New Brunswick Psychiatric Association, with responsibilities to support and oversee the executive members to ensure the association’s smooth running. He is also a board member, founding member, and president-elect of the Association of Nigerian Psychiatrists in Canada (ANPIC), which is dedicated to building a healthier society and improving awareness of available affordable and accessible mental health resources both in the diaspora and in Nigeria. Dr. Njoku volunteers his time and services to domestic and international charitable organizations, including the East and Central African Association for Indigenous Rights (ECAAIR), and vulnerable Canadian First Nation and immigrant youths at risk of mental illness. His international work also includes addressing and alleviating marginalization, victimization, abuse, and displacement of indigenous communities, particularly, pygmies in the East and Central African region.

When not working, Dr. Njoku enjoys soccer, skiing (beginner), reading, swimming, and armchair political punditry.

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery – University of Ibadan, Nigeria, 1987
  • Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrist – United Kingdom, 2002-05

  • Interest in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among high-risk populations such as refugees, veterans and in the etiology and prevalence of complex PTSD within forensic populations.
  • Interested in exploring risk and predictive factors of PTSD.
  • Specialist service offering psychiatric assessments and treatment of operationally related mental health injuries particularly PTSD, for first responders within the province through primary care in collaboration with a primary care team within the community setting.
  • Collaborative work in multidisciplinary group developing and implementing a provincial forensic psychiatry program for the Department of Health.
  • Improving medical education and teaching of medical students and psychiatry residents.





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