Dr. Blackshaw joined the Department in 1985 and retired in 2014. During this time she contributed widely to the administration of the Department. She served as Acting Department Head from 2002 to 2003 and from July 2004 to October 2004. Her most significant and lasting contribution was as the Director of the Psychiatry Residency Program from 1991 to 2001. Starting in 1985, she chaired the Psychotherapy Training Committee and developed the psychotherapy curriculum according to and sometimes beyond the requirements of the Royal College. She chaired other education programs such as Family Medicine Psychiatry Teaching and Continuing Professional Development. She also represented the Department of Psychiatry on the Faculty Council of the College of Medicine (2008-2014).
Dr. Blackshaw's clinical contributions were in her practice at the Student Health Centre (SHC), and her office practice in Ellis Hall. At the SHC she developed the Eating Disorders Treatment Team, and a rotation for residents in Shared Care. She served as Acting Director of the SHC from 2001 to 2002. Dr. Blackshaw was well regarded as a clinician, teacher and administrator.
Flowing from her clinical work, her main academic interests were in Women’s and Gender Issues in Mental Health, Psychotherapy, and Professional Boundaries. She published 17 papers and offered numerous conference lectures and workshops.
Dr. Blackshaw contributed on the national level where again her focus was on education. She was an examiner for the Royal College for 11 years (1994-1998 and 2001-2008). She was recruited as a nucleus member to the Royal College Specialty Committee for Psychiatry, serving from 2001 to 2006. She also served on the CPA Education Committee and the LMCC Test Committee.
In her retirement, Dr. Blackshaw has remained involved in committee work for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan, centered around her expertise in Professional Boundaries. She was recently invited to serve on the College of Medicine Alumni Association Board.
In 2015, Dr. Blackshaw was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Saskatchewan Psychiatric Association for her service to Education in Psychiatry.