Did You Know?

In 2011, family caregivers spent in excess of 444 million unpaid hours looking after someone with cognitive impairment, including dementia, representing $11 billion in lost income and 227,760 full-time equivalent employees in the workforce (S5)

OPA Board and Staff

Over the last few years, a focus was placed on downsizing the Board and assigning a role to each Board member, effectively becoming a “Working Board”. This model of governance is usually seen in small not-for-profits and start-up operations that cannot afford to hire and support a strong administrative team. This model places heavy responsibilities on Board members to undertake work that is usually performed by staff in established organizations.

Board Standing Committees

2017-18 Board of Directors

Dr. Sylvain Roy

Dr. Sylvain Roy

OPA President

Dr. Sylvain Roy is a bilingual rehabilitation neuropsychologist holding positions at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) & Inner City Family Health Team in Toronto and Adjunct Professor at York University. He received his Ph.D. in neuropsychology from the Université de Montréal and also holds degrees from York and McGill University. At Inner Family Health Team, Dr. Roy works exclusively with homeless men. Roles include the assessment of patient's neuropsychological functioning, providing treatment recommendations, the supervision of graduate and postgraduate students. At CAMH, Dr. Roy is the lead clinician in a service that provides neuropsychological, psychological, and functional (OT) assessments and cognitive rehabilitation services to patients with severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. Our service also provides advance clinical training to neuropsychology interns and postdoctoral fellows wishing to develop an expertise in the assessment and treatment of persons with severe mental illness.

Dr. Diana Velikonja

Dr. Diana Velikonja

OPA President-Elect

Dr. Diana Velikonja is a licensed Clinical Neuropsychologist, Clinical Psychologists and Clinical Rehabilitation Psychologist in Ontario. She provide psychological and neuropsychological consultative and treatment services for a variety of pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. She is also the chair of research in the HHS Acquired Brain Injury Program having been awarded research grants and published research articles. Dr. Velikonja is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences in the medical school at McMaster University. She is also a member of the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) Committee for Acquired Brain Injury providing consultation for funding ABI research and has been a member on a number of their expert panels regarding mild traumatic brain injury and concussion and an author on journal articles regarding guidelines. She also serves as a reviewer for a number of scientific journals.  Dr. Velikonja is also on the Board of the Hamilton Brain Injury Association.  Dr. Velikonja is a founding partner of Storrie, Velikonja & Associates (SVA), a full-service psychology clinic located in Burlington, Ontario, and Co-Director of the SVA Concussion Clinic and Healthy Aging Clinic.

Dr. Jonathan Douglas

Dr. Jonathan Douglas

OPA Past-President

Dr. Jonathan Douglas is a clinical psychologist, in private practice in Barrie, ON. His practice has evolved with a strong focus on trauma, particularly in veterans and first responders, but also including childhood trauma. He enjoys introducing innovative techniques while guiding the treatment with the consistent measurement of outcomes to ensure treatment progress. He is a passionate advocate for access to mental health services. The frequency of his posts on the listserver has become the stuff of legend.

Dr. Jason Ramsay

Dr. Jason Ramsay

Secretary - Treasurer

Dr. Jason Ramsay was raised in the Niagara Region, obtained a doctorate from UT-OISE, and completed postdoctoral fellowships at St. Michael's Hospital. He is a founding co-partner of Niagara Psychological Wellness, with offices in St. Catharines and Hamilton; as well as an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor, actively teaching in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University, Niagara Campus. 

Dr Christopher Bowie

Dr Christopher Bowie

Dr. Bowie is a Professor and the Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology, and a member of the Psychiatry Department and Centre for Neuroscience Studies, at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He is the Head Consulting Psychologist at the Early Psychosis Intervention Program in Kingston and a Clinician Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. His research interests focus on determining the causes and correlates, and developing treatments for, cognitive deficits in mental disorders such as schizophrenia and mood disorders. He completed his Ph.D. at Hofstra University in New York, training with Drs. Mark Serper and Philip Harvey. For his PhD work, was awarded the Association for Psychological Science’s award for Top Ranked Thesis of the year. After his doctoral internship at the Clinical Neuroscience Center of Pilgrim Psychiatric Center, he did post-doctoral training with Dr. Barbara Cornblatt, earning a Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD). Dr. Bowie then took an academic appointment at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and continued to study the functional consequences of cognitive impairment in schizophrenia before moving to Queen’s in 2008. He has received two additional NARSAD Awards to study cognitive remediation in schizophrenia and in 2011 received the Top-Ranked Young Investigator Fellow at the annual Winter Brain Conference. He is the author of over 125 peer reviewed scientific publications and several books and book chapters on cognition in mental illness, including a co-editor of: Cognitive Remediation to Improve Functional Outcomes. Currently he is leading multiple trials of cognitive remediation for severe mental disorders and studying early intervention for mental illness.
 

Dr. Jennifer Boyd

Dr. Jennifer Boyd

Dr. Jennifer Boyd is a clinical psychologist at the Cambridge Psychology Centre, where she assesses and treats adolescents, adults, and couples. She completed her PhD at the University of Waterloo and her residency at The Ottawa Hospital.  She is autonomously registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, with areas of competence in Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation. Dr. Boyd is serving on the OPA board as Director of Early Career Psychology.  

Dr. Lisa Couperthwaite

Dr. Lisa Couperthwaite

Dr. Lisa Couperthwaite is a Clinical Psychologist working at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH),  Work, Stress and Health (WSH) program, where she incorporates the use of evidence-based diagnostic assessments and treatment with clients experiencing psychological impairments stemming from prior traumatic experiences. Dr. Couperthwaite also participates in research and holds a Lecturer academic appointment with the University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry. Her education and past work experience relate to both psychology and business (private and public sector). Prior to registering as a psychologist, she practiced for a time as a registered Psychological Associate.

Dr. Lori Gray

Dr. Lori Gray

Dr. Lori Gray is a clinical, forensic, and rehabilitation psychologist who focuses on the issue of trauma through her work with first responders (e.g., paramedics, firefighters, police officers, dispatchers), victims, and criminal offenders. She is the staff psychologist for one of the largest emergency medical services (EMS) in Canada and provides consultation, crisis support, and education to other emergency services, first responders, and victim services agencies. Her background also includes experiences such as the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Psychological Trauma Program and the Law and Mental Health Program), Detroit Receiving Hospital (level one trauma centre in inner city Detroit), Ministry of the Attorney General, Correctional Service of Canada, and postsecondary teaching. She has received the Future Pioneers of Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association, Early Career Achievement Award from the Canadian Psychological Association Traumatic Stress Section, Odyssey Early Career Achievement Award and GLAD Award for Teaching and Mentorship from the University of Windsor, and other awards from agencies such as the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Canadian Psychological Association, and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dr. Gray has served on advisory boards for the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada and the Paramedic Association of Canada, Chair of the Ontario Psychological Association Disaster Response Network, Board of Directors for the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation, and Board of Directors for the Ontario Psychological Association.

Dr. Marie-Josée Gendron

Dr. Marie-Josée Gendron

For the last three years, Dr. Gendron has been working as a Clinical and School Psychologist for the Toronto Catholic District School Board. In addition to serving the elementary and high school population, she also specializes in supporting students with autism. Prior to this role, Dr. Gendron worked as the Mental Health Leader for the French Catholic School Board in Toronto. In this role, she worked with various ministries to develop and implement an overall mental health strategy for the entire school board, focusing on positive mental health for all students. She has also worked extensively with other school boards, including the Toronto District School Board as well as the Conseil Scolaire Viamonde and in private practice. Prior to this clinical experience, Dr. Gendron worked as the Research Director of Pearson Canada for 7 years, developing various psychometric tools such as the WPPSI-III, the WISC-IV, the WIAT-II , the WIAT-III and the WAIS-IV in English and French for psychologists and other professionals all over Canada. Previously, she worked as an Assessment Consultant with the Ministry of Education in Manitoba, developing their yearly standards tests in both English and French. 
 

Dr. Catherine Horvath

Dr. Catherine Horvath

Dr. Horvath obtained her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Ottawa. Dr. Horvath is a registered psychologist in both Ontario and Quebec with competency in clinical and forensic psychology. Dr. Catherine Horvath works in a Family Health Team and private practice providing psychological assessments and interventions to children, adolescents, and families. Dr. Horvath specializes in working with those struggling with complex developmental trauma, attachment difficulties, adoption related issues, disruptive behaviour problems, FASD, and those involved in the criminal justice and/or child welfare systems. 

Dr. Adrienne Matheson

Dr. Adrienne Matheson

Dr. Adrienne Matheson is a Clinical Psychologist and Registered Play Therapist practicing in Ottawa, ON. In her private practice work, Dr. Matheson specializes working with children, teens, parents and families that are struggling with a wide range of challenges including anxiety, aggression, bullying, trauma, separation/divorce, ADHD, self-harm, OCD, sleep, feeding and sensory regulation challenges. Dr. Adrienne Matheson completed a PhD in Developmental Psychology from Carleton University (2009) and a Masters in Counselling from the University of Ottawa (2004).
Dr. Matheson also provides support to families that are going through divorce and separation by providing information, support and consultation. Further, Dr. Matheson conducts Custody and Access Assessments for the courts.

Administrative Staff

Director of Communications and Special Projects: Ms. Fleur Leslie
Director of Finance and Administrative Affairs: Ms. Cathy Hamilton
Administrative Assistant: Ms. Jamie Murray
 

 

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