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Mental health problems and illnesses also account for more than $6 billion in lost productivity costs due to absenteeism and preseenteeism (S2)

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. In reviewing the strength of the new staff complement, and the heavy demands on the Board members themselves, the Board has adopted a “Results-Based” governance model – one in which the Board and the CEO work hand-in-glove to identify the Association’s strategic directions, and the staff tend to undertake most of the on the ground work to achieve the set goals.

Board Standing Committees

2016-17 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

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. Paulo Pires

Dr. Paulo Pires

Dr. Paulo Pires is the Director of Professional Development on the Ontario Psychological Association's Board of Directors. He is Director of Training for the Clinical Child Psychology Residency program at McMaster Children's Hospital (MCH). He is also the Interim Clinical Director and a Staff Psychologist in the Child and Youth Mental Health Program at MCH. Dr. Pires completed his training in School and Clinical Child Psychology at OISE/UT.

Dr. Kelly Horner

Dr. Kelly Horner

Dr. Kelly Horner is a Founding Partner of EBT3. Dr. Horner received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Albany, State University of New York. She works with older adolescents, college age populations, adults, and couples. She has been trained in several evidenced based treatments such as: cognitive behavioural therapy, cognitive processing therapy, Gottman couple therapy, and brief motivational interviewing. She has given numerous trainings in the areas of alcohol dependence, sexual abuse, dating violence, and healthy relationships. more

Dr. Horner also provides clinical supervision to psychologists, psychology interns and psychology students. She is an Adjunct Professor at Ryerson University, a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario, the Ontario Psychology Association (OPA), the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), and the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CACBT).

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. 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. 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. 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. 

Aranda Wingsiong

Aranda Wingsiong

Aranda Wingsiong is a Doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Windsor, where she serves on two committees; representing graduate students on matters related to academic programming and clinical training. She has been involved with various organizations advocating for mental health and individuals with disabilities. Aranda received her degree in Psychology at York University and her Master's degree at the University of Windsor.

Ms. M. Janet Kasperski

Ms. M. Janet Kasperski

CEO

M. Janet Kasperski, RN, MHSc, CHE, is the CEO of the Ontario Psychological Association, and former CEO of the Ontario College of Family Physicians, a position she held for over 15 years, during which she transformed the OFCP into a powerful voice for family medicine in the province. She is a Certified Health Executive, holds a Master of Health Sciences (MBA and Design, Measurement and Evaluation Credits) from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario and a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Psychology) and is a Registered Nurse.
 
Ms Kasperski holds a Principal position at PMH Consulting, is a Board Member with the Quality and Performance Measurement Committee at Toronto East General Hospital and Chair of the Board for the Warfarin Information Network. She played several key roles during the merger of the Toronto General and the Toronto Western Hospital including the management of the Neurosciences CPG, the Multiple Trauma Program and the establishment of the Neurosciences Research Institute.
 
She is the founder and Co-Chair of the Quality Hospice Palliative Care Coalition of Ontario – the Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Coalition and Co-Chair of the MOHLTC Leaders Table to Implementation of the Minister’s Palliative Care Strategy. She is also a founding member of The Ontario Primary Care Council; The Family Practice Alliance; The Health Care Innovation Network (MARs); The Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and the Environment; The Better Care Faster Coalition and Ontario CPD. She is an executive member of the Canadian and American Colleges of Healthcare Leaders (Former President of the Hamilton/Toronto Divisions), and is a Canadian Institute of Health Research Peer Reviewer.

Administrative Staff

Ms. M. Janet Kasperski, Chief Executive Officer

Director of Corporate and External Affairs: Ms. Lara Pocock
Director of Finance and Administrative Affairs: Ms. Cathy Hamilton
 

 

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