Did You Know?

The economic burden of mental illness in Canada is estimated at $51 billion per year. This includes health care costs, lost productivity, and reductions in health-related quality of life. (S3)

OPA Board and Staff

Dr. Jason Ramsay

Dr. Jason Ramsay

OPA President

Dr. Jason Ramsay is a registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. He received a Doctorate in Human Development and Applied Psychology from the University of Toronto. Awards from the University of Toronto, Canadian Neurotrauma Foundation and the Whipper Watson Scholarship at Holland-Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation supported his doctoral research. He completed practical clinical training in assessment and rehabilitation of adults at the Sisters of Charity of Eastern Ontario Hospital-St. Vincent Pavilion, and with adults and children at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health-Clarke Site, Surrey Place Centre, and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab. He was a post-doctoral fellow in neuroimaging and in public health research at St. Michael’s Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, and at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health in Toronto, supported by fellowships and awards from the Ontario HIV Treatment Network, The Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Strategic Training Program and the Peterborough K.M. Hunter Medical Research Program. He also obtained training in adult clinical assessment and treatment at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and most recently motor vehicle accident and medical legal assessment at Kaplan and Levitt Psychologists in Hamilton, Ontario. He has authored empirical research studies in peer reviewed medicine, health geography, public health and psychology journals and has made numerous invited presentations at psychology and medicine conferences as well as at the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association conference. 
 
He is currently in private practice as a founding partner and co-clinical manager of Niagara Psychological Wellness in St. Catharines, Ontario. He was appointed to and teaches as a Clinical Assistant Professor (Adjunct) at the Michael G. DeGroote Medical School at McMaster University. He is a member of the Hamilton Medical Legal Society, The Ontario Psychological Association, The Canadian Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association. He is the Ontario representative to the Canadian Professional Association of Psychologists. He is currently the Chair of the OPA-WSIB committee. 
 

Dr. Julie Goldenson

Dr. Julie Goldenson

President Elect

Dr. Julie Goldenson is registered in good standing with the College of Psychologists of Ontario to practise in Clinical and Forensic Psychology with adult and adolescent populations. She currently provides assessment, treatment, consultation, and supervision in her private practice. Her clinical practice has been fostered in a number of settings; e.g., University of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and San Diego State University.
 
Dr. Goldenson has also been well prepared to perform assessment, treatment, and research in forensic psychology through a formal post-doctoral fellowship in this area in association with the Mental Health, Law and Policy Institute at Simon Fraser University, through work at various inpatient and outpatient forensic psychiatric facilities, and her work within the context of the American legal system.  She is retained in civil litigation cases related to historical child abuse, and she also is retained in cases related to criminal proceedings.   Her keen interest in the interplay between psychology and the legal system inspired the creation of an interdisciplinary committee under the OPA aimed at creating more trauma-informed legal practises.
 
Coming from a scientist-practitioner model, Dr. Goldenson has had a number of academic appointments.  She was the Assistant Program Head at the University of Guelph-Humber and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto (OISE), where she teaches at the Masters and Doctoral level.  Dr. Goldenson continues to be involved in research and has a number of first author publications related to female offenders, adverse childhood experiences, trauma, and psychological assessment. 
 
She is an active member Program in Psychiatry and the Law in association with Massachusetts Mental Health Center/Harvard Medical School and is also a member of the Canadian Psychological Association, the Canadian Association of Psychologists in Disability Assessment, the Association for Treatment of Sexual Abusers, the American Psychology-Law Society, the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services, and the Society for Personality Assessment.
 

Dr. Diana Velikonja

Dr. Diana Velikonja

OPA Past President

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. Marie-Josée Gendron

Dr. Marie-Josée Gendron

Dr. Gendron is a trilingual Registered Clinical and School Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience within a variety of research, academic and clinical settings. She is currently working as the Chief of Mental Health & Staff Well-Being at the Toronto District Catholic School Board, developing and implementing an overall mental health strategy for the entire school board, focusing on positive mental health for all students and staff. She previously worked as a Clinical and School Psychologist for the board. Prior to this role, Dr. Gendron worked as the Mental Health Leader for the French Catholic School Board in Toronto. 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. Lara Hiseler

Dr. Lara Hiseler

Dr. Lara Hiseler is a registered clinical and forensic psychologist working with adults and co-founding partner of Hiseler, Kelly & Associates, a private practice in Peterborough, Ontario.  She holds a special faculty appointment at Trent University in the Department of Psychology where she supervises student research.  She completed a pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral training at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences working with adults found Not Criminally Responsible due to Mental Disorder and has worked for the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services providing crisis intervention and risk assessments for the Ontario Parole Board.  Dr. Hiseler also serves on the Board of Directors for the John Howards Society in Peterborough and on the Canadian Psychological Association’s Section Executive Committee for Traumatic Stress.  Dr. Hiseler has expertise in assessment and treatment in a wide variety of clinical issues, with particular training and expertise with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with first responders, military, correctional officers, as well conducts risk and diagnostic assessment and treatment for specialized issues involving individuals in conflict with the law. 
 

Dr. Catherine Horvath

Dr. Catherine Horvath

Dr. Horvath is a clinical and forensic psychologist, as well as an EMDR therapist and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Dr. Horvath is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Ottawa Centre for Resilience (OCFR), a mental health centre for childhood trauma and dissociation, attachment, adoption, and high-conflict families in Ottawa and surrounding regions. Dr. Horvath’s focuses in particular on working with those struggling with disruptive behaviours, self-regulation, attachment, and sexual behaviour issues related to histories of adverse childhood experiences, complex developmental trauma, adoption related issues, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, high-conflict parenting dynamics, and involvement with the child welfare, family court, and criminal justice systems.
 
Dr. Horvath has been qualified as an expert on attachment, the impact of disruption in the context of child welfare and adoptions, and the importance of sibling relationships by the Child and Family Services Review Board of Ontario. She is frequently invited to consult, develop, and deliver trainings in the areas of trauma and attachment to child welfare agencies, community agencies, and mental health professionals. Dr. Horvath also conducts court-ordered assessments (Custody & Access, Parenting Capacity, Forensic Risk Assessments).
 

Dr. Pushpa Kanagaratnam

Dr. Pushpa Kanagaratnam

Pushpa Kanagaratnam, PhD., C. Psych. is a registered clinical psychologist in the province of Ontario, a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario (# 4622) and a member of the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA). She completed her professional degree and PhD in Psychology at the University of Bergen and practiced as a Psychologist in Norway from 1996. She began her independent practice in Toronto in 2009 and specializes in the assessment and treatment of individuals who have experienced trauma. Dr. Kanagaratnam has worked in diverse settings including private practice, at community agencies and in psychiatric hospitals, and has worked internationally in Sri Lanka, Norway and Ethiopia. She was qualified as an expert before the Immigration Appeal Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Her expert testimony has been accepted by FSCO arbitrators. Dr. Kanagaratnam worked as an International Research Fellow and held a Postdoctoral fellowship at University of Toronto, Department of Psychiatry and at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She was an Assistant Professor at University of Toronto, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, and a Research Scientist (affiliate status) at the Social and Epidemiological Research Department at CAMH, and continues to hold an Adjunct Lecturer position at University of Toronto. Her research and community involvement are particularly focused on the immigrant and refugee population, and she has also been engaged in developing a Refugee Mental Health Framework for war-affected populations. Dr. Kanagaratnam is one of the National recipients of “150 Difference Makers and Leading Canadians of Mental Health”, awarded by CAMH.  

Dr. Rylie Moore

Dr. Rylie Moore

Dr. Rylie Moore, C.Psych. is registered Clinical Neuropsychologist and Psychologist working with adults at the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships (CFIR). He completed his master’s degree and PhD at the University of Victoria Neuropsychology program. He completed his pre-doctoral residency at CAMH in 2016. His current work focuses on a combination of neuropsychological assessment, psychodiagnostic assessment, and psychotherapy treatment of a range of mental health experiences. He has substantial experience working with the LGBT2Q+ population, as well as individuals with trauma histories and trauma-related symptoms. In addition to serving on the OPA board of directors, he is also a member of the “It Gets Better Canada” board of directors. 

Dr. Christopher Mushquash

Dr. Christopher Mushquash

Christopher Mushquash, Ph.D., C.Psych., is Ojibway, and a member of Pawgwasheeng (Pays Plat First Nation). He is a registered clinical psychologist (Ontario), Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Lakehead University, and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Clinical Psychologist at Dilico Anishinabek Family Care, Associate Vice President Research at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, and Chief Scientist at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute. He is a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Mental Health and Addiction, with expertise in rural and northern clinical practice and the development of culturally appropriate interventions for mental health and addiction difficulties in First Nations children, adolescents, and adults. He is an academic researcher and Indigenous scholar who was born and raised in rural Northwestern Ontario. In 2017, Dr. Mushquash was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Thanara Rajakulendran

Thanara Rajakulendran

Thanara is a graduate student in Clinical and Counselling Psychology. During her clinical training, she completed diagnostic and therapy work at Sunnybrook Health Sciences, Surrey Place, and the Peel District School Board. Her clinical work at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) for youth and adults have ranged from Mood and Anxiety disorders to Psychotic disorders to help inform treatment strategies. She further engaged in program implementation and evaluation of community support for vulnerable youth at St. Michael’s Hospital. Thanara’s research interests and dissertation explores the neurobiology of empathy.
 

Dr. Sarah Sinclair

Dr. Sarah Sinclair

Dr. Sarah Sinclair, C. Psych., completed her doctoral training in Northwestern Ontario at Lakehead University with a focus on clinical and forensic psychology. Her education, research, and clinical experiences provided in-depth training on how to serve First Nations peoples as well as issues affecting remote communities. She has worked in a myriad of settings, from forensic psychiatric hospitals and correctional facilities, to schools and outpatient mental health programs. She has competency in assessment and treatment for children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Sinclair established a private practice and works with a wide range of clients, with a specific focus on serving individuals who have experienced trauma. She has published research in the areas of forensic and clinical assessment. 

Administrative Staff

CEO: Richard Morrison
Manager of Administrative Services: Ms. Jamie Murray
Customer Service and Referral Representative: Ms. Kelsie McPhee
Administrative Assistant: Summer Slattery
 

 

 

 

< || >