Gary Challis, Ph.D., C.Psych., Dean of the Faculty of Psychology, Director of Research                                               

Dr. Challis  holds a psychology from Carleton University and has practiced as a Registered Psychologist for the past eighteen years in the Toronto area. He attained his B.Sc. from the University of Toronto  and M.Sc. from the University of Calgary. He has worked in various professional capacities  including within a Provincial Psychiatric Hospital as a psychologist and Director of Quality Management and Program Evaluation. He has provided rehabilitation psychology services and supervision for graduate students and professionals seeking registration with the College of Psychologists. Dr. Challis has worked for the past fifteen years within a private practice as a registered clinical psychologist providing therapy, treatment planning and assessments. Dr. Challis is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario and a member of the Canadian Psychological Association.

Julie A. Brown, M.S.W., Co-director of Adler Trauma Psychotherapy Program                             

Julie Brown is a Psychotherapist with experience spanning over fifteen years providing services and developing training programs for therapists and clients in the mental health field. Her MSW (Clinical Focus) is from Wilfrid Laurier University. She joined the Adler Faculty in 2011 to develop and implement the certificate program in Trauma Psychotherapy.  A dynamic group leader, presenter and consultant, Julie has delivered keynote addresses and provided workshops in the areas of Attachment, Trauma Impact, Domestic Violence, and Psychobiological influences of Stress on Health. Julie also maintains a private practice in Guelph specializing in working with individuals, couples and families who are struggling with relational difficulties due to depression, anxiety and trauma.  

Christine Courbasson, Faculty Member     

Dr. Courbassonis the Clinical Director at Trafalgar Residence, a treatment centre for individuals with addictions and co-occurring mental health problems.   She also serves as Director of the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectic Behavioural Therapy, and Humanistic Therapy Centre in Toronto.  Dr. Courbasson is a registered psychologist with the province of Ontario.  She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from York University and she was the recipient of a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in the Concurrent Disorders Service, investigating the predictors of treatment success for individuals with addiction and mental health problems.  After participating in the intensive training in dialectical behavioural therapy by Dr. Marsha Linehan and her team in Seattle, she applied this treatment to individuals with concurrent substance use disorders and personality disorders, researched it and adapted it to individuals with concurrent eating and substance use disorders.  Subsequently, when working as a staff psychologist at CAMH, she helped to establish the Eating Disorders and Addiction Clinic in 2000.  She later developed a mindfulness based cognitive behavioural treatment for individuals with concurrent substance use and eating disorders and a cognitive behavioural treatment for substance users with social anxiety.   She developed the highly respected residential treatment for individuals with concurrent disorders at Trafalgar Residence.  She has worked in a variety of settings from the small community health centre to the largest mental health and addiction treatment center in Canada.  She has held various positions not limited to the Head of the Eating Disorders and Addiction Clinic, Director of Training: Clinical Psychology Practicum Training Program at CAMH, assistant professor with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto (U of T), and Adjunct Faculty at several universities and professional schools in North America and Europe.   She is involved in the training of clinicians in assessment and the application of treatments for various mental health and addiction problems.  A highly accomplished clinician, she conducts workshops for professionals, is the author of a number of scientific articles and book chapters and has lectured on a variety of topics. She has also appeared in various television and radio programs.  

Dr. M. Elmpak, Ed.D., C. Psych., Director, International Student Program

Dr. Elmpak has been working as a Psychologist for the last 18 years.  She initially studied philosophy and psychology at the University of Sorbonne, in Paris, France, and at the University in Berlin, Berlin, Germany. She obtained her doctorate degree in psychology from the University of Toronto, OISE. She has lectured Physiological Psychology at the University of Calgary, led series of training programs in Behavior Therapy and Stress Management, taught Mindfulness Training to various community groups, and specializes in Chronic Pain Management. From 2004 to 2010, she served as the Director of Apex Centre for Integrated Health, providing psychological services, education, consultations and presentations to individuals and the community. In 2010, she joined the Toronto Poly Clinic, a multi-disciplinary clinic specializing in the management of patients with chronic pain. She is specializing in Positive Living, Mindfulness, Hypnosis among other assessment and treatment services. Over the course of her professional career, she consulted to the WSIB, The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO), the Ministry of Community and Social Services, The Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture, The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, the Insurance Industry, and Rehabilitation and Legal communities. She is a member of the Ontario Psychological Association, the Positive Psychology Association, and the International Society for Infant Studies. You can find more information about her work under

Dr. Oren Gozlan, Psy.D, C. Psych. ABPP, Director of Clinical Training

Dr. Gozlan is a Clinical Psychologist and a Psychoanalyst, registered to practice Psychology in the Province of Ontario. He is also a Diplomate in Psychoanalysis with the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is a Professor of Psychology and Psychoanalysis at the Adler Graduate Professional School in Toronto, where he also serve as Director of Clinical Training. He is a member of the Toronto Society for Contemporary Psychoanalysis as well as a guest member at the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis.  He is a member of the American and the Canadian Psychological Associations and is also a Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP) with the Canadian Association of Rehabilitation Professionals Inc. He is also on the Editorial Board of Rodopi Press. He publishes in the areas of gender and embodiment. He also maintains a private practice and runs a mental health corporation in Ontario.

Martin A. Katzman,BSc, MD, FRCPC Faculty Member 

Dr. Katzman was trained at the University of Toronto, first undertaking his B.Sc. in Psychology and Neuroscience, and subsequently his medical training and residency.

Dr. Katzman’s clinical work deals chiefly with the diagnosis and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, and recently has expanded to work with adults suffering from Attention Deficit Disorders as well as those suffering from chronic pain disorders. His research includes various techniques including positron emission tomography, the respiratory physiological challenge, and Doppler imaging, as well as a number of anxiogenic challenges to examine the pathophysiology of the mood, anxiety, pain and attention systems. His most recent interest is in examining the psychological manifestations associated with executive dysfunction in the mood, anxiety and traumatic disorders.

He is the Clinic Director and Staff Psychiatrist at the START Clinic (Stress, Trauma, Anxiety Rehabilitation and Treatment) for Mood and Anxiety Disorders. He is also a faculty member at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (Laurentian University and Lakehead University) as well as in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He is also appointed in the Department of Psychology at Lakehead University.

James Little, M.Ed., M.A., C. Psych.

Mr. Little holds an M.Ed. in education for the University of Western Ontario and an M.A. in counselling psychology from the Alfred Adler Institute of Chicago (now Adler University).  He works currently in private practice as a registered psychologist and his scope of practice is school psychology.  He has been involved with the Adler School in Toronto for about 25 years, teaching a variety of courses, mainly in assessment.  He is registered as a psychologist in Ontario and Saskatchewan and is a member of the Ontario Association of Psychological Associates and the Canadian Psychological Association.  His duties include teaching, Dean of Students and Academic Vice President.  Outside of psychology, Jim has a keen interest in scuba diving, cooking, baking and barbeque.

Adam Lodzinski, Ph.D., Director, Transitional Equivalency Program

Passionate about the application of psychology to real-world problems, Dr. Lodzinski has contributed to many fields including child, youth and adult mental health; addictions; youth and adult justice; and, career development, to name a few.  He's undertaken many projects, including program and curriculum designs, program evaluations, organizational reviews and needs assessments and is the author of several widely used professional development resources. He also has a practice in career transition as well as conflict resolution.

Jon Mills, Psy.D., PhD, ABPP  Faculty Member 

A philosopher, psychoanalyst, and psychologist. He is Professor of Psychology & Psychoanalysis at the Adler Graduate Professional School, and is a Diplomate and Fellow with the American Academy of Clinical Psychology and the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis of the American Board of Professional Psychology.  He is the author of many works in philosophy, psychoanalysis, and psychology including fourteen books.  In 2006, 2011, and 2013 he was recognized with a Gradiva Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis in New York City for his scholarship.  In 2008 he was given a Significant Contribution to Canadian Psychology Award, received a Goethe Award for best book in 2013, and was the 2014 recipient of the Otto Weininger Memorial Award for Lifetime Contributions to Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic Psychology given by the Section on Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychology of the Canadian Psychological Association.  He runs a mental health corporation in Ontario, Canada.

Andrea Myrie-Nurse, C. Psych.  Faculty Member 

Dr. Andrea Myrie-Nurse is a graduate of the Adler School of Professional Psychology (now Adler University) in Chicago and has been a Registered Psychologist since 2002 with the Ontario College of Psychologists.  She has extensive experience providing psychological services to adults, adolescents and children.  Dr. Myrie-Nurse’s clinical background includes associations with Whitby Mental Health (now the Ontario Shores Center for Mental Health Services), Toronto East General Hospital’s Brief Therapy Unit and the Etobicoke Centre for Children and Families. She currently works as a Psychologist with the Peel District School Board, as a professor with the Adler Professional School in Toronto and has had a private practice for 10 years. Dr. Myrie-Nurse also provides supervision to non-registered therapists, who are seeking support for their cases and registrants for the Ontario College of Psychologists.

Susan Rosenthal,  Bsc.Med, MD (McMaster ‘74), Director, Adler Trauma Psychotherapy Certificate Program

Dr. Rosenthal is a Physician Emeritus who integrates physical, psychological, and social perspectives into a practical, problem-solving approach to treating trauma-related disorders. She has taught post-graduate psychology courses at Adler since 1998. From 1998 to 2006, she supervised the Adler Trauma Therapy Clinic, which served as a practicum site for MA students. She serves as adjunct faculty for Adler Graduate Professional Schools, and teaches courses leading to the Adler Trauma Psychotherapy Certificate.

Rosemary Young, Ph. D., C.Psych., Thesis 

Rosemary E. Young is an educational psychologist and teacher who focusses on learning disabilities. She completed her M.A. in Psychology at the University of Toronto, and her Ph.D. in Psychology at McMaster University. She was a founder and former Director of a Joint Ph.D. program in Education co-offered by 4 Ontario universities. Dr. Young has 27 years of graduate supervision experience, and has co-authored 3 editions of Introduction to Early Childhood Education with Eva Essa. 

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