Faculty

Psychology Faculty

Linda J. Page

Linda J. Page

Founder
R. James Little

R. James Little

President
Begum Verjee

Begum Verjee

Provost
David Teplin

David Teplin

Dean of Psychology
Andrea Myrie-Nurse

Andrea Myrie-Nurse

Director of Clinical Training
Adam Lodzinski

Adam Lodzinski

Director of Transitional Equivalency Program

Taslim Alani-Verjee

Taslim Alani-Verjee

Faculty Member
Gary Challis

Gary Challis

Faculty Member
Victoria Creighton

Victoria Creighton

Faculty Member
Oren Gozlan

Oren Gozlan

Faculty Member
Rosemary Young

Rosemary Young

Faculty Member
Mishy Elmpak

Mishy Elmpak

International Director
  • Linda J. Page
  • R. James Little
  • Begum Verjee
  • David Teplin
  • Andrea Myrie-Nurse
  • Adam Lodzinski
  • Taslim Alani-Verjee
  • Gary Challis
  • Victoria Creighton
  • Oren Gozlan
  • Rosemary Young
  • Mishy Elmpak
  • Linda J. Page

    Founder
    Dr. Page earned a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology (ASPP) in Chicago, Illinois after earning her Ph.D. at Princeton University. Most of her courses were delivered in Toronto at what was then called the Alfred Adler Institute of Ontario. After a three-year internship at the Rudolf Dreikurs Centre for Counselling and Education under the supervision of Larry Nisan, M.Ed., and Evelyn Wolff, M.D., she opened her own practice as a psychotherapist in 1981. She co-founded the Psychotherapy Institute of Toronto with Susan Rosenthal, M.D., in 1987 to train M.A. students and physicians in Adlerian psychotherapy. Because of her academic and graduate teaching background, she was invited to direct Chicago's M.A. program in Toronto, which she did from 1989 to 2006. During part of that time, she commuted to Chicago to teach as a member of ASPP's doctoral core faculty and to direct the Adler Centre for Gender and Cultural Studies. She founded Adler's Professional Coaching Certificate Program in 1998, an initiative that now has representatives in the United States, Europe and Central Asia.
  • R. James Little

    President & Psychology Faculty Member
    Courses Taught: Assessment Certificate


    Welcome to ADLER and the next phase of your career path! Currently, I served as President of AGPS. Educationally, I earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from McMaster University, a Master of Education degree from the University of Western Ontario, and Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the former Alfred Adler Institute of Chicago (now Adler University). In recent years, I completed a Doctorate in Psychology from the Professional School of Psychology and have been awarded the status of NASAP Diplomate - Adlerian Psychology by the North American Society for Adlerian Psychology. Professionally, I am a registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. My primary area of practice is school psychology and assessment. Outside of my role at ADLER, I am an avid photographer, scuba diver and Master Certified Barbecue Judge. with the Kansas City Barbecue Society.
  • Begum Verjee

    Provost Accreditation, Belonging & Community Engagement Courses Taught: IP-510 Motivation & Values; RC-571 Qualitative Methods

    I have a doctorate in Educational Leadership & Policy and a master’s in Counselling Psychology, both from the University of British Columbia. I am also an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF), trained from the Faculty of Coaching at ADLER. I have worked in the post-secondary sector for over 30 years, with extensive experience in educational leadership; adult education; health equity; policy and program development, and community engagement. I am currently the Provost and a faculty member at ADLER, and on faculty with the International Committee of Adlerian Summer Schools & Institutes (ICASSI). I also Co-Chair ADLER’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging strategy. I am a member of the ICF, and sit as a Council of Ambassador with the ICF Foundation.
  • David Teplin

    Dean of Psychology

    Dr. David Teplin is a licensed adult clinical psychologist. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois (now known as Adler University). He completed his doctoral internship at Chedoke-McMaster Hospitals in Hamilton, Ontario, and a postdoctoral fellowship at St. Joseph’s Hospital, in Hamilton, Ontario. His primary areas of clinical practice are clinical/diagnostic assessment, adult ADHD, and substance use disorders. For a number of years, Dr. Teplin was a senior adjunct professor in the Doctor of Clinical Psychology program at Medaille University in Buffalo, New York, where he taught diagnostic psychopathology, professional ethics, substance abuse disorders and treatment, integrated psychological assessment, and advanced adult psychopathology. He sits on the editorial review boards for the Journal of Attention Disorders, the Journal of Addictive Diseases, the Journal of Opioid Management, and the Journal of Psychology-Interdisciplinary and Applied. He is the founding member and first chair of the Canadian Psychological Association Section on Addiction Psychology. He also chaired the Canadian Psychological Association Task Force on the Legalization of Cannabis in Canada.
  • Andrea Myrie-Nurse

    Director of Clinical Training and Faculty Member
    Courses Taught: IP-500 Portfolio Seminar; NT-511 Interviewing & Alliance; AS-533 Assessment of Personality and Psychopathology


    Dr. Andrea Myrie-Nurse is a registered psychologist with extensive experience providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families. Beginning her career with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Dr. Myrie-Nurse continued on to achieve her Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MA). She returned to her graduate studies to receive her Doctor of Psychology. Prior to gaining extensive experience working with children and adolescents as a school psychologist for the Peel District School Board, Dr. Myrie-Nurse also worked with adults at the Whitby Mental Health Centre’s Outpatient and Schizophrenia units, as well as at the Toronto East General Hospital’s Brief Therapy Unit. In addition to Dr. Myrie-Nurse’s own professional practice, she is a professor at a private graduate school. Dr. Myrie-Nurse is a member of the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) and the American Psychological Association (APA).
  • Adam Lodzinski

    Director of Transitional Equivalency Program & Faculty Member
    Courses Taught: Transitional Equivalency (TQ); GP-100 Thriving in Graduate School; RC-574 Quantitative Analysis I; RC-575 Quantitative Analysis II


    Dr. Lodzinski is a nationally recognized expert in the application of psychology to human service program development. Passionate about the application of psychology to real-world problems, in his 20+ year career he has contributed to many fields including learning disabilities; adult literacy; child, youth as well as adult mental health; child protection, addiction treatment; family violence prevention; career development; youth employment; youth and adult justice services; community health promotion; family and child services; and early childhood education. He has worked with health and human service organizations throughout Canada on varied projects including program designs, program evaluations and organizational reviews. Well over 5,000 helping professionals working in hundreds of organizations - as well as many First Nations - have attended one or more of his workshops. His private practice currently focuses on providing services in career transition as well as conflict resolution.
  • Taslim Alani-Verjee

    Dr. Taslim Alani-Verjee is a Clinical Psychologist living and working in Toronto, Canada. She is the Founder and Director of Silm Centre for Mental Health, a community-based and social justice-oriented practice that seeks to make mental health awareness and services more accessible to the communities with whom she and her team work. Dr. Taslim has offered many trainings and workshops related to well-being, including self-care and burnout, noticing the signs and symptoms of mental illness, and diversity, inclusion and anti-oppression training. She also teaches regularly at Lakehead University, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto, and Adler Graduate Professional School. Dr. Taslim has her PhD and Masters in Clinical Psychology from Lakehead University, and her Masters in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University.
  • Gary Challis

    Faculty Member
    Courses Taught: IP-660 Practicum Seminar; DG-541 Psychopathology I: Psychotic & Mood Disorders; DG-542 Psychopathology II: Anxiety & Personality Disorders; DG-543 Psychodiagnostic Interviewing, Case Formulation & Report Writing


    Dr. Challis holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Carleton University and has practiced as a Registered Psychologist for the past eighteen years in the Toronto, Scarborough and Whitby 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 the Director of Quality Management and Program Evaluation. He has worked within rehabilitation psychology and has provided 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. His areas of interest and practice include health psychology, depression, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, PTSD, grief, MVA assessment and rehabilitation, chronic pain, anger and stress as well as couple and individual relationship therapy. His graduate theses addressed issues with respect to the role of individual coping strategies and personality variables in cancer chemotherapy patients. He concurrently holds the position of Director of Research, Professor and Dean of Faculty for the Adler Graduate Professional School. He is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario and a member of the Canadian Psychological Association.
  • Victoria Creighton

    Faculty Member
    Courses Taught: Transtheorhetic Foundations of Psychotherapy


    Expertise: Treatment of drug and alcohol abuse and addiction in youth. Clinical Director, Pine River Institute, Ontario
  • Oren Gozlan

    Faculty Member
    Courses Taught: IP-660 Practicum Seminar;


    I am a Clinical Psychologist and a Psychoanalyst, registered to practice Psychology in the Province of Ontario (CPO). I graduated from York University (Honours BA 1995) Adler University (MA 1997, Psy.D 2001). My area of practice is clinical psychology (adults). My primary areas of interest include psychoanalytic approaches, gender and sexuality, psychoanalytic ethics and aesthetics. I am a member of the Canadian Psychoanalytic society & Institute and the International Psychoanalytic Associations, as well as the Toronto Society for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. I act as Chair of the Scientific Committee at the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis. I am a Diplomate in Psychoanalysis with the American Board of Professional Psychology, where I served as Treasurer and Examiner. I am a Fellow of the Academy of Psychoanalysis and the chair of the committee on sexuality of the International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education, and member of the International Psychoanalytic Association Committee for Gender and Sexuality. I also serve as faculty at both the Toronto Psychoanalytic Institute and the Toronto Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, as well as the Advanced Training Program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (ATPPP) and the Canadian Institute for Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (CICAPP). I am a member of the American and the Canadian Psychological Associations. I am also on the editorial boards of Rodopi Press and Brill Press.
  • Rosemary Young

    Faculty Member
    Courses Taught: RC-670 MRP/Thesis Seminar; AS-531 Fundamentals of Psychometric Assessment; AS-532 Assessment of Intellect & Cognition; AS-686 Assessment of Academic Achievement; AS-687 Child Psychopathology in the Context of School


    Dr. Rosemary Young is a registered psychologist in the province of Ontario as well as a certified elementary and preschool teacher. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at McMaster University and has worked in a variety of settings as both a psychologist and educator. Prior to becoming a faculty member at Brock University, she worked as a school psychologist for the Peel Board of Education. Her focus in psychology is on developmental and educational assessments for children, adolescents and adults. She has a particular interest in the assessment of learning disabilities and the delineation of appropriate accommodations for students with learning disabilities. As a psychologist, she works with children, adolescents and adults; as an educator, she also has taught at the preschool, elementary, college, undergraduate and graduate levels. She served as Chair of the Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Education for two terms. She also was instrumental in founding the Joint Ph.D. in Educational Studies offered jointly by four Ontario universities (Brock, Lakehead, Windsor and Western) and served as its first Director when the program commenced in 2000. As a psychologist and educator, Dr. Young has expertise in research methods applicable to the fields of education and clinical and developmental psychology. Her writing has focused on language development, the development of cognitive skills in inner city children, early childhood education, program reviews, and assessment. She has lectured on a wide variety of topics related to her clinical, educational and research interests.
  • Mishy Elmpak

    International Director & Faculty Member
    Courses Taught: History and Systems; Human Development; Portfolio Seminar


    Dr. Elmpak studied philosophy at the University of Sorbonne, in Paris, France, and the University in Berlin, Berlin, Germany. In Calgary, Alberta, she took more courses in areas of perceptual psychology, biology and physiology. She worked at various institutions such as the Institute, Behavior Program and Research, Red Deer, Alberta; The Centre for Child and Youth Services, Northern Ontario; Surrey Place Centre, Toronto and Oshawa General Hospital, Department of Psychology, Oshawa. She then returned to university in 1991 and completed a doctorate in psychology at O.I.S.E., University of Toronto, in 1996. She completed her internships at The Markham-Stouffville Family Life Centre, at Toronto East General Hospital and the Toronto Board of Education. She has been providing psychological assessment and therapy services since 1997, first with other psychologists in private practice and then in her own private practice since 2001. In 2005, she opened an interdisciplinary clinic in Toronto, Apex Centre for Integrated Health, with the goal to provide an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to health care. Simultaneously, since 2008, she helped to move the Adler Graduate Professional School (AGPS) to independence. In 2010, she moved her psychological practice to Thornhill, and joined the Toronto Poly Clinic. Since 2011, she has been working as a Faculty Mentor/Advisor, Professor of Psychology and Director of the International Student Program at AGPS. Dr. Elmpak lectured Physiological Psychology at the University of Calgary, led series of training programs in Behaviour Therapy and Stress Management, and Groups in Pain Management. She has been specializing in disability assessments and treatments in the area of personal injury providing services to rehabilitation companies, legal firms, insurance companies and physicians. She also provides individual and group services in the area of chronic health challenges, personal growth, decision making in important life transitions, conflict resolution, and mood and behavioral disorders. Her theoretical orientation consists of body-mind approaches, mindfulness based interventions, positive living and systemic integration. Dr. Elmpak has been working as a Registered Psychologist in the province of Ontario since 1997. She is a member of the Ontario Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, the Positive Psychology Association, and the Society for Orthomolecular Medicine. You can find more information about her work under www.apexhealthcentre.com.
  • Linda J. Page
  • R. James Little
  • Begum Verjee
  • David Teplin
  • Andrea Myrie-Nurse
  • Adam Lodzinski
  • Taslim Alani-Verjee
  • Gary Challis
  • Victoria Creighton
  • Oren Gozlan
  • Rosemary Young
  • Mishy Elmpak

Michael Decaire

Michael Decaire

Faculty Member
Joel Rosenberg

Joel Rosenberg

Faculty Member
Kim Daniel

Kim Daniel

Faculty member
Julie Brown

Julie Brown

Faculty Member
Martin Katzman

Martin Katzman

Faculty Member
Tia Sternat

Tia Sternat

Faculty Member
Christine Wekerle

Christine Wekerle

Faculty Member
Eran Talitman

Eran Talitman

Faculty Member
Dita Andersson Everett

Dita Andersson Everett

Faculty Member
Amena Syed

Amena Syed

Faculty Member
Don McCaskill

Don McCaskill

Faculty Member
Julian Robbins

Julian Robbins

Faculty Member
Michael Thrasher

Michael Thrasher

Faculty Member
Natasha Williams

Natasha Williams

Faculty Member

Continuing Education Faculty

B. Traub-Werner

B. Traub-Werner

Dean of Continuing Education
Kim Daniel

Kim Daniel

Faculty member
Rachael Frankford

Rachael Frankford

Continuing Education Faculty Member
Raj Sohi

Raj Sohi

Continuing Education Faculty Member
Wayne Skinner

Wayne Skinner

Continuing Education Faculty Member
  • B. Traub-Werner
  • Kim Daniel
  • Rachael Frankford
  • Raj Sohi
  • Wayne Skinner
  • B. Traub-Werner

    Dean of Continuing Education

    Beatrice has spent over 25 years in the field of social work as a clinician, administrator and educator as the Director of Admissions at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. A visionary and entrepreneur, Beatrice founded TAPE Educational Services in affiliation with the Continuing Education Division at the University of St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto. Through TAPE, she developed continuing education programs and certificates for healthcare and human services workers, teaching both in-house and at agencies or organizations. Beatrice has served on and chaired a number of boards of directors and in September 2017 ended her 10-year service as a member of the Council of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, of which three were as its President.
  • Kim Daniel

    Faculty member
    Courses Taught: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)


    Kim S. Daniel, M.Ed., PhD., RP- received her PhD from McGill University in an APA/CPA accredited Counselling Psychology program where she developed her skills in research and clinical work. She completed her residency at Surrey Place Centre in Toronto, working with individuals with differing developmental disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). As well, she completed a postdoctoral clinical fellowship at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, working in the Pediatric Clinical/Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine Division with both in-patients and out-patients. Currently, at CBT Associates, Kim is a therapist and provides Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for children, adolescents, adults, and families who are dealing with differing issues such as: grief and loss, health issues, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, stress, bullying, relationship issues and other mental health difficulties. Kim continues to hold a position at Surrey Place, the Director of Community Partnership and Innovation Division. Kim’s are of interest/research and work is to understand and explore best practices in equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility Kim enjoys her field of practice whereby she can dedicate her efforts to her clients, by promoting the maintenance of mental health and the treatment of mental illness. She continues to aspire in making a significant contribution in the fields of Counselling and Psychology and Education Kim is affiliated with the CRPO and CPA.
  • Rachael Frankford

    Continuing Education Faculty Member
    Courses Taught: Mindfulness Mindfulness Training for Emotional Resilience (MTER)


    Rachael is a therapist and teacher of yoga and mindfulness meditation with 15 years of experience in the fields of health care and mental health. She received her Master’s of Social Work from the University of Toronto in 2000 and then completed additional training in evidence-based psychotherapies including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, narrative therapy and emotionally-focused therapy. She is currently completing Level 2 of her Sensorimotor Psychotherapy training. As a student of Zen and yoga practice, Rachael’s work blends evidence-based psychotherapies informed by neuroscience research with insights from the wisdom-based traditions of yoga and mindfulness. Rachael works with individuals, couples and families. Through her somatic training, she brings a body-oriented approach to helping people regulate emotion and move towards integration and wellness in their lives.
  • Raj Sohi

    Continuing Education Faculty Member
    Courses Taught: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)


  • Wayne Skinner

    Continuing Education Faculty Member
    Courses Taught: Mental Health & Addctions


    Wayne is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Factor‐ Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. From its founding in 1998 until 2016, Wayne played a leadership role at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH),heading its first Concurrent Disorders Program, and more recently leading the Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario and serving as Deputy Clinical Director of the Addictions and the Ambulatory Care and Structured Treatment Programs. He has participated in provincial and national initiatives related to addiction and mental health policy, collaboration and practice standards. Prior to CAMH,he worked at the Addiction Research Foundation (ARF) as a clinician, clinical supervisor, program director, consultant, research investigator and educator. His research activities have focused on supporting families affected by concurrent disorders, communities of practice, recovery processes through mutual aid fellowship and peer support, and marginalized populations with complex needs. He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and an active MI trainer. He has given presentations and workshops on a wide range of topics related to addictions, mental health and concurrent disorders, nationally and internationally. Wayne edited Treating Concurrent Disorders: A Guide for Counsellors (CAMH, 2005). In 2007, with Caroline O’Grady, he co‐authored A Family Guide to Concurrent Disorders. With Marilyn Herie, he co‐authored Substance Abuse in Canada (Oxford University Press, 2010). He authored, with Carolyn Cooper, Motivational Interviewing for Concurrent Disorders (Norton & Co,2013). In 2014, CAMH published Fundamentals of Addiction: a practical guide for counsellors, edited by Marilyn Herie and Wayne. He co‐ chaired the expert panel that produced Engaging Clients Who Use Substances, clinical best practices guidelines published by the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario in 2015.
  • B. Traub-Werner
  • Kim Daniel
  • Rachael Frankford
  • Raj Sohi
  • Wayne Skinner