MPsy Faculty Profiles

Linda Page

Founder & Chancellor

Chief Academic Officer

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.

Begum Verjee

Provost Emerita

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.
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Jim Little

President Emeritus

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.

David Teplin

Dean of Psychology

Dr. David Teplin is a licensed adult clinical psychologist. He received his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois. He completed his doctoral internship at Chedoke-McMaster Hospitals in Hamilton, Ontario (CPA-accredited). He then completed his 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 many years, Dr. Teplin has taught various doctoral-level courses, including diagnostic psychopathology, professional ethics and conduct, substance use disorders and treatment, integrated psychological assessment, and advanced adult psychopathology. He also 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 chairperson of the Canadian Psychological Association Section on Addiction Psychology. Dr. Teplin also chaired the Canadian Psychological Association Task Force on the Legalization of Cannabis in Canada.

Andrea Myrie-Nurse

Director of Clinical Training

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Martin Katzman
Psychiatrist at the S.T.A.R.T. 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). He is also appointed in the Department of Psychology at Lakehead University and is a member of the Faculty of Psychology at Adler School of Professional Studies. 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 and postdoctoral fellowship. Dr. Katzman’s clinical work deals chiefly with the diagnosis and treatment of adults suffering with mood and anxiety disorders, as well as those suffering with Attention Deficit Disorders, Executive Dysfunction and chronic pain, providing expert diagnostic assessment, and pharmacological treatment as well as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in both group and individual formats, psychodynamic treatment and Mindfulness Based treatments. As an educator, Dr. Katzman has developed numerous training programs for both students and clinicians in a variety of areas including: Primary care medicine, Psychiatry, Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Complementary and Alternative Medicine as well as for a variety of Support Workers. His research primarily involves examining the psychological manifestations associated with the prefrontal cortex and related associated tracts and organ systems in mood, anxiety and traumatic disorders. The focus of this research has been directed at Hypoprefrontality, Executive Dysfunction, Intolerance of Uncertainty and Low Hedonic Tone as well as the drivers of Motivation and Energy in relation to the development of a variety of comorbidities and treatment resistance. Most recently, his specific interest has involved examining the role of “Intolerance of Uncertainty” as a driver of psychopathology and the role of “Hedonic Tone,” in predicting the presence of comorbid conditions and differential response to treatment. In the past he has used a variety of tools such as positron emission tomography, the respiratory physiological challenge, and doppler imaging, in association with a diverse anxiogenic challenges. Dr. Katzman is also a founding member of the Board of Directors as well as the founding and current Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada/Association Canadienne des Troubles Anxieux (ADAC/ACTA). He is the chair of a variety of scientific advisory boards, on the editorial board for a number of journals, and has published numerous papers in the areas of Anxiety, Mood, Pain and Attention Disorders.

Dr. Diana Mandeleew, Psy. D., C. Psych.
Dr. Diana Mandeleew is a licensed clinical psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO). She completed a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Psychology degrees from the Adler School of Professional Psychology (Adler University). Her clinical experience included positions at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Surrey Place Centre and the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre (SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health). For the past 20+ years, Dr. Diana Mandeleew has been conducting psychological and psychoeducational assessments, providing ADHD coaching, psychotherapy and consultations to adults, adolescents and children with focusing issues, social, emotional, behavioural and learning concerns. In addition to teaching graduate-level psychology courses at the Adler Graduate Professional School, she supervises clinicians and psychoeducational instructors, is on the CPO’s Client Relations Committee, and is the founder and clinical psychologist at Psychology Wellness. She has a collaborative, strength-based and empathetic approach.

Mishy Elmpak

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.

Julie Brown

Julie Brown is a Registered 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 and is currently the Program Director and Lead Instructor for the Trauma Psychotherapy Certificate Program. She recently accepted the position of Dean of Psychotherapy and is thrilled to be working to bring a Master of Psychotherapy Degree to ADLER. 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 using Trauma-Informed and Relational focused therapy.

Joel Rosenberg

Dr. Joel Rosenberg graduated with his Doctorate of Education in Couselling Psychology from Boston University in 1996 and has been part of a group practice working with clients, adolescence through older adulthood. Joel’s preferred treatment modality combines cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic, and supportive approaches – which is tailored to address the needs of each individual client. Joel’s experiences in Boston area hospitals have prepared him to work in the areas of behavioural medicine and cardiology. Joel has 25 years of experience working in the areas of depressive and anxiety disorders. He also works with couples in marital therapy. Joel has special interest in anger management and uses a combination of evidenced-based cognitive-behavioural and imagery techniques to assist clients. Joel teaches stress management skills which employ imagery and self-hypnosis. Pain Management is another area where imagery and self-hypnosis can be effective. Throughout his 25 years in the practice, Joel has worked with a variety of client groups including law enforcement officers and their family members whom he has helped to cope with the unique challenges faced by this population. Joel is registered with the CRPO.

Mona Atrzadeh

Courses Taught: Quanitative Analysis

Diana Mandeleew, PsyD, C.Psych.