About the Speakers
Dr. Peggy Richter, FRCP(C)
Dr. Richter is internationally known for her work in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), exploring the genetic and biological basis of this illness. Her work also aims to better define the boundaries of OCD and related spectrum disorders and improve treatment outcome. Dr. Richter is the author of numerous publications and scientific presentations. She is active as an advocate for individuals with OCD and related disorders, serving on the International OCD Foundation, the scientific advisory committee of the Canadian Institute for Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, the steering committee of the Toronto Hoarding Support Services Network, and the scientific advisory boards of the Canadian Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviour Support Network. She is an internationally acclaimed speaker on OCD and related disorders and presents extensively to health care professionals and lay audiences.
After recovering from a bunch of mental illness diagnoses, including OCD, Mark began supporting people around the world as they navigate the complex changes involved with improving mental health. He is the author of YOU ARE NOT A ROCK: A Step-by-Step Guide to Better Mental Health (for Humans), and he has a YouTube channel (everybodyhasabrain), where he talks about recovery and how to apply therapy skills in our hectic, everyday lives.
Visit www.markfreeman.ca to learn more.
Dr. Connie Dalton, C. Psych.
Dr. Dalton is the Clinical Director of the Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and a Clinical Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa. She is also a founding member of Changing Minds, a not for profit organization aimed at increasing specialty capacity to treat mental health disorders. Dr. Dalton is actively involved in the development of innovative methods for the delivery of CBT including home and community-based services and an intensive day treatment program for OCD. Dr. Dalton was recently recruited as Clinical Lead for the Champlain region of the provincial program: Increasing Access to Structured Psychotherapy (IASP). In this capacity, she is involved in training mental health professionals in the delivery of CBT, including for OCD, which will increase treatment capacity within the healthcare system.
Dr. Mandisa Peterson, C. Psych.
Dr. Mandisa Peterson is a registered clinical psychologist at the Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research. She completed her Pre-doctoral Residency at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. She provides psychodiagnostic assessments as well as individual and group therapy treatment for adults experiencing a wide range of psychological issues. Her primary approach to therapy is cognitive behavioural and she has experience and training in a number of evidence-based approaches. She is involved in the supervision of doctoral students in clinical psychology and the intensive day treatment program for OCD. She is also a founding member of Changing Minds - Promoting Excellence in Mental Health Practice.
Dr. Karp is a registered clinical psychologist at Queensview Professional Services. She provides psycho-educational assessments as well as individual therapy for children, adolescents and families who are experiencing a range of difficulties, such as anxiety, depression, OCD, interpersonal problems, parent-child relational conflict, ADHD and adjustment issues. Dr. Karp received both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Concordia University in Montreal. She has trained and worked in various community clinics and hospitals, such as the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). Dr. Karp's primary approach to therapy is cognitive-behavioural (CBT). She is also involved in the supervision of supervised practice members.
Dr. Caitlin Chiupka, C. Psych. (Supervised Practice)
Dr. Chiupka is a clinical psychologist under supervised practice at the Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She provides comprehensive assessment and individualized treatment for adults. Her primary approach to therapy is cognitive behavioural, with experience in a number of other evidence-based therapies. She has completed clinical placements at McLean Hospital's OCD Institute (OCDI) and the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD) at Boston University. She completed her pre-doctoral residency at Rogers Behavioral Health in Wisconsin, with a special focus on the treatment of severe OCD and PTSD. She is currently involved in the OICBT's intensive day treatment program for OCD.
Dr. Yue Zhao, Ph.D., C. Psych. (Supervised Practice)
Dr. Zhao is a clinical psychologist under supervised practice at the Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Concordia University. She provides psychodiagnostic assessment and individual and group treatment to adults and transitional aged youth. She is currently works in the intensive day treatment program for OCD. Her primary approach to therapy is cognitive behavioural therapy and she incorporates other evidence-based approaches. She is involved in the supervision of doctoral students in clinical psychology. Dr. Zhao has a special interest in promoting cultural clinical psychology and respecting cultural issues in the delivery of mental health practice to diverse populations.