Board of Directors


Dr. Connie Dalton, C. Psych., is Clinical Director and founding member of the Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and a Clinical Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa. Prior to this she was a clinical staff member at the Royal, where she was responsible for the development of programming for major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder. Dr. Dalton is actively involved in the development of innovative methods for the delivery of CBT including home and community-based services, group therapy programs, virtual reality therapy, and intensive day treatment programming. 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. Dalton directs consultation programming for service providers, including educational talks and workshop series. She provides individual therapy and assessment for adults using CBT and other evidence-based therapies.


Dr. Mandisa Peterson, C. Psych., currently works at the Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and the Institute of Mental Health Research. She is also a Clinical Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa. She completed her Pre-doctoral Residency at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre and her doctoral dissertation focused on identifying predictors of treatment outcome in CBT for depression. Her practice involves consultation, psychodiagnostic assessments, and evidence-based psychotherapy for adults experiencing a wide range of psychological issues. She is involved in the supervision of doctoral students in clinical psychology and has a leadership role in coordinating assessment services.


Barb Nesrallah coordinates OCD Ottawa a support network that she has been dedicated to for 12 years. She is the recipient of The Royal’s 2018 Community Leader for Mental Health Inspiration Award for her tireless efforts to educate, shed stigma, and provide support to both individuals living with mental health disorders and their supporters. Passionate about increasing needed treatment and support resources, Barb reached out to professionals in the community and through collaborative effort Changing Minds was born. Living with depression since age 13, having multiple family members impacted by brain-based disorders, and having lost family members to suicide, Changing Minds and creating change is personal for Barb. 

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Dr. Carol Miller currently works as an independent researcher and evaluator. Carol started her career with the Geneva-based United Nations Research Institute for Social Development. Over the past twenty-five years she has been a staff member or consultant to wide variety of organizations across the globe, including Oxfam, Gender at Work, IDRC, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Affairs Canada and The Commonwealth Secretariat, to name a few.  She is author of numerous books and journal articles on gender equality.  Inspired by a family member's struggles to access best practice treatment, she has become an active mental health advocate. She is a member of The Royal's Family Advisory Council (FAC). She also currently sits on the Health Quality Ontario (HQO) Standards Committee on Anxiety Disorders and OCD. Carol holds post-graduate degrees from the London School of Economics (M.Sc.), Oxford University (D.Phil.), and Carleton (Graduate Diploma in Program Evaluation).


Gayle McClelland is a self-employed PMP (Project Management Professional) certified project manager and event specialist with over 25 years of work in the not-for-profit sector. Along with 10 years of continuous engagement with the World Wildlife Fund- Canada, she has also worked with WWF-US, Rockefeller Philanthropic Advisors (NY), Carleton University Architectural School, the Canadian Association for International Development Professionals, Ottawa 2017, the Canadian Electricity Association, and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (Industry Canada). She was the board and governance resource for the Canadian Health Food Association from 2014-2017. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Gayle spent 14 years in a senior management role as the High-Performance Director at Skate Canada and was the liaison with the Canadian Olympic Committee, Sport Canada and Own the Podium. In 2006, Gayle was the team leader for figure skating for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. Gayle is a member of the Board of Governors of Elmwood School in Ottawa, Ontario.


The Board is supported by:

Tara McClinchey, Communications Strategist