David M. Day, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Ryerson University
Topic: Stigma, Youth and Mental Health
In 1982, Dr. David M. Day entered the graduate program in applied social psychology (community psychology stream) at the University of Windsor with a particular interest in community mental health and psychosocial rehabilitation. His doctoral work focused on the study of a personality variable, psycho-epistemology, as a predictor of attitude change.
In 1989, he became Director of Research and Evaluation at Earlscourt Child and Family Centre (now the Child Development Institute) in Toronto. Earlscourt specialized in the treatment of children, ages 6 to 11 years, with conduct problem behaviours. His research was on the factors that contribute to an early onset of antisocial behaviour, including those behaviours that would be criminally chargeable if the child was over age 12 years. He worked as a staff psychologist at a medium security prison for adult male offenders, prior to becoming a faculty member at Ryerson University in 1998. At Ryerson, Dr. Day has continued to pursue his dual interests in children’s mental health and developmental criminology. His teaching activities at Ryerson have paralleled his research interests and have included Social Psychology, Developmental Psychopathology, Community Psychology, and Introductory Psychology.
Mostafa Showraki, M.D., FRCPC
Topic: Family Mental Health
Dr. Mostafa Showraki is a community psychiatrist with a special interest in mood, anxiety, eating disorders, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and integrative psychotherapy. He has extensive knowledge in cognitive therapy and has received training at various institutions across North America. He is the founder and head of Community Psychiatrists Association of Toronto (CPAT) and has lectured at cognitive therapy units at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Toronto. Dr. Showraki’s work on CBT has been published in top psychiatry journals. He has given numerous presentations on topics including CBT, combination of pharmacotherapy and CBT in the treatment of depression.
Christopher Tam, M.D., FRCPC
Staff Psychiatrist, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
Topic: Working With Homeless Youth in Toronto
Dr. Christopher Tam is currently a staff psychiatrist for the Assessment and Reintegration Program as well as the Adolescent Program at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores). He is also a lecturer within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, as well as a member of the Inner City Health Associates at St. Michael’s Hospital. He often participates in outreach to the homeless, creating services in various settings such as shelters and drop-in centres. Dr. Tam has presented material on homelessness outreach efforts and service set-up in Toronto and New York.
Ted Lo, MBBS, MRC Psych., FRCPC
Topic: Careers in Mental Health
Dr. Lo is a community psychiatrist interested in cultural aspects of mental health, education and complementary medicine. He is also the founding president of Hong Fook Mental Health Association. He does consulting with the Cultural Consultation Team of Mount Sinai Hospital, the CATS program at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Dr. Lo has provided cultural competence training to mental health professionals and physicians for the past four years. He was appointed to Mental Health Commission of Canada to lead their diversity initiatives. He is President of FACT (Friends of Alternative & Complementary Therapies) and was awarded Prix Clarite by Canadian Complementary Medicine Association in 2002.
Alan Fung, M.D., FRCPC
Attending Psychiatrist, North York General Hospital
Topic: Why Sleep is important to your Mental Health (and for Acing your Exams)
Dr. Wai Lun Alan Fung is an attending psychiatrist at North York General Hospital in Toronto, and an assistant professor at the University of Toronto faculty of medicine. His clinical and research interests are in cultural psychiatry.
Teens, Young Adults and Sleep