Hello! My name is Huma Taj and I am a Care Coordinator for the TECC-Y Project. Let me start by telling you a bit about my education and work background. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto, completed a Graduate Certificate in Addictions and Mental Health, and have a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto. I’ve worked with a wide variety of people, but I specialize in addictions. I love seeing people discover their strengths and supporting them in making the changes they want to see!
Outside of work, I love baseball (Go Jays!), will pet every dog I see, and enjoy being outside on warm, sunny days. Recently, I’ve been trying to cut down the amount of sugar I eat - which hasn’t been easy, but has helped me feel so much better! If you’re interested in learning about how I did it, feel free to connect with me!
I’m excited to work with you, and hope that you find the information and supports available here to be informative and interesting!
Hey there! My name is Iqra Ashfaq and I am one of the Care Coordinators on the team! Let me get started by telling you a little bit about my education and work background. I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster University, and my Master’s degree in Kinesiology and a Neuroscience Graduate Diploma at York University. I’ve done research on how mindfulness meditation and ‘mindful prayer’ influences the heart,
so if you’re interested in learning more about mindfulness, feel free to reach out.
I previously worked as a health coach for patients with chronic illnesses to promote a healthy lifestyle and now I am excited to be a part of this team!
On a personal level, I’m a Raptors fan #wethenorth, I enjoy listening to hip-hop, rap and R&B, and my favourite shows include Luther, Grey’s Anatomy, Mindhunter, Suits, This is Us…okay I am just going to stop now or else I am going to give away how much TV I watch. I am really looking forward to working with you and I hope for the best for everyone using this platform!
Hi! I’m Danielle Dawson, one of the Care Coordinators for the TECC-Y Project. I completed a Master’s in Sociology at Queen’s University in 2011 and have been involved in a variety of research projects both here and abroad since then. As a Care Coordinator, I look forward to supporting youth in transition along in their journey.
Virtual Care Team
Health Care Nurse Practitioner
My name is Ashley MacNaughton and I’m a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner. I started working at CAMH as a Registered Nurse in 2011 after graduating from Ryerson University. Most of my experience has been working with individuals who are encountering their first episode of psychosis and supporting them through their recovery journey, which I thoroughly enjoy. I’m now working as a Nurse Practitioner and interning as a nurse leader within the addictions service at CAMH.
When I’m not at work I enjoy practicing yoga, spending time outside and going for walks. I’m also a big “foodie” and love trying out new places to eat, but I also try to balance this with cooking at home, which I like to do as well.
I hope you find the platform interesting and engaging!
Dr. Margaret Hahn is a Clinician Scientist in the Schizophrenia Division at CAMH, and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. In December 2012, she completed a PhD at the Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto, which focused on metabolic-perturbations related to anti-psychotic medications.
Dr. Hahn's research interests lie in translational work focused on the complex interplay between illness, antipsychotic treatments and cardiometabolic risk. Given the early accrual of metabolic risk leading to a 20% reduction in life expectancy for patients with schizophrenia, she has an interest in early episode individuals and prevention strategies. She currently co-leads the Mental Health and Metabolic Clinic at the CAMH within the Complex Mental Illness Program which specializes in metabolic monitoring and interventions for metabolic risk factors in individuals with serious mental illness.
Dr. Osnat Melamed
Family Doctor and Addiction Specialist
Hello, my name is Dr. Osnat Melamed and I am a family doctor and an addiction specialist. Over the years I have worked in family practice and with addiction services. More recently, I have a special interest in helping people quit smoking and in particular if they struggle to quit because of mental health challenges such as psychosis, depression and anxiety. I enjoy working with people and offering my support to them so they can live healthier and longer lives.
On a personal note, I love to quiet down the day by reading a good book. Recently, I became an amateur runner and working on the goal of running 5 kilometers for the first time.
I am very excited to take part in this program and look forward to working with you!
Hello! My name is Dr. Rebecca Carriere and I am a psychiatrist with the TECC-Y project. As for my education and work, I completed undergraduate studies and medical school at McMaster University. Following that I completed my psychiatry residency at the University of Toronto. I’ve worked both in Toronto and Ottawa as a psychiatrist and now I’m working in Mississauga at Trillium Health Partners. I enjoy working with a variety of patients but I tend to focus most of my clinical time on treating individuals with psychosis. Helping people along in their recovery is the most rewarding part of my job.
Outside of work I like to keep active physically and socially! I love to run, cycle and practice yoga. I have an active 3 year old Boxer dog who is full of energy and helps me stay active! I am also a fan of art, fashion, music and film. I love good food and enjoy checking out new restaurants- so to stay balanced I try to make healthy choices and be a mindful eater.
Hello, my name is Dr. Laura LaChance and I’m a psychiatrist for the TECC-Y Project and a member of your Virtual Care Team. I completed my medical training (MD) at Queen’s University and finished my residency training to become a specialist in Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. I currently work and see patients at the Slaight Centre for Early Intervention at CAMH in Toronto. This is a specialized clinic that provides care to youth who have experienced psychosis for the first time. We are a recovery-focused service and the help we provide is tailored to our patients own values and goals.
Outside of working with patients, I do research in the area of nutrition and mental health. My goals are 1 - To better understand how nutrition impacts both mental and physical health, and 2 - To help individuals struggling with their mental health to improve their nutrition. In my personal life, I’m passionate about food and cooking and also like to stay active. I enjoy yoga, biking, dance, snowboarding, and Crossfit. Most of all, I love trying new things when it comes to physical activity. The biggest challenge that I face these days is “not enough time” to be healthy, between work and family life. So we’re trying to be creative, and come up with ways to stay active and eat well as a family.
Hello! My name is Mahavir Agarwal and I am psychiatrist by training with special interest in metabolic abnormalities in individuals with mental health problems. I have over seven years of experience working with and helping individuals with mental illness achieve better physical and mental health.
My research interest lies in exploring the inter-relationships between antipsychotic medications and metabolic and cognitive abnormalities seen in schizophrenia and related mental illnesses. I am currently a Clinical Fellow in the Mental Health and Metabolic Clinic at the CAMH within the Complex Mental Illness Program that specializes in metabolic monitoring and interventions for metabolic risk factors in individuals with serious mental illness.
Hello! My name is Michelle Brotherwood and I am the Clinical Dietitian on the team and here is some information to share about myself. I completed my bachelor’s degree in nutritional science at Ryerson University and my dietetic internship at St.Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. My area of clinical practice is nutrition for recovery related to mental illness and addiction focusing on mindful eating and client centred goal setting through motivational interviewing. I have also been a certified diabetes educator.
I have been involved in various research studies throughout my career and I look forward to helping with this exciting area of research.
Personally I am a very active mom who loves to explore the city with my family in search of new and exciting adventures, music, comedy and great food. I also love to travel as much as possible and learn from other cultures and of course, try new food! I am excited to assist with your nutrition related goals and provide guidance and support to help you achieve success.
Chief of Medicine and Clinician Scientist
Hi everyone! My name is Peter Selby and I am the Chief of Medicine in Psychiatry Division, Deputy Physician-in-Chief of Education, and a Clinician Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). I am also a Professor in the Departments of Family and Community Medicine, Psychiatry, and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and a Clinician Scientist in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the creator of the TEACH project - a continuing education certificate program in Applied Counselling for Health with a focus on smoking cessation, through the University of Toronto.
A fun fact about me is that my dog has his own Instagram account: @lifeofbentleytheyorkie!
Hi! My name is Augustina Ampofo, and my passion for mental health advocacy began after going through a period of psychosis which included hearing voices for over 9 months, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, experiencing delusions and major depression. It was the scariest and loneliest time of my life. After going through this traumatic experience, I vowed to share my story to help change the stigma surrounding mental health. I truly believe each individual must be reminded that they are not alone on their journey to recovery.
I have a BA in Human Rights & Equity Studies from York University and I am presently pursuing a Psychology degree with hopes of finishing a PhD in Clinical Psychology. I am also developing a mental health documentary series and currently work as a Research Ethics Board Coordinator with over 5 years of research ethics experience specializing in Biomedical/Social and Behavioural research.
Hi there! My name is Theresa Bernard and I am an Occupational Therapist on the team. I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at Queen’s University, and my Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at McMaster University. I have previously worked in supportive housing, as well as an outpatient case manager. I currently work on an inpatient unit at CAMH where I help clients engage in meaningful activities both inside of the hospital and in the community.
When I’m not working, I like to get outside whenever I can, love to read and I am always working on my cooking skills. I’m looking forward to being a part of this project and working with you!
I am a certified nutritionist, wellness chef, and cookbook author of “The Living Kitchen”. I grew up loving hamburgers, french fries, pizza and chicken fingers…a shiny example that picky eating habits don’t last forever! Along the way, I developed serious digestive issues, was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and experienced chronic pain for 9 years until I turned to food to heal myself. After being completely symptom free since 2008, it’s my passion to assist people to eliminate pain, find health and eat nourishing, real, good food.
I received my BA (hons) from McGill and went to the Institute of Holistic Nutrition to become a Certified Nutritionist. I combine my knowledge of nutrition and passion for cooking to work with clients to create lasting changes in their lives.