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Faculty and Staff

Dr. Peter Selby, MBBS, CCFP, MHSc FASAM
TEACH Executive Director

Dr. Peter Selby is the Clinical Director of Addictions Programs and Head of the Nicotine Dependence Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.  He is also an Associate Professor in the Departments of Family and Community Medicine at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.  He is involved in the development of knowledge translation programs in smoking cessation especially in pregnancy and those with concurrent addiction and mental health problems. Dr. Selby is the Executive Director of the TEACH project.
Courses Taught: A Comprehensive Course on Smoking Cessation Counselling: Essential Skills and Strategies, Tobacco Interventions for Patients with Mental Health and/or Addictive Disorders, Essential Strategies for Tobacco Cessation in Family Medicine and Primary Care: A One Day Interactive Course for Physicians, Helping Pregnant Smokers Stop Smoking: An Interactive Case-Based Course
 

Marilyn A. Herie, PhD, RSW
TEACH Director

Since 1992 Marilyn Herie has worked in a variety of leadership roles at Ontario’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and is currently Director of the TEACH Project and an Advanced Practice Clinician in the Concurrent Disorders Program at CAMH.  She is also an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto; Social Work Coordinator of the Collaborative Program in Addiction Studies at the University of Toronto; and Sessional Instructor at Ryerson University.  She has co-authored books, book chapters and articles in scholarly journals on brief treatment, motivational interviewing, alcohol dependence, relapse prevention, dissemination research and online learning, and is first author of the clinical manual, Structured Relapse Prevention: An Outpatient Counselling Approach, 2nd Edition, and co-author and co-editor of Web-based Education in the Human Services: Models, Methods and Best Practices.
Courses Taught:  A Comprehensive Course to Smoking Cessation Counselling: Essential Skills and Strategies

Rosa Dragonetti, MSc
TEACH Manager

Rosa Dragonetti has been with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health since 1992, and has worked in education and training, research in gambling, alcohol, depression and anxiety. She has published in the area of gambling treatment, developed counselling manuals and has conducted various workshops across Canada.  She is currently the Manager for the Nicotine Dependence Service, which includes tobacco-related research projects such as the STOP study, the TEACH project and other knowledge translation activities.
Courses Taught:  Helping Pregnant Smokers Stop Smoking: An Interactive Case-Based Course, A Comprehensive Course on Smoking Cessation Interventions: Essential Skills and Strategies (panellist)
 

Debbie Aitken, RN, BScN

Debbie Aitken is a Registered Nurse who has been in the Division Prevention and Rehabilitation Centre at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute since 2004.  She is a tobacco dependence treatment specialist and manages the In-Patient and Out-Patient Smoking Cessation programs at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.  She is also one of the principal advisors for the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation program providing training and expertise to network hospitals in Ontario, New Brunswick, and British Columbia.
Courses taught:  Implementing a Systematic Approach to Tobacco Cessation Treatment in Hospitalized Smokers: The Ottawa Model

Alexandra Andric, RN, BScN, CPMHN(C)

Alexandra Andric is a Registered Nurse who has worked at CAMH since 2006. Alexandra has worked in a variety of Psychiatric settings such as the General Psychiatry Program and the Addiction Medicine Clinic.  As a Registered Nurse in the Nicotine Dependence Clinic, she provides counselling, support and education to clients.  Alexandra has co-facilitated presentations for clients as well as other health care professionals regarding smoking cessation, reduction, and group counselling. 
Courses taught:  A Comprehensive Course on Smoking Cessation: Essential Skills and Strategies, Tobacco Interventions for Patients with Mental Health and/or Addictive Disorders
 

Tania Campbell, BSW, RSW

Tania is an Addiction Therapist in the Nicotine Dependence Clinic.  She provides clients with individual counseling and facilitates psycho-educational group sessions.  Tania also provides smoking cessation/awareness presentations to different service programs at CAMH, and to employees of community agencies within Toronto. Prior to working in the Nicotine Dependence Clinic, Tania worked as an Addiction Therapist in the Toronto Drug Treatment Court program at CAMH, working with court mandated individuals addicted to crack cocaine and other substances.
Courses taught:  Helping Pregnant Smokers Stop Smoking: An Interactive Case-Based Course
 

Melonie L. Ceresne, O.T Reg (ONT), M.Ed

Melonie began her career at CAMH in 1999, as an Occupational Therapist and has worked with diverse mental health and concurrent populations within the Schizophrenia and General Psychiatry programs. In her current position as a Therapist within the Nicotine Dependence Clinic, Melonie provides individual counselling and facilitates psycho-educational, skills-based and therapeutic groups.
Courses taught: Tobacco Interventions for Patients with Mental Health and/or Addictive Disorders
 

Stephanie Cohen, MSW, RSW

After four years as an addiction therapist in the Opiate Clinic, Stephanie transferred over as a therapist to the Nicotine Dependence Clinic (NDC).  She has been a member of the TEACH faculty since the initial pilot program in 2006.  Most recently she has become a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) in early 2009.
Courses Taught: A Comprehensive Course on Smoking Cessation: Essential Skills and Strategies
 

Christine M.A. Courbasson, PhD, C.Psych

Dr. Christine Courbasson is a specialist in concurrent disorders. She is the Head of the Eating Disorders and Addiction Clinic, Director of Training: Clinical Psychology Practicum Training Program at CAMH and an Assistant Professor with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.  Dr. Courbasson is involved in the training of clinicians in the application of treatments for concurrent eating disorders and addiction, concurrent anxiety disorders and addiction, and other mental health problems.  She is the author of a number of scientific articles and book chapters and has lectured on a variety of topics related to her clinical and research interests.
Courses Taught: Cours sur l’arrêt du tabagisme: Compétences et stratégies essentielles; Smoking Cessation for Individuals with Eating Disorders (Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa); Smoking Cessation for Individuals with Eating Disorders (Binge Eating Disorder and Obesity)

Claire Harvey, RN, BScN

Claire Harvey is the LGBTTQ Project Lead in Toronto Public Health’s Tobacco Use Prevention Program.  She has worked as a Public Health Nurse in the smoking cessation field for three years, counseling individual clients in nicotine dependence and tobacco treatment, and facilitating group cessation interventions in a variety of settings.  Claire is a Registered Nurse and graduated with her BScN degree from McMaster University.  She obtained her Tobacco Treatment Specialist training at University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Claire continues to stay current and innovative in her approach to tobacco treatment and counseling strategies.
Courses Taught:  Rainbow Tobacco Interventions: Smoking Cessation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirited, Intersex and Queer Communities (LGBTTIQ)
 

Dr. Amanda Hey, M.D., CCFP, FCFP

 
Dr. Amanda Hey is the Regional Primary Care Lead and Clinical Lead, Preventive Oncology and Screening with the North East Regional Cancer Program.  These roles include clinical leadership with the Ontario Breast Screening Program, Colon Cancer Check and the Hospital-based Tobacco Control and Smoking Cessation Initiative at the Hôpital régional de Sudbury Regional Hospital. Dr Hey completed her medical degree from the University of Calgary in 1985 and, her family practice residency at Queen’s University and certification in family practice in 1985. She has been working in Sudbury since 1986.  In addition to her present position with the Regional Cancer Program she is a family physician at the Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre. She is also an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Northern Ontario School of Medicine; Faculty of Medicine, Laurentian and Lakehead University.
Courses taught: A Comprehensive Course on Smoking Cessation: Essential Skills and Strategies, Tobacco Interventions for Patients with Mental Health and/or Addictive Disorders

Eva Janecek, BScPhm

Eva Janecek graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto.  She completed a one-year residency at the Addiction Research Foundation (ARF), and is now a part of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health-CAMH).  Eva is the author of many articles published in Pharmacy Journals as well as one of the editors of the Methadone Maintenance-A Pharmacist’s Guide to Treatment. One of her main interests is sharing knowledge with health care professionals and the public by providing drug information services.
Courses Taught: A Comprehensive Course on Smoking Cessation Counselling: Essential Skills and Strategies (panellist)

Dr. Milan Khara, MBChB, CCFP, cert. ASAM

Dr. Milan Khara is a certified Addiction Medicine Physician who works primarily with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), and as a Clinical Assistant Professor at University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine.  Dr. Khara is currently the Clinical Director of the VCH’s Tobacco Dependence Clinic. After having been trained in the UK, Dr. Khara came to Toronto to work as a Consultant in Addiction Medicine at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), from where he moved to Vancouver to work at the VCH.  His main research interests have included the treatment of HCV and HIV in Injection Drug Users.
Courses Taught: Essential Strategies for Tobacco Cessation in Family Medicine and Primary Care: A One Day Interactive Course for Physicians

Diane Kunyk, RN, BScN, MN, PhD (student)

Diane is studying the theoretical and applied aspects of health ethics, particularly relational ethics, as it informs health policy and addiction at the University of Alberta.  Diane volunteers with Action on Smoking and Health (Vice-President), the College and Association for Registered Nurses of Alberta (Registration Review Committee), and Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada. She has published on tobacco policy work in the British Medical Journal, the CDC Journal Preventing Chronic Disease, and Tobacco Control.
Courses Taught: A Comprehensive Course on Smoking Cessation: Essential Skills and Strategies

Kerri-Anne Mullen, BSc (Hon), MSc

Kerri Mullen is the Project Leader for the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation program, providing training, assisting in program implementation, and conducting evaluation for hospitals across Canada. Kerri received her B.Sc. Hons. (Human Kinetics) from the University of Ottawa and went on to complete her M.Sc. (Kinesiology and Community Health) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she researched behavioural determinants of cardiovascular disease.
Courses Taught: Implementing a Systematic Approach to Tobacco Cessation Counselling in Hospitalized Patients: The Ottawa Model

Avrum Nadigel, MSW

Avrum Nadigel has been an adolescent and family therapist for over 12 years in Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto.  Combining his technological, clinical and business backgrounds, he created MN8 SOUND: a record label/recording studio for at-risk youth. This project was sponsored by Universal Music Canada, and won the Bell Canada Award of Excellence (2004). Avrum currently supervises the Youth Outreach Service at CAMH.  Avrum's degrees include a Masters of Social Work from McGill University, a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) from Concordia University and a certificate in New Media technologies from Demers College.
Courses Taught: Tobacco and Youth: Issues and Interventions

Cameron D. Norman, PhD

Cameron Norman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto, Director of Evaluation with the Peter A. Silverman Global eHealth Program, and the principal investigator of Youth Voices Research, the youth engagement unit of the Centre for Health Promotion. Much of Dr. Norman’s work has involved the study of Web-assisted Tobacco Interventions (WATI) and how they can be used to connect people together with health resources, and is working on the development of a global community.  Cameron has more than 10 years experience developing, studying, and disseminating WATI-related tools for adolescents and youth through his work with the Smoking Zine (http://www.smokingzine.org) and the Virtual Classroom on Tobacco Control, which is part of the TakingITGlobal international education platform: TiGED.
Courses Taught: Tobacco and Youth: Issues and Interventions

Michael Perley, MA

Michael Perley is the Director of the Ontario Campaign for Action on Tobacco (OCAT).  Mr. Perley joined the Ontario Campaign for Action on Tobacco in 1993, as the Campaign Director. On behalf of Ontario’s medical and public health communities, Mr. Perley guided the Campaign’s efforts to help pass the Ontario Tobacco Control Act.  Mr. Perley has been awarded the Ontario Lieutenant Governor’s 1389 Award for Conservation, the 125th Anniversary of Confederation Medal, awarded in 1993, and the Canadian Cancer Society’s 1998 Public Issues Honours Award.
Courses Taught: A Comprehensive Course on Smoking Cessation Counselling: Essential Skills and Strategies, Cours sur l’arrêt du tabagisme: Compétences et stratégies essentielles

Dr. Andrew Pipe, C.M., M.D., LL.D. (Hon), D.Sc. (Hon)

Dr. Andrew Pipe is the Medical Director of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Prevention and Rehabilitation Centre.  A Professor at the University of Ottawa, Dr. Pipe has been extensively involved in sports and sport medicine.  He is currently President of the Commonwealth Games Association of Canada.  A member of the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, he served as Chair of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport from its inception until 2003.  Dr. Pipe is the recipient of the International Olympic Committee's Award for Sport, Health and Wellbeingand holds honourary degrees from Queen's University (LLD) and Brock University (DSc).  In 2002 he was named to the Order of Canada.
Courses Taught: Implementing a Systematic Approach to Tobacco Cessation Treatment in Hospitalized Smokers: The Ottawa Model 
 

Robert Reid, PhD, MBA

Robert Reid is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and Associate Director of the Prevention and Rehabilitation Centre at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.  Dr. Reid is a co-developer of the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation.  He is a past recipient of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada’s New Investigator Award.  In 2006, he was awarded the James Hogg Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute for Circulatory and Respiratory Health for his contributions to clinical and population health.
Courses Taught:  Implementing a Systematic Approach to Tobacco Cessation Treatment in Hospitalized Smokers: The Ottawa Model 
 

Richard San Cartier, BScN, PHCNP, RN (EC)

Richard is a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner working for the North Shore Tribal council. He provides primary care to the First Nation Communities of Serpent River and Sagamok situated on the north shore of Georgian Bay. He was a facilitator of a research project between Health Canada and Institute of Interprofessional Health Sciences Education looking at the interprofessional education of health professional students from Laurentian, Ottawa, Western and McMaster Universities. Through a traditional approach he helped develop an online Aboriginal Module introducing the students’ to the Medicine Wheel and the Seven Grandfather teachings for the project. He is currently working with Laurentian University to establish the module as a full credit online course. He has also co-authored modules for McMaster’s Practice Based Learning Program. He is a graduate of Laurentian University’s combined post RN/ Nurse Practitioner program. He received his original RN diploma from Algonquin College in Ottawa.

Laurie Zawertailo, PhD

Laurie Zawertailo received her PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Toronto in 2002.  She is currently a Research Scientist in the Addictions Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Toronto. As the scientist and co-investigator for the STOP Study, her primary research interests are in the area of social, environmental and genetic determinants of smoking initiation, cessation and relapse.
Courses Taught: Panellist, A Comprehensive Course on Smoking Cessation Counselling: Essential Skills and Strategies (panellist)