Dr. J. Palacios-Boix is a Medical Doctor who trained in Psychiatry at McGill and Dalhousie University, later specializing in Addictions Psychiatry, Group Psychotherapy and Mood Disorders. He obtained further training at the Canadian Institute of Psychoanalysis, where he is currently on the Faculty. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. His teaching is focused on Addictions, Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychotherapy. His position at the Addictions Unit has been as Medical Director since 1996.
Dr. Kathryn Gill is the Director of Research at the Addictions Unit of the McGill University Hospital Centre (MUHC), and an Associate Professor and member of the Division of Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill University. She obtained her Ph.D (1990) in psychology, and conducted post-doctoral studies at the Alcohol Research Centre, and the Addiction Research and Treatment Services of the University of Colorado. She divides her time between working at the Addictions Unit treating patients with drug- and alcohol dependence using a combination of group and individual CBT-oriented psychotherapy, teaching at McGill University and conducting research at the Addictions Unit and the Research Institute of the MUHC.
Dr Gill's clinical research program is focused on mental illness, substance dependence and gambling with ongoing projects related to help-seeking and barriers to treatment for urban Aboriginals, gambling practices and addiction among the Cree peoples of James Bay, as well as clinical and biological predictors of treatment outcome at the Addictions Unit. Her basic research program is focused on examining biological and genetic factors that contribute to the development of addiction.
Ronald Fraser graduated from Dalhousie Medical School as valedictorian in 1995. After his residency training in psychiatry at McGill University, he completed a fellowship in Addictions Psychiatry in 2001, studying heroin dependence and detoxification techniques. After a period working in rural Nova Scotia, he returned to McGill in 2003 as an assistant professor to head their inpatient detoxification service. In 2004, he was mandated to create and direct a long term treatment program for clients with Borderline Personality Disorder at the McGill University Health Centre. In 2008, he accepted a part-time position as assistant professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, (NS) to help develop an addictions training program. He is currently the Residency Training Director at the MUHC for psychiatry, and has won several awards for both his undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.
Dara Charney, MD, FRCP (C)
Director, McGill RUIS Addiction Program
Associate Chair (Education), Department of Psychiatry, McGill University
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University
Dr. Dara Charney graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in 1987. She obtained her MD from McGill University in 1991, and remained at McGill during her Psychiatry Residency and Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship. She joined the Department of Psychiatry in 1997 as an Assistant Professor, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2005. She was the Program Director for McGill Psychiatry Postgraduate Education from 2002 to 2010. She has held the positions of Director of the McGill RUIS Addiction Program since 2008, and Associate Chair (Education) of the McGill Department of Psychiatry since 2009. On a national level, she has served as an examiner for the Royal College Examination Board in Psychiatry, and as the chair of COPE (Coordinators of Postgraduate Education). Dr. Charney's clinical and research work is conducted at the Addictions Unit of the MUHC. She has initiated a number of clinical trials and prospective treatment outcome studies with substance use disorder clients, with a particular emphasis on "dual disorder" clients. She has received research funding from the MUHC Research Institute, FRSQ and CIHR, as well as salary awards from both the MUHC Research Institute and FRSQ.
Juan C. Negrete received his medical degree from the University of Tucuman (Argentina) in 1961. Following this, he came to McGill University where he completed his Psychiatric training between 1963 and 1967. He became a certified specialist in Psychiatry by the Quebec College of Physicians in 1966 and then a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1988.
Dr. Negrete became a tenured Professor of Medicine (Psychiatry) in 1985 and Professor Emeritus in 2009, at McGill University. He was also a full Professor of Psychiatry, at the University of Toronto between 1995 and 2000 and the first Head of the Addiction Psychiatry Program, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto.
Dr Negrete founded the Addictions Unit of the McGill University Health Centre/Montreal General Hospital in 1980 and was the Director of the Unit until 1995. He is currently a Senior Consultant at the Addictions Unit. He also founded the Concurrent Disorders Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto and became its first medical director between 1996 and 2000.
Dr Negrete has also held the following positions and memberships:
- Former Director Area IX (Canada and International), American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
- Former Chair, Addictions Section, Canadian Psychiatric Association
- Former President, Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine
- Former Consultant in Mental Health, Alcoholism and other Drug Dependences, Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization
- Member, International Editorial Board: Addiction (London), Jornal Brasileiro de Dependencias Quimicas (Rio de Janeiro), Psiquiatria Publica (Madrid), PSIQUIS (Madrid), ERADICCIONES (Argentina)
- Member, Société des experts en évaluation médico-légale du Québec
Melissa Myers completed an MSc in Occupational Therapy at the University of Western Ontario in 2007. Shortly after graduating, she began working at the MUHC in the Department of Psychiatry on the inpatient service but has since been involved in a variety of programs at both the Montreal General Hospital and the Allan Memorial Institute. She joined the Addictions Unit in 2013.
As a staff occupational therapist in the Addictions Unit, Melissa is involved in the assessment and treatment of patients. She works with patients on both an individual and group basis to meet their rehabilitation needs.
In addition, to her clinical work, Melissa also supervises OT students from McGill University.
Professional Association: Ordres des ergothérapeutes de Québec (O.E.Q.)
Linda Palermo obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Ottawa (Magna Cum Laude). She is certified in Family Nursing, Case Management (McMaster University), and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Training for Mental Health Professionals (MUHC Continuing Medical Education). Most of her Nursing career was in the field of both in-patient and out-patient psychiatry.
For the past 10 years she worked in the community providing intensive case management to clients suffering from severe and persistent mental illness and addictions.
She divides her time between the Intensive Psychiatric Intervention Team (AMI) and the Addictions Unit.
CPMHN(C) Certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (Canada)
Roberta Osler-Payette graduated from McGill University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. From 1979-1981, she worked as a staff Occupational Therapist in Psychiatry at the Montreal General Hospital’s Rehabilitation Day Centre. Following this, she worked in inpatient psychiatry at the Montreal General Hospital from 1981-1984.
Roberta Osler-Payette has worked as an Occupational Therapist at the McGill University Health Centre Addictions Unit since 1984, in various roles. Presently she works as a primary care therapist and leads several dual diagnosis groups.
In addition to her clinical work, she supervises students from McGill University in Occupational Therapy throughout the academic year.
Roberta Osler-Payette maintains professional status with both the Ordre des Ergothérapeutes du Québec and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
Antonis Paraherakis received his BA in Psychology from Concordia University in 1995 and an MSc in Psychiatry from McGill University in 1997. He has been a staff therapist at the Addictions Unit of the Montreal General Hospital since 1997. He carries out client assessments, short-term individual counselling, brief interventions, relapse prevention and family/significant other counselling sessions.
He has also been the clinical research coordinator for various research projects carried out in the Addictions Unit between 1995 and 2000. He also contributed to the development of the Adolescent Substance Abuse Service at the Montreal Children’s Hospital where he worked as a clinical research coordinator and a counsellor from 1999 to 2003. Research Interests include brief interventions, knowledge transfer and assimilation in substance abuse treatment, treatment outcomes
Susan Britton worked at The Griffith Edwards as a replacement therapist from 2000-2002. She previously had a long nursing career in Palliative Care at the Royal Victoria Hospital. When she had some time to orientate herself to this new work, she realized that there were many overlapping issues (ie. grief, loss, and family dynamics). In 2003 she decided to become a yoga teacher and after a 200 hour intensive training and being aware of the positive aspects of yoga and recovery, she applied to teach yoga to the clients of the Day Program. The techniques she uses are warm-ups, postures, relaxation, breathing techniques and meditation. After stopping the use of a substance, one becomes aware of their emotions, their bodies and their busy minds. This is where she believes that yoga can be very beneficial in giving the clients some tools to replace their substance use and to be able to sooth their nervous system.
Since 2003, she has added 300 more hours of yoga teacher training and will continue to keep pursuing more education.