OPA Breakout Community Psychiatry Advocacy Award
This award is supported by the Council of the Ontario Psychiatric Association. The OPA Breakout Community Psychiatry Advocacy Award recognizes contributions to the profession of psychiatry and to the public by a community psychiatrist engaging in grassroots advocacy in their local area. It is expected that candidates have not previously had provincial or national level recognition for their advocacy work. The successful candidate must spend a majority of her/his time engaged in delivery of clinical services. The award is open to OPA members who have been engaged in advocacy work through one or more of the following areas: clinical care, education, and administration.
Nominations are invited from OPA members and the public, and must be submitted to the OPA office, by mail or e-mail.
For 2022, the nomination process will open March 30th, 2022 and close April 20th, 2022. The application deadline may be extended at the discretion of the OPA Manager and/or the OPA President.
Nomination packages require: two letters of support and the applicant's curriculum vitae (CV). One of the letters must be from an OPA member in good standing. Nominations will be adjudicated by the OPA Membership and Communications Committee, which will score the nominations according the eligibility criteria described above. The committee will bring forward a name for approval by the OPA Council. The winner will be notified at least 30 days in advance of the OPA Annual General Meeting. The OPA Breakout Community Psychiatry Advocacy Award recognizes contributions to the profession of psychiatry and to the public by a community psychiatrist engaging in grassroots advocacy in their local area. The award is open to OPA members who have been engaged in advocacy work through one or more of the following areas: clinical care, education, and administration.
- Advocacy and mental health policy work
- Outstanding teaching around advocacy
- Clinical care that empowers patients towards self-advocacy
- Leadership in advocacy
- Charitable work in local communities
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2021 OPA Breakout Community Psychiatry Advocacy Award Winner
Dr. Barbara Dorian
Dr. Barbara Dorian received her MD degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1975. Following two years of post-graduate medical training at McGill and then the University of Toronto, she switched into the psychiatry specialty training program due to her interest in psychosomatic medicine and received her FRCPC specialist certification in 1982. Following a Fellowship in Behavioral Medicine at Stanford University, she joined the University of Toronto and staff of the Toronto General Hospital to work on the consultation-liaison team providing psychiatric care to medically ill patients and those undergoing lung transplantation, while pursuing interests in eating disorders and the link between stress and immune function.
She later joined the staff of Mount Sinai Hospital to participate in a clinical research team studying psychological treatments for women undergoing treatment for breast cancer. In 1995 she was recruited as Chief of Psychiatry at Women’s College Hospital and Head of the Society, Women and Health Collaborative Program for women’s mental health research with the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry (now CAMH). During her tenure they developed the Women’s In-Patient Unit at CAMH, the Women Recovering from Abuse Program (WRAP) at Women’s College Hospital and the WSIB Psychological Trauma Program (now Work, Stress and Health Program) at CAMH.
After her term at WCH, she worked as the director of the WSIB Trauma Program and as a consultant in the Mood and Anxiety Program at CAMH. For the past 18 years she have been a consultant in the Physicians Health Program of the OMA, and in past 10 years of private practice have focussed primarily on the treatment of Physicians.
2020 OPA Breakout Community Psychiatry Advocacy Award Winner
Dr. Paula Walsh-Bergin