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collapse Category : Our Leadership Team ‎(6)
 Peter SelbyOur Leadership TeamMBBS, Medicine, Bombay University, India.  MHSc, Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Principal Investigator
Dr. Selby's research focus is on innovative methods to understand and treat addictive behaviours and their comorbidities. He also uses technology to combine clinical medicine and public health methods to scale up and test health interventions. His cohort of 240,000 treated smokers in Ontario is an example.
He has received grant funding totaling over 85 million dollars from CIHR, NIH, and Ministry of Health and has published 38 research reports prepared for the government.
He is the Chair of the Medical Education Council for the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Selby mentors Fellows in Addiction Medicine and Addiction Psychiatry, junior investigators and medical students. The use of innovative methods to communicate messages makes Dr. Selby a sought after speaker for various topics including addictive disorders, motivational interviewing, and health behavior change at individual and system levels.
Julia LecceOur Leadership TeamMAManager, Nicotine Dependence 
Julia Lecce is the manager of the Nicotine Dependence Clinic at CAMH as well as other addiction-related projects within the Nicotine Dependence Service (NDS). She holds a MA in Psychology and has held a variety of research and education-related positions within the NDS. Among her interests are quality improvements  and optimizing workflows, client and staff engagement and striving to create a happy, healthy workplace.
Laurie Zawertailo Our Leadership TeamPhD, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, CanadaSenior
Dr. Zawertailo’s research interests are in the areas of behavioural and neurobiological aspects of tobacco dependence and treatment, especially in individuals with comorbid depression or alcohol use disorders –sub-populations who have an especially high prevalence of tobacco dependence and tobacco-related morbidity and mortality. Dr. Zawertailo utilizes a variety of techniques to approach this research question including neuroimaging, behavioural and cognitive tasks such as cue-induced craving, genetics, randomized clinical trials, and large population-based approaches to smoking cessation. Her goal is to understand the neurobiological processes involved in tobacco dependence in order to optimize treatment outcomes in these specific comorbid populations.
Nadia MinianOur Leadership TeamPhDIndependent Scientist
Nadia Minian is a Developmental Psychologist who has been trained as an implementation scientist. As a scientist at the Nicotine Dependence Services (NDS) at the Centre for Addition and Mental Health (CAMH) Dr. Minian leads the Knowledge Translation team, supporting the implementation, evaluation, and sustainability of evidence in practice. Her work ensures that the NDS is continually striving toward delivering the highest quality and most efficient services possible so that the best outcomes can be achieved for Ontario smokers.
At the NDS, Dr. Minian undertakes research studies regarding tobacco and alcohol control, mental health and addiction in primary care, as well as health prevention and knowledge translation initiatives using technology and methods to scale up interventions.  She likes to work in collaboration with communities, researchers and policy makers to promote health equity and improve the health system.
Rosa DragonettiOur Leadership TeamMSc, Registered PsychotherapistDirector, Addictions Education and Research
Rosa Dragonetti is the Project Director of Addictions Education and Research at CAMH. Rosa plays a key role in developing a strategy for education research and programming initiatives including the TEACH project (a University of Toronto-accredited certificate program in Tobacco Cessation for healthcare professionals). Rosa led the development of an extensive online program offering several courses to support the certificate program. Rosa also supports training and education for all the projects in the Nicotine Dependence Program. She provides supervision to the clinical staff and helps the development of clinical pathways and programs. Rosa started at the Addiction Research Foundation in 1992 and has been at CAMH since 2000 working in education, research and as a clinician. She has developed treatment protocols and manuals, published several book chapters and journal publications. She has delivered numerous presentations including international events.
Sarwar Hussain Our Leadership TeamBSc in Toxicology, MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of TorontoDirector of Innovation, Operations &
Sarwar Hussain is the Director of Innovation, Operations & Strategy at the Nicotine Dependence Service at CAMH. He completed his undergraduate (BSc in Toxicology) and graduate (MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences) education at the University of Toronto. His graduate thesis work investigated behavioral mechanisms of smoking cessation pharmacotherapy. Currently he focuses on implementation and rapid scale-up of technology-enabled solutions to bring treatment to real and virtual patient spaces. This typically involves starting with what works, then innovating variations and new models with emerging technologies, informed by population behavior trends. His approach is to collaborate across disciplines, and engage in appropriate industry partnerships to achieve greater value for patients and increase return on investment for the healthcare system. This work stems from previous involvement in innovating and implementing large-scale treatment delivery initiatives for smoking cessation.
collapse Category : Our Staff Team ‎(21)
 Scott VeldhuizenOur Staff TeamPh.D.Project Scientist
AlexandraOur Staff TeamBScN, RN, CPMHN(c) Member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (Oct 2014)Registered Nurse
Amit RotemOur Staff TeamMD
Anna IvanovaOur Staff TeamBSc – McGill University, MA, MPH – University of TorontoResearch Coordinator (Data Analysis)
Anush ZafarOur Staff TeamBSc in Psychology Research
Camyl GatchalianOur Staff TeamBAResearch
Danica Furtado-FernandesOur Staff TeamMBA, PMPProject
Danielle DawsonOur Staff TeamMAResearch Coordinator, NDS , Care Coordinator,
Elise TanziniOur Staff TeamBSc McGill University, MA, City University of New YorkResearch
Emily GilbertOur Staff TeamBAH, Psychology, M.Sc., Applied Clinical Pharmacology, Research
Ginnie NgOur Staff TeamMSc, Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of TorontoPhD
Iqra AshfaqOur Staff TeamHBSc. in Science (Specialized in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour), McMaster University; MA in Kinesiology, York University; Graduate Diploma in Neuroscience, York UniversityResearch/Care
Mathangee LingamOur Staff TeamMPHResearch
Patricia HaymanOur Staff TeamB.A. in Psychology, York UniversityResearch Assistant
Ryan Ting-A-KeeOur Staff TeamPhDSTOP Research
Sabrina VociOur Staff TeamPhDResearch
Sheleza AhadOur Staff TeamMSc.Project Coordinator, Knowledge
Stephanie CohenOur Staff TeamMSW, RSWSocial Worker
Virginia Ittig-DelandOur Staff TeamHons BAResearch Analyst
Wayne deRuiterOur Staff TeamPhDResearch Analyst
Zara MasoodOur Staff TeamBSc.Research