Our centre employs an interdisciplinary team comprised of a psychologist, social works, psychotherapist, psychometrics, victim and court support, and an administrator to help you with paperwork and documentation submissions. Also, all staff are culturally sensitive and competent, respect individuality, and equality.
Lead Forensic Psychologist
Dr. Lee (Dr. P) is an Iranian Canadian woman who immigrated to Canada in 1989 after spending several years in other countries as a refugee alongside her your sibling.
Choosing and devoting her life to social justice and women issues required her to reflect upon the type of person she wishes to be. Dr. Mash commenced her career in the field of Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services in the early 2000’s. She advanced to become a Sergeant at one of Ontario’s largest facilities, responsible for Risk Management and compliance. Additionally, Dr. Mash held the title of Deputy Superintendent of Compliance in an acting capacity while overseeing a multi-disciplinary team sergeant. Dr. Mash possess a wealth of knowledge as evident through her educational pursuits, which included a Master of Science, a Doctorate Degree in Criminology, and as of August 28, 2019 a PhD in Forensic Psychology. Dr. Mash’s most recent scholarly published work examined the Symptoms of Depression and Stressors in Law-Enforcement.
Lead Forensic Psychologist and Professor of Criminology
Dr. Michael Pittaro is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice with American Military University and an adjunct professor of criminal justice with East Stroudsburg University and Northampton Community College.
Before pursuing a career in higher education, Dr. Pittaro worked in corrections administration; has served as the Executive Director of an outpatient drug and alcohol facility; and as Executive Director of a drug and alcohol prevention agency. He has been teaching for the past 18 years while also serving internationally as an author, editor, and subject matter expert. Dr. Pittaro holds a BS in Criminal Justice (Who’s Who Among University Students – 1989); an MPA in Public Administration (Summa Cum Laude); and a PhD in criminal justice.
Dr. Kantini acquired extensive teaching experience prior to as well as over the course of his graduate education. During his post graduate studies, Dr. Kantini acted both as a teaching assistant as well as sole instructor for the department of Psychology in the University of Nottingham. Moreover, prior to his PhD studies, he had been employed as a lecturer in the field of psychology at Sheridan College in Oakville.
Dr. Kantini's teaching experience entailed acting as an instructor in such areas as introductory psychology, understanding cults, second year statistics (in psychology), introduction to e-prime, methods in psychological research, among others. The experiences were found to be quite rewarding, which also helped adapt a more interactive teaching style whereby involving the students in more active roles through the application of open discussions and group work.
Dr. Kantini's prior training has provided specialization in animal models, psychopharmacology, as well neuroanatomical manipulations.
PhD Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience
Mr. Black, was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario. Having grown up around substance abuse and alcoholism, Sean made it his life’s goal to rise above and help people who were victims of the disease. Sean has made a career of working with the homeless and people with special needs either through the shelter program or the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. Sean has 20 years experience within the Ministry, working his way from Correctional Officer up to the role of Deputy Superintendent of Operations. Throughout this time Sean has devoted his time to create an environment whereby al Staff and Clientele could feel safe and that they mattered. Due to the nature of the job, Sean has valuable experience in dealing with people who suffer with PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Substance and Alcohol Abuse and Anger Management.