Behavioural Sleep Medicine and Psychology
DR. Dora Zalai
MD, Ph.D., C. Psych
Practice in Clinical, Health and Rehabilitation Psychology
Dr. Zalai graduated summa cum laude in medicine and she practiced in pediatric neurology. As a physician, she was fascinated by the brain but over time she became even more captivated by the wonders of the human mind. In her interaction with patients, she increasingly realized that our thoughts, feelings, and behavioural habits have a powerful effect on health and happiness but their potential to aid healing is not always appreciated in medicine. This led to her decision to study psychology and earn a doctoral degree in this field. As a psychologist, she practices in the areas of clinical, health and rehabilitation psychology and has unique knowledge in behavioural sleep medicine.
Dr. Zalai feels privileged to work with clients who are on the journey of recovery and self-growth during and after adversities. She works with clients who have sleep problems, fatigue, stress, low mood, depression, anxiety, panic, chronic worry, obsessive thinking, medical or non-medical trauma-related difficulties, post-concussion syndrome, medical illnesses, or chronic pain.
To help clients who have sleep problems, she uses the best available methods to identify what causes the sleep issue and she develops treatment plans that meet the need of individual clients. She offers evidence-based treatments that are short and effective.
Dr. Zalai held positions at the University Health Network, London Health Sciences, St. Michael’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Care (Hamilton) and a number of sleep clinics throughout Ontario. Her research focused on sleep disorders and fatigue in medical conditions, including chronic hepatitis C infection and mild traumatic brain injury. She has educated clinicians and patient groups about the relationship between sleep, fatigue, mental and physical health in Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia and she developed cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia treatment programs in the community and hospital settings.
Sleep Medicine and Psychiatry
DR. Royi Gilad
Specialist in Adult Psychiatry and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Israel).
Clinical Fellow in Sleep Medicine and Neuropsychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and Youthdale Child and Adolescent Sleep Center.
After he graduated from medical school, Dr. Gilad completed post-graduate specialist training in both adult and in child and adolescent psychiatry in Israel. He has knowledge both in psychopharmacology and in various psychotherapeutic techniques and protocols. He was a popular lecturer in Israel and he gave numerous lectures and seminars to health-care providers and other audiences, on subjects of mental disorders, psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, emotional education, and sleep medicine.
As an elected board member of the “Israeli Society for Community Mental Health”, he organized and headed various projects focused on knowledge acquisition and skill training for community mental health and primary care professionals.
From his early years as a high school student, he found the field of sleep and dreaming fascinating, therefore, upon completion of his training in psychiatry, he started a clinical fellowship program in sleep medicine in Toronto.
In his work, Dr. Gilad integrates sleep medicine, psychiatry, psychotherapy, and emotional education, to provide his patients and their families with the best possible healthcare.
DR. Julian Gojer
MBBS DPM MRCPsych FRCPC FRCPsych JD
Dr. Julian Gojer is a psychiatrist in forensic practice and a lawyer. He has conducted forensic examinations across the county and has testified in courts in different Canadian Provinces and at different levels.
He has worked in the areas of sleep medicine and neuropsychiatry. He is presently on staff at the Royal Ottawa Hospital in the Integrated Forensic Program and also has an active private practice in the area of Forensic Psychiatry.
Dr. Gojer lectures locally and internationally on a variety of topics related to mental health and the law. He is also a member of the Ontario Review Board, both as a psychiatrist and as a lawyer.
Dr. Alan Lowe
BSc Phm, MD, FRCPC
Neuropsychiatry/ Sleep Medicine
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
University of Toronto
Dr. Alan Lowe is a Neuropsychiatrist and Sleep Specialist, with an interest in the overlap between Psychiatry and Sleep Disorders, in particular those who suffer Chronic Severe Refractory Depression with Sleep Disorders and those with Neuropsychiatric Disorders associated with Epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and Traumatic Brain Injuries. He has a special interest in the Neuropharmacology of Sleep and Psychotropic medications, and their impact on Sleep Architecture.
He has given numerous lectures and published in the field. He has been Principle Investigator and participated in many Research Studies and Clinical Trials involving Sleep Apnea, Insomnia, Narcolepsy, Depression, Anxiety, Dementia and Schizophrenia.
He is currently a Staff Psychiatrist at North York General Hospital and has many affiliations with various Sleep Centres and Research Organizations throughout Toronto, Ontario and Canada. He was Medical Director and Quality Advisor at the Neuropsychiatry and Sleep Institute 2003-2006.
He previously did Clinical and Research work at the Mood Disorders Research and Treatment Service, Providence Continuing Care Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston, 2005-2009, after his position as Director of the Epilepsy Neuropsychiatry Program, Toronto Western Hospital- University Health Network, 1997-2005, where he completed a Neuropsychiatry and Sleep Fellowship 1998.
He completed his Psychiatry Residency at the University of Toronto and Medical Degree at McMaster University. He has a Pharmacy Degree from the University of Toronto and is an Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto and was previously Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Queen’s University.
MD, MSc, FRCPC
Dr. Ajmal Razmy is a University of Toronto Alumni, completing his BSc. in Neuroscience, MSc. in Sleep Medicine, MD and Residency in Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Currently, he is the Head of Service, Mental Health at Joseph Brant Hospital. He also is a consultant psychiatrist at Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Razmy has a special interest in sleep and sleep disorders. He is dedicated to helping his patients overcome obstacles and enjoys establishing treatment plans that work best for their lifestyles. His research has been published in numerous medical journals, including the Journal of Mental Disorders and Treatment, Academic Psychiatry, and The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
Recognized for his leadership qualities, Dr. Razmy has acted as the Service Medical Director for Acute Mental Health Services in the Mental Health Program at Trillium Health Partners. He is also a Psychiatrist Member for the Consent and Capacity Board of Ontario.
When he’s not treating patients, Dr. Razmy enjoys cheering on Toronto sports teams- especially the Jays, Raptors and Leafs.
DR. Colin Shapiro
BSc, MBBCh, Ph.D., MRCPsych, FRCPC
Dr. Shapiro trained in medicine in South Africa. He also completed two science degrees and at that time he developed his interest in sleep research. He moved to Scotland to do a Ph.D. in sleep and subsequently trained in Psychiatry in Edinburgh. He was headhunted to the Psychiatry Department at the University of Toronto as the youngest full professor in medical school.
Dr. Shapiro founded the British Sleep Society and the International Neuropsychiatry Association. He published the first forensic sleep book with internationally renowned author Sandy McCall Smith. He has published over 300 papers, authored over 20 books and 500 other publications.
His interest includes training others in the sleep field and he has a part-time interest as an art critic. He currently runs the International Sleep Clinic in Parry Sound and the Youthdale Child and Adolescent Sleep Clinic in Toronto.
CLINICAL TRIAL GROUP
Naheed Kauser Hossain
MBBS, Managing Director
Naheed Hossain trained in medicine in Bangladesh and subsequently immigrated to Canada in 1993. She entered the sleep field and has worked in various capacities in this area for over 25 years. She managed the Sleep Research Laboratory at the Toronto Western Hospital for over two decades.
For the last twenty years, she has been a coordinator of clinical trials in numerous areas including depression, autism, Tourette’s syndrome, narcolepsy, sleep apnea and insomnia. Her research site has been the highest recruiter internationally in some of the studies. Currently, she is involved in studies related to child depression (age 7-11) and narcolepsy. She is delighted to be a co-director of this multimodal sleep facility.
Mohammad Aminul Haque
M.B.B.S., MPH, B.A. Sc, M. Sc
Research Study Coordinator
Amin graduated in Medicine in Bangladesh and then obtained post-graduate master’s degrees in both Public Health and Health Economics. He worked with International organizations such as GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) to provide technical support to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Bangladesh and was instrumental in drafting the Health care financing strategy and in developing the National Health Account (NHA) of Bangladesh.
He also worked with RTI (Research Triangle Institute) International, an international organization headquartered at North Carolina, at their NSDP project in Bangladesh, where he helped to design a safety net mechanism to serve the poorest of the poor and provided guidance in restructuring user fees of NGOs.
In Canada, he completed a degree course in Public Health at Ryerson University. In the last five years, Amin has been extensively involved in multiple research studies related to narcolepsy, insomnia and depression.
Durdana completed her medical degree in Bangladesh and she subsequently earned a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of New South Wales, Australia. She has interests in the research of new medications and vaccines. She previously worked in several pneumonia vaccine trials under the direct supervision of the CDC. She received the AusAID award from the Australian Government.
Her public health thesis was “Health and Nutritional Status of Young Foster Children in a Diarrhoea Treatment Hospital in Bangladesh” which she published in Food and Nutrition Sciences.
She is passionate about research that aims to help children and she is currently facilitating a clinical trial on pediatric depression.
Melatonin Assessment Laboratory
Dr. Sharon Chung
Dr. Chung is a graduate of the Department of Physiology at the University of Toronto. She worked for over 25 years as a Researcher. She is currently a Clinical Researcher and works as a Consultant for the Melatonin Assessment Test Laboratory.
Her other duties include working as a Physician Assistant at the Sleep & Alertness Clinic, and teaching and supervising students, sleep research and clinical trainees and clinical/research fellows.
Dr. Chung teaches two modules of the Sleep and Polysomnography Scoring Course offered by the Sleep & Alertness Clinic and she has organized several professional educational events, including an International Neuropsychiatric Association meeting and 10 years of Pediatric Sleep Day meetings. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed research papers and is actively involved in all aspects of sleep research and child and adolescent research.
Her sleep research interests include sleep education, sleep apnea, shiftwork, circadian rhythm disorders, mood disorders, pain and patient compliance to treatment. She has previously participated in a number of educational events providing information about sleep to schools (students, parents and teachers) and shiftwork coping strategies to workers at various locations.
Affan Danish recently graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology, Psychology and Neuroscience. He joined the Sleep and Alertness Clinic in 2012 as a student volunteer.
Along with providing administrative support, he assisted with sleep medicine research projects through comprehensive data collection and analysis. He is currently a Laboratory Technician in the Melatonin Assessment Laboratory, providing testing for patients and completing the laboratory component for obtaining final melatonin results.
He also works at Public Health Ontario in the Front-End Processing department, assisting with the administrative processing of large-scale samples for testing.