Meet Dr. Vivien LeeChief Clinician, Southern Ontario
Dr. Vivien Lee, C.Psych., is a psychologist who has extensive experience in working with adults and teenagers with trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and substance use. She earned her PhD and Master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology from Western University and Hon.BSc. from the University of Toronto. She worked as a staff psychologist in the Psychological Trauma Program and Work, Stress, & Health Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) from 2010- 2017.
Dr. Lee is also experienced with operational stress injuries that can develop in military veterans and first responders (e.g., police, paramedics, firefighters, dispatchers, correctional officers) and other public safety personnel. She is a certified clinician trainer for the Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) program developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and Department of National Defence (DND) and adapted for first responder services. She was one of the R2MR clinician trainers for York and Peel Region Paramedic Services. During her clinical residency, she worked in the Operational Stress Injuries Clinic at Parkwood Hospital in London with military vets and RCMP officers. She is registered with Medavie Blue Cross as a provider with Veteran Affairs Canada (VAC) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). Dr. Lee serves on the Board of Directors for Toronto Beyond the Blue, a support organization for family members of Toronto Police Service officers.
Dr. Lee is regularly involved in public education and workshops, including: Tema Conter Memorial Trust, Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA), Chatham-Kent Police Service, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), Ontario Medical Association (OMA), Law Society of Upper Canada, York Region (Commissioner’s webinars), York Region District School Board, and the Globe and Mail’s Solving Workplace Challenges 2018. She presented to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, House of Commons, on the need for mental health supports for jurors in December 2017.
Dr. Lee is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, and is a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), the Traumatic Stress section of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), and the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA), the latter of which she served on the Board of Directors from 2008 to 2011. Her graduate research received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
Dr. Megan McElheran - "WGM is proud to announce the addition of Dr. Vivien Lee to our clinical team. Vivien will be acting as Chief Clinician in our WGM Toronto office, and she will be overseeing the clinical operations of our Toronto office, while also providing a suite of clinical services to Toronto-based clients. Vivien comes to WGM with rich experience working with first responders in a variety of capacities. She is well versed in issues related to operational service work and brings keen expertise in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of operational stress injuries. We are very much looking forward to working with Vivien as she continues to serve first responders and their family’s in the Toronto area. Welcome Vivien!"