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Dr. Peter DeRoche did his medical training at Dalhousie University, Family Medicine training at the University of Manitoba and psychiatric training at the University of Toronto. He has been practicing HIV psychiatry since 1989 and has been the director of the Clinic for HIV-Related Concerns since 1992. He has a background in family medicine, geriatric medicine, palliative care and geriatric psychiatry. 

Dr. DeRoche has a special interest in psychotherapy, practicing from a psychodynamic perspective. His research pursuits have included comparing brief psychotherapy interventions in HIV disease; he has also collaborated with Bill Gayner, MSW, on mindfulness-based stress reduction and Doug Amonite, art therapist, on projects looking at the impact of these interventions in HIV disease.

Scott Bowler, MSW, RSW is a mental health professional working at the Clinic for HIV-Related Concerns since February 2006, providing individual psychotherapy. Scott uses a person-centred approach that incorporates psychodynamic, strengths-based, systemic and cognitive-behavioral perspectives. He has worked in community-based HIV services, as well as hospital-based medical and psychiatric clinics for people living with HIV since 1990. 

Scott is a founding member of the Coalition on HIV and Mental Health, a collaborative service delivery project that runs groups for people living with HIV in Toronto.

Scott is also actively involved in the training of social work students at the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto.

Scott and Paul Westlind, MD, offer a time-limited interpersonal psychotherapy group for people living with HIV.

Bill GaynerBSW, MSW, RSW, has worked as a mental health clinician in the Clinic for HIV-Related Concerns since 1998, where he provides individual psychotherapy and leads and researches mindfulness meditation groups. Bill has had training and supervision in psychodynamic therapy, interpersonal group therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and emotion-focused therapy.  His current primary orientation is emotion-focused therapy. 

Bill co-led a randomized controlled trial of mindfulness-based stress reduction for gay men living with HIV as well as a community-hospital HIV mental health collaboration, PHA ACCESS.  His current research interests include enhancing mindfulness in order to provide more coherent ways of developing self-compassionate awareness to address difficult emotions associated with internalized stigma in people living with HIV and to enhance self-care in hospital staff. 

Bill is an Adjunct Lecturer with the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto; the Course Director for Mindful Psychotherapy in the Mount Sinai Psychotherapy Institute; and faculty with the Health, Arts and Humanities Program at the University of Toronto.

Julie Hann, BScOT, OT Reg. (Ont.) is a registered occupational therapist and professional practice leader who has worked in psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital for 19 years. She provides service to the Clinic for HIV-Related Concerns and the General Psychiatry Day Treatment Program. She provides both individual and group therapies. She is co-therapist with Dr. Allan Peterkin in the narrative competence psychotherapy group for individuals living with HIV.  She is also responsible for coordinating student OT fieldwork placements for OT students in psychiatry and for direct supervision and mentoring of students.

Dr. Darren Higgins graduated from medical school at Dalhousie University and completed his training in psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He is a staff psychiatrist at Mount Sinai Hospital and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and also has a private practice in psychiatry. Dr. Higgins' clinical interests include working with people affected by HIV and mood disorders. He uses an integrative approach, combining the use of medications with individual and group psychotherapy and mindfulness.  In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Higgins has an interest in teaching medical students and is a lecturer with the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine.

At the Mount Sinai Clinic for HIV-Related Concerns, Dr. Higgins provides psychiatric consultations, follows some patients in individual treatment and is a therapist for a long-term interpersonal psychotherapy group for gay men.

Dr. Bill Mah received his undergraduate medical training at the University of British Columbia. He completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Western Ontario in 2003. Dr. Mah’s current interests and clinical practice centre on providing psychiatric assessment, medication management and individual psychotherapy to individuals with HIV and in the area of palliative care.

Dr. Allan Peterkin is an Associate Professor of psychiatry and family medicine at the University of Toronto and along with Julie Hann pioneered a form of therapeutic writing called narrative competence psychotherapy which is offered in January and September to clients living with HIV. He is a founding editor of Ars Medica: A Journal of Medicine, the Arts and Humanities (see www.ars-medica.ca) and he heads the Program for Narrative and Humanities in Healthcare at Mount Sinai.

Dr. Eileen Sloan received her medical training at McMaster University and did her training in psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Prior to entering medical school she worked as a researcher in the area of sleep disorders.

At Mount Sinai Hospital she works part-time in the Clinic for HIV-Related Concerns where her focus is on the emotional health of women who are HIV-positive. She also works in the Perinatal Mental Health Clinic where she sees women who are suffering from emotional problems during pregnancy or after childbirth.

She spends half a day per week in a sleep disorders clinic. She maintains an interest in research, and is currently focusing on the impact of sleep disruption during pregnancy. She has authored a significant number of journal articles and book chapters.

Dr. Paul Westlind has worked in the HIV clinic since 1999. He attended medical school at McMaster University and psychiatry residency training at the University of Toronto. In addition to his work in the HIV clinic, his clinical and academic areas of interest include group psychotherapy for addictions, and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) for depression. He supervises psychiatry trainees in IPT at Mount Sinai Hospital and at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Dr. Westlind and Scott Bowler, MSW, RSW, offer a time-limited interpersonal psychotherapy group for people living with HIV.