Faculty Directory

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The School of Health and Wellness at George Brown College brings together industry leaders to shape program and course content. Many of the faculty at the college are still active in their industries today, so they combine day-to-day working realities with academic theories and approaches. We take pride in hiring teachers that are well respected and offer students excellent instruction, industry mentorship and provide valuable additions to their professional networks.

Carolyn Deeth
Fitness and Lifestyle Management (S125, previously S114)
Waterfront Campus
Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences
Room 601
51 Dockside Drive
416-415-5000, ext. 6345
cdeeth@georgebrown.ca

Jennifer Donnelly (view bio)
Program Coordinator
Behavioural Science Technology (C136)
Autism & Behavioural Science (C405)

416-415-5000, ext. 6064
jdonnell@georgebrown.ca  

Ken Hamilton (view bio)
Behavioural Science Technology
416-415-5000, ext. 3197
khamilton@georgebrown.ca

Ruth Hanton
Program Coordinator 
Fitness and Lifestyle Management (S125)
Waterfront Campus
Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences
Room 601
51 Dockside Drive
416-415-5000, ext. 6341
rhanton@georgebrown.ca

Constantine Karolidis
Program Coordinator 
Hearing Instrument Specialist (S117)
Waterfront Campus
Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences
Room 601
51 Dockside Drive
416-415-5000, ext. 3830
ckarolid@georgebrown.ca  

Cathy Longo
Activation Coordinator/Gerontology (C102)
Waterfront Campus
Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences
Room 601
51 Dockside Drive
416-415-5000, ext. 2325
clongo@georgebrown.ca

Molly Marrack
Program Coordinator 
Activation Coordinator/Gerontology (C102)
Waterfront Campus
Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences
Room 601
51 Dockside Drive
416-415-5000, ext. 3293
mmarrack@georgebrown.ca

Andrew McNamara (view bio)
Professor / Coordinator; Bachelor of Behaviour Analysis (S302)
School of Health & Wellness
416 415 5000 ext 5799​
Andrew.McNamara@georgebrown.ca  

Laura Pastrik (view bio)
Professor
Behavioural Science Technology (C116)
Autism and Behavioural Science (C405)

Waterfront Campus
Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences
Room 601
51 Dockside Drive
416-415-5000, ext. 3743
laura.pastrik@georgebrown.ca

Jen Porter (view bio)
Program Coordinator 
Behavioural Science Technology (C116)
416-415-5000, ext. 2763
jenporter@georgebrown.ca

Amy Richardson (view bio)
Orthotic/Prosthetic Technician (S102)
Clinical Methods in Orthotics/Prosthetics (S407)

Sunnybrook Hospital
2075 Bayview Avenue
416-480-5783
Amy.Richardson@georgebrown.ca

Gord Ruder (view bio)
Program Coordinator
Orthotic/Prosthetic Technician (S102)

Sunnybrook Hospital
2075 Bayview Avenue
416-480-5783
gordon.ruder@georgebrown.ca

Debra Sandlos
Hearing Instrument Specialist (S117)
Waterfront Campus
Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences
Room 601
51 Dockside Drive
416-415-5000, ext. 6110
dsandlos@georgebrown.ca

Anne-Marie Stoneburgh
Activation Coordinator/Gerontology (C102)
Waterfront Campus
Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences
Room 601
51 Dockside Drive
416-415-5000, ext. 2694
astonebu@georgebrown.ca

Robert Stromer (view bio)
Behavioural Science Technology
416-415-5000, ext. 2781
rstromer@georgebrown.ca  

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FACULTY BIOS

Jennifer Donnelly

Jennifer Donnelly, MADS, BCBA: Jennifer has received her Master of Applied Disability Studies from Brock University and is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. She has worked with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities since 1999, utilizing the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis with a special emphasis on Verbal Behaviour. She has experience working with a wide range of learners providing consultation and instruction. Jennifer has been with George Brown College since 2009 where she began part time before moving to a full-time position. In addition, she is an associate of Motivation Matters Inc. and also has clinical private practice where she provides workshops and consultative services to families, private ABA centres and schools in Canada, USA, and abroad.

Ken Hamilton

Ken Hamilton, BST, St. Lawrence College, BA Ryerson University, M.Ed.
Ken is an experienced practitioner and teacher. He has 15 years of experience doing applied behaviour analysis, behaviour therapy, and behavioural consultation with a variety of special populations. Currently, he is a Professor (Autism and Behavioural Science, and Behavioural Science Technology) in the School for Social and Community Services at George Brown College. His clinical and research interests include developmental disability and adolescences, behavioural systems for residential living and working with people with particularly challenging behaviours as well as training others in the methods of doing so.

 

Dr. Andrew McNamara, Ph.D., University of Toronto
Dr. Andrew McNamara, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, is a Professor and Coordinator of the Bachelor of Behaviour Analysis Program at George Brown College and an Adjunct Professor with the Applied Disability Studies (Master of Applied Disability Studies) program at Brock University. He taught in the Bachelor of Behavioural Psychology degree program at St. Lawrence College from 2006 to 2016.

Dr. McNamara has been working with individuals with autism and/or intellectual disabilities and individuals with acquired brain injury in the clinical application of applied behaviour analysis since 1980. In addition, he supervised Behaviour Therapists providing clinical services to individuals with an acquired brain injury in an inpatient setting and an outreach program from 1995 to 2003. He has extensive experience in the following areas: skill training, interventions for maladaptive behaviours (i.e., aggression, self-injury), direct instruction, discrete trial training, and parent and staff training (i.e., individual, group, workshops). He was the Coordinator of the Behavioural Science Technology and Autism and Behavioural Science programs at George Brown College from September 2002 to July 2006 and taught a variety of courses there.

Dr. McNamara received his Ph.D. in Applied Psychology: Special Education from the department of Human Development and Applied Psychology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. He is one of the founding members of the Ontario Association for Behavior Analysis (ONTABA) and served as the Chairperson on the ONTABA Transitional Licensure Task Force from 2010 to 2011. He is also a Full Member of the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis, the Association for Behavior Analysis International, and the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts.

Dr. McNamara received the ONTABA Award for Academic Achievement in Behaviour Analysis in 2008 and the ONTABA Award for Academic Achievement in Behaviour Analysis–Teaching in 2014.​

Laura Pastrik

Laura Pastrik
Laura has over 15 years' experience in the field of behaviour analysis and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2011. Most of her career has been spent working with children with autism both in public and private services. During her career, Laura has taken on a variety of roles including front line therapist, supervising therapist and trainer. In addition to learning as much as she can about teaching children with autism, Laura has an interest in learning how to effectively teach adult learners. This lead her to complete a Masters certificate in Adult Learning in 2016. She has been teaching at George Brown College in behavioural science since 2009, starting as a part-time instructor before moving full-time. Laura enjoys interacting with students and providing mentorship as students work to move into the field. She also volunteers with the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA) Conference Committee.

Jen Porter, MADS, BCBA
Jen has been working in the field of Behaviour Analysis for the past 10 years. Jen began her work in ABA in the Dual Diagnosis field before moving to Toronto to take the Behavioural Science Technology diploma at George Brown College. Upon completion of the program, Jen moved into the field of Autism (early intervention), and parent/staff training. Jen began teaching in the BST program in 2006 and continued private consultation in the areas of parent/staff training and Autism intervention. Jen completed her Master's degree at Brock University in Disability Studies with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis, where she focused on parent/staff training and behavioural education strategies. Jen became a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst in January of 2011, and continues her work as Coordinator and full time Professor in the BST program at George Brown College.

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Amy Richardson
Amy Richardson, a Certified Prosthetist, is a full time faculty member of the Prosthetic and Orthotic Programs (S407 &S102) at George Brown College. A graduate of the Prosthetic Orthotic Clinical Methods program herself, Amy has taught part-time since 2009 prior to moving into a full-time role in 2014.

When not at George Brown, Amy continues to practice at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, where she is a member of a multidisciplinary team providing clinical prosthetic treatment to both pediatric and adult clients. Prior to her time at Holland Bloorview, she was on staff at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in a similar role.

Amy holds a Masters of Science in Rehabilitation from McMaster University (2014) and an Honors Bachelors of Science (Kinesiology) from the University of Western Ontario (2007). As a component of her Masters degree, Amy published a Systematic Review focusing on the Prosthetic User's Individual Experience with Prosthetic Liners. 

Amy volunteers her time with provincial and national professional organizations and is currently a Director with ISPO Canada (October 2015) and is the chair of the Residency and Internship Committee with Orthotics Prosthetics Canada. Amy continues to participate in research, act as a peer reviewer, and present at conferences and workshops to help further enhance the Prosthetic and Orthotic field. 

Gord Ruder

Gordon Ruder
Gordon is an experienced Orthotist and Coordinator of the Prosthetic and Orthotic Program at George Brown College for the past 25 years. A graduate of the Prosthetic and Orthotic Clinical Methods program himself, Gordon has taught full time at George Brown and as a lecturer with the Toronto Rehab Institute. He has focused his career on the relationship between education, research and the technical and clinical aspects of orthotic practice, with a strong focus on evidence-based research.

When not teaching, Gordon has practiced at Boundless Biomechanical Bracing, with a strong focus on the lower limb orthotic management of pediatric cases with developmental disorders. He also practiced at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre where he saw adult orthotic clients.

Gordon received both his Bachelors and Masters of Science from the University of Waterloo, graduating with an Honours Biology (1987) and Biomechanics (1989), which resulted in the publication of several significant papers on human gait and balance control.

Gordon has contributed at the national level serving the Canadian Board for Certification of Prosthetists and Orthotists as Chief Orthotic Examiner and was awarded a Fellowship for his contribution to his field. Internationally, he has contributed to publications educationally and professionally and has presented workshops and conferences globally to further show how devices and research are used in the field. With the recent addition of the Gait Lab at the Sunnybrook campus, clinically and technically applied P&O research is being done to enhance curriculum and further improve patient care.

Robert Stromer

Robert Stromer, Ph.D., BCBA®-D
Robert is a Behaviour analyst with experience as a school psychologist (Nevada), mental health clinician (Kansas), university professor and discipline coordinator (Northern Michigan University), and researcher (University of Massachusetts Medical School – Shriver Center). His research at the Shriver Center was funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Organization for Autism Research. He has published extensively and has served on the editorial boards of The Behaviour Analyst and the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of behaviour; he served both as a board member and associate editor for the Journal of Applied Behaviour Analysis. Currently, he is a professor in the School of Social and Community Services, George Brown College, Toronto, Ontario. His current work focuses on translating research findings into training materials and manuals for everyday practice, and on computer-based technologies for teaching children with autism and related disorders. He also serves on the advisory board of a company developing educational software for individuals with special needs.