Welcome. I'm Dr. Susan Wnuk, a clinical psychologist practicing in Toronto, Ontario. I am a staff psychologist at the University Health Network Bariatric Surgery Program where I work with individuals living with obesity and related mental and physical health conditions. My work also involves conducting research, supervising students, teaching and presenting at conferences. I'm an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and I have a small private practice where I provide individual psychotherapy to adults.
I provide psychotherapy and assessment services to people living with a wide range of problems, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance use disorders and borderline personality disorder. The settings where I have worked include university counselling centres, hospitals and private practice.
My current research focus is mindfulness, disordered eating, body image and other mental health and social factors related to eating and lifestyle habits in people who undergo bariatric surgery. I'm interested in understanding how people can develop a healthy relationship with food and their bodies so that they can live full, satisfying lives consistent with with their values. I have a particular interest in evidence-based approaches to behaviour change that involve mindfulness. My training and experience includes Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training, Emotion-focused Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. I am a member in good standing with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.
I am also interested in the therapeutic effects of plant-based diets on mental and physical health and lead the Plant-based Healthcare Professionals group, a network of healthcare professionals in the Greater Toronto Area who are interested in this topic.
Ph.D.: York University, Toronto, ON
M.A.: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Diploma in Education: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
B.A.: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON
American Psychological Associated Accredited Pre-doctoral Internship, Division of Clinical Psychology, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
Ph.D. Practicum Placement, Eating Disorders Clinic, Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga, ON
Ph.D. Practicum Placement, Eating Disorders Day Hospital, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, ON
Ph.D. Practicum Placement, Law and Mental Health Program, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON
M.A. Practicum Placement, Student Counselling Services, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC