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Dr. Albina Veltman is an Associate Professor at McMaster University in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences.  From 2013-2016, she served as the Inaugural Chair of Diversity & Engagement for the Undergraduate Medical Education Program at McMaster.  Dr. Veltman’s clinical work focuses on traditionally marginalized populations, including people with severe and persistent mental illness, people with developmental disabilities, and people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ).  Her research interests include social justice and diversity-related issues in healthcare education, LGBTQ health, and psychiatric stigma and advocacy.  She is a frequent speaker at national and international workshops and conferences on topics related to social justice, diversity and LGBTQ health.  Dr. Veltman is the lead author on the Canadian Psychiatric Association's first position paper on the provision of mental health care for LGBTQ-identified individuals (published in 2014).  She has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the 2013 McMaster University Department of Psychiatry Undergraduate Educator Award, a 2014 AMS Phoenix Project Call to Caring Grant, and the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Gay & Lesbian Psychiatrists.

Featured Publications

La Rose, T. & Veltman, A. (2016). Chapter 5: Anti-Oppressive Approach to Assessment in: On-call Geriatric Psychiatry – A Handbook of Principles and Practice; Eds: Hategan, A, Bourgeois, JA, Seritan, AL, & Hirsch, C.  Springer Publishing Company, New York.

Giroux, C., Veltman, A., Litkowski, L., & Paech, K. (2016). Chapter 13: Physical and Sexual Trauma in Older Adults: A Trauma-Informed Care Approach in: On-call Geriatric Psychiatry – A Handbook of Principles and Practice; Eds: Hategan, A, Bourgeois, JA, Seritan, AL, & Hirsch, C. Springer Publishing Company, New York.

Bourgeois, J., Hategan, A., Veltman, A. Hall, E. (2015). Chapter 1: Overview of Borderline Personality Disorder in Older Patients: Evolution and Complexity in: Borderline Personality Disorder in Older Adults: Emphasis on Care in Institutional Settings; Eds: Hategan, A, Bourgeois, JA, & Xiong GL. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., New York.

Veltman, A. & Chaimowitz, G. (2014). Canadian Psychiatric Association Position Paper: Mental Health Care for Individuals who Identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender and/or Queer (LGBTQ). The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 59 (11): Insert page 1-8.

Kidd, S, Veltman, A, Gately, N, Chan, J, & Cohen, J. (2011). Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Persons with Severe Mental Illness: Negotiating Wellness Around Multiple Sources of Stigma. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 14 (1): 13-39.

Veltman, A, Stewart, D, Cameron, J. (2002). The Experience of Providing Care to Chronically Mentally Ill Family Members. The Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease, 190: 108-114.

Veltman, A, Stewart, D, Tardif, G, & Branigan, M. (2001). Perceptions of Primary Health Care Services Among Persons with Physical Disabilities Part I: Access Issues. Medscape General Medicine, 3 (2).

Branigan, M, Stewart, D, Tardif, G, & Veltman, A. (2001). Perceptions of Primary Health Care Services Among Persons with Physical Disabilities Part II: Quality Issues. Medscape General Medicine, 3 (2).

Education

  • FRCPC, Postgraduate Psychiatry Residency Program, McMaster University, 2008
  • MD, Undergraduate Medical Degree, University of Western Ontario (Western University), 2003
  • BSc (Hons), Biology & Psychology, McMaster University, 1999

Research Areas

Social justice, diversity, LGBTQ health, marginalized populations, medical education, psychiatric stigma

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