Professional chief - Psychology, Douglas Institute
Margaret O’Byrne, PhD, is Professional Chief of Psychology at the Douglas Institute and also maintains an active private practice.
Her work has focused on culture, disability, and social marginalization, and for many years, she was the executive director of a community-based organization in the field of disability. She coordinated a regional initiative to implement services for adults and children with Asperger's Syndrome, and continues her clinical involvement with this population. Her clinical focus has been on children, youth, and adults borderline mental disability, and she currently focuses on autism spectrum disorders.Her academic interests include qualitative research, hermeneutics, identity and marginality. A current focus is on leadership in psychology and disparity mental health issues.
Margaret O'Byrne is a member of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society and a founding member of the "Cultural psychology" section at the Ordre des psychologues du Québec. She is member at large of the executive committee of "Psychologists in hospitals and health centres" section at the Canadian Psychological Association.
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