2019 HEALTH CARE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE
Dr. Hiten Lad
HEALTH CARE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR
Dr. Hiten Lad is a well-respected registered psychologist practicing in the areas of clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology for adults and seniors for the past 12 years. He is listed with the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology and is the Practice Director and Owner at Lad & Associates. Lad & Associates is a full-service boutique mental health care practice, with locations in both Toronto and Kitchener, providing clinical neuropsychological and psychological assessments and treatment. Lad & Associates is also a proud member of the Ontario Rehab Alliance and a 2019 Bronze Corporate Sponsor for the Brain Injury Society of Toronto (BIST).
Dr. Lad received his Honours B.A. in Psychology and Kinesiology and Health Sciences from York University in Toronto. He obtained his Masters degree in Counselling Psychology, specialized training in trauma therapy, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Neuropsychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. During this training, in 2005 he was awarded the practicum student of the year through Lakeridge Health Oshawa. Dr. Lad completed his residency in clinical neuropsychology at Hamilton Health Sciences with specific training in acquired brain injury, pediatric neuropsychology, geriatric neuropsychology, acute stroke and rehabilitation, as well as adult general neuropsychology. Dr. Lad is a certified assessor for Catastrophic Impairment – Mental Behavioural (C-CAT: MB) through the Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators / Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessment (CSME-CAPDA). Dr. Lad has also been identified as a qualified expert by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) Arbitration Hearing and License Appeal Tribunal in medical legal proceedings.
Dr. Lad previously held positions as a Clinical Neuropsychologist with the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Program at Hamilton Health Sciences and as an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. He was also involved in research and has co-authored journal articles as well as a book chapter related to acquired brain injury. Dr. Lad also held a position as a clinical coordinator and training supervisor for the Canadian Psychology Association Accredited Neuropsychology Residency program at Hamilton Health Sciences. Furthermore, he worked as the clinical supervisor for rehabilitation therapists at the Acquired Brain Injury Community Services program at Hamilton Health Sciences. Prior to working with Hamilton Health Sciences, Dr. Lad worked in a multidisciplinary team at Toronto Western Hospital providing cognitive behavioural rehabilitation services for the treatment of chronic pain patients. Dr. Lad currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Brain Injury Society of Toronto (BIST).
Earlier this year in his role at BIST, Dr. Lad identified a major gap in ABI services highlighting a critical need to increase accessibility to psycho-education for acquired brain injury survivors, their families and the health care community. In response to this need, with the help of his fellow board members Dr.Lad created BIST’s ABI Info Series, where he also donated his personal time to provide free ABI educational workshops for the brain injury community.
Dr. Lad’s unique skill and awareness of integrating accessibility and cultural context into clinical neuropsychological and psychological services is second to none. As a dedicated health care professional, Dr. Lad’s experiences and training have made him a leader in the intersection of diversity and inclusion on the quality of the patient care experience. Dr. Lad is known for and has been widely recognized by his rehab community colleagues for his ability to explain and help others understand the importance and clinical significance of cultural context on the quality and accuracy of patient care.
Over the last few years, Dr. Lad was an invited speaker at a number of events including the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Conference, Medical Legal Society of Toronto, Brain Injury Society of Toronto (BIST), and most recently at the 2019 World Congress on Brain Injury held in Toronto. Dr. Lad continues to be an invited academic lecturer in Clinical Behavioural Sciences, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University.
Dr. Lad will continue the balance of this year as an invited speaker at the upcoming 2019 Provincial ABI Conference as well as through the production of an educational webinar series being developed for the ABI and rehab community in North America.