The University of Ottawa founded Canada’s first Faculty Wellness Program (FWP). Under the directorship of Mamta Gautam, MD, FRCPC from 2000 - 2002, the program provided educational seminars, developed a web page, and helped hundreds of faculty members access health services.
Dr. Elizabeth Muggah – Assistant-Dean, Faculty Wellness Program
Dr. Elizabeth Muggah is a family physician who for the past 20 years has provided comprehensive care. She is a graduate of McMaster Medical School and the University of Ottawa Family Medicine residency program and she holds a Masters of Public Health from Harvard University. Dr. Muggah has practiced in numerous settings in Canada, the U. S. and Switzerland. She currently works at the Bruyere Academic Family Health Team in downtown Ottawa. She is an Associate Professor and Director of Quality Improvement in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa and in that role is actively involved in teaching, research, and scholarship particularly in the areas of health system change, quality improvement and physician leadership. She is passionate about physician wellness and the importance of organizational and system-wide changes to enable physicians to effectively practice in a culture that prioritizes and promotes their well-being. She's married and has two teenage children and in her spare time can be found cross-country skiing or cycling in the Gatineau hills.
Ms. Cynthia Abraham – Professional Counsellor, Faculty Wellness Program
Cynthia is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and has worked in the mental health field for over 10 years. She received her Masters in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy at Dublin Business School in Ireland where she lived and worked. Her work encompasses humanistic, psychodynamic, existential and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy taking into account the physical, psychological and emotional needs of the clients as well as their resources and strengths. Previous work has focused on marginalised populations and trauma and addiction. In the last few years, she has turned her attention to helping students in third level education navigate this often challenging and fundamental period of their lives. She feels passionate about her work and is committed to working with her clients to reach their goals.
The following are some of the challenges she provides support for :
- Mood: Depression, Anxiety, Panic, Anger, Self-Esteem, Loneliness
- Relationships (personal and professional): Conflict, Abuse, Emotional Regulation, Infidelity, Assertiveness, Intimacy, Gender and Sexual Identity
- Life Transitions: Grief and Loss, Separation, Parenting, Leaving Home
- Trauma: Childhood, PTSD, Bullying, Harassment, Pain Management, Sexual Abuse
- Stress: Stress Management, Work/Life Integration, Workplace Burnout, Learning to Relax