Brian Levitt, Psy.D., C.Psych.
Dr. Levitt enjoys a busy mix of clinical activity, including expert psychological-legal assessment and clinical treatment services. In his psychological-legal assessment work he has expertise in diagnosing and rating impairments due to a variety of psychological disorders, as well as addressing questions related to malingering or exaggeration. Dr. Levitt also provides opinions integrating the effects of bodily injuries, pain and pain disorders with mental and behavioural disorders. He gives expert opinion testimony in court and arbitration when there are disputes over these matters. In addition to his psychological-legal work, Dr. Levitt shares responsibility for patient care in our clinic, including psychovocational aspects of rehabilitation. He engages in clinical supervision, as well as education, training and mentoring of our clinicians. He also is active in educating psychologists and other health professionals, lawyers, and government officials and employees with respect to a variety of issues in the field.
Dr. Levitt’s doctoral degree is in Clinical Psychology, with a minor in Health Psychology. His clinical training included assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients with severe mental and behavioural disorders in private and public inpatient hospital settings, as well as sheltered workshops. More recently, he completed a postgraduate diploma program (DESS) through the University of Montreal Faculty of Medicine in Insurance Medicine and Medicolegal Expertise. He also has a Master of Science in Community Counseling, with specialized training in vocational assessment and counseling.
Dr. Levitt has performed disability assessments for patients with severe mental and behavioural disorders applying for Social Security Disability. As a clinical psychologist, he worked in chronic care facilities, assessing, diagnosing and treating patients with severe psychological disorders, including psychotic and severe mood disorders. Upon immigrating to Canada in 2000, Dr. Levitt respecialized in rehabilitation psychology. He since has performed hundreds of psychological disability assessments in relation to MVA, WSIB, and other personal injury contexts.
Dr. Levitt has published scholarly works with respect to catastrophic impairment, and created educational modules addressing catastrophic impairment evaluation for psychological disability assessors. He delivered the 2010 Keynote Address to the British Psychological Society’s Division of Counseling Psychology on the intersection of psychological assessment and the law. He was invited in 2014 to consult to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science in Washington, DC on the use of performance and symptom validity testing in Canadian disability benefits systems and the implications for Social Security Administration Disability Determinations. He has also edited two books on the application of humanistic theory to psychological treatment, and has published book chapters and articles in this area. In 2015 Dr. Levitt received the Canadian Academy of Psychological Disability Assessors Founders’ Award for exemplary service, which included two years as President on the CAPDA Board.