About Me

Dr. Brian Doan is a licensed Fredericton Psychologist with over 38 years of experience assessing and treating adults with psychological problems.

I received a B.A (Hon.) in Psychology at Brock University in 1973 and an M.A. (1974) in Experimental Psychology and Ph.D. (1981) in Clinical Psychology from McGill University.

I trained as a psychometrist in 1973 at the North Eastern Regional Mental Health Centre in South Porcupine, ON. In Montreal, I worked and lived for 2 years as a Group Home Parent in a residential setting for troubled adolescent boys. While at McGill, I completed internships at the Allan Memorial Institute’s Psychodynamic Group Therapy Unit, and in the Behaviour Therapy Unit, where I received a solid grounding in cognitive and behaviour therapy techniques for individuals and couples. I also interned at the Douglas Hospital’s Community Mental Health Centre, and learned more about psychodynamic approaches to treatment and working as part of a multi-disciplinary community mental health team.

In 1979, I worked as a staff psychologist in what was then a very innovative and intense Acute Day Hospital Program at the Abbie Lane Memorial Hospital in Halifax. I went on in 1981 to establish the Department of Psychology at the Victoria General Hospital, and served as Director of Psychology there until 1988. During that time, I developed and provided Clinical Health Psychology services to inpatients and outpatients with a variety of chronic and life-threatening illnesses, disabilities and chronic pain. I also served as President and executive member of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia.

In 1988 I returned to Ontario to work as the Coordinator of Psychology Services to Oncology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, where I specialized in treating cancer patients, their caregivers and families for nearly 18 years. Until 2005, I was actively involved in psychosocial research and published several journal articles and book chapters on depression, chronic pain, and cancer. I supervised graduate psychology interns interested in cancer and served periodically as an examiner for the College of Psychologists of Ontario. In 1996 I opened a part-time private practice while continuing to work at the Cancer Centre. I have been in full-time private practice since 2005 in Toronto and now in Fredericton since 2016.

My approach to psychotherapy and counseling has been influenced by my training and experience using cognitive behaviour therapy, short-term psychodynamic therapy, as well as client-centered, existential and humanistic approaches to treatment. My approach is sensitive, practical, problem-oriented and person-centered. Drawing from a range of theoretical orientations and techniques, my work with you will be tailored to your needs.