Dr. Reva Gerstein has had a long and distinguished career as a psychologist, educator and community leader. She has made an extraordinary impact on mental health and its related research. Educated as a psychologist, she received her Ph.D. from University of Toronto in 1945.
Dr. Gerstein was Chancellor Emeritus, University of Western Ontario and has received honourary doctorates from University of Toronto, York University, University of Western Ontario, Lakehead University, University of Guelph and Queen’s University.
Dr. Gerstein worked with Clarence Hincks in founding Canadian Mental Health Association and later became the first Director of Program Planning for C.M.H.A. In 1987, she received the C.M. Hincks Award from the C.M.H.A.
She is an Honourary Life Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and a Life Member of the American Psychological Association.
Dr. Gerstein is a Founder and Past Chair of Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and Founder and Past Chair of the C.M. Hincks Child and Adolescent Centre.
She is a past member of the Board of Directors and Honourary Trustee of The Hospital For Sick Children and a past member of the Board of Governors of Mount Sinai Hospital.
In the 1980’s, Dr. Gerstein chaired the Toronto Mayor’s Action Task Force on Discharged Psychiatric Patients. The Report of the Task Force was published in 1984 and as a result of its recommendations, a number of significant community mental health services were established in Toronto. Among them was Gerstein Crisis Centre, which was opened in 1989. Dr. Gerstein chaired its founding Board and remains involved in the Centre today.
Dr. Gerstein’s contributions to the field of mental health have been internationally recognized. She is a Member of the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada. She was promoted within the Order of Canada to Companion in 1997.