Bio – Dr. Laura Loli-Dano

Dr. Laura Loli-Dano brings a wealth of 20+ years of blended experience as a mental health clinician, educator, leader and administrator in health care and social services. She holds a Bachelor’s of Social Work Degree (Hons) from the University of Tirana (Albania); a Certificate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Aristotle (Greece); a Master’s of Science in Counselling from the University of Hull (UK); a Certificate in Social Economy from the University of Toronto (Canada); a Graduate Diploma in Health Care Management from the Ontario Hospital Association (Canada); a Doctorate in Health from the University of Bath (UK) and Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Global Mental Health with the University of Toronto and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Canada).

Dr. Loli-Dano is an advocate for patient rights with a keen interest on bioethics, particularly the right to health as a fundamental and inclusive human right and its role in informing global health systems and health policies. She has collaboratively championed numerous quality improvement initiatives utilizing a range of empirically validated methodologies and frameworks. These include implementation science, change management and process management, with a key focus on reducing system access barriers for varying marginalized groups, enhancing acute patient rapid access to service and developing integrated care interventions for comorbid mental illnesses. She has been a Technical Reviewer for the World Health Organization (WHO) QualityRights Toolkit and its global cultural adaptation.

Dr. Loli-Dano has collaboratively secured and administered health and social services grants from municipal and provincial donors including the City of Toronto, United Way, Trillium Foundation, and others. She has collaboratively administered research and educational grants from national and international donors including Grand Challenges, the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) and the Templeton Foundation. She is passionate about Knowledge Transfer and Exchange and its translation into better health outcomes for patients and their loved ones. She is an accreditation peer reviewer with the Canadian Centre for Accreditation (CCA) contributing to health and social services improvements across Ontario and Canada.

Dr. Loli-Dano has formal training in Person Construct Therapy (PCT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy (NT) and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). She is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW); a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (CACP); a member of the Canadian Association of Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR); a former Accredited Therapist  with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP); a former Registered Independent Counsellor (RIC) with the Independent United Kingdom Register of Counsellors (IUKRC); and a former Registered Social Worker (RSW) with the British Association of Social Workers (BASW). As a former Certified Instructor with the International Association of Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (IANCI), she delivered crisis prevention and intervention trainings to various workplaces and their teams.