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Gabrielle Pitt


Dr. Gabrielle Pitt received her PhD from the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and Collaborative Program in Life Course and Aging, Palliative Care Option, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. She received her Masters of Social Work (Child and Family) from the University of Toronto, and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Exceptionality in Human Learning from University of Toronto. In addition, Gabrielle has a diploma in Early Childhood Education, and certificates in Adult Education, and Infant Mental Health.

Gabrielle has worked with children and families for almost 40 years, and has more than 20 years direct practice experience as a clinical social worker in children’s mental health, family therapy, psychosocial oncology and palliative care. She has taught at the undergraduate level for several years. In addition to teaching in the MSW program at the University of Toronto, she has been a Faculty Field Liaison.

Gabrielle’s area of interests includes psychosocial oncology and palliative care, attachment and parent/child relationships, neuroscience/interpersonal neurobiology, and child/family therapy. Gabrielle’s doctoral research represented the first interpretive empathic inquiry of the he experiences of parents and children (6 – 18 year of age) when a parent is living with, and dying from, advanced cancer.