Julia recognizes the impact of developmental transitions on one’s sense of self. She has a strong interest in the transition to adulthood – a unique time of life full of many opportunities and challenges. With this in mind, she works with adolescents, emerging adults, and adults to explore and overcome their struggles and support them towards positive change, growth, and meaning.
Julia conveys a warm and authentic therapeutic stance and prioritizes the therapeutic relationship. She is passionate about helping her clients overcome challenges and is experienced in working with mood and anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, emotion dysregulation, difficulties with personality functioning, interpersonal problems, work-related issues, and challenges with life transitions (including transitions to adulthood or parenthood). Her approach to treatment is integrative and evidence-based, drawing from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy. She practices from an inclusive, anti-oppressive framework that is flexible and tailored to the unique needs of each client.
Julia has worked with diverse groups of adolescents and adults in a variety of professional settings, including The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, Markham Stouffville Hospital, and the OISE Psychology Clinic. Her research interests are grounded in the developmental stage of emerging adulthood and examine how social and cultural influences impact risky health behaviours during this critical time of life. She has also led evaluations of programs aimed at supporting youth with the transition to adulthood in both healthcare and community settings. She remains an advocate of developmentally appropriate healthcare services for youth and emerging adults.
Residency – Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre
Ph.D. – Clinical & Counselling Psychology, OISE, University of Toronto
Hussman, J.B. & Goldstein, A.L. (2019): Traditional femininity norms and alcohol problems in a Canadian sample of young women, Journal of Youth Studies. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1080/13676261.2019.1569213
Selected Conference Publications
Hussman, J.B. & Goldstein, A.L. (2017, Oct). Emerging Adults’ Relationships with their bodies: Risk and protective factors for drinking. Presented at the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood 8th biennial conference, Washington, DC.
Hussman, J.B., Goldstein, A.L., Stewart, S.H. & Mackinnon, S.P. (2017, June). Gender-specific models: Do drinking motives mediate the relationship between perceptions of Emerging Adulthood and Alcohol Consequences? Poster presented at the 78th Canadian Psychology Association conference, Toronto, ON.
Hussman, J.M. & Goldstein, A.L. (2015, March). ‘Drink Like a Man’: The Impact of Gender Role Conformity on Alcohol Use Among Emerging Adults in Canada. Poster presented at the 40th annual Association for Women in Psychology conference, San Francisco, CA.
Hussman, J.M., Goldstein, A.L. & Piran, N. (2014, June). Examination of a Feminist-Developmental-