Julia Hussman

Julia Hussman


Julia recognizes the impact of developmental transitions on one’s sense of self. She has a strong interest in emerging adulthood – a unique stage of life full of many opportunities and challenges (e.g., identity exploration, experimentation, optimism, independence, instability). With this in mind, she works with emerging adults and adults to explore and overcome their various struggles and concerns, and supports them towards positive change, growth and self-discovery. Julia practices from an inclusive, anti-oppressive framework that is flexible and client-centered. Her approach to treatment is integrative, drawing from several evidence-based therapies (Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectical Behavior, and Psychodynamic). She tailors her approach to each client and assesses how to best meet their needs. Julia conveys a warm and genuine therapeutic stance and prioritizes the therapeutic relationship. She is passionate about helping her clients overcome challenges including those related to anxiety, mood, emotion dysregulation, identity-related issues, life transitions, relationship difficulties, and issues with personality functioning.

Julia has worked with diverse groups of adults in a variety of professional settings. These include the Mood and Anxiety, Youth, and Community Mental Health Programs at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre; the Assessment and Reintegration Program (inpatients) at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences; the Adult Outpatient Mental Health Program at Markham Stouffville Hospital; and the OISE Psychology Clinic (both as a clinician and supervisor of graduate students). Julia’s area of research combines her interests in gender studies, health and emerging adulthood. More specifically, her work examines how socially constructed gender roles concerning ‘femininity’ 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

Recent Publications

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-Relational Model of Alcohol Consequences in Young Women. Poster presented at the 37th annual Research Society on Alcoholism Meeting, Bellevue, WA.