Dr. Phil Ritchie
“I am not a victim. No matter what I have been through, I’m still here. I have a history of victory.”
Occupation: Clinical Psychologist
- An avid Liverpool FC fan
- Loves to fish (including fly fishing)
- Dr. Ritchie spent a year working up at the North Pole
- Married with 3 kids with most of his free time spent going to and from soccer pitches and gyms cheering on his kids.
Personal and Professional Experiences
- Completed his Ph.D. in Psychology at Queen’s University in 1990, followed by a 1-year post-doctoral internship at CHEO.
- He worked at the Ottawa Board of Education/Ottawa Carleton District School Board for the next 17 years, where duties included being clinical lead of the Tragic Events Response Team.
- Dr. Ritchie volunteered for 12 years with the Ottawa Valley Critical Incident Stress Management Team offering support to Fire, Paramedic, Hospital Emergency Room, and Police Services following traumatic events.
- Seconded by Health Canada to Halifax following the crash of Swissair Ft 111; Seconded by City of Ottawa following the OC Transpo Shootings; Seconded by American NGO to Sri Lanka following the tsunami.
- Has consulted to the City of Ottawa and National Defense regarding disaster preparedness and response to critical incidents.
- Since 2008, employed by CHEO, currently working as a psychologist with the Inpatient Psychiatry Unit, as well as doing urgent care assessments.
- Current volunteer activities include being a board member for the Youth Services Bureau and preparing and serving food at The Mission kitchen.
- He currently consults to the Ottawa Police Services Tactical Team/Negotiators and has lectured at the Canadian Police College and the RCMP training Depot (Regina) past president of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology.