The staff at the Sex and Couple Therapy Service is comprised of a multidisciplinary team including experts from psychology, psychiatry, gynecology, urology, and social work.

Our Staff

Director & Clinical Training Coordinator

Julie Larouche, M.Ps.

Founder and Emeritus Psychologist

Yitzchak (Irv) M. Binik, Ph.D.


Véronique Charbonneau-Lefebvre

(for appointments and information)


Claudia Brown, Physiotherapist

Serge Carrier, M.D., Urologist

Peter Chan, M.D., Urologist

Samir Khalife, M.D., Gynecologist

Gerry Wiviott, M.D., Psychiatrist

Staff Psychologists

Alina Kao, Ph.D.

Julie Larouche, M.Ps.

Sabina Sarin, Ph.D.


Christina Spinelli

Jean-François Jodouin

Julia Levitan

Marie-Catherine Mignault

Marina Gérard

Maxime Fortin

Samantha Mallett

Solan Daoust-Cloutier

Véronique Charbonneau-Lefebvre

Dr. Irving Binik

Founder and Emeritus Professor

Irv Binik earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975. He completed his internship at the Department of Psychiatry at Warneford Hospital in Oxford, England. He is currently Professor in the Department of Psychology at McGill University and Founder of the Sex and Couple Therapy Service at the Allan Memorial Institute. Dr. Binik's research interests focus on disorders of sexual and genital pain. His clinical approach is "agnostic". He recently edited the book, Principles and Practice of Sex Therapy, Fifth Edition.

Dr. Gerry Wiviott

Staff Psychiatrist

Gerry Wiviott earned his MD from New York University and continued with a degree in psychiatry at McGill University in 1975. Since then, he has been a staff member at the Allan Memorial Institute where he works for the inpatient services and where he teaches residents and medical students. In addition to working for the Sex and Couple Therapy Service, he is in charge of a seminar on existential psychotherapy offered to residents.

Dr. Julie Larouche

Clinical Psychologist

Julie Larouche obtained her M.Sc. in 1994 from the Université de Montréal and completed her doctoral studies at Concordia University. She then completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Allan Memorial Institute of Sexual Therapy and Coupling in 2000. She is currently the Director of the Sexual Health Program, a joint project of the Department of Psychology and Urology within which male sexual dysfunction is approached using a multidisciplinary perspective. Her main clinical and research interests are concentrated in the field of sexual medicine. Her doctoral research project is on erectile dysfunction and she has been involved in clinical studies focusing on dyspareunia in women. Her therapeutic orientation is integrative.

Dr. Alina Kao

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Alina Kao received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from McGill University in 2012. She completed her clinical internship at the Sex and Couple Therapy Service and at the Allan Institute's Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy Unit, in which she is currently a staff member. His clinical interests include integrative assessment and treatment of sexual dysfunction, sexual difficulties associated with physical and mental health problems, and issues related to intimacy and conflict among couples. Her doctoral research focused on dyspareunia in postmenopausal women and has she since participated in numerous studies investigating the manifestations of feminine dyspareunia during the various phases of reproductive life.

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