Dr. Dennis Patrick O’Hara is the current Director of the Elliott Allen Institute for Theology & Ecology. He began his career as a chiropractor and naturopathic doctor, both as a practitioner in private practice as well as an educator at colleges for each of these professions. He has been a consultant and facilitator for the Natural Health Products Directorate of Health Canada where he facilitated six international consultations. He was a co-investigator in a 5 year research project funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to establish the Canadian Interdisciplinary Network for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research (IN-CAM). He has drafted a description of the naturopathic profession for the World Health Organization and wrote the summative report for the 2006 World Health Organization International Consultation on Phytotherapy held in Milan, Italy.
In 1988, he began his theological studies, eventually completing master and doctoral degrees as well as a specialization in theology and ecology at the Faculty of Theology, University of St. Michael’s College, a member school of the Toronto School of Theology in the University of Toronto. Since 2001, he has been a faculty member at St. Michael’s, and the Director of the Elliott Allen Institute for Theology & Ecology, directing many theses on various aspects of eco-theology and ethics. He is also an associate member of the graduate faculty of the School for the Environment at the University of Toronto where he has co-taught courses on the environment and health. Since 2004, he has been a core faculty member of the certificate programme in Corporate Social Responsibility at the University of St. Michael’s College. Dr. O’Hara has delivered popular and academic lectures in Canada, the United States, Europe and Korea on health care, ecological spirituality, and ecological theology.