Dr. Altar has been a resident of Terrace since 1994. He first taught for UNBC full time for two years and then part-time till 2003. He worked full time as a Registered Psychologist for the Nisga'a Nation as their Community Psychologist for six years and he continues to provide part-time Psychological services for the Nisga'a people in Terrace and in their own communities. From 1998 to 2005 Dr. Altar was the visiting treatment Psychologist for the Haisla drug & alcohol treatment centre in Kitimaat Village. Dr. Altar first taught for NWCC in 1995 and then became regular faculty and Head of the Psychology Department in 2003.
Dr. Altar continues to serve the community of Terrace as a Registered Psychologist. He is also currently serving as a Board Member of the Kermode Friendship Centre and also the British Columbia Psychological Association (BCPA) and has published articles for their newsletter and listserv. In 2011 he was elected President of the BCPA.
As a College-Professor for NWCC, Dr. Altar aims to represent the science and profession of Psychology and its important contributions to humanity. He wants his students to be challenged and informed by the important findings of Psychology. Key pedagogical aims for Dr. Altar are to provoke critical thinking and to get students to question their taken-for-granted assumptions and misconceptions about how humans actually think, feel and act. As a Registered Psychologist and past member of the Native Psychologists Association of Canada, he is uniquely qualified to provide a true integration of both Psychological Theory and Mental Health Practice. In addition, Dr. Altar holds that Psychology is profoundly useful for everyone and, in his classes, he stresses the practical importance of Psychology in the personal and working lives of his students.