I am a Registered Psychologist passionate about working with children and youth with anxiety and OCD. My clinical approach is grounded in research and based on individual and family cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT)and Acceptance and Committed Therapy (ACT).
I also have significant experience conducting psycho-educational assessments, working with schools, and developing Individual Education Plans and school-based interventions. For many years, I worked as a school psychologist in a public school district. I also developed and conducted a 5-year study at the BC Children's Hospital that involved assessing
neurocognitive functioning in pediatric OCD.
I have given numerous national and international presentations and have co-authored book chapters and academic papers. I am a collaborator with, and a consultant to, Anxiety Canada where I create resources and provide workshops in the community. In particular, in collaboration with Anxiety Canada and the Ministry of Children and Family Development I helped develop EASE, Everyday Anxiety Strategies for Educators, a collection of evidence-informed anxiety prevention and resilience-building resources for use with students in grades K-7.
I completed my Masters and Ph.D. in School Psychology at the University of British Columbia. My dissertation study on neurocognition in pediatric OCD received awards from diverse psychological organizations, including a Certificate of Excellence from the Canadian Psychological Association. I obtained specialized training in treating anxiety disorders and other conditions during my APPIC-accredited internship with Child and Youth Mental Health.
I have been involved with the B.C. Children’s Hospital Provincial OCD Program (POP) since 2012. Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at POP, where I participate in numerous aspects of research related to neurocognitive and academic functioning in OCD as well as treatment outcome. I also provide school-based support for OCD for families who have been through POP. One of the main goals of my fellowship is to gather evidence about how students with OCD function at school and to help improve the support they receive in the school system.
I am registered with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia (#2245)
I received intensive training in CBT for OCD and related disorders through the Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) sponsored by the International OCD Foundation.
I am also a member of the following psychological associations: