MEET DR. JULIANA

(PRONOUNS:SHE/HER)

I am a Registered Psychologist passionate about mental health who works as a clinician, researcher, supervisor, trainer, consultant, and public speaker. My clinical approach is grounded in research and based on individual and family Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)and Acceptance and Committed Therapy (ACT).

 

I have extensive research and clinical experience conducting psycho-educational assessments, working with schools, and developing Individual Education Plans and school-based interventions. For many years, I conducted different studies at the BC Children's Hospital that involved assessing neurocognitive and academic functioning in pediatric OCD. Also, early in my career, I worked as a school psychologist in a public school district.

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I have given numerous national and international presentations and training as well as written book chapters and academic papers. I have also continued to be actively engaged with the scientific community and have recently co-authored a book for helping teenagers deal with uncertainty that will be released in August 2022 by New Harbinger!

 

In addition to working in private practice, I am 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 was one of the leading developers of 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. 

Finally, I also provide supervision to Ph.D. practicum students in the Clinical Psychology program at UBC and SFU, certified school psychologists, clinical counsellors as well as early-career and highly experienced psychologists. 

EDUCATION

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 have been involved with the B.C. Children’s Hospital Provincial OCD Program (POP) since 2012. I have also recently completed a

3-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at POP, where I participated in numerous aspects of research related to neurocognitive and academic functioning in OCD as well as treatment outcome. During my fellowship, I provided school-based support for POP families and gathered evidence about how students with OCD function at school and what to do to help improve their school functioning. For more information about the main studies that I conducted and published, please see Research.

CERTIFICATION

I am registered with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia (#2245)and hold a temporary Certificate of Registration Authorizing Interim Autonomous Practice with the College of Psychologists of OntarioI received intensive training in CBT for OCD and related disorders through the Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) sponsored by the International OCD Foundation. I have been trained in ACT through different formal courses and participation in numerous workshops. 

I am a member of the following psychological associations:

INTERESTS AND ACTIVITIES

I truly enjoy being in nature, hiking, canoeing, biking, and travelling. The thing I love the most is spending quality time with my family.

LANGUAGES

I speak English and Portuguese fluently.