MEET DR. JULIANA
I am a Registered Psychologist passionate about working with children, youth, and young adults with anxiety, OCD, ADHD, and behavioural and learning difficulties. 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 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.
I have given numerous national and international presentations and training and wrote book chapters and academic papers. I have continued to be actively engaged with the scientific community and am currently co-authoring a book for teenagers.
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.
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 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 Publications.
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 have been trained in ACT through different formal courses and participation in numerous workshops. I am also certified to deliver SPACE, a parent-based treatment program for children and adolescents with anxiety, OCD, and related problems.
I am a member of the following psychological associations: