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Section Executive 2016-2017

Dr. Judith (Judy) Wiener

Judith (Judy) Wiener, Ph.D., C. Psych

Professor, School and Clinical Child Psychology
Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto

Judith (Judy) Wiener, PhD, is Professor of School and Clinical Child Psychology in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. She obtained her PhD from University of Michigan in 1978. Prior to her appointment at OISE, she worked as a school psychologist in Quebec and Ontario. She has also consulted in children's mental health centers, and has a small private practice. Her primary clinical expertise is assessment and psychosocial interventions with children and adolescents with learning disabilities and ADHD, and children and adolescents who are immigrants and refugees. In addition to supervising graduate students working with immigrant and refugee children and families in the OISE Psychology Clinic, she coordinated a program providing school psychology services in a remote First Nations community in Northern Ontario. Dr. Wiener is Past President of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities, Chair of the Educational and School Psychology Section of the Canadian Psychological Association, and a member of the Canadian Psychological Association accreditation panel. She is also on the editorial board for several journals. Her current research is on self-perceptions, family and peer relationships of children and adolescents with ADHD and learning disabilities and the efficacy of school-based and mindfulness interventions on their self-perceptions and relationships. She has published over 70 book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals, and co-authored a book published by Springer in 2015 entitled Psychological Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children and Adolescents: A Practitioner’s Guide. In addition to presenting professional talks and workshops throughout Canada and the United States, she is regularly interviewed and consulted in Canada's mass media regarding ADHD, bullying in schools, and other children’s mental health and education issues.


Dr. Laurie Ford

Chair Elect:
Laurie Ford, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
University of British Columbia

Laurie is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education at the University of British Columbia and currently serves as the Director of Training for the UBC Doctoral Program in School Psychology. She has a strong passion for cross-disciplinary approaches in her teaching, research, and professional service. In addition to School Psychology at UBC Laurie have affiliations with the in Human Development, Learning and Culture Early Childhood Education Programs. Her early professional background is in psychology and special education where she worked as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher as well as a teacher of students with Behaviour Disorders and Learning Disabilities. She has worked as a school psychologist in a special education cooperative in Kansas and at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Laurie received a Ph.D. in School Psychology with a minor in Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Kansas (APA accredited), completed her internship with the Nebraska Consortium in Professional Psychology (APA accredited) and a doctoral fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Pediatric Psychology. Prior to her move to Canada, she was on faculty at Texas A & M University and the University of South Carolina. Laurie has thoroughly enjoyed her involvement in CPA and the colleagues she has met since moving to Canada in 2001 as a member of the Educational and School and Community Psychology sections. She has been active in service roles as a conference proposal reviewer, manuscript reviewer for CPA publications, and as an accreditation site visitor. It was her pleasure to serve as Member at Large for the CPA Educational and School Psychology section working most recently with a colleagues revitalizing our Student Conference Awards committee and on our By-Laws revisions. She also was a member of the School Psychology Working Group for the CPA Internship Supply and Demand Task Force. Her research and teaching have a strong focus on the ecological context of children and youth, diversity, cross-disciplinary work, and the importance of relationships in a wide array of contexts. She has particular interest in the assessment of young children, community-based services, and family-school-community relationship with a focus on children, youth and families from diverse cultural backgrounds. It has been my privilege to supervise over 75 doctoral dissertations and Master’s theses. Laurie’s work with graduate students in not only their research but also their clinical training and seeing them move on to their professional roles gives her great pride and professional nourishment. She is energized and excited to begin her term as Chair-elect. Laurie looks forward to working with others on the section Executive Committee to engage more and diverse school and educational professionals from across Canada in our section to make sure the strongest section we can be and the place to turn to for leadership in Educational and School Psychology across all of Canada. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with friends outdoors in beautiful British Columbia, time in the sun (when they have it), cooking, enjoying good cider and wine, and hanging with her dogs Cooper and Gracie.


Past Chair:
Juanita Mureika, MA.L.Psych.

Juanita is a graduate of the Catholic University of America and the University of New Brunswick. Although she began her career as a guidance counsellor, her passion has been school psychology. She has worked in several school districts in NB, at the UNB Learning Center, for Social Services, and as a consultant at the NB Department of Education. Juanita has authored several seminal documents, including Guidelines for Professional Practice for NB School Psychologists (2002), which was adopted by CPA and several other provinces, and then reworked as Professional Practice Guidelines for School Psychologists in Canada (2007). In addition, as chair of the CPA Task Force on Publically Funded Psychology (schools), she edited the Section’s Position Paper School Psychology: An Essential Public Service in Canada: A Position Paper (August 2014). Most recently, she was contracted by the NB DoE to develop the document Standards for Professional Practice in School Psychology in New Brunswick (2015). Juanita also helped organize and co-chaired the NB Critical Incident Stress Management Team. She was twice President of the College of Psychologists of NB, and was among the founding members of NBASP, of which she was Chair for several terms. She also served two terms on the CPA Board of Directors, and was secretary/treasurer and co-Chair of CPAP. She is now an Honorary Member of the College of Psychologists of NB, of NBASP, and of CPA. She continues to be involved with CASP, the CPA Section, and the NBASP.


Dr. Allyson G. Harrison

Allyson G. Harrison, Ph.D.

Clinical Director, Regional Assessment & Resource Centre
Department of Clinical Psychology
Queen’s University

Allyson G. Harrison is currently the clinical director of the Regional Assessment & Resource Centre at Queen’s University, one of two centers mandated to support postsecondary students through the provision of assessments, applied research, and professional development for psychological practitioners. She also holds an appointment as an associate professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Queen’s University. Her research is dedicated to issues of differential diagnosis in LD and ADHD.


Newsletter Editor:
Janine Montgomery, Ph.D., C. Psych. Candidate

Professor, School Psychology Graduate Program
Department of Psychology
University of Manitoba

Dr. Montgomery is a former classroom teacher (Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools, Alberta) who completed her B. Ed and PhD (School Psychology) at the University of Saskatchewan. She joined the faculty at the University of Manitoba in 2007, serving primarily in the School Psychology Graduate program, but also teaching undergraduate classes in Abnormal Psychology. She conducts and supervises research in social cognition (social thinking), with a focus on ASD. She aims to bring research-based information to knowledge users in practical and easy to apply forms.


Dr. Troy Janzen

Member at Large:
Troy Janzen, Ph.D., Registered Psychologist

Clinical Supervisor and Practicum Site Coordinator
School and Clinical Child Psychology Program
Department of Educational Psychology
University of Alberta

Following an undergraduate degree with a specialization in psychology, Troy received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Counselling Psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. He has been practicing as a licensed psychologist in Alberta since 1993. Troy completed his doctoral internship at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in 1996. The focus of his clinical training and practice from the time of his doctoral training and onward has been in working with school-aged children and adolescents and their families. He has worked extensively in schools in Edmonton and surrounding regions. Troy has also had considerable experience in working with aboriginal populations on reservations in central Alberta. Much of his clinical work with children has been in the context of Alberta Child and Family Services and doing therapy with children who have experienced abuse and exposed to other trauma. He is also regularly asked to conduct parenting capacity assessments and to testify as an expert in Family Court. From 2002-2009, he was the Chair of an undergraduate psychology program at Taylor University College in Edmonton. Over the past seven years Troy has been serving as a Clinical Supervisor and Practicum Site Coordinator for the School and Clinical Child Psychology Program at University of Alberta. From 2011 to 2015, he served as the Editor for the Canadian Psychological Association – School and Educational Psychology Section/ Canadian Association of School Psychologists Joint Newsletter. Over the same time frame he has served on a standing committee through the Psychologists Association of Alberta, dedicated to raising awareness and advocating for the role of the school psychologist in Alberta. Troy continues to serve on this committee. On a more personal note, he is the father of three boys and he enjoys playing hockey, coaching football, and, when he has the time, singing in choirs.


Member at Large:
Debra Lean, Ph.D.

School and Clinical Psychologist
Chief Psychologist, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

Dr. Debra Lean is a School and Clinical Psychologist with 30 years of experience in school boards and hospital mental health departments, as well as private practice. She received her Master’s and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Concordia University in Montreal. Dr. Lean has been registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario since 1988, and serves periodically as an examiner for the College’s oral exams. She is currently in her 15th year as the Chief Psychologist of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, in the Greater Toronto Area. Dr. Lean provided school psychology services for the Board for 13 years previous to her appointment as Chief. She has been the Chair of the Ontario Psychological Association’s Section on Psychology in Education since 2011 and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of School Psychology. Dr. Lean is the co-author of two books on integrating school-based mental health services, Barriers to Learning: The Case for Integrated Mental Health Services in Schools (2010) and School-based Mental Health: A Framework for Intervention (2013). Her recent research activities include school-based mental health service models, a play-based mental health prevention program for primary age children with school adjustment difficulties, cognitive behaviour intervention for anxious students, and alternative school psychology delivery models.


Dr. Adam McCrimmon

Member at Large:
Adam McCrimmon, Ph.D., R.Psych.

Director, Autism Spectrum Education, Research, and Training (ASERT)
School Psychology, Faculty of Education
University of Calgary

Adam completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Calgary and his M.A. in Clinical-Developmental Psychology at York University. He then went back home to Calgary to complete his doctorate in School and Applied Child Psychology. A Registered Psychologist in Alberta since 2010, Adam has focused his research and clinical work on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). He currently directs the Autism Spectrum Education, Research, and Training (ASERT) lab at the University of Calgary where he oversees research on ASD and trains students in assessment of and intervention for individuals with ASD. He is a Certified Trainer for the ADOS-2 and ADI-R, considered “gold-standard” measures in the assessment of ASD and regularly conducts trainings to clinicians and researchers interested in using these measures. He was elected as a Member-at-Large of the School and Educational Psychology section of CPA in 2013 and also serves as an Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of School Psychology. He is the father of two young boys and enjoys spending time with them and his family.


Dr. Don Saklofske

Member at Large:
Don Saklofske, Ph.D.

Full Professor
Psychology Department
University of Western Ontario

Don is a professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Western Ontario and also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary and University of Saskatchewan, Visiting Professor at the School of Psychology, Beijing Normal University, China, and Research Associate in the Laboratory for Research and Intervention in Positive Psychology and Prevention, University of Florence, Italy. Editorships include the Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment and the Canadian Journal of School Psychology; Associate Editor for Personality and Individual Differences and Editor for the Human Exceptionality book series published by Springer. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. His research interests include personality, intelligence, individual differences, and psychological assessment.


Cynthia Maya Beristain

Student Representative:
Cynthia Maya Beristain, M.S., C. Psych. Associate, Ph.D. Candidate

School and Clinical Child Psychology
Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)/University of Toronto

Cynthia is a doctoral candidate in the School and Clinical Child Psychology program at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. She obtained her Master of Science degree in School Psychology at the University of Southern Maine in 2002. Her training and professional practice includes providing psychological services in highly diverse school settings in Framingham, Massachusetts and Toronto, Ontario. Cynthia has been licensed as a Psychological Associate in Ontario to practice school psychology with children and adolescents since 2008. In her clinical work, she conducts assessments, develops and helps monitor the implementation of academic and behavioural interventions, provides consultation, conducts school-wide and classroom-wide needs assessments, and delivers professional development for teachers, administrators, and school psychologists. In her doctoral program, she has worked with Dr. Dale Willows to develop and make available information for a comprehensive research-into-practice website for knowledge mobilization in literacy education (www.litdiet.org). Cynthia’s doctoral research, under the supervision of Dr. Judith Wiener, aims to understand the friendships of adolescents with ADHD and explore the association between ADHD symptoms and the development, stability, and quality of adolescent friendships. Her doctoral training opportunities have included work in school settings, Surrey Place Centre, and the OISE Psychology Clinic. Cynthia is currently completing a pre-doctoral internship in school and clinical psychology that includes rotations at the Toronto District School Board and Youthdale Treatment Centres. She has a strong commitment to the practice of school psychology. As a student representative, her goal is to increase awareness of the depth and breadth of training and clinical experiences available in the field of school psychology. Areas of professional interest include culturally-informed practices, evidence-based assessment and intervention, knowledge mobilization, and mental health promotion.


Simon Lisaingo

Student Representative
Simon Lisaingo, Ph.D. Student

School Psychology
Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
University of British Columbia

Simon is a PhD student in the School Psychology program at the University of British Columbia. After teaching secondary school in rural Yukon, he decided to pursue further education in order to better understand and support students. He is interested in studying in how students overcome challenges they face at school and at home. He is also interested in examining the evolving role of school psychologists in Canada. When not at school or at work, he can be found on the soccer field or in the great outdoors.


Dr. Tina C. Montreuil

Convention Review Coordinator:
Dr. Tina C. Montreuil, Ph.D., Psy.D.

Assistant Professor, School/Applied Child Psychology
Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology
McGill University

Assistant Professor of School/Applied Child Psychology at McGill University since 2015, Dr. Tina Montreuil received her Ph.D. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at UQÀM in 2013. As a licensed member of the Quebec Order of Psychologists and the College of Psychologists of Ontario, as well as a credentialed member of the Canadian Association of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapies, she practices privately with children and adult populations, focusing on cognitive-behavioural and mindfulness approaches. Dr. Montreuil received a 3-year Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Research Award and her work focused on devising a manualized group CBT intervention for social anxiety in psychosis. Moreover, in 2014, she completed a CIHR-funded Postdoctoral Fellowship with McGill's Psychiatry Department. In 2016, Dr. Montreuil was invited as guest editor to oversee the preparation of a special issue for the Canadian Journal of School Psychology entitled “School and Educational Psychology in Canada: A 2016 Perspective”, where 11 provinces and territories reported on the status of school psychology in their respective geographic area. Her current research, for which she was awarded two highly competitive research grants as a principal applicant, one of which, a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant (2016-2018), focuses on investigating the role of emotion regulation and anxiety disorders in children and how related deficits may not only lead to the development of psychopathology, but also affect school adaptation and academic achievement. Furthermore, she has developed an educational program aimed at improving emotion regulation skills and metacognition in children through a mindfulness-based approach that is currently implemented as part of the school curriculum in various elementary schools. Her emotion-focused program is also geared towards teachers and parents, as these two represent key variables that play a critical role in influencing the development of emotion regulation skills in children.