Dr. Pam Beharry earned her M. A. in clinical psychology from Queen's University in 1973, and her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Waterloo in 1992, having worked in a variety of settings between those times. She has worked as a Psychologist at Lutherwood, a children's mental health agency, for twenty five years, and was the founding Training Coordinator of the Waterloo Region Psychology Consortium, which provides pre-doctoral residencies for four psychology graduate students from across Canada. She has been an adjunct supervisor at CMHRT since 2008, and has consistently been pleased and impressed by the devotion, eagerness to learn, and clinical skills of UW's clinical psychology graduate students.
Dr. Ed Beharry graduated in 1976 with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Windsor and has since worked in different clinical settings. These have included in- and outpatient psychiatric services, as Coordinator of Health Psychology at a general hospital, and as a consultant to both a rehabilitation program for the multidisciplinary treatment of injured workers, and a persistent pain program. He has been privileged to be an adjunct supervisor for clinical psychology graduate students at CMHRT at University of Waterloo, and for psychiatric residents at McMaster University. His special interests are in psycho diagnostic assessments, psychodynamic therapy and in the assessment and treatment of first responders.
Dr. Boyd is a registered clinical psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Dr. Boyd completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Toronto, and her Masters and PhD in Clinical Psychology, both at the University of Waterloo. She completed her pre-doctoral residency at The Ottawa Hospital. She has worked in private practice in Waterloo Region since 2013.
Dr. Boyd has a particular interest in anxiety disorders, and works with individuals experiencing the following issues: phobias, panic disorder, agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and health anxiety. As well, she treats disordered eating, body image issues, perfectionism, depression, and trauma. She assists individuals who have experienced a physical injury, illness, or chronic pain in adjusting and coping with changed life circumstances. Outside of co-founding and working at the Waterloo CBT Clinic, she also serves as a clinical adjunct supervisor at the University of Waterloo. She regularly updates her training and knowledge through extensive reading, consultation, and attendance at professional workshops and conferences.
Dr. Rick Coupland received his doctoral degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2015. He is autonomously licensed with the College of Psychologist of Ontario to practice in the areas of Clinical and Neuropsychology, Adults and Seniors. He is a Lecturer at the University of Waterloo’s affiliate, Renison University-College. He also maintains a Professional Affiliate appointment with the University of Saskatchewan in addition to his Adjunct position with the Centre for Mental Health Research and Treatment.
Dr. Coupland’s clinical services primarily focus on psychiatric inpatient and correctional populations as well as medicolegal and disability insurance consultation and program development. He continues to publish in the domains of forensic assessment and effective correctional treatment.
Dr. Dodgson currently works in private practice based in Aurora, Ontario. His principal work involves service to first responders and adults dealing with anxiety and mood disorders.
Between 1996 and 2011, Dr. Dodgson worked for the Southdown Institute providing specialized treatment to clergy and religious professionals. His particular focus was assessment and diagnosis, including concerns related to sexual abuse and professional boundaries. In addition, he has experience in individual and group therapy. He has lectured on the development of healthy protocols to prevent professional misconduct and abuse.
Dr. Dodgson is a graduate of the University of Waterloo programme and feels privileged to continue his work with the excellent staff at the Centre for Mental Health Research and Treatment.
Dr. Stephanie Dubois is a licensed clinical and counseling psychologist at Parkwood Institute Mental Health. She is an associate scientist at LHRI, and holds adjunct appointments at both Western University and University of Waterloo.
Dr. Dubois did her graduate work at Ball State University in Muncie Indiana (2003), residency in Calgary and worked for two years at Lakeridge Health in Oshawa at the Adolescent Day Treatment program. Dr. Dubois has worked at St. Joseph’s psychiatric hospital since 2004. Currently she works with adult inpatients in the Assessment and Treatment and Rehabilitation programs. Over the years, Dr. Dubois has worked in both outpatient and inpatient settings and for approximately five years provided mental health services to deaf patients. She is active in the London Clinical Psychology Residency Consortium and in supervision she emphasizes professional identity, mentoring, and advocacy.
Dr. Nicole Ethier is a graduate of the UW Clinical Psychology program and has been working in private practice in the Waterloo region since her graduation in 2010. She has been an adjunct faculty member providing clinical supervision since 2012. Beginning in 2017, along with Drs. Shannon Gifford and Philip Toman, Dr. Ethier co-founded Breakwater Institute for Occupational Stress and Trauma, where she focuses her clinical practice on the assessment and treatment of operational stress injuries in first responder and military populations.
Dr. Gavric received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Waterloo in 2014. She is one of the founders of the Waterloo CBT Clinic, a private psychology clinic which specializes in providing evidence-based assessment and treatment to adults and adolescents in the Waterloo region. Dr. Gavric also works as a psychologist at the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and is an adjunct faculty member in the Psychology Department at the University of Waterloo and an assistant clinical professor (part-time) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. She is actively involved in research to better understand anxiety and mood difficulties and her work has been published in scientific journals and presented at international conferences. She is actively involved in supervising and training students and other health professionals in the assessment and delivery of evidence-based treatments.
Dr. Shannon Gifford works at Breakwater Institute for Occupational Stress and Trauma, a private practice specializing in the assessment and treatment of first responders and currently serving and former members of the Canadian Armed Forces. She formerly worked for many years at the Parkwood Institute Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Clinic in London, Ontario. She has been a clinical adjunct faculty member at the University of Waterloo since 2008, having escaped the clutches of the program for a full three years after earning her Ph.D. there in 2005.
Dr. Hendry is a psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She is a clinician with experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide variety of mental health challenges. As a training specialist, she has been directly involved with clinical supervision of students in assessment and therapy at multiple universities and health care facilities in Ontario.
Dr. Chris Lane has worked in private practice in Waterloo since the early 90's. He has been interested in a wide range of theoretical orientations, including CBT, DBT, NLP, psychodynamic, and performance enhancement approaches with a wide range of presenting problems and issues. In his earlier years he worked extensively with younger children and adolescents but more recently has been working with pre-adolescents, adolescents and adults in individual therapy and couple therapy. Following up on his thesis in the area of Performance and Sport Psychology, he has also worked with a wide variety of athletes in many sports, from young, grass-roots athletes right up to Olympic contenders and Professional athletes.
Dr. Lane received his B.A. from the University of Tennessee with a double major in philosophy and psychology (highest honors) in 1983 and ran for the University track team. He received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Waterloo in 1992. He worked in a 1-yr placement initially, as well as private practice then went into full-time private practice in 1994. He has worked part-time as an Adjunct Assistant Prof. at UW, helping to train clinical Ph.D. students in psychotherapy since about 2000. He also worked heavily with Family and Children's Services early in his career and was an expert witness in court for several years before moving on to other things in approx. 2004. He is presently focusing almost exclusively on psychotherapy, including individual therapy for clients age approx. 10 and up, couples, and families.
Dr. David LeMarquand is a psychologist in Concurrent Disorders Services at Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care, St. Joseph’s Health Care London, in London, Ontario, working with individuals who experience severe and persistent mental as well as substance use disorders. Dr. LeMarquand has been at St. Joseph’s Health Care London since 2002.
Prior to coming to St. Joseph’s Health Care London, Dr. LeMarquand was a psychologist at the North Bay Psychiatric Hospital in the Forensic and Rehabilitation programs. Areas of clinical interest include the treatment of personality-disordered individuals, as well as clinical supervision.
Dr. LeMarquand received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from McGill University in 1989.
Dr. Brian Mainland is the co-director of Waterloo Psychology Group, a private practice offering psychological and neuropsychological services in Uptown Waterloo. His primary focus is offering evidence-based therapy (e.g., Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy) to support adolescents and adults with various challenges, including anxiety, depression, chronic pain, concussion and a wide-range of stress-related illnesses. His other area of practice pertains to neuropsychological assessment of acquired brain injury and disorders affecting cognition and learning in adults.
Prior to moving back home to Waterloo Region in 2017, Dr. Mainland worked at Burlington Psychological and Counselling Services for several years. He completed his pre-doctoral residency at the CPA-accredited London Clinical Psychology Residency Consortium. He has previously held positions at the Parkwood Institute’s Acquired Brain Injury Program, University Hospital’s Epilepsy/Neurology/Neurosurgery Services, Western University’s Student Development Centre, Princess Margaret Hospital’s Pencer Brain Tumour Centre, Toronto Western Hospital’s Neuropsychology Clinic, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and Sunnybrook Health Science Centre.
Dr. Mainland received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Ryerson University in 2015 and he is registered as a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Dr. Mainland is an Adjunct Faculty Supervisor at the University of Waterloo.
Dr. McHugh is a full-time psychologist with the Waterloo Region District School Board. Dr. McHugh has also maintained a part-time private practice for over 25 years in the Waterloo region. In her practice she focusses on providing short term therapy to adolescents, adults and the elderly. Dr McHugh employs a variety of therapy models in her practice, including CBT, Mindfulness, Solution Focussed, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Prior to joining the school board in 2006, Dr. McHugh was a psychologist at the Stratford General Hospital. Dr. McHugh provided assessment, consultation and treatment on the in-patient psychiatry, rehabilitation, and palliative care units. She also carried a caseload of psychiatric patients post discharge as well as clients through the outpatient mental health department.
Dr. McHugh received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from York University in 1993. She is qualified to practice in the areas of clinical, health and school psychology with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.
Dr. Sam Mikail completed his doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Saskatchewan in 1988. He is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario and is board certified in clinical psychology with the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Mikail has served on the Board of Directors of several professional associations and service organizations including the Canadian Pain Society, The Canadian Register of Health Service Psychologists, The Council of Professional Psychology Associations, The Blue Hills Child and Family Centre, and the Canadian Psychological Association (President, 2018-2019; Chair of Practice, 1999-2002, 2014-2017). Dr. Mikail has maintained active involvement in research, professional training, consultation and clinical service delivery. He has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals and book chapters on various topics including, coping with chronic pain, empirically validated psychological treatments, disability and depression, treatment of perfectionism, and coping with disability. Dr. Mikail currently provides consultation to private insurers, is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Waterloo, Centre for Mental Health Research and Treatment, and maintains a part-time private practice in Newmarket, ON.
Dr. Elizabeth Orr is a clinical psychologist who is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Waterloo in 2013. She has supervised PhD graduate students in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Waterloo since 2014.
Dr. Orr works in Guelph, Ontario at a private practice called the Guelph Psychology Centre (www.guelphpsychologycentre.com). She provides treatment to adults, couples, children, adolescents, and families struggling with difficulties such as low mood, depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress, relationship difficulties, personality difficulties, life and workplace stress, behavioural difficulties, and school struggles.
Dr. Orr’s primary therapy approaches are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Emotion-Focused Therapy. She also uses techniques from Mindfulness and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. In the past, she has taught the University of Waterloo graduate course, Child Psychopathology and Psychotherapy.
Dr. Susanna G. Reimer is a clinical psychologist who works with adults, individually and in couples, in private practice in uptown Waterloo. She works with a range of client concerns, including anxiety (social anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic), depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trauma, substantial life changes, and interpersonal problems, as well as navigating relationship stress and conflict with couples. Using an integrative approach to offer intervention tailored to the unique concerns and circumstances of each client, Dr. Reimer draws from cognitive-behavioural, emotion-focused, and mindfulness- and contemplative-based therapies.
Dr. Reimer received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Waterloo in 2014, having completed her pre-doctoral residency at University of Manitoba's Clinical Health Psychology program. Having previously worked at the University of Waterloo's Counselling & Psychological Services department, she currently works full-time in private practice, in addition to enjoying providing supervision to doctoral students at the University of Waterloo.
Dr. Ruth Slater is a registered psychologist (since 1993) in the province of Ontario, in the areas of clinical and health psychology. She has worked at the Hospital for Sick Children since 2001, and is currently with the Diabetes and Plastics teams. She provides support to children, adolescents and families, who are coping with illness or injury. She is trained as a trainer in Motivational Interviewing (MI) and provides training to staff and students. In her work, Dr. Slater uses principles from MI, but also Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Family Systems theory, and other approaches that incorporate strengths (e.g., Solution-Focused therapy) and/or mindfulness.
Dr. Katherine Spere is the Director of Kitchener Psychology Centre (formerly Dr. Spere and Associates), a private practice in Kitchener. She is registered to provide assessment, treatment and consultation to children and adolescents. She works with a variety of clients and presenting issues including mood and anxiety, behaviour issues, learning difficulties, and
Autism Spectrum Disorders. She also provides training and supervision at Kitchener Psychology Centre for senior graduate students and psychologists in their year of supervised practice.
Dr, Spere has worked and trained in a variety of clinical settings in the past, including a group private practice, the Waterloo Region District School Board, Hamilton Health Services, the Centre for Psychological Services at the University of Guelph, and kidsLink (now Carizon).
Dr. Spere received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology: Applied Developmental Emphasis from the University of Guelph in 2010.
Dr. Stevens is a psychologist at the Waterloo Region District School Board. She completed an undergraduate degree in psychology at Queen’s University, a MA at York University, and a PhD at the University of New Brunswick. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Alberta Children’s Hospital in the Mental Health, Perinatal, Child Abuse and Neurology Clinics. Throughout her career she has worked in various settings including children’s hospitals, daycares, children’s community mental health, youth justice, and victim services. She has been involved with clinical supervision throughout her career, including at the CMHRT. Her current role involves provided assessment, consultation, and intervention for children and adolescents at the school board. She has also had involvement with research and program evaluation at the board, including developing a social risk model to inform special education resource allocation, developing a self-regulation assessment tool for Kindergarten and evaluating anxiety treatment groups. She has been facilitating CBT treatment groups for secondary school students with anxiety for a number of years. More recently, she was trained as a Friends for Life facilitator and began offering this program in elementary schools and supervising the Friends for Life group at the CMHRT in 2016.
Dr. Philip Toman graduated from the University of Waterloo’s Clinical Psychology program in 2003. He is the founder of Choratech, an applied-neuroscience company, and a co-founder of the Breakwater Institute for Occupational Stress and Trauma, a service dedicated to providing mental health services to first responders, military personnel, veterans, and their families. He works with adults, children, adolescents, families, and couples. His areas of special interest include prevention and treatment of psychological trauma, noninvasive forms of neuromodulation/brain stimulation, and applied psychophysiology
Dr. Season Tompkins completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of British Columbia. She completed the Vancouver Coastal Health Predoctoral Residency in Clinical Neuropsychology. Dr. Tompkins is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario in the areas of Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology. She is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association, the Ontario Psychological Association, and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. She is an Adjunct Faculty Supervisor at the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Mental Health Research and Treatment (CMHRT). She works in private practice conducting neuropsychological and psychological evaluations and psychological treatment of adults and seniors for the purpose of acute care, rehabilitation, and independent medical examinations. Dr. Tompkins has earned competitive academic awards, has published in peer-reviewed journals, and has presented her clinical and neuropsychological research at international conferences.
Dr. Julie Torrance-Perks is a Clinical Psychologist in Waterloo, ON and one of the directors of Drs. Doering, Torrance-Perks, Drugovic, Lawrence, Aquino & Associates, a well-established practice in uptown Waterloo, serving the mental health needs of the community for over 25 years. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo in 1997 and worked at the Grand River Hospital (Child and Family Centre) and Toronto General Hospital before joining the practice. She provides consultation, assessment and treatment for adults, couples, adolescents and children and utilizes Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy and clinical hypnosis.
Dr. Towers is a Psychologist currently working in a private, group practice in Barrie, Ontario. She is a professional member of the Registration Committee of the College of Psychologists of Ontario and works as an oral examiner for the College.
In the past, Dr. Towers was a Staff Psychologist at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care and St. John’s Rehabilitation Hospital where she focused on providing services to seniors and those with complex, physical and mental health concerns. Since then, her years in private practice have continued to focus on adults and seniors presenting with clinical and rehabilitation concerns.
Dr. Towers has taught undergraduate psychology courses as Adjunct Faculty at Tyndale University College in Toronto for many years and acted as a clinical psychology internship supervisor while employed within hospital settings.
Dr. Towers graduated with her Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Waterloo in 1996.
Dr. Vorstenbosch is the co-director of Waterloo Psychology Group, a clinical psychology practice located in uptown Waterloo. Prior to launching Waterloo Psychology Group, Dr. Vorstenbosch was employed as a psychologist at Burlington Psychological and Counselling Services and Homewood Health Centre. Dr. Vorstenbosch provides evidence-based assessment and treatment for adults with various psychological concerns, including depression, anxiety and other stress-related conditions, OCD and related disorders, and trauma-related disorders. Dr. Vorstenbosch received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Ryerson University in 2013 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship through the Frederick W. Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in 2014.
Dr. Sol Pound is a Clinical Psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Western Ontario and completed her residency at Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK). She has worked in hospitals, community-based mental health centres, schools, and private practices. She currently works at Kitchener Psychology Centre and at the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) and serves as a clinical adjunct supervisor at the University of Waterloo.
Dr. Pound is passionate about working with children, adolescents, and young adults. She provides consultation and treatment services for children and adolescents with a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, behavioural issues, obsessive-compulsive disorder, developmental concerns, and learning issues. She has a special interest in working collaboratively with parents to help them understand the emotions, needs, and skill deficits behind their child’s behaviour and engage in parenting approaches that foster connection, structure, and the development of skills. She has training and experience in a variety of intervention styles including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness-based interventions, attachment theory, and positive parenting approaches. Dr. Pound integrates her knowledge of these approaches to best suit the unique needs of each individual client.
Dr. Pound also conducts comprehensive psycho-educational and psychological assessments with preschoolers, school-age children, adolescents, and young adults for a variety of presenting problems including Learning Disabilities, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and other developmental and mental health concerns.
Tracy Mewhort-Buist has been a Psychologist at Lutherwood’s Children’s Mental Health Centre since May 2018, and she also works part-time in private practice at Hamilton Psychological Services. She has a passion for working with children and adolescents with severe and complex mental health difficulties, with particular interest in attachment and the impact of early negative life events on the development of mental health disorders in children.
Tracy has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of Waterloo, she completed her post-doctoral Residency with the London Clinical Psychology Residency Consortium, at the Child Parent Resource Institute and Victoria Hospital. She received her certificate for autonomous practice from the College of Psychologists of Ontario in December 2018. She has worked with a variety of populations including in-patient, residential, day treatment, and outpatient populations in hospitals, community mental health organizations, private practices and schools.
Tracy’s theoretical orientation is Integrative, working from a base of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and collaborative problem solving/collaborative proactive solutions. She integrates principles and practices from interpersonal process therapy and motivational interviewing into her work, using evidence-based or evidence-informed practices whenever possible.
Dr. Kathy Smolewska is a registered psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario in the areas of Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology. She provides clinical psychological and neuropsychological assessment services to children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. She obtained her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology at the University of Waterloo, as well as more focused training in neuropsychology through practica at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. She completed a Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)-accredited Pre-Doctoral Internship in Clinical Neuropsychology at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS), where she worked with individuals across the lifespan. She completed her Supervised Practice at HHS, working in the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Program, Integrated Stroke Program, and Pediatric Neuropsychology Service.
Following Supervised Practice, Dr. Smolewska held a position as a Neuropsychologist in different departments at HHS. These have included the Stroke Rehabilitation Unit, ABI Program, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, and Neonatal Follow-Up Unit. She also held the role of Director of Training for the Neuropsychology Pre-doctoral Residency training program at HHS. Currently, Dr. Smolewska works in private practice in Waterloo, focusing on psychological and neuropsychological assessment across the lifespan.
Dr. Mengran Xu received his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Waterloo. He is registered as a clinical and counselling psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Currently, Dr. Xu works as a full-time Clinical Psychologist at Counselling Services at the University of Waterloo. He also works as an undergraduate thesis supervisor at the University of Guelph-Humber, and provides private practice through the Waterloo Psychology Group. Dr. Xu completed his pre-doctoral residency at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. During his residency year, he worked at the Eating Disorders Program, as well as the Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic, and received extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
Dr. Xu specializes in the assessment and treatment of adults presenting with Eating Disorders, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, and related conditions, using a variety of evidence-based interventions (such as Enhanced Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy). He is a certified provider of Cognitive Processing Therapy. In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Xu has extensive research experience in anxiety disorders and mindfulness-based interventions, and has published a number of articles in these areas. He has also written extensively on topics related to eating, weight, trauma, and emotion regulation through publishing books, developing online courses, and conducting presentations.