I obtained my Ph.D. from McGill
University in 1985 with specialization in both Clinical Psychology and
Biological Psychology. Prior to this I completed my M.A. in psychology
at McGill and obtained my Honours B.A. in psychology from Concordia University,
graduating Summa Cum Laude. I received several undergraduate, graduate,
and postdoctoral scholarships from universities and from the federal and
My Ph.D. program was approved
for training in Clinical Psychology by both the Canadian Psychological
Association and the American Psychological Association. Following my Ph.D.
I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia. I was
subsequently on faculty as a professor at both UBC and Simon Fraser
University. I continued as a Clinical Associate of SFU where I supervised
doctoral students in the Clinical Psychology program and conducted research for many years, ending this
relationship in 2003.
I am registered to practice
with the College of Psychologists of B.C. (Registration: #00953) and have
an appointment as an Oral Examiner for new applicants to the College.
I am also a member of the British Columbia Psychological Association, the
Canadian Psychological Association, and the American Psychological
I am a Certified Play Therapist
(Supervisor Level, #470) with the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy. In the past I was a Registered Play Therapist - Supervisor, with the U.S.-based Association for Play Therapy, but recently switched my affiliation to the Canadian Association. I am a long-time member of the British Columbia Play Therapy Association.
I have been qualified as an
expert witness in both Provincial and Supreme Courts in B.C. as an expert
in the assessment and treatment of children and adults, and in family relationships.
You may request a copy of
my Curriculum Vitae which provides further details of my education and
credentials, and lists research grants (three), journal articles
(twelve), book chapters (four), and conference papers (twenty-one) that
I have authored or co-authored. It also details my areas of internship
training and extensive post-Ph.D. continuing education.
A Note Regarding Client
Testimonials: Although potential clients may sometimes wish testimonials
from previous clients, I would consider it unethical to ask my clients
to provide testimonials regarding their experience with me, and indeed
Registered Psychologists are not permitted to do so. I am able
to tell you that a substantial part of my practice comes from clients being
referred to me by previous clients or by other health and mental health