Profiles of psychology staff

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Please add Ms. Amanda Stirling, Ms. Julia MacKinley, Ms. Kaitlin Hancock, and Ms. Koula Pantazopoulos.

Psychology staff publications listing

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Dr. Rod Balsom

Psychologist, Operational Stress Injury Program, Parkwood Institute Main Building

Education: Ph.D., University of Western Ontario, 1999.

Clinical Interests: Health psychology, management of chronic pain, cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety and depression.

Research Interests: Personality and appraisals of physical health status, factors related to treatment non-compliance in people with bipolar disorder.

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Ms. Kelly Bedek

Psychometrist, Forensic Program, Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care, St. Thomas, Ontario

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Dr. Brenda Chiang

Education: Ph.D., University of Waterloo, 2020
                                             
Clinical Interests: Assessment and treatment of military members and first responders (police officers, firefighters, etc.) presenting with psychological difficulties incurred during the course of their service; cognitive-behavioural treatment of anxiety and depression; coping with morally upsetting events

Research Interests: posttraumatic sequelae and moral self-concept; obsessive-compulsive disorder; resiliency and protective factors

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Dr. Tracy Desjardins

Psychologist, Forensic Program, Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care, St. Thomas, Ontario

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Dr. Stephanie Dubois

Psychologist, Assessment Program, Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care Building 

Education: Ph.D., Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, 2003

Clinical Interests: Utilizing solution focused therapy, narrative therapy and interpersonal therapy with individuals with serious mental illness. Also informed by countertransference-transference issues, working alliance and process of change. Supervision: Emphasis on professional identity, mentoring, and advocacy.

Research Interests: Correlation between neuroimaging and psychological assessment.

Type of Services/Internship/Practicum Offered: Individual assessment; psychological intervention; consultation; graduate student development.

Affiliations: Adjunct Clinical Professor, Department of Psychology, UWO
Associate Scientist, Lawson Health Research Institute

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Dr. Laura Fazakas-DeHoog

Dr. Laura Fazakas-DeHoog: Psychologist,
Forensic Program - Rehabilitation Unit and Outreach Team, Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care

Education: Ph.D., University of Western Ontario, 2007

Clinical Interests: Psychological profiling, assessment and treatment of trauma and complicated grief, treatment of severe pathology and personality disorders.

Research Interests: The prediction of violent recidivism in the forensic population, the effective treatment of trauma and complicated grief, psychotherapy for psychotic disorders, the prediction of violent and self destructive behavior. I am currently involved in designing and testing an integrative model of suicidal thinking and behavior within a clinical population.

Services Provided/Type of Internship/Practicum Offered: Assessment of Forensic population including: comprehensive psychosocial assessment, assessment of criminal responsibility, assessment of fitness, and/or assessment of risk. Interpersonal supportive psychotherapy, experience with multidisciplinary treatment team, and treatment planning. Experience with Ontario Review Board hearings.

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Dr. Nicole Elliott

Psychologist, Operational Stress Injury Clinic, Parkwood Institute Main Building, Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Outreach Services

Education: Ph.D., University of Toronto, 2018

Clinical Interests: Assessment and trauma-informed evidence-based treatment (individual, couples and group) of service related mental health issues

Research Interests: Military sexual trauma, moral injury and gender and cultural considerations for psychological treatments and assessment.

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Ms. Kaitlin Hancock

Psychometrist, Forensic Program, Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care, St. Thomas, Ontario

Education: M.A., Counselling Psychology, University of Western Ontario, 2016

Clinical Interests: Cognitive, personality, psychological and forensic risk assessment

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Dr. Jeremy Harrison

Psychologist, Mental Health Treatment and Rehabilitation Program, Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care Building

Education: Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, Florida Institute of Technology, 2005.Board Certified in Clinical Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology.

Clinical Interests: Assessment and treatment of adults with various forms of mental illness, prevention and recovery from mental illness, cultural factors.

Research Interests: Clinical theory, applied research and treatment effectiveness.

Services Provided/Type of Internship/Practicum Offered: Individual therapy and diagnostic assessments.

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Dr. Marilyn Hill

Psychologist, Arthritis Institute, St. Joseph's Hospital

Education: Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 1996.

Clinical Interests: Cognitive behavioral therapy (individual and group), health psychology, multidisciplinary treatment approaches for chronic pain patients, assessment and treatment of depression associated with chronic illness, treatment adherence and relapse prevention.

Research Interests: Multidisciplinary treatment of chronic pain, variables predicting treatment outcome/adherence, efficacy of web-based follow-up treatment outcome, stereotypes regarding individuals with chronic pain and illness, assessment of pain severity (infant procedural pain, adult chronic pain) using facial expression analysis, differentiation of genuine/deceptive pain displays.

Services Provided/Type of Internship/Practicum Offered: Outpatient multidisciplinary treatment groups for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and fibromayalgia patients, depression treatment groups for patients with rheumatological conditions, sessions on stress management, relaxation training, electromyography biofeedback (portable units and software - driven equipment), assertive communication.

Affiliations: Adjunct Clinical Professor, Department of Psychology, UWO; Associate Scientist, Lawson Health Research Institute; Psychologist, Operational Stress Injury Program, Parkwood Institute Main Building.

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Dr. Tevya Hunter

Education: Ph.D., University of Manitoba, 2017

Clinical Interests: Assessment and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological conditions related to trauma; therapy focused on identity, self-acceptance, and adjustment to life transitions.

Research Interests: Women’s experience of burn injury; resiliency; traumatic injury.

Services Provided/Type of Internship/Practicum Offered: assessment, individual psychotherapy.

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Dr. David LeMarquand

Psychologist, Concurrent Disorders Services, Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care Building

Education: Ph.D., McGill University, 1998; Board Certified in Clinical Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology

Clinical Interests: Psychotherapy for personality disorders, group psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety and affective disorders, forensic psychology.

Research Interests: Neurobiology of impulse-control, aggression, treatment/prevention of aggression in children.

Services Provided/Type of Internship/Practicum Offered: Cognitive and personality assessments, individual and group psychotherapy with individuals with major mental disorders and co-occurring personality and substance use disorders.

Affiliations: Adjunct Clinical Professor, Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry, The University of Western Ontario
Associate Scientist, Lawson Health Research Institute

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Ms. Julia MacKinley

Psychometrist, Treatment and Rehabilitation Program, Parkwood Institute Mental Health 

Education: M.Sc., Human Cognitive Neuropsychology, University of Edinburgh 2015

Clinical Interests: Cognitive and personality assessment
 

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Dr. Steven Orenczuk

Psychologist,  Operational Stress Injury Clinic, Parkwood Institute Main Building

Education: Psy.D., Illinois School of Professional Psychology, 1988.

Clinical Interests: Adjustment to disability, cognitive and vocational assessment.

Research Interests: Secondary spinal cord injury, employment.

Services Provided/Type of Internship/Practicum Offered: Multidisciplinary team involvement, rehabilitation of inpatients with spinal cord injury and related neurological disorders, outpatient spinal cord and acquired brain injury clients, supportive counselling, cognitive-behavioral interventions, psycho-educational groups for adults.

Affiliations: Adjunct Clinical Professor, Department of Psychology, The University of Western Ontario

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Ms. Koula Pantazopoulos

Psychometrist, Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Research Centre, Parkwood Institute Main Building

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Dr. Daniel Peluso

Psychologist, Operational Stress Injury Clinic, Parkwood Institute Main Building, GTA Outreach Services

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Dr. Carley J. Pope

Clinical Psychologist (Supervised Practice), Medicine Services, St. Joseph’s Hospital

Education: Ph.D., Lakehead University, 2020.

Clinical Interests: Clinical, health, & rehabilitation psychology with adults and seniors; Women’s health including perinatal mental health Research areas: Women’s mental health; behavioural medicine; mood and anxiety disorders.

Dr. Peter Prior

Psychologist, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention Program, St. Joseph's Hospital

Education: Ph.D., University of Western Ontario, 1991.

Clinical Interests: Clinical, health & rehabilitation psychology with adult and senior cardiovascular patients.

Research Interests:

  • reliable measurement of individuals' therapeutic change in cardiac rehabilitation
  • prediction and reduction of secondary cardiovascular risk
  • psychological and neurocognitive factors in cerebrovascular and cardiovascular disease
  • evidence-based approaches to improving patients’ understanding in cardiovascular disease education
  • publications

Services Provided/Type of Residency/Practicum Offered:  Assessment and treatment of individuals; clinical and research placements.

Affiliations: 

  • Adjunct Clinical Professor, Department of Psychology, Western University
  • Associate Scientist, Lawson Health Research Institute

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Dr. Maya Roth

Psychologist, Operational Stress Injury Clinic, Parkwood Institute Main Building

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Dr. Farida Spencer

Psychologist, Adult Ambulatory Services, Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care Building

Education: Ph.D., The University of Western Ontario

Clinical Interests: Psychodynamic/cognitive therapy with adults with personality disorders and Axis I difficulties.

Research Interests: Effective treatment approaches for clients with personality disorders.

Services Provided/Type of Internship/Practicum Offered: Intervention, adult.

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Ms. Amanda Stirling

Psychometrist, Adult Ambulatory Services, St. Joseph’s Health Care London – Parkwood Institute Mental Health 

Education: M.Sc., Applied Psychology, Saint Mary’s University, 2005

Clinical Interests: Vocational, cognitive, and personality assessment

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Dr. Sonya Wanklyn

Psychologist, Operational Stress Injury Clinic, Parkwood lnstitute Main Building, Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Outreach Services

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Dr. Serena Wong

Psychologist (Supervised Practice), Geriatric Psychiatry Service & Adult Mental Health Treatment and Rehabilitation Program, Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care Building. 

Education: Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, 2021.

Clinical Interests: Trauma-informed care, spiritually integrative care, psycho-spiritual processes, process-based therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, culturally sensitive interventions.  

Research Interests: Spiritual competency, sacred moments, spiritual struggles, trauma-related disorders.  

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