I received my PhD in Clinical Psychology from York University in 2002, my MA in Clinical Psychology from York University in 1998, and my honours BSc in Psychology from Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario in 1996.
Prior to joining Laurier, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto (2002-2004). I also completed my clincial internship at CAMH (2001-2002).
I have been a full-time faculty member at Laurier since 2004. I teach in the area of Abnormal Psychology and am co-author of the Canadian edition of an abnormal psychology text (published by Wiley). My research is funded by SSHRC. I am registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (since 2003; registration #3955) and co-facilitate Mindfulness and Acceptance-based Groups for Social Anxiety Disorder at The Mindfulness Clinic.
The main focus of my research is social anxiety (disorder). My current research focuses on the treatment of social anxiety disorder using different forms of psychotherapy, including traditional cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), self-compassion, and mindfulness-based strategies. I am interested in which treatments and strategies are effective, how they work, and for whom they work. I am also interested in factors that are involved in the maintenance of social anxiety over time (e.g., rumination) and the use of self-help. My colleague (Jan Fleming) and I co-wrote a self-help book for social anxiety (http://www.actonsocialanxiety.com/).
I supervise MA and PhD students, as well as honours thesis students, on research related to social anxiety.
Prospective Graduate Students: Please note that although I am a clinical psychologist, Laurier does not have a clinical program. I have typically supervised students in our Social Psychology graduate area. We do not offer clinical training.
If you are interested in my area of research (social anxiety), and want to work with me as a graduate student, honours thesis student or undergraduate research assistant, please email me and attach your cv (resume) and unofficial transcript.