I am a clinical neuropsychologist by training. My PhD was completed at the University of Georgia with specialization in clinical neuropsychology under the mentorship of Dr. George Hynd. I served as the Clinical Director of a Head Trauma Program and Chief Psychologist at the Millard Center in Edmonton, Alberta for 5 years. In 2006, I joined the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. I am a Full Professor associated with the School and Clinical Child Psychology Program. I am personally focused on important issues within post-secondary institutions related to academic freedom, freedom of speech, and representing diverse viewpoints including those from moral and faith based perspectives. Below are my specific areas of research interest.
My research and clinical work focuses on psychoeducational assessment of intelligence, academics, and emotional/behavioral functioning of children. With previous experience as a school psychologist and teacher, my interests focus on applied psychological assessment, particularly as it applies to the school setting. I teach psychological assessment courses in the School and Clinical Child Psychology Program at the graduate level and courses in developmental psychology at the undergraduate level.
Traumatic brain injury/sport concussion: My background in clinical neuropsychology has led to special interest in traumatic brain injury and sport concussion. I am interested in neuropsychological assessment of traumatic brain injury including sport concussion. Current projects involve psychological outcomes of sport concussions through collaborations on several CIHR and NFL funded projects, and active rehabilitation of athletes following concussion. In addition, I have collaborations with a multi-national study investigating rehabilitation of professional athletes following sport concussion. I currently serve as a neuropsychology consultant to the National Hockey League (NHL) and Canadian Football League (CFL).
I completed my clinical training in school psychology and later specialized in clinical neuropsychology (University of Georgia), and have broad interests in working with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of learning, cognitive, behavioral, and psychological concerns.
My research and clinical interests in neuropsychology consider the application of neuropsychology to specific populations. First, I am interested in traumatic brain injury in children and athletes. I am a co-investigator in 2 Canada wide CIHR grants aimed at improving diagnosis and treatment for paediatric traumatic brain injury. I also have a specialized interest in sport concussion and am currently a part of a Canada wide study evaluating injury outcomes from sport concussion. Specifically in what psychological outcomes arise from sport concussions and what psychological variables predict prolonged recovery from sport concussion. Finally, together with other researchers ad the U of A, we are determining biochemical forces of injuries in sport.
Other broad research interests include neuropsychological impairments of children with more significant developmental disabilities. I have become very interested in International School Psychology and finding opportunities for graduate students to use their skills for the global community.
EDPY 304 Adolescent Development for Teachers
EDPY 499 Developmental Psychology
EDPY 518/519 Individual Psychological Assessment
EDPY 523 Introduction to School Psychology
EDPY 597 Clinical Psychology: principles and practices
EDPY 641 Advanced Psychological Assessment
EDPY 642 Applied Neuropsychological Assessment
EDPY 650 School and Clinical Child Psychology Internship
EDPY 697 Advanced Practice of School Psychology
Theory and principles of psychological assessment in school and clinical settings with an emphasis on informing evidence-based interventions. Students will also expand their knowledge of special populations within the context of psychoeducational assessment. Prerequisite: EDPY 518, EDPY 527. Registration is restricted to School and Clinical Child Psychology students. Students may not receive credit for both EDPY 519 and EDPY 545.Winter Term 2022
This practicum provides supervised applied experience in both assessment and intervention with a focus on working with children and adolescents. Restricted to students enrolled in the School and Clinical Child Psychology or Counselling Psychology programs. Prerequisites: EDPY 507, EDPY 518 and EDPY 536 or equivalents. Co-requisite: EDPY 519 or equivalent.Winter Term 2022
This course will focus on the process of psychological assessment and clinical tools used for the evaluation of mental health and cognitive functioning in both children and adolescents. Restricted to students enrolled in the School and Clinical Child Psychology or Counselling Psychology programs. Prerequisites: EDPY 518 or EDPY 519 or equivalent and corequisite EDPY 640 or equivalent.Fall Term 2021