Cynthia Maya Beristain, M.S., C. Psych. Associate, Ph.D. Candidate
School and Clinical Child Psychology
Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)/University of Toronto
Cynthia is a doctoral candidate in the School and Clinical Child Psychology program at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. She obtained her Master of Science degree in School Psychology at the University of Southern Maine in 2002. Her training and professional practice includes providing psychological services in highly diverse school settings in Framingham, Massachusetts and Toronto, Ontario. Cynthia has been licensed as a Psychological Associate in Ontario to practice school psychology with children and adolescents since 2008. In her clinical work, she conducts assessments, develops and helps monitor the implementation of academic and behavioural interventions, provides consultation, conducts school-wide and classroom-wide needs assessments, and delivers professional development for teachers, administrators, and school psychologists. In her doctoral program, she has worked with Dr. Dale Willows to develop and make available information for a comprehensive research-into-practice website for knowledge mobilization in literacy education (www.litdiet.org). Cynthia’s doctoral research, under the supervision of Dr. Judith Wiener, aims to understand the friendships of adolescents with ADHD and explore the association between ADHD symptoms and the development, stability, and quality of adolescent friendships. Her doctoral training opportunities have included work in school settings, Surrey Place Centre, and the OISE Psychology Clinic. Cynthia is currently completing a pre-doctoral internship in school and clinical psychology that includes rotations at the Toronto District School Board and Youthdale Treatment Centres. She has a strong commitment to the practice of school psychology. As a student representative, her goal is to increase awareness of the depth and breadth of training and clinical experiences available in the field of school psychology. Areas of professional interest include culturally-informed practices, evidence-based assessment and intervention, knowledge mobilization, and mental health promotion.