Elections

Electronic advance voting for the 2019 CPA Board Elections is officially open and will close during the Annual General Meeting at 8:30am (ADT) on Saturday, June 1st, 2019. By now, you should have received an email with voting instructions and a unique one time use ballot pin code.

If you have any technical difficulty exercising your vote, please contact Yussra Soultan at membership@cpa.ca.

Candidates for Education Director

Peter Graf, Ph.D.

    Peter Graf, Ph.D.
    I am a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where my students and I do research on many aspects of human learning and memory. In the past decade, our focus has been on two broad topics. First, we have examined how people learn and remember experiences that are emotionally positive/happy, negative/sad or neutral. Second, we have developed and investigated methods for the effective peer assessment of students’ written work in large undergraduate courses. If elected to the position of Director representing Education, I will work diligently to strengthen the education pillar of the CPA. The following shows some of my qualifications: I have been a member of the CPA for a long time, previously served on its Board of Directors, was President of the CPA in 2011, and I currently chair of the CPA section on the Teaching of Psychology.

Anusha Kassan, Ph.D.

    Anusha Kassan, Ph.D.
    Hi! First of all, thank you for perusing the nominees’ bios and taking the time to vote for the CPA Board. My name is Anusha, and my personal bicultural identity has led me to adopt an overarching social justice lens in my scholarly work. I am an emerging Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the CPA-Accredited Counselling Psychology program at the University of Calgary. I am also the Chair of the Section on Counselling Psychology of the CPA, an editor for Canadian Psychology, and a site visitor for CPA Accreditation. As such, I believe that I am ideally positioned to be the next Director Representing Education on the CPA Board. I think this position will demand a great deal of responsiveness to multiple facets of psychology education and training, including the CPA Report on responding to Truth and Reconciliation as well as the new CPA Accreditation Standards – And I am up for the task!

Kerri Ritchie, Ph.D.

    Kerri Ritchie, Ph.D.
    Dr. Kerri Ritchie obtained a Masters degree in Forensic Psychology and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She began at The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) in 2001, and is currently working on the clinical and health psychology inpatient consultation service. Dr. Ritchie is the Director of Training for Psychology at TOH (co-Director 2008-2010; Director 2010-present) and the Professional Practice Coordinator (2017-present).
    She holds a Clinical Professorship at the University of Ottawa and is involved in graduate teaching and clinical supervision. Through teaching, committee work, and research, she is also involved in the training programs of other health professions including pharmacists and physicians. Her research is in the areas of psychotherapy, and health and wellness of hospital employees and physicians.
    Nationally, she has been the Secretary of the Executive Council, Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs (CCPPP) (2013-2017), and she holds the CCPPP partner seat with CPAs Board of Directors (2017-present). Her involvement with CPA has included accreditation site visitor, member of the Education Committee, co-chair of the Title Task Force-Working Group, and chair of the Medical Assistance in Dying Practice Guidelines Task Force-Working Group.

Candidates for 2 Directors at Large

Jim Cheston, Ph.D.

    Jim Cheston, Ph.D.
    Dr. Jim Cheston is a longstanding member of the CPA who has been a Registered Psychologist since 1992. He has worked as a Staff Psychologist for the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services in Ontario, as a Consulting Psychologist for Correctional Service Canada, and since 2008 as the Chief Psychologist at the Ontario Correctional Institute. He also maintains a private practice in Toronto in which he has assessed and treated law enforcement personnel, among other clients. Throughout his career Jim has contributed to the profession in a number of advisory and administrative roles. He has participated as an Oral Examiner for Registration and as a Quality Assurance Evaluator for the College of Psychologists of Ontario. He is currently the Chairperson of the Provincial Psychology Advisory Committee in the Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General, and is about to finish his term as Chair of the Criminal Justice Psychology Section of the CPA. Jim is an experienced advocate for advancing the profession of psychology and he has demonstrated his strong interest in supporting psychology graduate students, faculty, researchers and practitioners to maintain the integrity of the profession over the years. He is very appreciative of his colleagues having nominated him for a Director-at-Large position on the Board of Directors of the CPA and he welcomes this opportunity to continue to advance the profession.

David Danto, Ph.D.

    David Danto, Ph.D.
    Dr. David Danto has been the Head of Psychology at the University of Guelph-Humber (UofGH) since 2010. Registered as a Clinical Psychologist in the province of Ontario, Dr. Danto is a Trustee for the Psychology Foundation of Canada (PFC) and served as Chair and Associate Chair of the Canadian Psychological Association’s (CPA) Indigenous Peoples’ Psychology section. Recently the Chair of the CPA and PFC Task Force on Responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report, he currently Chairs the CPA Standing Committee on Reconciliation, and serves on the CPA Education and Training Committee. In partnership with Indigenous Knowledge Keepers, Dr. Danto developed a field course on Indigenous Mental Health, which he has delivered in Omushkegowuk territory along the James and Hudson Bay coast for the last nine years. In addition to his teaching portfolio, Dr. Danto has worked clinically and administratively in psychiatric hospitals, university counselling centres, private practice, and correctional facilities in Canada and the United States. He does limited consulting and volunteers on the Child Abuse Review Team for Payukotayno Family Services in Moosonee, Ontario. Dr. Danto is under contract with Springer Publishing as the author/co-editor of two texts, one addressing Indigenous mental health globally, and the other addressing psychological assessment with Indigenous clients. He was awarded UofGH research grants in 2012, 2013, 2017 and 2018, and won the UofGH Faculty Mentorship Award in 2014.

David Hill, Psy.D.

    David Hill, Psy.D.
    Dr. David Hill obtained his doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Pacific University in Oregon in 2011. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in British Columbia, in partnership with Simon Fraser University. He currently works as a clinical and forensic psychologist in Manitoba’s forensic mental health system, in addition to being an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Manitoba. He is engaged in a variety of professional activities, including clinical practice, teaching, research, and advocacy. Current research projects include a national study of the community reintegration of forensic patients and an investigation of the health outcomes and trajectories of forensic patients in Manitoba. In 2017, he was a member of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) Criminal Justice Task Force, which authored a position paper to advocate for legislative changes to include psychologists in fitness to stand trial and criminal responsibility evaluations. Along with the other task force members, Dr. Hill received the 2018 John C. Service Member of the Year Award from CPA. At the provincial level, he continues to be involved in advocacy efforts to increase the role of psychology in court ordered assessments for the justice system.

Allister MacIntyre, Ph.D.

    Allister MacIntyre, Ph.D.
    Dr. Allister MacIntyre is a Professor in the Department of Military Psychology and Leadership (MPL) at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC). From 2010 until 2015 he held the position of MPL Department Head and he was elected to RMC’s Senate in 2015. He served 31 years with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), having spent the final five years of his military career as the Deputy Director of the Canadian Forces Leadership Institute. In this role he contributed to the current leadership doctrine used throughout the CAF and received an innovation award from the Chief of Defence Staff and Deputy Minister of National Defence for his work on Duty With Honour: The Profession of Arms in Canada. He has worked as a researcher in Canada and Australia and has served on a number of international leadership and psychology panels. The co-editor of several books on topics related to military leadership, he served for several years as the Chair of the Psychology in the Military section of CPA and currently participates in CPA activities as “Past-Chair” of the military section. He has also maintained membership for many years in three different CPA sections: Personality and Social Psychology (because his PhD is in Social Psychology), CSIOP (because his work is largely in this area) and Psychology in the Military (because of his 31 years in uniform and his current position as a Professor at RMC). He is also a member of APA, SPSP, and the American SIOP organization. Dr. MacIntyre has held adjunct positions with three other universities (supervising Masters and Phd students). He is also an Academic Colleague with the Council of Ontario Universities (COU, for over four years) and in 2015 received an appointment (by election) to the Board of Directors for the International Military Testing Association (IMTA). He hosted the IMTA annual conference on two occasions (2006 and 2018) with 25 countries participating in the most recent conference. In 2005, he co-founded the International Military Leadership Association (IMLA) with a colleague from Singapore). During the past 14 years, the IMLA has continued to grow in terms of number of international participants and impact. He is currently Co-Chairing a multi-year, multi-nation research project for NATO exploring factors associated with ethical leadership.

Kafui Sawyer, M.A.

    Kafui Sawyer, M.A.
    My name is Kafui Sawyer and I feel enthused to participate in this year’s election for the position of Director-at-Large in the Canadian Psychological Association. My goal is to promote barrier-free access to mental health care and diversity in the profession of psychology. I will collaborate with my colleagues to hold educational leaders accountable to other less represented groups like visible minorities including indigenous communities, LGBTQ groups, and physically challenged persons.
    I have been a member with the CPA for over 7 years and have contributed effectively to community mental health as a clinician and consultant providing mental health services across Canada to diverse populations and complex cases (e.g. Borderline Personality Disorder). I completed my graduate studies in Counselling Psychology at Trinity Western University, British Columbia and extended my Community Mental Health Education in Queensland, Australia. I am a competent clinician whose joy for psychotherapy has enabled me to train over 300 mental health practitioners in treating complex cases and teaching resiliency skills. I am blessed to have been trained by great professors, experts in specialized treatments, and other professionals who continually provide me with a growing understanding of mental health. I am a creative entrepreneur with a passion for advocacy that engages low socio-economic groups, complex clients, family therapy and varying cultures. I have recently expanded my practice to provide trainings to local community members in the Arctic Region of Canada.
    I stand for the marginalized groups and access to community mental health. I stand for those who cannot afford mental health services and suffer silently when they should be treated with care and love. I stand for working together to promote mental health programs in schools and families. I stand for opening the practice of psychology to all qualified individuals and avoiding elitism. I believe that we are called to bring hope to the hopeless and to serve in our professional capacity with joy and freedom.

Ada L. Sinacore, Ph.D.

    Ada L. Sinacore, Ph.D.
    Ada L. Sinacore, Ph.D. is the Chair of the Gender, Sexuality, Feminist, and Social Justice Studies Program in the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, the Director of the Social Justice and Diversity Research Lab, and an Associate Professor in the Counselling Psychology Program at McGill University. Prof. Sinacore has over 20 years of experience working in the U.S., Canada, and abroad, and is internationally recognized for her expertise and extensive presentations and publications addressing social justice concerns at the individual, institutional, and policy level. She is actively involved in research that addresses topics such as: gender equity education; feminist and social justice pedagogy; migration and immigration; workplace harassment; bullying; and gender based violence. Additionally, Prof. Sinacore co-edited a book regarding the teaching of social justice within a multicultural and feminist perspective, and is highly sought out for her consultation and program evaluation skills. Prof. Sinacore has received numerous honours and awards including; the Oliva Espin Award for Social Justice Concerns in Feminist Psychology: Immigration and Gender, from the Association for Women in Psychology. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and received the Distinguished Member Award from the Section on Counselling Psychology of the Canadian Psychological Association. Additionally, she was honoured as a Notable Feminist Scholar in Psychology by Psychology’s Feminist Voices. In 2016, she was invited by the Department of International Cooperation and Science Education, Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan to continue her work on gender equity education and anti-bullying initiatives in collaboration with several Taiwanese Universities. Most recently, she received the Faculty of Education Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Acclaimed seats:

Science Director

Jean Saint-Aubin, Ph.D.

    Jean Saint-Aubin, Ph.D.
    Dr. Saint-Aubin, a member of the Brain and Cognitive Sciences section of CPA, received his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Université Laval. In 1998, he joined the Université de Moncton in New Brunswick as a professor at the School of Psychology, which he later headed. His main research interests are in the field of reading, memory and bilingualism. Dr. Saint-Aubin is an active researcher funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Dr. Saint-Aubin, who is a new fellow of the CPA, has a long history of involvement with our association. He has been a board member and president of the Scientific Affairs Committee from 2014 to 2017 and he is currently the acting Director representing science on the board. Dr. Saint-Aubin is also Associate editor of the Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, one of our three journals. In addition to his long-standing commitment with CPA, Dr. Saint-Aubin is also involved with the federal granting councils. For instance, he is co-chair of a Discovery grant selection committee at NSERC and has been a member of a doctoral fellowship committee at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Practice Director

Kim Corace, Ph.D.

    Kim Corace, Ph.D.
    Dr. Kim Corace, Ph.D., C. Psych, is an Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry (with a cross-appointment to the Department of Medicine) and Cross-Appointed to the School of Psychology at University of Ottawa. She is an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University, and a Clinical Investigator with the Institute of Mental Health Research and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. She is a Clinical Health Psychologist and the Director of Clinical Programming and Research in the Substance Use and Concurrent Disorders Program and the Executive Lead of the Increasing Access to Structured Psychotherapy Program at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. Dr. Corace’s clinical and research work focuses on mental health, substance use, stigma, public health, and health system service utilization. She works at regional, provincial, national, and international levels to develop, implement, and evaluate innovative interventions that lead to improved healthcare access and uptake for vulnerable populations, with a focus on developing collaborative hospital-community models of care. She contributes her expertise to numerous standards and guidelines committees as well as policy development initiatives to improve mental health and addictions care. She is actively involved in inter-professional education at all levels of learners, from undergraduate psychology students and medical students, through graduate students, residents, postdoctoral psychology fellows, and ongoing through continuing education for psychologists and other health care professionals. Dr. Corace was the recipient of The Royal’s 12th Annual Inspiration Award in the Young Researcher Category. In 2013 the Ontario Ministry of Health Innovation Fund awarded the “Best Innovation in Mental Health Care Delivery” to Dr. Corace and her colleague for their Regional Opioid Intervention Service. Dr. Corace is currently active within the Canadian Psychological Association; she holds the Practice Seat on the Board of Directors, Chairs the Professional Affairs Committee, Co-Chairs the Opioid Crisis Task Force, and is on the Executive of the Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine Section. She was the guest editor for the 2018 summer edition of CPA’s Psynopsis, which focused on the Opioid Crisis. She previously held the Scientist-Practitioner Seat on CPA’s Board of Directors (2016-18).

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