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The members of the CPA Accreditation Panel for 2021 – 2022 are:

Dr. Deborah Dobson, University of Calgary and Private Practice, Calgary, AB (Chair)
Deborah Dobson

Deborah Dobson received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Western University in London, Ontario.  She is the current Chair of the Accreditation Panel. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Calgary and has a private practice providing psychotherapy to adults with mental health problems.  She was the Director of Clinical Training for the Calgary Clinical Psychology Residency Program and has provided supervision and training both within Canada and internationally.  She is a founding member and served on the board of the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies from 2010 until 2016.   In addition to her work in psychology, she has advocated for mental health community programs and was the President of the Canadian Mental Health Association—Calgary Region.  In addition to being a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies, she was awarded the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award in 2015 for her volunteer work.

Dr. Douglas Cane, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Halifax, NS
Douglas Cane

Douglas Cane received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Western University in London, Ontario. He has been a member of the Accreditation Panel since 2015. He has been active in clinical training for the past 32 years and previously was the Director of Clinical Training for the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre Psychology Residency Program for 10 years. He has also served as a member at large and as Secretary-Treasurer for CCPPP. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine, Dalhousie University and is a Fellow of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia. His clinical work involves providing psychological services to individuals with ongoing pain.

Dr. Damien Cormier, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Damien Cormier

Damien C. Cormier received his Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Minnesota. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. Dr. Cormier is currently serving as the Director of Training for the School and Clinical Child Psychology program. Dr. Cormier’s research interests include examining the developmental trajectories associated with specific cognitive abilities and their influence on learning; improving practices associated with the assessment of culturally and linguistically diverse learners; and developing financial literacy in children and adolescents.

Dr. Vina Goghari, University of Toronto, Scarborough, Toronto, ON
Vina Goghari

Vina M. Goghari is a Professor and the Vice-Dean, Research and Program Innovation at the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto. She has also been the Graduate Chair of the Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science at the University of Toronto. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota. Her research brings together multiple methodologies, including neuroimaging, behavioural genetics (i.e., family studies), cognitive and affective experimental psychology, and clinical assessment. The main aim of her research is to advance scientific knowledge in the causes, course and outcome, and treatment of psychosis. Her laboratory also studies other disorders that present with cognitive deficits, including mood disorders and addictive disorders. A secondary aim in her laboratory is to better understand basic cognitive, social and affective processes in the healthy population. She has also published in the area of training and education in both undergraduate and graduate studies. She was awarded two prestigious national awards in 2021, the Canadian Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology and the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Program Award for Excellence in Professional Training – Academic. She is the Editor of Canadian Psychology, the flagship journal of the Canadian Psychological Association, and an Associate Editor of Clinical Psychological Science.

Dr. Niki Fitzgerald, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Toronto, ON
Niki Fitzgerald

Dr. Niki Fitzgerald completed her PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Windsor. She joined the Accreditation Panel in 2019 after serving as a site visitor.  She is a clinical psychologist in the Work, Stress, and Health Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) where she treats and assesses individuals injured at the workplace and assists clients reintegrate into the workforce. She supervises all levels of psychology trainees as well as psychiatry residents.  She is the Director of Training for the CAMH residency program.  She is a Lecturer in the Psychiatry Department at the University of Toronto, as well as Clinical Lecturer, in the Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science, University of Toronto, Scarborough.  Since 2010 she has held Diplomat Status with the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.  In 2016, Dr. Fitzgerald became a certified Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) facilitator and was a clinician facilitator of this program for two local paramedic services. Outside of psychology, Dr. Fitzgerald is an avid runner and aspiring endurance triathlete.

Dr. Anusha Kassan, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Anusha Kassan

I am an Associate Professor with a high impact position in child and youth mental health in the CPA-accredited programme in School and Applied Child Psychology at the University of British Columbia.

Previously, I held a position as an Associate Professor and I was the Director of Clinical Training in the  Counselling Psychology programme at the University of Calgary. In my five years in Calgary, I led the programme through a series of changes to implement social justice at the core of its training philosophy. I am the past-Chair of the Section on Counselling Psychology of the CPA, and an editor for Canadian Psychology. I completed my graduate studies at McGill University, which included a pre-doctoral internship in professional psychology at the University of California, Irvine Counselling Centre.

My program of study is influenced by my own bicultural identity and as such is informed by an overarching social justice lens. I am the director of the Vividhatà Research Lab – A space where my graduate students and I collaborate on culturally responsive and socially just research. My own research presently includes two major foci. First, I am studying the impact of immigration experiences on different communities. Second, I am conducting teaching and learning research, investigating multicultural and social justice competencies in professional psychology.

Dr. Elaine de Guise, Université de Montréal, Montréal, QC
Elaine de Guise

Elaine De Guise joined the CPA Accreditation Panel in July 2019. She obtained a psychology degree from Laval University, Quebec City, QC, Canada and a Ph.D. degree in clinical neuropsychology from the University of Montreal, Montreal, QC, Canada in 1994 and 1999, respectively. Between 1998 and 2013, she was occupying a position as a Clinical Neuropsychologist for the traumatic brain injury program at the McGill University Health Center, Montreal, QC, Canada. Since 2009, she has been an Assistant Professor for the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill University and since 2013, she has been occupying a position as an Assistant-Professor for the Department of Psychology at Université de Montréal, Québec, Canada. In 2013, she established a Psy.D. program in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Montreal as well as a University Neuropsychology Clinic.

She is a regular researcher in the Brain Repair and Integrative Neuroscience (BRaIN) Brain Repair and Integrative Neuroscience (BRaIN) Brain Repair and Integration Neuroscience (BRaIN) programBrain Repair and Integrative Neuroscience (BRaIN) Brain Repair and Integrative Neuroscience (BRaIN) Brain Repair and Integrative Neuroscience (BRaIN) at the Research-Institute of the MUHC and at the Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en réadaptation du Montréal métropolitain (CRIR) and she is funded by the CIHR, FRQS, REPAR and CRIR. She is mainly interested in traumatic brain injury research. More specifically, her main domain of interest is to develop predictive models of outcome in a traumatic brain injured population. She is specialized in neuropsychological assessment of mild, moderate, and severe traumatic brain injured patients in an acute care setting. She works with an interdisciplinary team who has developed specialized interventions to increase the level of alertness, cognition and level of functioning after a traumatic brain injury.

Regarding clinical practice, she supervises the clinical practice of doctoral students in her Psy. D. program in neuropsychology and works in clinical practice where she conducts expert neuropsychological evaluations.

Dr. Jose Domene, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
Jose Domene

José F Domene is a Professor in the counselling psychology specialization area within the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. His teaching includes career development, professional ethics, and research methods. His scholarly work focuses on the relational contexts of career development and professional issues in counselling and counselling psychology in Canada. Dr. Domene is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and has previously served in various leadership roles within the Counselling Psychology Section of the CPA. He is currently serving as the Editor in Chief of the Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy. He is also a registered psychologist in the province of Alberta, whose practice focuses on the intersection of career-life and mental health concerns. Dr. Domene has a Mexican and Chinese cultural heritage and, in 1990, immigrated to Canada as a teenager with his family. Prior to joining the University of Calgary in 2018, he taught at the University of New Brunswick, and at Trinity Western University in British Columbia.

Ms. Lauren Matheson, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC (Student Member)
Lauren Matheson

Lauren Matheson is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Victoria. She is currently the student member of the CPA Accreditation Panel. Her research focuses on romantic relationships and LGBTQ+ identity. Specifically, she explores gender expression and sexual orientation in the context of queer relationships. Lauren is active in social justice initiatives within the Department of Psychology at the University of Victoria and has sat on the Psychology Graduate Student Council and the Social Justice and Human Rights Committee in that department.



Role of the Panel: The principal function of the Panel is to uphold the standards of education and training in professional psychology (defined in the Standards section of the Accreditation Manual) as it exercises judgment in making decisions about programmes that have applied or re-applied for accreditation. In addition, the Panel (with delegation to the Registrar):

  • develops and disseminates the documents necessary to guide and assess programmes throughout the accreditation process
  • coordinates and reviews annual reporting of programmes throughout the terms of their accreditation
  • trains site visitors to participate in the accreditation process
  • consults to its many publics (e.g., programmes, students, consumers) on matters related to accreditation
  • consults to the Board, and any delegated governance, on matters related to accreditation
  • undertakes any action, permitted by its Standards and Procedures, necessary to carrying out its functions as outlined above

Composition of the Panel: The Panel is comprised of 9 members, appointed by the CPA Board, for staggered 3-year terms that may be extended for up to 3 more years.  One of the members is elected by the Panel as Chairperson, and one of the members is a doctoral student in clinical psychology, counselling psychology, school psychology, or clinical neuropsychology and is a student member of CPA.  The student has completed at least 1 year of graduate study and will remain a student for the 3-year term on the Panel.  The student member assumes the same roles and responsibilities of any Panel member, aside from acting as Chairperson.  As a group, the Panel members represent the specialities (i.e., clinical psychology, counselling psychology, school psychology, and clinical neuropsychology), types (i.e., doctoral or internship), and geographic locations of the programmes accredited by the CPA.  In addition, the Panel endeavours to have other dimensions of diversity represented among its members.

Become a CPA Accreditation Panel Member: Panel members conduct reviews of programme applications throughout the year, and the Panel formally meets twice yearly (Spring and Fall) in Ottawa, with all travel expenses covered by CPA.  At these times of the year acting as a Panel reviewer requires a high level of commitment and involvement.  However, Panel membership is also an extremely interesting and rewarding experience.  As the number of accredited programmes in Canada grows, we continually have a need for new Panel members.

To apply to serve as a Panel member, the following requirements must be met:

  • hold membership in CPA and other psychological associations
  • are currently, or have recently been, a faculty/staff member, or affiliate in some official capacity, of a doctoral or internship programme
  • are knowledgeable about professional and scientific issues in psychology
  • hold licensure/certification, where appropriate
  • are active in their academic/professional careers
  • possess a doctoral degree and have completed a doctoral-level internship at accredited programmes or their equivalents

To nominate yourself or another person to serve as a member of the CPA Accreditation Panel, please submit a CV and letter of interest to the Registrar at accreditation@cpa.ca.