Welcome Ada L. Sinacore, PhD, CPA President-Elect

Welcome Ada L. Sinacore, PhD, CPA President-Elect

Ada L. Sinacore
The CPA is happy to announce that Professor Ada L. Sinacore has been elected by the CPA board as President for 2021-2022. Professor Sinacore will serve as President-Elect between now and the Annual General Meeting, at which point she will replace current president Dr. Kim Corace. While all members of the Board are elected by the membership, the President is elected by the Board.  Professor Sinacore’s appointment followed from a process inviting all members of the Board to submit a candidacy statement to the Board for consideration. After a review, the Board voted to elect Professor Sinacore from among the candidates.

Ada L. Sinacore, Ph.D. is a professor in, and the Graduate Program Director for, the Counselling Psychology Program at McGill UniversityAs well, she is an associate member of the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, and the Director of the Social Justice and Diversity Research Lab.  Professor Sinacore has over 25 years of experience working in the U.S., Canada, and abroad, and is internationally recognized for her expertise and extensive presentations, publications and activism addressing social justice and human rights concerns at the individual, institutional, societal and policy levels.

She is actively involved in research that addresses topics related to societal inequities and disparities in education and mental health such as workplace harassment, bullying, gender based violence and sexual violence. Additionally, Professor Sinacore has chaired the accreditation panel and has been active in a range of activities with CPA.  As well, she is a member of the advisory council of the Global Network of Psychologists for Human Rights. Professor Sinacore has received numerous honors and awards and is actively sought out for her expertise in consultation and program evaluation.

Professor Sinacore says,

“It is imperative during these uncertain times that we have leadership that is informed by Human Rights and Social Justice. Goal five of CPA’s Strategic Plan explicitly states: “To be an association that promotes and models equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in all we do.” As we have seen in this past year the organization has a great deal of work to do with regard to EDI. As an academic who has devoted her career to producing scholarship and informing teaching using the lens of social justice and diversity, I believe any initiatives related to EDI need to be informed by the principles of human rights and social justice.”

Congratulations Professor Sinacore, we look forward to your leadership and collaboration in the coming year.

Strong Majority of Canadians Want Improved Access to Psychologists

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Strong Majority of Canadians Want Improved Access to Psychologists

January 5, 2021 (Ottawa) – Canada and countries throughout the world increasingly recognize the importance of mental health to the success of their citizens, economies and societies.  The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a significant burden on our mental health and wellbeing, making the need for timely access to mental health care even more urgent.

The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and the Council of Professional Associations of Psychologists (CPAP) asked Nanos Research to survey over 3,000 Canadians to better understand how they perceive the role of psychologists, the barriers and solutions to accessing care, and the quality of care they receive.

“This survey shines a light on the importance Canadians place on their mental health and the value they place on psychologists in helping people address their mental health problems”, said Dr. Karen Cohen, CEO, CPA.  “Canadians are clear that Canada needs innovative and sustainable solutions across the public and private sectors that will improve timely access to evidence-based mental health care for people who need it”.

“The need for additional investments to care for those with mental health and substance use problems has never been more acute”, said Mr. Christopher Cameron, CPAP Executive Director.  “More specialized and individual care will be needed by those Canadians with pre-existing mental health conditions and by those who develop them as a result of COVID-19”.

The survey found:

Barriers to Access Care

  • 78% of Canadians report that psychological services costing too much for them to pay for themselves is a very significant (52%) or somewhat significant (26%) barrier.
  • 73% of Canadians say that the services of psychologists are not being covered by provincial/territorial health plans is a very significant (47%) or significant (26%) barrier.
  • 68% of Canadians say wait times to see a psychologist being too long is a very significant (35%) or somewhat significant (33%) barrier.
  • 66% of Canadians say that psychological services not being covered by their employer’s health benefit plan is a very significant (40%) or somewhat significant (26%) barrier.
  • 46% of Canadians say that preferring to deal with these problems/disorders on their own is a very significant (16%) or somewhat significant (30%) barrier.
  • 39% of Canadians say not wanting others to know they are seeing a psychologist is a very significant (14%) or somewhat significant (25%) barrier.

Solutions to Improve Access to Care

  • Almost 9 out of 10 Canadians (57%) support or somewhat support (31%) improving access to psychologists through the publicly-funded health care system.
  • 83% of Canadians say psychologists working collaboratively with other health professionals, such as a family physician in primary care teams, is a very good idea (50%) or good idea (33%).
  • 76% of Canadians think that better access (more funded mental health care services and higher financial caps) to psychologists through their employer health benefit plan is a very good idea (42%) or good idea (34%).

A majority of Canadians perceive psychologists as being effective in helping people with specific mental health problems like depression, anxiety, learning disabilities, dementia, addiction, and the stress of being diagnosed with a disease.  Canadians also perceive psychologists as being effective in diagnosing people with mental health problems like depression, anxiety, learning disabilities, dementia and addiction.

The COVID-19 pandemic has reached beyond our physical health and we are likely to feel its psychological and social impacts for some time to come.  We must invest and protect our most valuable assets…people.  There is no health without mental health.  The CPA is committed to working collaboratively with all levels of government, employers and insurers to ensure that Canadians receive evidence-based care where, and when, they need it.  The time to act is now.

To review the results in detail – which includes a breakdown by provinces and territories, gender and age, please to the CPA’s website:  cpa.ca.

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About the CPA

The Canadian Psychological Association is the national voice for the science, practice and education of psychology in the service of the health and welfare of Canadians.  The CPA is Canada’s largest association for psychology and represents psychologists in public and private practice, university educators and researchers, as well as students.  Psychologists are the country’s largest group of regulated and specialized mental health providers, making our profession a key resource for the mental health treatment Canadians need.

About CPAP

The Council of Professional Associations of Psychologists is comprised of 13 national, provincial and territorial psychology associations, and has four objectives: facilitating knowledge exchange amongst member associations; identify and share best practices amongst member associations; advocating for the needs of Canadian psychologists and the people that they support; and develop leadership potential and capacity in Canadian psychologists.

About the Survey

Nanos Research conducted a representative online survey of 3,070 Canadians, drawn from a non-probability panel between September 25th and October 2nd, 2020.  The results were statistically checked and weighted by age and gender using the latest Census information and the sample is geographically stratified to be representative of Canada.  The research was commissioned by the Canadian Psychological Association and was conducted by Nanos Research.

Contact: Mr. Eric Bollman
Communications Specialist
Canadian Psychological Association
(613) 853-1061
ebollman@cpa.ca(613) 853-1061

To view the national survey results, click HERE.

Provincial/Territorial Survey Results:

Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science Call for Nominations – Editor: 2021 – 2025

The Board of Directors of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) has opened nominations for the Editorship of Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science for the years 2021-2025. Candidates must be members of the CPA and should be available to start receiving manuscripts July 1, 2021 to prepare for issues to be published in 2022.

To self-nominate or nominate candidates, prepare a brief statement of approximately one page in support of the nomination. Nominations, accompanied by the nominee’s vitae, should be submitted before January 22, 2021 to:

Dr. Lisa Votta-Bleeker
ATTENTION: Chair, CPA Publications Committee
Canadian Psychological Association
Email: executiveoffice@cpa.ca

Interested individuals may obtain more information directly from the Editor, Allison J. Ouimet via email at Allison.Ouimet@uottawa.ca.

Click here to download the announcement (PDF)

CPA webinar ‘COVID and the Canadian Winter’ now available on YouTube

The CPA webinar ‘COVID and the Canadian Winter‘ recorded on Thursday is now up on our YouTube channel. Featuring presenters Dr. Ben C.H. Kuo, Dr. Heather Hadjistavropoulos, Dr. Janine Hubbard, and Dr. Yael Goldberg speaking on racism, teletherapy, children, isolation & anxiety.


The CPA is now receiving abstracts for its 2021 convention.

Spanning three weeks from June 7th – 25th, the CPA’s 2021 Virtual Event will provide many opportunities for personal and professional growth, and highlight the many ways in which the science, practice, and education of psychology can benefit society, improve lives, and advance the discipline.

Click here to submit an abstract.

  1. Deadline for submissions for 3- and 6-hour workshops extended to January 22nd, 2021.
  2. Deadline for submissions for all other presentation types is January 22nd, 2021.

CPA members, affiliates and non-members and non-affiliates are encouraged to submit!

If you have any questions, please consult the FAQ page.

Psychology works for COVID-19. Psychologists giving back to front line service providers.

COVID-19 Front Line Workers

COVID-19 is having a significant impact on the mental health of Canadians, none more so than those who are working on the front lines of health care. Canadians with COVID-19 depend on the expertise of health care providers. The health and well-being of those providers are critical to them being able to deliver this expertise. Hundreds of registered psychologists have signed on to an initiative of the CPA to provide psychological services, via tele-health, to health care providers working at the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to read more about this initiative and to find a psychologist in your area who has volunteered to provide psychological services at no charge.

If you are a psychologist registered to practice in Canada and would like to donate some of your time to provide psychological services to front line health care providers who may be feeling stressed, overwhelmed or distressed by being on the front lines of this COVID-related health crisis, please click here to register: https://web2.cpa.ca/membersurveys/index.php/451688?lang=en.

Frequently Asked Questions

Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)

The MHCC is here for you

Resource hub dedicated to mental health and wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dear friends:

Given the ever-changing events around the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all experiencing varying degrees of a normal reaction to an abnormal event. 


As you know, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) isn’t a mental health services provider. Regrettably, we cannot respond to requests from individuals or clinicians. But during this time, what we can offer you is curated, evidence-based information you can trust.

In times of high anxiety and stress, it’s more important than ever to safeguard your mental wellness. That includes stemming the tide of non-essential information and paring down your news consumption. It also includes accessing reliable sources of information.

Our commitment is to share credible information and resources related to mental wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic on a dedicated resource hub. It will provide you with tools we have created, links to credible national and international resources and share the proactive measures we are taking to promote mental health as we work together to plank the curve.

While our country has collectively mobilized to practice physical distancing, the strength of our social connections is more important than ever.

We’ll get through this by supporting each other in the spirit of solidary that you’ve always found on our social media channels, and which now extends to this new resource hub. 

Keep safe and let’s stay connected.


Louise Bradley, C.M.
President and CEO

CPA/CPAP: COVID-19 Telepsychology & Business Interruption Insurance

Canadian Psychological Association / Council of Professional Associations of Psychologists co-hosted webinar on the current state of COVID-19 Telepsychology & Business Interruption Insurance. Dr. Karen Cohen of the CPA and Dr. Judi Malone of CPAP moderate this presentation by BMS and Gowling.


COVID-19 Member Message

As the impact of COVID-19 is being felt worldwide, we recognize the pressure this evolving crisis is placing on educators, teachers, supervisors and practitioners of psychology throughout Canada. On behalf of the CPA, we extend our gratitude for the leadership roles so many of you are playing in your communities and your efforts to address the needs of your colleagues, students and patients.

To support your efforts, and to inform the public, we have compiled and created a variety of resources.  We are also working with our partners and other associations to advocate for, not only on behalf of our members, but also for members of the Canadian public.

  • FACT SHEETS. Thanks to Dr. Steven Taylor, we have prepared a new Psychology Works COVID-19 fact sheet, and created a page on our the CPA website for all important updates related to the virus – https://cpa.ca/corona-virus/. Many thanks as well to CPA’s Health Psychology Section for their contributions. Both the fact sheet and web page continue to evolve as we receive new information. We suggest regularly checking in with our CPA website as it will continue to be updated as the situation evolves, and new information is shared.
  • In addition to the fact sheet on coping with COVID-19, already posted at the link above, three more are in the works – one on working at home with children, the psychological impacts of COVID-19, and resources related to telepsychology. We hope to have these posted imminently at https://cpa.ca/corona-virus/
  • In addition, BMS and Gowling WLG have prepared an article on telepsychology practice which we will post imminently at https://cpa.ca/corona-virus/. Next week, BMS and Gowling WLG will also deliver a webinar to psychologists on the impact of COVID-19 on psychological practice. Any policy holder – member of CPA or a member of a provincial and territorial association – who has a question they would like BMS and Gowlings to address in the webinar, please email executiveoffice@cpa.ca by Monday, March 23, 2020.  Details about the date and time of the webinar, and how to join it, will be sent to the membership, and posted at https://cpa.ca/corona-virus/, as soon as the details are confirmed. 
  • PRACTICE MANAGEMENT. The membership has long known that CPA has been developing a Practice Management Platform partnership to enable our members to communicate securely with their patients, deliver tele-psychology services and maintain electronic health records.  The agreements to support this partnership are nearly complete and, in light of COVID-19 and the need for psychology providers to find other than in-person means of delivering services, CPA’s leadership is doing all it can to expedite the launch of the partnership.
  • ACCREDITATION. CPA’s Accreditation Panel has been working with its partners at APA, ASPPB, CCPPP and ACPRO to address the impact that COVID-19 will have on training experiences and program completion of students and interns.  CPA’s Accreditation Panel will soon issue a statement on this topic.
  • CONVENTION 2020. We know that many of you are wondering about the status of our 2020 CPA Convention in Montreal. A decision about proceeding or cancelling the convention should be made shortly.  We ask for your understanding as this decision will be taken with the safety of delegates and staff considered first and foremost.  We will update our membership as soon as a decision is taken. 
  • ORGANIZATIONS FOR HEALTH ACTION. CPA sits on the Management Committee of Organizations for Health Action (HEAL) who have collectively written to the Federal Minister of Health offering our collective voice and assistance. HEAL represents 650,000 of Canada’s health care providers.  We will shortly be undertaking a survey of our member organizations to ensure that the experiences of health practitioners and researchers are shared with government and decision-makers.  CPA would really like to hear from you – if you have issues, concerns, suggestions about COVID-19 and the science, practice or education of psychology, please let us know at executiveoffice@cpa.ca; please put COVID-19 in the subject line.  We will share the results of the survey of health provider associations as soon as these are available. 
  • CPA STAFF. Here at our Head Office, we are working alongside many Canadians to flatten the curve of COVID-19 transmission by working from home. We continue to do the same work we normally do, with tele-work protocols in place.
  • MEDIA. In addition, we are reaching out to the media to help accentuate the unique expertise psychologists bring to the current crisis. Many of our members have been interviewed in dozens of media outlets across the country and around the world including the Globe and Mail, CTV, CBC, Global News and the National Post. 

We can see the medical and physical impact COVID-19 is having around the world, but the full extent of the psychological impact is not yet known. Our discipline and profession have much to contribute. 

Thank you all for your leadership and your guidance. Stay safe and stay healthy. Any questions or concerns, please contact executiveoffice@cpa.ca

Dr. Ian R. Nicholson, C.Psych.
President 2019/20

K.R. Cohen Ph.D., C. Psych.
Chief Executive Officer