Accreditation Panel

Chair - 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, and is the 2022-23 Chair. 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.

Past Chair - Dr. Deborah Dobson, University of Calgary and Private Practice, Calgary, AB
Deborah Dobson

Deborah Dobson received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Western University in London, Ontario.  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. 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. Monnica Williams, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON
Monnica Williams

Dr. Williams is the Canada Research Chair for Mental Health Disparities at the University of Ottawa in the School of Psychology. Her work focuses on ethnic minority mental health and psychopathology research. She completed her undergraduate studies at MIT and UCLA and received her doctoral degree from the University of Virginia. She completed her psychological internship at Montreal General Hospital. She was an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania for four years, followed by five years at the University of Louisville, where she served as Director of the Center for Mental Health Disparities. She also was at the University of Connecticut for three years, where she held joint appointments in Psychological Sciences and Psychiatry

Dr. Virginia Tze, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg MB
Virginia Tze

Dr. Virginia Tze received her Ph.D. in School and Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Alberta. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Administration, Foundations and Psychology at the University of Manitoba. Prior to joining the professoriate position, Dr. Tze had practiced as a school psychologist in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her research focuses on social-emotional learning, including emotional management, attribution theory, self-regulation, and cultural diversity.

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.

Dr. Christina Rinaldi, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Christina Rinaldi

Dr. Christina Rinaldi is a Professor in the College of Social Sciences & Humanities at the University of Alberta and the Scientific Director for the Canadian Center for Mentoring Research. Her particular expertise is in the area of developmental social and emotional psychological functioning and wellbeing, parenting, parent-child relationships, and early childhood school readiness. Her research interests include studying how critical relationships (family, mentors) support children and youth social and emotional learning, development, and overall wellbeing. A common thread across all of her research and career has been the drive to enhance youth development and wellbeing through social connection.

Dr. Sheila Garland, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NFLD
Sheila Garland

Sheila Garland completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary and her predoctoral residency at the Calgary Clinical Psychology Residency (CCRP) program. After that, she completed a three year CIHR funded post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia before joining the faculty in the Department of Psychology at Memorial University. She is an associate professor and Director of Clinical Training for the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) program. She is a registered psychologist in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador and has a vibrant externally-funded clinical research program in the areas of psychosocial oncology, behavioral sleep medicine, and digital health.

Dr. Laurie Ford, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Laurie Ford

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