Educational and School Psychology Section: Executive

Section Executive 2019-2020

Dr. Laurie Ford

Laurie Ford, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
University of British Columbia

Laurie is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education at the University of British Columbia and currently serves as the Director of Training for the UBC Doctoral Program in School Psychology. She has a strong passion for cross-disciplinary approaches in her teaching, research, and professional service. In addition to School Psychology at UBC Laurie have affiliations with the in Human Development, Learning and Culture Early Childhood Education Programs. Her early professional background is in psychology and special education where she worked as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher as well as a teacher of students with Behaviour Disorders and Learning Disabilities. She has worked as a school psychologist in a special education cooperative in Kansas and at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Laurie received a Ph.D. in School Psychology with a minor in Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Kansas (APA accredited), completed her internship with the Nebraska Consortium in Professional Psychology (APA accredited) and a doctoral fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Pediatric Psychology. Prior to her move to Canada, she was on faculty at Texas A & M University and the University of South Carolina. Laurie has thoroughly enjoyed her involvement in CPA and the colleagues she has met since moving to Canada in 2001 as a member of the Educational and School and Community Psychology sections. She has been active in service roles as a conference proposal reviewer, manuscript reviewer for CPA publications, and as an accreditation site visitor. It was her pleasure to serve as Member at Large for the CPA Educational and School Psychology section working most recently with a colleagues revitalizing our Student Conference Awards committee and on our By-Laws revisions. She also was a member of the School Psychology Working Group for the CPA Internship Supply and Demand Task Force. Her research and teaching have a strong focus on the ecological context of children and youth, diversity, cross-disciplinary work, and the importance of relationships in a wide array of contexts. She has particular interest in the assessment of young children, community-based services, and family-school-community relationship with a focus on children, youth and families from diverse cultural backgrounds. It has been my privilege to supervise over 75 doctoral dissertations and Master’s theses. Laurie’s work with graduate students in not only their research but also their clinical training and seeing them move on to their professional roles gives her great pride and professional nourishment. She is energized and excited to begin her term as Chair-elect. Laurie looks forward to working with others on the section Executive Committee to engage more and diverse school and educational professionals from across Canada in our section to make sure the strongest section we can be and the place to turn to for leadership in Educational and School Psychology across all of Canada. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with friends outdoors in beautiful British Columbia, time in the sun (when they have it), cooking, enjoying good cider and wine, and hanging with her dogs Cooper and Gracie.


Dr. Judith (Judy) Wiener

Past Chair:
Judith (Judy) Wiener, Ph.D., C. Psych

Professor, School and Clinical Child Psychology
Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto

Judith (Judy) Wiener, PhD, is Professor of School and Clinical Child Psychology in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. She obtained her PhD from University of Michigan in 1978. Prior to her appointment at OISE, she worked as a school psychologist in Quebec and Ontario. She has also consulted in children’s mental health centers, and has a small private practice. Her primary clinical expertise is assessment and psychosocial interventions with children and adolescents with learning disabilities and ADHD, and children and adolescents who are immigrants and refugees. In addition to supervising graduate students working with immigrant and refugee children and families in the OISE Psychology Clinic, she coordinated a program providing school psychology services in a remote First Nations community in Northern Ontario. Dr. Wiener is Past President of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities, Chair of the Educational and School Psychology Section of the Canadian Psychological Association, and a member of the Canadian Psychological Association accreditation panel. She is also on the editorial board for several journals. Her current research is on self-perceptions, family and peer relationships of children and adolescents with ADHD and learning disabilities and the efficacy of school-based and mindfulness interventions on their self-perceptions and relationships. She has published over 70 book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals, and co-authored a book published by Springer in 2015 entitled Psychological Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children and Adolescents: A Practitioner’s Guide. In addition to presenting professional talks and workshops throughout Canada and the United States, she is regularly interviewed and consulted in Canada’s mass media regarding ADHD, bullying in schools, and other children’s mental health and education issues.


Chair Elect:
Maria Rogers, Ph.D.

University of Ottawa
School of Psychology



Maria Kokai, Ph.D.




Newsletter Editor:
Janine Montgomery, Ph.D., C. Psych. Candidate

Professor, School Psychology Graduate Program
Department of Psychology
University of Manitoba

Dr. Montgomery is a former classroom teacher (Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools, Alberta) who completed her B. Ed and PhD (School Psychology) at the University of Saskatchewan. She joined the faculty at the University of Manitoba in 2007, serving primarily in the School Psychology Graduate program, but also teaching undergraduate classes in Abnormal Psychology. She conducts and supervises research in social cognition (social thinking), with a focus on ASD. She aims to bring research-based information to knowledge users in practical and easy to apply forms.


Member at Large:
Rachel Weber, Ph. D.


Dr. Adam McCrimmon

Member at Large:
Adam McCrimmon, Ph.D., R.Psych.

Director, Autism Spectrum Education, Research, and Training (ASERT)
School Psychology, Faculty of Education
University of Calgary

Adam completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Calgary and his M.A. in Clinical-Developmental Psychology at York University. He then went back home to Calgary to complete his doctorate in School and Applied Child Psychology. A Registered Psychologist in Alberta since 2010, Adam has focused his research and clinical work on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). He currently directs the Autism Spectrum Education, Research, and Training (ASERT) lab at the University of Calgary where he oversees research on ASD and trains students in assessment of and intervention for individuals with ASD. He is a Certified Trainer for the ADOS-2 and ADI-R, considered “gold-standard” measures in the assessment of ASD and regularly conducts trainings to clinicians and researchers interested in using these measures. He was elected as a Member-at-Large of the School and Educational Psychology section of CPA in 2013 and also serves as an Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of School Psychology. He is the father of two young boys and enjoys spending time with them and his family.


Member at Large:
Debra Lean, Ph.D.

School and Clinical Psychologist
Chief Psychologist, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

Dr. Debra Lean is a School and Clinical Psychologist with 30 years of experience in school boards and hospital mental health departments, as well as private practice. She received her Master’s and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Concordia University in Montreal. Dr. Lean has been registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario since 1988, and serves periodically as an examiner for the College’s oral exams. She is currently in her 15th year as the Chief Psychologist of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, in the Greater Toronto Area. Dr. Lean provided school psychology services for the Board for 13 years previous to her appointment as Chief. She has been the Chair of the Ontario Psychological Association’s Section on Psychology in Education since 2011 and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of School Psychology. Dr. Lean is the co-author of two books on integrating school-based mental health services, Barriers to Learning: The Case for Integrated Mental Health Services in Schools (2010) and School-based Mental Health: A Framework for Intervention (2013). Her recent research activities include school-based mental health service models, a play-based mental health prevention program for primary age children with school adjustment difficulties, cognitive behaviour intervention for anxious students, and alternative school psychology delivery models.


Student Representative:
Alexandra Ruddy, Ph.D. Student
Universty of British Columbia





Student Representative
Paige Walker, Ph.D. Student
Western University





Student Representative:
Tasmia Hai, Ph.D. Student
University of Alberta