Laurie Ford, Ph.D.
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.