Maria Kokai, Ph.D., C. Psych.
Dr. Maria Kokai is a registered psychologist with over 35 years of experience that includes work in school board and private practice settings. She obtained specialized experience in Scandinavia related to psychological services for deaf and hard of hearing children. She earned her PhD at the E. Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary, and has been practicing in the field of school psychology (initially in Europe, then in Canada) since 1980. As a school psychologist, she worked with a wide range of populations, including students with LD, Giftedness, as well as deaf and hard of hearing students. She was the Chief Psychologist at the Toronto Catholic District School Board for 14 years, overseeing and directing psychological services for the 90,000 students of this board, as well as participating in the selection, implementation and evaluation of various system-wide intervention programs in the areas of LD, resilience and mental health. She supported and facilitated collaboration in research, service delivery and training with other organizations (e.g. SickKids Hospital LD Research Program, Integra, Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario – LDAO, Psychology Foundation of Canada, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Friends Resilience), and helped establish and obtain CPA accreditation for the Toronto Area Residency Program with rotations in school psychology. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Psychological Association and the Psychology Foundation of Canada, and the former President of the Association of Chief Psychologists with Ontario School Boards. She is a current advisory member of the LDAO’s LD@School project, as well as a member of the Ontario Psychological Association’s Section on Psychology in Education Council. She is co-chair of the Cross-sectoral Psychology Working Group creating Guidelines for Diagnosis and Assessment of Children, Adolescents and Adults with Learning Disabilities. Consensus Statement and Supporting Documents (currently available as a CPA CE workshop).