Meet the SVA team

 

Dr. H. Jane Storrie, Ph.D., C.Psych., ABDA, Psychologist
Dr. Diana Velikonja, Ph.D., C.Psych., MScCP., Psychologist
Dr. Bettina DeRyck, Ph.D., C.Psych., Psychologist
Dr. Cherisse McKay, Ph.D., C.Psych., C-CAT(MB), Psychologist
Dr. Jana Frtusova, PhD., C.Psych., Psychologist
Dr. Jennifer Saracino, Ph.D., C.Psych., Psychologist
Dr. Sandra Belfry, Ph.D., C.Psych., Psychologist
Dr. Christine Cabrera, Ph.D., C.Psych., Psychologist
Dr. Elissa Dua, Ph.D., C.Psych., Psychologist
Dr. Jelena King, Ph.D., C.Psych., Psychologist
Dr. Catherine Leite, Ph.D., C.Psych., Psychologist
Dr. Corrie Goldfinger, Ph.D., C.Psych., Psychologist
Dr. Sarah Tuck, Ph.D., C.Psych., Psychologist
Dr. Mechtilde Uhe, Ph.D., C.Psych., Psychologist (Supervised Practice)
Dr. Shireen Abuhatoum, Ph.D., C.Psych., Psychologist
Mr. Cavan Edwards, B.A., Bio and Neuro Feedback Clinician
Ms Emilie Sheppard, Ph.D. Candidate, Therapist/Neuropsychological Consultant
Ms Lawrie Dexter, B.Sc., Dip.C.S., Psychometrist/File Reviewer
Ms Linda Metham, M.Sc., Psychometrist
Ms Cara Morris, B.A. Hons., Psychometrist
Ms Ericka Addink, B.A. Hons., Psychometrist
Ms Christina Hay, M.Sc., Psychometrist
Ms Ivanka Hetherington, B.Sc. Hons., Psychometrist
Ms Janine Ruddy, M.Ed., Psychometrist
Ms Lindsay Rakowski, B.A. Hons., File Reviewer
Ms Danielle Melville, File Reviewer
Administrative Team

Dr. H. Jane Storrie, Ph.D., C. Psych., ABDA
Clinical Neuropsychologist

Dr. Storrie is a registered Psychologist in the province of Ontario, with specializations in the practice of clinical psychology, clinical neuropsychology, and rehabilitation psychology. She is a former President of the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA), and an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. Dr. Storrie has been awarded Diplomate Emeritus status with the American Board of Disability Analysts (ABDA).

Dr. Storrie received her Honours B.A. in Psychology from Brock University in St. Catharines. She completed a Masters degree in Biopsychology and a Doctorate in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Waterloo. She has had intern and clinical staff experience in acute, rehabilitation and continuing care hospitals, including Hamilton Health Sciences, Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, and West Park Hospital. Dr. Storrie has also had experience in home-based community rehabilitation programs at the management level.

Dr. Storrie is a founding partner of Storrie, Velikonja and Associates, where she provides adult and senior psychological assessment and treatment services, including psychotherapy. Her particular areas of interest include the treatment of PTSD and other occupational stressors in first responders (police, fire, paramedic, correctional officers), members of the military and veterans, the treatment of grief and bereavement, and neurorehabilitation post-acquired brain injury (ABI, stroke, neurological disorders).

Dr. Storrie also provides consultation services to first responder organizations and correctional services, hospital-based inpatient and residential programs, and disability management agencies.

Dr. Storrie is Past-President of the Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessment (CAPDA) and the Hamilton Medical-Legal Society. She is a member of Hamilton Health Sciences' Clinical Neuropsychology Internship Committee.

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Diana Velikonja

Dr. Diana Velikonja, Ph.D., C.Psych., MScCP
Clinical Neuropsychologist

Dr. Velikonja completed her graduate studies in the Biological Psychology Program at the University of Waterloo and obtained clinical training as well as conducted research with both pediatric and adult populations. Afterwards, she completed her residency and post-doctoral training at Chedoke-McMaster Hospitals. She then became licensed for independent practice specializing in Neuropsychology, Rehabilitation Psychology and Clinical Psychology across the lifespan. She has worked since 1997 in a clinical and research capacity at the Acquired Brain Injury Program at Hamilton Health Sciences, where she continues to work with residents and research students. She actively publishes and is a reviewer for a number of scientific journals.

Dr. Velikonja is also on faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at the DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University and holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Psychology at McMaster University.

Dr. Velikonja was the Chief of Psychology Practice at Hamilton Health Sciences between 2004 and 2011. She is Past-President of the Hospital Psychology Association of Ontario, Director on the Board of the Hamilton Brain Injury Association, and the President-Elect of the Ontario Psychological Association. She also sits on the advisory board for the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and is actively involved in the development of guidelines for concussion management and concussion clinics, as well as with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury.

Dr. Velikonja has also completed the post-doctoral training program awarding a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology.

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Cherisse McKay

Dr. Cherisse McKay, Ph.D., C.Psych., C-CAT(MB)
Clinical Neuropsychologist
Practice Director

Dr. McKay is a registered Psychologist in the province of Ontario, with specialization in the practice of clinical neuropsychology, clinical psychology and rehabilitation psychology with children, adolescents, and adults. She is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association, National Academy of Neuropsychology, and International Neuropsychological Society. She is also a certified assessor for Catastrophic Impairment – Mental Behavioural (C-CAT: MB) through the Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators/Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessment (CSME-CAPDA).

She received her Honours B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. She completed Masters and Doctoral degrees in the Clinical Psychology Program (Clinical Neuropsychology stream) at the University of Windsor. She completed her internship training in Clinical Neuropsychology at Bloorview Kids Rehab, an acute pediatric rehabilitation and continuing care hospital, and was subsequently employed there. She specializes in working with clients who have sustained an acquired brain injury resulting from various causes (motor vehicle accidents, stroke, encephalitis, etc.). In addition, Dr. McKay provides psychological treatment for a variety of populations, including depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, acquired brain injury, and chronic pain.

Dr. McKay has been an associate of Storrie, Velikonja and Associates since January 2009, and Practice Director since 2013. She provides pediatric and adult neuropsychological and psychological assessment and treatment services. Dr. McKay also provides clinical supervision and consultation for behaviour and rehabilitation therapists working in the community, as well as consultation with multidisciplinary team members regarding the neurobehavioural and psychosocial consequences of traumatic brain injury in children and adolescents. Dr. McKay also has a specialization in return-to-driving assessments following brain injury.

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Dr. Jana Frtusova

Dr. Jana Frtusova, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Clinical Neuropsychologist

Dr. Frtusova completed her Ph.D. at the University of Concordia in Montreal. She completed her Master’s degree in the same program in 2010 and her pre-doctoral internship with the London Clinical Psychology Internship Consortium (Neuropsychology Track) in 2014. Her research focused on examining the relationship between perceptual functions and cognition, and cognitive functioning associated with neurological disorders.

Dr. Frtusova specializes in neuropsychological assessments, primarily with neurological/medical and geriatric populations. In addition to internal training at Concordia University and during her pre-doctoral internship in London, she has also completed clinical training at the Montreal Neurological Institute and at Baycrest in Toronto.

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Bettina DeRyck

Dr. Bettina DeRyck, Ph.D., C. Psych.
Clinical Psychologist

Dr. DeRyck is a registered Psychologist in the province of Ontario, with specialization in the practice of clinical psychology, health and rehabilitation psychology with adolescents, adults, and seniors. She provides couples counselling, often in the context of coping with a physical or brain injury. Dr. DeRyck also provides clinical counselling services for individuals who have not been injured, including treatment services for personal and interpersonal issues. She is a member of the Ontario Psychological Association.

She received her Honours B.A. in Psychology from York University, and completed Masters and Doctoral degrees in the Clinical Psychology Program at Queen’s University. At Queen’s she spent several years teaching Adult Developmental Psychology and worked as an individual and crisis counsellor. She completed her internship training in the adult stream of the Neuropsychology & Neuropsychiatry Program at Hamilton Health Sciences. She subsequently spent nearly two years working with chronic pain patients in the intensive four week program at the Chedoke Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, providing individual counselling and group sessions.

Dr. DeRyck is experienced in the assessment and treatment of individuals with physical injuries. She provides therapy to address emotional, physical, social, cognitive, and return to work issues following an injury or brain injury. She offers individual and couples counselling drawing upon a variety of treatment modalities, primarily cognitive-behavioural therapy, solution-focused therapy and systems theory. Dr. DeRyck also provides consultation services, recommendations and support to clients with large treatment teams who need integrated, coordinated, and consistent care. Dr. DeRyck has been an associate of Storrie, Velikonja and Associates since January 2005.

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Jennifer Saracino

Dr. Jennifer Saracino, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Saracino completed her Ph.D. at McGill University in School and Applied Child Psychology. She completed her Masters degree within the program in 2007. Her research focuses on the experiences of children in early intervention programs across Canada, parent coping, and perceptions of family-centered care.

Dr. Saracino’s clinical training to date has largely been with children, adolescents, and families. She recently completed her internship through Hamilton Health Sciences, with rotations in both the Autism Spectrum Disorder and Child and Youth Mental Health programs. Prior to that, she has received clinical training through the Montreal Children’s Hospital, Yaldei Developmental Centre, various school boards, and private practice clinics.

Dr. Saracino has received training in a variety of treatment modalities and has experience with individual, family, and group therapy. In addition, she has lead numerous parent and staff training workshops and has worked in consultation with both parents and school staff. Dr. Saracino also has extensive experience with psychological and psychoeducational assessments.

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Sandra Belfry

Dr. Sandra Belfry, Ph.D., C. Psych.
Psychologist

Dr. Belfry completed her Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto. Her doctoral research examined the experience of spouses of individuals with acquired brain injuries in the context of their role transitions and support needs. During her clinical training she completed internships at Baycrest Hospital where she developed assessment and treatment skills for older adults and assessment and treatment skills for general adults with acquired brain injuries; and at The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) focusing on general adult populations. She completed her Masters degree in 1999 in Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto and her research focused on adult children of parents with dementias. Her BA in psychology was completed at the University of Western Ontario in 1996. She also completed a Diploma in Art Therapy at the University of Western Ontario. Prior to returning to school to commence her doctoral studies, Dr. Belfry developed a specialized Regional Art Therapy service for the City of Toronto's Home for the Aged.

Dr. Belfry works with adults, older adults, couples, and families of aging parents. She has clinical experience in working with individuals with a wide range of difficulties including: depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, interpersonal issues, chronic health problems, terminal illness, eating disorders, and gender identity issues. She has a background in employee assistance counseling and critical incident response. Dr. Belfry has specialized experience in Neuropsychological Assessment, Psychological Assessment, Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Solution Focused Models of Treatment, and Art Therapy. She has particular interest in issues related to memory such as cognitively degenerative diseases or acquired brain injuries. She has extensive training in memory rehabilitation and she has provided psychoeducational workshops regarding normal age-related changes in memory for the community.

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Christina Cabrera

Dr. Christine Cabrera, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Cabrera completed her Ph.D. at the University of Ottawa in Clinical Psychology. Her research focuses on stigma experienced by people living with HIV or Hepatitis C. She has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Western Ontario and an Honours B.Sc. in Psychology and Kinesiology from York University.

Dr. Cabrera works with adolescents and adults. She has clinical training and experience working with a wide range of concerns including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, interpersonal difficulties, adjustment to chronic illness, and chronic pain. She completed her internship at London Health Sciences Centre with a specialization in rehabilitation.  Dr. Cabrera has received training in a variety of treatment modalities including CBT, EFT, schema therapy, and mindfulness.

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Elissa Dua

Dr. Elissa Dua, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Dua completed her Ph.D. in School and Counseling Psychology at the State University of New York – University at Buffalo.  She holds a Master’s Degree in School Psychology from St. John’s University in New York.  Her research focused on social skills training for children and adolescents with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders and assessment measures for the accurate screening and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders.

Dr. Dua works with children, adolescents, and families.  She recently completed her doctoral internship with the Toronto Area Internship Consortium where she worked with children, adolescents, and families in both school and clinical settings.  She has clinical training and experience working with individuals and their families with a wide range of difficulties such as social skills deficits, behavioural difficulties, mood and anxiety disorders, attachment issues, and learning struggles.  She has extensive training and experience working with children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders, as well as training in applied behaviour analysis (ABA).  Dr. Dua has experience using various treatment modalities and therapies, as well as conducting comprehensive psychological and psychoeducational assessments.

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Jelena King

Dr. Jelena King, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Jelena King is a registered psychologist in the province of Ontario, with a specialization in the practice of clinical neuropsychology and clinical psychology with adults and seniors. Dr. King received her Ph.D. in 2005 from the University of Waterloo, and completed an internship in clinical neuropsychology at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care and a postdoctoral fellowship in the Schizophrenia Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Psychiatry Department, University of Toronto.

Dr. King has been an associate with Storrie, Velikonja and Associates since January 2016 and is also employed as a psychologist in the Clinical Neuropsychology Service and Schizophrenia and Community Integration Services at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in a clinical research position that combines her primary interests of cognitive experimental research, neuropsychological and psychological assessment, cognitive remediation in psychiatric disorders, interpersonal psychotherapy, and clinical training and teaching. Dr. King also holds an academic appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neuroscience at McMaster University and is the program head for Interpersonal Psychotherapy training in the Clinical Behavioural Sciences Program at McMaster University. She is also the Clinical Psychology Practicum Coordinator for the Psychology Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.

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Catherine Leite

Dr. Catherine Leite, Ph.D., C.Psych
Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Catherine Leite completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Western Ontario, and her residency in clinical psychology at The Ottawa Hospital. She works with adults with a range of presenting difficulties, including depression, anxiety, interpersonal difficulties, trauma, eating disorders, somatic concerns, grief, and chronic pain. She also works with individuals who have complex early histories, including histories of childhood emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, and who are struggling with difficulties related to these early traumatic experiences as adults.

Dr. Leite has training in a range of theoretical orientations. Her primary therapeutic approach is relational psychodynamic, and she integrates other therapeutic orientations, such as cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness therapy, when these may be helpful for a client.

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Dr. Corrie Goldfinger

Dr. Corrie Goldfinger, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Clinical Neuropsychologist

Dr. Goldfinger is a registered Psychologist in the province of Ontario, with specialization in the practice of clinical neuropsychology and clinical psychology with adults and seniors. She received her Honours Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from York University. She completed her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology at Queen’s University where her research focused on women’s health and chronic pain. She completed her internship and postdoctoral training at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton where she completed rotations in the Women’s Health Concern’s Clinic, Consultation Liaison Service, the General Psychology Service, the Cleghorn Early Intervention Clinic, and the Clinical Neuropsychology Service. She was subsequently employed in the Clinical Neuropsychology Service at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.

Dr. Goldfinger specializes in neuropsychological assessment with adults and older adults with medical, neurological, and psychiatric illnesses. She also has experience conducting psychoeducational assessments with young adults applying to or attending college or university. She is experienced in psychodiagnostic assessment of adults with a wide variety of psychiatric difficulties including mood, anxiety, personality, and substance use disorders. She has training in cognitive rehabilitation and has facilitated various courses focusing on normal age-related changes in memory, memory changes with neurodegenerative diseases, and executive functioning difficulties.

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Dr. Sarah Tuck

Dr. Sarah Tuck, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Clinical Neuropsychologist

Dr. Tuck is a registered Psychologist in the province of Ontario, with specialization in the practice of clinical neuropsychology and clinical psychology with children and adolescents. She received her Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Toronto and completed her Masters and Doctoral degrees in the Clinical Developmental Psychology Program at York University. Dr. Tuck received clinical training and worked at Toronto Western Hospital (Tourette Syndrome Neurodevelopmental Clinic), Southlake Regional Health Centre, and private practice clinics. She completed her internship training and post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Hospital for Sick Children and was subsequently employed there. Dr. Tuck currently holds a position at Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK) as a clinical psychologist.

Dr. Tuck has extensive experience in both neuropsychological and psychological assessments, working with children and adolescents with a range of clinical presentations (e.g., neurodevelopmental disorders, brain injury, mental health concerns). In addition, Dr. Tuck provides psychological treatment and consultation for individuals with various issues, including depression, anxiety, and behavioural difficulties.

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Mechtilde Uhe

Dr. Mechtilde Uhe, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Psychologist (Supervised Practice)

Dr. Mechtild Uhe completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Fielding Graduate University in California. She completed a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology within the same program and holds another Master’s Degree in Psychology from the Westphalian Wilhelms-University in Germany. Her research focused on the career development of psychologists across various schools of thought.

Dr. Uhe’s training has included neuropsychological, psychoeducational and psychological assessments for children, adolescents and adults. She gained clinical experience in various hospital and community settings working with clients presenting with a range of concerns that included mood and anxiety difficulties, stress and burnout, grief and work/occupational stress/trauma related issues.

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Dr. Shireen Abuhatoum

Dr. Shireen Abuhatoum, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Psychologist

Dr. Shireen Abuhatoum received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Concordia University in Montreal. She completed her Master’s degree in Child Study at Concordia University and obtained her Honours Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto. Dr. Abuhatoum completed her pre-doctoral residency at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), where she completed rotations in the Mood and Anxiety Ambulatory Service and the Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic. She also completed a one-year post-doctoral fellowship at CAMH in the Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic.

Dr. Abuhatoum is experienced in the assessment and treatment of adults with mood and anxiety disorders, emotional dysregulation, trauma, interpersonal difficulties, grief, adjustment issues, occupational stress, and anger management. She provides individual therapy using a variety of treatment modalities including cognitive- behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, and cognitive processing therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Dr. Abuhatoum has also published several scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals that have been presented at national and international conferences. Her graduate research examined the developmental significance of children’s close relationships. She uses information gleaned from her research to inform her clinical practice by adopting a lifespan approach to understanding how early life experiences play a role in the difficulties that present in adulthood.

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Mr. Cavan Edwards

Mr. Cavan Edwards, B.A.
Bio and Neuro Feedback Clinician

Mr. Cavan Edwards practices both neurofeedback and biofeedback techniques. He integrates strategies to facilitate attentional processing and relaxation including wellness strategies into various neuro- and bio – feedback techniques. Thus through strategies of enhanced awareness and wellness based practices patients are able to realize improvements in their thinking/cognitive skills and realize reductions in anxiety and depressive symptoms. Mr. Edwards has completed extensive training in the field of neurofeedback and has been working in this area since 2014.

Neurofeedback is a technique in which analysis is performed of the brainwaves that are generated through normal brain activity to identify underlying patterns of stress or brain dysfunction that can negatively impact quality of life. Once problematic patterns are identified, individuals work through training protocols and self-regulation techniques to help retrain their brain to more optimal and healthful states of being.

Mr. Edwards is also an expert in science-based meditation training. He provides training to individuals, groups, and corporations.

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Ms Emilie Sheppard

Ms Emilie Sheppard, Ph.D. Candidate
Therapist/Neuropsychological Consultant

Ms Emilie Sheppard is completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology at Université de Montréal. Her research focuses on the investigation of the impact of early life febrile seizures on the developing brain of infants and school-age children by means of behavioural and structural measures.

She completed clinical internships in various settings in Montreal, gaining experience in bilingual (English/ French) neuropsychological assessment and psychological treatment with children, adolescents and adults. In particular, internships were completed at the Montreal Neurological Institute where Ms Sheppard worked with adult brain tumor patients, the Montreal General Hospital, where she worked with adult trauma patients, and the Douglas Mental Health Institute, where she worked with children diagnosed with severe behaviour disorders.

Ms Sheppard thereafter completed her pre-doctoral residency in Clinical Neuropsychology at Hamilton Health Sciences, completing rotations in the Adult Acquired Brain Injury Program, Integrated Stroke Program, Adult Consultation Neuropsychological Services, as well as extended rotations in Pediatric Neurology and Pediatric Oncology Neuropsychological Services.

Ms Sheppard has experience performing neuropsychological assessment and treatment, in both pediatric and adult populations suffering from acquired brain injury, trauma, and many different medical and psychiatric difficulties.

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Lawrie Dexter

Ms Lawrie Dexter, B.Sc., Dip.C.S.
Psychometrist/File Reviewer

Ms Dexter received her Honours B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and went on to complete a graduate diploma in assessment and counselling from the Institute of Child Study at the University of Toronto. As a graduate student Ms Dexter completed an internship at Thistletown Regional Centre, Adolescent Services. After completing university Ms Dexter worked as a Psychometrist at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, where she was part of the Stroke Rehabilitation Team. Later, at the Trillium Health Centre, she worked with both in-patient and out-patient populations, as well as consulting with the Neurosurgical, Neurology and Rehabilitation Services regarding client care.

Ms Dexter has over 23 years of experience conducting neuropsychological assessments with clients. She also has extensive experience working in private psychological practices assessing medical/legal and insurance clients. Ms Dexter is a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists.

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Linda Metham

Ms Linda Metham, M.Sc.
Psychometrist

Ms Metham has been working in the field of psychometry for the past 17 years and has mainly specialized in the area of neuropsychology. She has experience in the assessment of adults and children/adolescents with various presentations, including motor vehicle and other related types of head injury, stroke and other neurological conditions, developmental disorders, and learning disabilities.

She received her Honours B.Sc. in Psychology from McMaster University in Hamilton. She also achieved her Masters degree in Psychology at McMaster University, which included the completion of various applied practica in the areas of acquired brain injury and chronic pain management, as well as research studies in mild traumatic brain injury and anxiety disorders. She was subsequently employed by Hamilton Health Sciences in the areas of Stroke, Chronic Pain, the Continuing Care Program, and the Acquired Brain Injury Program.

Ms Metham has provided psychometry services for Storrie, Velikonja and Associates for the past 12 years. She conducts adult and child/adolescent neuropsychological, psychoeducational and psychological assessments under the supervision of various Neuropsychologists on the team. She also continues to work part-time as a Psychometrist for the Acquired Brain Injury Program, Hamilton Health Sciences, conducting outpatient and inpatient neuropsychological assessments, providing training in assessment techniques to neuropsychology interns and supervision to practicum/research students, providing staff training in neurocognitive screening, assisting with research initiatives, managing the neuropsychology database, and collecting/analyzing client satisfaction data for the program. Ms Metham is also a member of the Hamilton Health Sciences’ Clinical Neuropsychology Internship Committee.

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Cara Morris

Ms Cara Morris, B.A. Hons.
Psychometrist

Ms Morris received her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Guelph. She received training in psychometry at Storrie, Velikonja, and Associates, and followed this with a practicum placement at Hamilton Health Sciences. Ms Morris has worked in private psychology practices as a Psychometrist assessing medical/legal and insurance clients, and at Hamilton Health Sciences in the Acquired Brain Injury Program with both inpatient and outpatient populations. At Storrie, Velikonja and Associates, Ms Morris conducts neuropsychological assessments, but also provides training and supervision to neuropsychology residents.

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Ericka Addink

Ms Ericka Addink, B.A. Hons.
Psychometrist

Ms Addink completed her Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Redeemer University in Hamilton, and was then employed by Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation HHSC) as a Rehabilitation Therapist for the Inpatient Acquired Brain Injury Program. She was subsequently hired as a Psychometrist in the Inpatient Stroke Rehab Program at HHSC and also provided psychometry services in private practice. At Storrie, Velikonja and Associates, Ms Addink is involved in neuropsychological, psychovocational and psychological assessments of young adult to senior populations. She also continues to work part-time as a Psychometrist for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Stroke Program, HHSC, conducting neuropsychological assessments, providing training in assessment techniques to neuropsychology residents as well as occasionally assisting with research initiatives.

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Christina Hay

Ms Christina Hay, M.Sc.
Psychometrist

Ms Christina Hay is a Psychometrist with specialization in neuropsychology. She completed her Masters of Science in Psychology from the University of Wollongong in Australia, and holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto.

As a psychometrist at Storrie, Velikonja & Associates, Ms. Hay performs adult and child/adolescent neuropsychological and psychoeducational assessments. She also holds a full-time position at the Hospital for Sick Children, where she conducts outpatient and inpatient neuropsychological assessments. Prior to this, she held various psychometric roles at Holland Bloorview and the Durham Catholic District School Board, where she had a chance to work with children/adolescents and young adults with various presentations, including cancer, cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial/genetic conditions, motor vehicle and other related types of head injury, stroke and other neurological conditions, developmental disorders, learning disabilities, anxiety, depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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Ivanka Hetherington

Ms Ivanka Hetherington, B.Sc. Hons.
Psychometrist

Ms Hetherington received her Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto. She has several years of experience in psychometry working with young adult to senior populations in private practice. She has worked with individuals who have sustained head injuries as a result of motor vehicle accidents, as well as those with learning disabilities, developmental delays, mental health diagnoses, and workplace injuries.

Ms Hetherington also has extensive experience in vocational evaluation, rehabilitation and case management.

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Janine Ruddy

Ms Janine Ruddy, M.Ed.
Psychometrist

Ms Janine Ruddy has been in the helping field since 2007, working as a high school teacher and psychotherapist with both teens and adults in Canada and internationally. She holds a B.A. from Dalhousie University, a B.Ed. from University Sainte-Anne, and an M.Ed., in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto. She is a registered psychotherapist in good standing with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP). She has also provided psychometry services for private psychology practices for the past four years, and is adept at conducting psychological, psychovocational and neuropsychological assessments for individuals who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents, as well as those with mental health diagnoses and workplace injuries.

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Ms Lindsay Rakowski, B.A. Hons.
File Reviewer

Ms. Rakowski completed an Honours Degree in Sociology at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. Upon completion of her schooling she became a Therapy Assistant at Thames Valley Children's Centre, where she worked one-on-one with children who have a disability. At Brainworks she worked as a Rehabilitation Therapist for clients who have experienced a brain injury. She also underwent training in chronic pain management and sat on the Board of Directors for Camp Dawn. Ms. Rakowski is also currently employed as a Client Coordinator for VON Canada in which she provides ongoing case management support to seniors and adults with disabilities.

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Ms Danielle Melville
File Reviewer

Ms Melville completed a Diploma in Print Journalism at Niagara College and went on to complete a Ward Clerk Certificate at Mohawk College. She has worked in the health care industry administratively for a home nursing agency and for the HNHB Community Care Access Centre, in both Client Services and Human Resources. In addition to Storrie, Velikonja and Associates, Ms Meville is employed by the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board in a Human Resources/Administrative role.

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Our administrative team includes:


Terri MacAleese Carolyn Reinhart Victoria Whittle Hazel Thomas
Ms Terri MacAleese Ms Carolyn Reinhart Ms Victoria Whittle Ms Hazel Thomas
Administrative Director/Neuropsychological Services Coordinator Billing Clerk Psychological Services Coordinator Receptionist

 

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