SVA Child & Teen Clinic Roster

 

Dr. Diana Velikonja, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Dr. Christine Cabrera, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Dr. Elissa Dua, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Dr. Cherisse McKay, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Dr. Jennifer Saracino, Ph.D., C.Psych.

Diana Velikonja

Dr. Diana Velikonja, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Clinical, Rehabilitation and Neuropsychologist
Storrie, Velikonja and Associates
Director, SVA Child & Teen Clinic

Dr. Diana Velikonja is a licensed Neuropsychologist in Ontario. She completed her doctoral degree in Biological and Clinical Psychology at the University of Waterloo and completed a residency in neuropsychology at McMaster University Hospital. She is founding partner of Storrie, Velikonja and Associates, and a practicing Neuropsychologist in the Acquired Brain Injury Program at Hamilton Health Sciences, where she was the Chief of Psychology Practice from 2004 to 2011.

Dr. Velikonja has worked in the Acquired Brain Injury Program since 1996 providing assessment as well as developing treatment for patients suffering from mild to severe injury and impairment. She has also provided neuropsychological consultative services for a variety of pediatric, adult and geriatric neurologically impaired populations. She is also the chair of research in the ABI Program having been awarded research grants and has published articles in the area of ABI.

Dr. Velikonja has worked in the York Region Community Living Program providing clinical service and behavioural programming to a wide range of children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of severe developmental disabilities. She has also worked in the city and residential programs at Hincks-Dellcrest treating children, adolescents and their families across the spectrum of psychiatric, and behavioural disorders. She also has many years of assessment and treatment experience through the University of Waterloo Psychology clinic with children and adolescents experiencing attention deficit disorders as well as other neurological and psychological challenges.

Dr. Velikonja is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences in the faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University where she teaches and supervises students with their research and clinical activities. She is also a member of the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) Committee for Acquired Brain Injury providing consultation for funding ABI research and has been a member on a number of their expert panels. She was a member of the Board of Directors for the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) and is currently Co-Chair of the Prescription Privileges Committee of OPA. Dr. Velikonja is also on the Board of the Hamilton Brain Injury Association.

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Christina Cabrera

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

Storrie, Velikonja and Associates

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
Storrie, Velikonja and Associates

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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Cherisse McKay

Dr. Cherisse McKay, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Clinical, Rehabilitation and Neuropsychologist
Storrie, Velikonja and Associates

Dr. Cherisse 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 and International Neuropsychological Society.

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 to numerous presentations and publications in peer-reviewed journals pertaining to traumatic brain injury, she is currently the primary investigator for several multidisciplinary research studies investigating neuropsychological outcome, cognitive reserve, and ecological validity in acute pediatric brain injury populations.

Dr. McKay has been an associate of Storrie, Velikonja and Associates since January 2009. She provides pediatric and adult neuropsychological and psychological assessment and treatment services. Dr. McKay also provides clinical supervision and consultation for behaviour and rehab 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.

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Jennifer Saracino

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

Storrie, Velikonja and Associates

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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