SVA Child & Teen Clinic Roster

 

Dr. Diana Velikonja, Ph.D., C.Psych., MScCP.
Dr. Christine Cabrera, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Dr. Elissa Dua, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Dr. Cherisse McKay, Ph.D., C.Psych., C-CAT(MB),
Dr. Jennifer Saracino, Ph.D., C.Psych.

Diana Velikonja

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

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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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., C-CAT(MB)
Clinical, Rehabilitation and Neuropsychologist
Practice Director

Storrie, Velikonja and Associates

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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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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