Board of Directors

Dear CACBT-ACTCC Members and Student Members,

We are pleased to introduce to you our 2018-19 Board of Directors:  Keith Dobson (President), Andrea Ashbaugh (President-Elect),  Melisa Robichaud (Past-President), Guillaume Foldes-Busque (Secretary-Treasurer), Jacqueline Cohen (Certification Chair), Noah Lazar (Member-at-Large), Diana Kljenak (Member-at-Large), Kathryn Sexton (Communications and Advocacy Chair), Madelaine Burley (Membership Chair) and Joelle Soucy (Student Representative).

We are very excited to be working on your behalf. You will find biographical descriptions of all Board members below.

Best wishes,

Keith Dobson (President)


Keith Dobson
Keith Dobson, President (Term: 2017-2020)
Dr. Dobson is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Head of Psychology at the University of Calgary in Canada, where he has also served in other roles, including Director of the Clinical Psychology program. His research has focused on both cognitive models and mechanisms in depression, and the treatment of depression, particularly using cognitive-behavioural therapies. He has participated in several trials of the treatment of acute depression, as well as prevention of depression. A current focus of his work is on the prediction and prevention of relapse in depression.
Andrea Ashbaugh
Andrea Ashbaugh, President Elect (Term: 2018-2021)
Andrea Ashbaugh is an assistant professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa and a licensed clinical psychologist in the province of Ontario. She obtained her master's and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute.
Melisa Robichaud
Melisa Robichaud, Past President (Term: 2016-2019)
Dr. Melisa Robichaud received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Concordia University in Montreal, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the University of British Columbia (UBC) Psychiatry Department. She is a psychologist and a co-founder of the Vancouver CBT Centre, where she provides cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) for the treatment of anxiety disorders. Dr. Robichaud holds an adjunct faculty position in the Psychology Department at UBC, is a clinical instructor in the UBC Psychiatry Department, and a Clinical Associate in the Psychology Department of Simon Fraser University.
Guillaume Foldes-Busque
Guillaume Foldes-Busque, Secretary Treasurer (Term: 2016-2019)
Guillaume Foldes-Busque has been a psychologist since 2009 and specializes in cognitive-behaviourally oriented interventions.
Jacqueline Cohen
Jacqueline Cohen, Certification Chair (Term: 2017-2020)
Dr. Jacqueline Cohen is the Co-Lead of the Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment Program in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is also the Director of Training for the Clinical Psychology Residency Program located within the Mental Health and Addictions Program of the Nova Scotia Health Authority, as well as Assistant Professor with the Department of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University and a Clinical Associate with the Dalhousie Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. She is a founding and certified member of CACBT.
Madelaine Burley
Madelaine Burley, Membership Chair (Term: 2017-2021)
Dr. Maddy Burley completed her MA and PhD degrees in clinical psychology at Ryerson University and his predoctoral internship with the Northern Ontario Psychology Internship Consortium. Dr. Burley works in private practice at CBT Associates, where she provides comprehensive psychodiagnostic assessments and CBT for a range of clinical presentations, including mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, OCD and psychotic spectrum disorders.
Kathryn Sexton
Kathryn Sexton, Chair of Communications and Advocacy (Term: 2018- 2021)
Dr. Kathryn Sexton received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Concordia University in Montreal in 2011. She completed her Master’s and doctoral work in the Anxiety Disorders Laboratory at Concordia University, working with Dr. Michel Dugas, an internationally renowned expert in the cognitive behavioural treatment of worry/generalized anxiety disorder. Dr. Sexton’s research in this area focused on identifying predictors of cognitive avoidance, and on characterizing the nature of intolerance of uncertainty and its underlying beliefs that operate as cognitive vulnerabilities for worry/GAD.
Noah Lazar
Noah Lazar, Member-at-Large (Term: 2017-2020)
Dr. Lazar is a Clinical Director, and Director of Training of the Clinical Psychology Residency Program, at CBT Associates. He completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Western Ontario, with a research focus on the neurobiology and genetics of schizophrenia. He completed his predoctoral training at St. Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton, in their Mood Disorders Clinic, Neuropsychology Service, and their Schizophrenia and Severe Mental Illness Clinic.
Diana Kljenak
Diana Kljenak, Member-at-Large (Term: 2017-2020)
Dr.Kljenak’s academic and clinical work has focused on psychotherapy, continuous professional and practice development (CPPD) and collaborative mental health care. Dr. Kljenak is an Assistant Professor and a Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) Lead for the University of Toronto, Department of Psychiatry. The responsibilities of the portfolio of the CBT Lead include development of Goals and Objectives for CBT training of psychiatric residents, CBT Psychotherapy Core Curriculum Block Coordination, and recruitment and approval of new CBT supervisors.
Joelle Soucy
Joelle Soucy, Student Affiliate Representative (Term: 2016-2019)
Joelle Soucy is a graduate student in the clinical psychology program at the University of Regina. She is currently completing her Doctorate in clinical psychology under the supervision of Dr. Heather Hadjistavropoulos. Joelle completed her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Regina in 2016.