Board of Directors


Dear CACBT-ACTCC Members, Student Members, and Interested Guests,

We are pleased to introduce to you our 2023-24 Board of Directors: Christine Purdon (President), Christine Korol (President-Elect), Jacqueline Cohen (Past-President), Andrea Piotrowski (Secretary-Treasurer), Alexander Chapman (Certification Chair), Jelani Adams (Membership Chair), Jessica
Dere (Communications and Advocacy Chair), Rob Ferguson (Member-at-Large), Jean-Philippe Gagné (Member-at-Large, Francophone Relations), and Dalainey Drakes (Student Affiliate

Who are we?
We are a group of professionals from diverse mental health backgrounds across Canada who are dedicated to supporting and advancing the CACBT-ACTCC mission. The CACBT-ACTCC Board comprises volunteers who collaborate closely to ensure the organization’s mission, fostering its expansion in the realms of training, knowledge advancement, CBT accreditation, and the promotion of CBT education to the Canadian public. The Board meets formally every month. It is an honour to work with such a distinct and talented group of individuals, and to serve our fabulous members. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at

You will find biographical descriptions of all Board members below.
Best wishes,
Christine Purdon (President)








Christine Purdon
Christine Purdon, President (Term: 2022-2025)
I have been interested in anxiety and cognitive-behaviour therapy since my undergraduate days. When I was applying to graduate school experts in CBT were scarce and scattered across Canada. I was fortunate to land in the lab of Dr. David A. Clark who studied with Jack Rachman at the Institute of Psychiatry in London and did a post-doc with Aaron T. Beck at the then-new Centre for Cognitive Therapy. I was very fortunate to complete my Residency under the supervision of Dr. Martin Antony at the Centre for Mental Health and Addiction (then known as the Clark Institute of Psychiatry) and had the opportunity to join Dr. Zindel Segal and his team down the hall at the Cognitive Therapy Unit for rounds and research talks, in which the early studies on the use of mindfulness to prevent depressive relapse were first being conducted.
Christine Korol
Christine Korol, President Elect (Term: 2023-2026)
Dr. Christine Korol is a registered psychologist and the Founder/Director of the Vancouver Anxiety Centre. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia and a psychologist in the Department of Psychology at BC Children's Hospital.  Dr. Korol has a particular interest in the use of technology and mental health. She trains other professionals in digital health as well as lecturing and training doctoral students on this topic at Simon Fraser University, UBC and University of Victoria.
Jacqueline Cohen
Jacqueline Cohen, Past President (Term: 2021-2024)
Dr. Jacquie Cohen (she/her) is the Provincial Leader of Education and Training for the Mental Health and Addictions Program at Nova Scotia Health. She leads a team of Advanced Practice Leads who provide clinical training and consultation to mental health clinicians throughout the province. Prior to this role, she co-founded and co-led the Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Treatment Program then worked as an Advanced Practice Leader, developing a stepped care model for BPD treatment and training clinicians throughout Nova Scotia in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) and good psychiatric management for BPD. She is the former Director of Training of the Halifax Clinical Psychology Residency Program and a past Board Member of the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs.
Andrea S. Piotrowski
Andrea S. Piotrowski, Secretary Treasurer (Term: 2023-2026)
Dr. Andrea S. Piotrowski, CPsych, is the WRHA (Winnipeg Regional Health Authority) Regional Medical Specialty Lead for Clinical Health Psychology. She is a clinical psychologist with the Clinical Health Psychology Program, Director of the Adult Assessment Team, and an Assistant Professor in the Max Rady College of Medicine at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She supervises residents and early career psychologists and teaches students in medicine. Dr. Piotrowski received her Master’s degree in experimental psychology and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Manitoba. She completed her residency in neuropsychology at Yale University. Dr. Piotrowski also sees clients in private practice.
Alexander Chapman
Alexander Chapman, Certification Chair (Term: 2022-2025)
Alexander L. Chapman, Ph.D., R.Psych. is a professor in the psychology department at Simon Fraser University (SFU), a registered psychologist, and president of the DBT Centre of Vancouver. Dr. Chapman completed his undergraduate degree at U.B.C., his M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Idaho State University (APA accredited), and his predoctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center. After completing a two-year post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington, he joined the faculty at SFU in 2005, where he established the Personality and Emotion Research Laboratory.
Jelani Adams
Jelani Adams, Membership Chair (Term: 2021-2024)
Jelani Adams is the Founder and Clinical Director of Thrive CBT, a group counselling practice based out of Whitby, ON. He is a registered social worker in Ontario and has been working in the mental health field for over 10 years. Jelani has been a certified member with CACBT since 2017. He is also a Diplomate and Certified CBT Therapist with the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies (ACBT) in the United States.
Jessica Dere
Jessica Dere, Chair of Communications and Advocacy (Term: 2021- 2024)
Dr. Jessica Dere is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, at the University of Toronto Scarborough, in the Department of Psychology and the Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science. She teaches a variety of undergraduate courses with a mental health focus and provides clinical supervision to clinical psychology graduate students. Her area of expertise and scholarship is in culture and mental health, and her training as a cultural-clinical psychologist informs all aspects of her teaching, research, and clinical practice. She is interested in the integration of evidence-based and culturally-informed practice, with the view that evidence-based practice must ultimately be able to serve clients of all backgrounds and identities.
Rob Ferguson
Rob Ferguson, Member-at-Large (Term: 2023-2026)
Dr. Rob Ferguson is a clinical psychologist and Co-Director of Oakville Centre for Cognitive Therapy (OCCT), a large private practice in Oakville, Ontario. At OCCT, Rob provides cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) to adolescents, adults, and couples for a wide range of presenting issues. He has a particular interest in the treatment of anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and self-esteem issues.
Jean-Philippe Gagné
Jean-Philippe Gagné, Member-at-Large (Francophone Relations) (Term: 2023-2026)
Dr. Jean-Philippe Gagné is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University and a Staff Psychologist at the Centre for CBT Research, Training, and Intervention of the McGill University Health Centre. Dr. Gagné practices CBT for a wide range of mental and physical health problems, conducts CBT suitability assessments, supervises trainees, teaches at all levels of training, and engages in research activities.
Dalainey Drakes
Dalainey Drakes, Student Affiliate Representative (Term: 2022-2025)
Dalainey H. Drakes is a PhD clinical psychology student in the Cognition and Anxiety Disorders Research Lab at the University of Ottawa. Dalainey received her BA First Class Honours from St. Francis Xavier University with a special concentration in Forensic Psychology and recently completed her MSc. in Experimental Psychology, Health and Wellness stream from Memorial University. Dalainey was awarded the Honour of Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies in recognition of her scholastic achievement and exemplary merit as well as a Canada Graduate Scholarship in support of her doctoral research program.
David Dozois
David Dozois, Officer: Representative to the WCCBT (2023-2026)
Diana Dunnell
Diana Dunnell, Executive Director