Board of Directors

Dear CACBT-ACTCC Members and Student Members,

We are pleased to introduce to you our 2017-18 Board of Directors: Melisa Robichaud (President), Keith Dobson (President-Elect), Eilenna Denisoff (Past-President), Guillaume Foldes-Busque (Secretary-Treasurer), Jacqueline Cohen (Certification Chair), Noah Lazar (Member-at-Large), Diana Kljenak (Member-at-Large), Brenda Key (Communications and Advocacy Chair), Martin Scherrer (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,

Melisa Robichaud (President)


Brenda Key
Brenda Key, Chair of Communications and Advocacy (Term: 2015- 2018)
Dr. Key received her Ph.D. from the University of Calgary and completed her pre-doctoral residency training at Calgary Clinical Psychology Residency program. She is a psychologist at the Mood Disorders Program and the Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre. Her clinical work is focused on the assessment and treatment of patients with co-morbid anxiety and mood disorders. Her research is focused on the development and evaluation of interventions that integrate cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and mindfulness based therapies (MBTs) for patients with anxiety and mood disorders. She is interested in advocating for greater access to evidence based psychotherapies for all Canadians.
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.
Eilenna Denisoff
Eilenna Denisoff, Past President (Term: 2015-2018)
Dr. Eilenna Denisoff PhD., C.Psych became interested in clinical psychology when she worked as a registered nurse in medical and psychiatric units. She recognized the importance of the scientific study of human behaviour and thoughts and decided to pursue her Ph.D. in clinical psychology. She studied at York University where she was trained in the scientist-practitioner model emphasizing a foundation of research and scientific practice.
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.
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.
Keith Dobson
Keith Dobson, President Elect (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.
Martin Scherrer
Martin Scherrer, Membership Chair (Term: 2015-2018)
Dr. Martin Scherrer completed his MSc and PhD degrees in clinical psychology at the University of Calgary and his predoctoral internship with the Calgary Consortium. Dr. Scherrer previously worked with the Early Psychosis Treatment Service at Foothills Hospital in Calgary AB, prior to accepting a position in 2009 with Tertiary Mental Health in Kamloops BC, where he provides comprehensive psychodiagnostic assessments and CBT for a range of clinical presentations, including mood, anxiety, and psychotic disorders. His research and clinical interests are reflected in multiple publications and conference presentations related to the theory and practice of CBT.
Melisa Robichaud
Melisa Robichaud, 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.
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.