Board of Directors

Dear CACBT-ACTCC Members and Student Members,

We are pleased to introduce to you our 2021-22 Board of Directors: Karen Rowa (President), Jacqueline Cohen (President-Elect), David Dozois (Past-President), Gillian Alcolado (Secretary-Treasurer), Alexander Chapman (Certification Chair), Noah Lazar (Member-at-Large), Jessica Dere (Communications and Advocacy Chair), Jelani Adams (Membership Chair) and Leanne Kane (Student Representative).

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

Best wishes,

Karen Rowa (President)

 

Karen Rowa
Karen Rowa, President (Term: 2020-2023)
Karen Rowa is a psychologist at the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. She is the Training Director of the Clinical Psychology Residency Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, ON. Dr. Rowa is active in education, clinical supervision, research, and clinical service focused on CBT for anxiety and related disorders. She has supervised over 100 clinical learners and over 40 research students. She regularly teaches and provides workshops on CBT for anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and hoarding disorder.
Jacqueline Cohen
Jacqueline Cohen, President-Elect (Term: 2021-2024)
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.
David Dozois (Term:2019-2022)
David Dozois (Term:2019-2022), Past President
Dr. Dozois is a Full Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, and Director of the Clinical Psychology Graduate Program at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Dozois is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), the CPA Section on Clinical Psychology, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CACBT), and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He is also a former Beck Institute Scholar at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research. Dr. Dozois’ research focuses on cognitive vulnerability to depression and cognitive-behavioral theory/therapy.
Gillian Alcolado
Gillian Alcolado, Secretary Treasurer (Term: 2019-2022)
Gillian Alcolado is a clinical psychologist in the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg and assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Manitoba. In her clinical practice she uses cognitive-behavioural therapy to treat adults with anxiety disorders. Her research interests include the etiology, maintenance, and treatment of anxiety and related conditions.
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.
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.
Noah Lazar
Noah Lazar, Member-at-Large (Term: 2020-2023)
Dr. Lazar is a Clinical Director and Founder of The Downtown Psychology Clinic, which is a group private practice located in Toronto. He is also an Adjunct Professor and the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Program Director at the University of Toronto. He completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Western University, with a research focus in 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.
Catherine Ouellet-Courtois
Catherine Ouellet-Courtois , Member-at-Large (Francophone Chair) (Term: 2020-2023)
Catherine Ouellet-Courtois is a registered clinical psychologist and postdoctoral fellow at Concordia University. Catherine obtained her PhD in 2020 in clinical psychology at the University of Montreal, where she studied the cognitive overlap between OCD and eating disorders under the supervision of Dr. Kieron O’Connor. Her doctoral research was published in a number of journals, including the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry and the International Journal of Cognitive Therapy.
Leanne Kane
Leanne Kane , Student Affiliate Representative (Term: 2019-2022)
Leanne Kane is a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Ottawa, where she is completing her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Andrea Ashbaugh. For her doctoral thesis, Leanne is examining the role of post-event processing in the maintenance of social anxiety symptoms, with the goal of informing cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for social anxiety disorder.
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TBA, Officer - Conference Chair (Term: May 2021 - June 2022)
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