halifax, nova scotia

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Erica Baker Psychological Services Ltd is a private practice in downtown Halifax. Our practice is one of few local practices that specializes in assessment services for individuals with learning and behavioural needs. We pride ourselves on the comprehensiveness of our assessment services. We strive to collaborate with clients, families, educators, and other service providers, to recognize skills and strengths and to develop a plan for moving forward.

Dr. Erica Baker is a psychologist specializing in neuropsychological, psychoeducational, ADHD, and psycho-vocational assessments. Erica has a particular interest in assessment and programming for children, teenagers, and adults with known or suspected traumatic brain injury (TBI), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities (LD), and other psychiatric conditions. Dr. Baker has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from McGill University. Her clinical training was completed at two of Canada's top teaching hospitals in Montreal and Toronto. Erica has worked as an independent contractor at the IWK, Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre, and Nova Scotia Hospital. Erica routinely conducts medical-legal assessments and works with physicians and other healthcare professionals. She is actively involved on volunteer boards and committees that assist individuals with TBI, LD, and ADHD.

Dr. Diana Cassie is a psychologist specializing in psychoeducational assessments for verbal and nonverbal learning disabilities (LD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Dr. Cassie conducts assessment for students in either English or French Immersion streams. She also provides vocational assessment services for individuals seeking knowledge about appropriate career choices given their vocational aptitudes, interests, and personality variables. Diana works with children, teenagers, and adults. She has a Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto. Her clinical training was completed in university and community settings. As well, Dr. Cassie provided counselling, assessment, coaching, and advocacy services to students with LD and/or ADHD while working within a university setting. Diana also has provided assessments as an independent contractor at the IWK and for independent insurers.

Bonnie Waugh is a psychologist specializing in psychoeducational assessments and programming, for children (age three and up), teenagers, and adults with learning disabilities (LD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). She also provides coaching services for individuals with ADHD. Bonnie graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with a Masters of Arts in School Psychology. She has provided psychological services at a private non-profit day school for children with learning disabilities, in the public school system, and within a university setting. Bonnie has experience with specialized program plans for students based on their individual learning strengths and needs and with professional development activities for teachers working with LD students.

Dr. Joan Backman is a psychologist specializing in neuropsychological and psychoeducational assessment and consultation. Dr. Backman completed a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and Neuropsychology at Carleton University, and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at McGill University specializing in learning disabilities. For 27 years, Joan provided neuropsychological assessment, consultation and treatment services for children and teenagers with a wide range of disabilities at the IWK Health Centre. She also has served as Director of Learning Disabilities for the Nova Scotia Department of Education. Joan has a particular interest in assessment and consultation for children, teenagers and adults with acquired brain injuries, physical and developmental disabilities, attention-deficit /hyperactivity disorder and learning disabilities. Her goal is to provide assessment recommendations which are based on a thorough understanding of the individual's cognitive and behavioural profile, and developed collaboratively with individuals, families, schools and other care team members in the community to be most effective and helpful. Dr. Backman is not currently accepting new referrals.

Dr. Lindsay Bates is the Autism Team Leader at the practice, and specializes in comprehensive psychoeducational and developmental assessment to explore learning, attention, and developmental concerns (including autism spectrum disorders) in children and youth (ages 2 to 18). Dr. Bates completed her graduate training (M.A./Ph.D.) in Clinical Child Psychology at the University of Windsor. With a strong clinical and research background in child and adolescent mental health, Dr. Bates has provided assessment and treatment services across a range of multidisciplinary settings including schools, hospitals, specialty clinics, and private practice. In addition to her assessment practice, Dr. Bates also offers consultation and treatment specific to autism spectrum disorder as well as being actively involved in various community initiatives specific to ASD (IDEAS for Autism, Autism Nova Scotia Professional Advisory Panel. Areas of special interest include attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities (both language-based and nonverbal), and autism spectrum disorder.

Jane Grantmyre is a psychologist specializing in psychoeducational assessment and consultation. Jane enjoys helping clients understand their strengths and challenges, and how they learn best. With her clients' consent, she often collaborates with other psychologists on the team. Jane's background includes managing early childhood services for the Nova Scotia provincial government. She also managed a program for children experiencing challenges in their development. Jane has experience supporting students in reading, writing, and mathematics in school settings. Her volunteer work includes being the past-Chair of the School Advisory Council at a local junior high school. After graduating from Dalhousie University, Jane completed her training (M.A.Sc.) at the University of Waterloo. Her internships were completed at a Nova Scotia school board and in the Department of Psychology of the IWK. Jane has been a member of the Erica Baker Psychological Services team since 2010.

Rachel Panton is a psychologist specializing in the comprehensive assessment and diagnosis of learning disabilities and ADHD for children, teenagers, and young adults. Rachel graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with a Masters of Arts in School Psychology in 2005. Since that time, she has been working as a psychologist at the Colchester, East Hants ADHD Clinic. Within this work environment, Rachel has worked in close collaboration with pediatricians, family physicians, teachers and school administrators in both psycho-educational assessment and development of school and home based program plans. This has allowed for the development of a strong background in the assessment and diagnosis of learning disabilities and attentional problems as well as their differential diagnoses.

Dr. April Sullivan is a psychologist specializing in assessment and treatment of mental health and neurodevelopmental disorders. In her role at Erica Baker Psychological Services, she provides consultation and assessment services for those suspected of having an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD and Tourette Syndrome. April has a particular interest in treatment of mental health difficulties in individuals with ASD. She has a Ph.D. in Clinical-Developmental Psychology from York University. Her clinical training was completed the IWK Health Centre.

Dr. Shannon Johnson is a psychologist specializing in neuropsychological assessment and consultation. Dr. Johnson completed a Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Victoria and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Indiana University, specializing in clinical and cognitive neuroscience. Shannon is an Associate Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Pediatrics at Dalhousie University and is the Director of the Clinical and Cognitive Neuropsychology Laboratory. Her research program focuses on understanding cognitive differences in high-functioning children and adults with autism spectrum disorder. Shannon has had extensive neuropsychological assessment experience in a variety of hospital and community settings and has provided services to clients across the lifespan. She is also qualified to complete autism spectrum assessments.

Neera Datta is a psychologist specializing in psychoeducational and ADHD assessments for adults. Neera graduated with a M.Ed. degree from Mount Saint Vincent University, and with a M.Sc. degree with specialization in the area of School Psychology from the University of Calgary. She has experience working within a hospital environment, the public school system, a private school for students with learning disabilities (LD), and private practice. Neera currently works within a university setting where she provides screening assessments, learning strategies and advocacy services to students with LD and ADHD.

Dr. Melissa McGonnell is a psychologist specializing in psychoeducational assessment and consultation with children, teens, and adults. Melissa worked as a teacher for 17 years, primarily with children and adolescents with learning disabilities, before completing a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University. Currently, Melissa is the co-coordinator of the School Psychology Program at Mount Saint Vincent University. She has a particular interest in the assessment of learning disabilities and ADHD. Melissa is committed to ensuring that assessment findings are clearly communicated and that appropriate and helpful recommendations are developed in consultation with individuals, families, and other professionals working with them.

Dr. Sara King specializes in assessments for complex learning disorders and ADHD in children and young adults. Sara completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University, a predoctoral residency in child rehabilitation psychology at Bloorview Kids Rehab (now Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital) in Toronto, and a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Paediatrics at the IWK Health Centre. Sara has extensive clinical experience working in hospital and community settings and is currently assistant professor and co-coordinator of the Master of Arts Program in School Psychology at Mount Saint Vincent University. Her research focuses on social and school functioning in children with a variety of challenges including ADHD, disruptive behaviour disorders, and chronic health conditions.

Melissa Gendron is a candidate registered psychologist who conducts comprehensive psychoeducational assessments to explore learning, attention, and behaviour in children, adolescents, and adults. Areas of speciality include attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities (LD), as well as other neurodevelopmental disorders such as intellectual disability (ID) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Additionally, she conducts early learning, vocational, and comprehensive mental health assessments. Melissa obtained her M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology at Acadia University, and completed her clinical training at the IWK Health Center. As well, she has previously worked at Dalhousie University where she conducted and published research specializing in ADHD, and has also been contracted to conduct assessments for both parents and children through the Department of Community Services (DCS) Family and Children's Services Division. With a background firmly rooted in research, Melissa works collaboratively with families, school administrators, teachers, social workers, physicians, and community organizations. This has given her the background to ensure clear communication of assessment outcomes to parents and professionals in order to support each individual's future success.

Rebecca MacNevin is a psychologist (candidate register) specializing in the comprehensive psychoeducational assessment of children, adolescents, and young adults with learning or behavioural concerns. Rebecca's prior experience practicing in the public school system enables her to develop practical recommendations that can be implemented effectively by teachers and school administrators. She also provides psycho-vocational assessment services to help individuals identify appropriate occupational options that are consistent with their abilities, aptitudes, interests, and skills. Rebecca obtained her Masters of Arts degree in School Psychology at Mount Saint Vincent University in 2011.

Caitlin Neily is a registered psychologist specializing in family-centered, evidence-based treatment for preschool and school-aged children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In her practice she primarily uses strategies based on Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), including Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) and Positive Behaviour Support (PBS). Caitlin worked for 10 years at the IWK Health Centre on the Autism Team. In this role, she provided provincial training to families and clinicians in the Nova Scotia Early Intensive Behaviour Intervention (EIBI) program. Caitlin also provides comprehensive psychoeducational assessments to explore learning, attention and behaviour concerns in school-aged children. Caitlin completes assessments for students in English and French Immersion programs. Caitlin graduated in 2005 from Mount Saint Vincent University's School Psychology program. Caitlin is a level V PRT trainer, certified by Koegel Autism Consultants, Santa Barbara, California.

Kristen Bailey is a psychologist (candidate register) who conducts comprehensive psychological assessments with adolescents and adults. Areas of assessment specialty include mental health disorders and learning disabilities. Kristen has completed clinical training in a variety of areas including adult and child community mental health, adult and child chronic pain, ADHD assessment, paediatric health psychology and couples therapy. She has also conducted research and published in the areas of adult mental health, and adult, child and family health psychology. Throughout her research and clinical training, Kristen has learned to collaborate closely and effectively with a variety of professionals including physicians, nurses, social workers, teachers, and physiotherapists so that she can best meet the needs of her clients. Kristen completed her M.Sc. at Acadia University in 2011 and began her Ph.D. at Dalhousie University in 2012.

Kristen Coveyduc is a psychologist (candidate register) specializing in psychoeducational assessment. Her areas of particular interest include learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as well as anxiety, ASD, and social skills interventions. She is a graduate of Mount Saint Vincent University's M.A. School Psychology Program. Kristen has been involved with Erica Baker Psychological Services since September 2015. Aside from her school psychology training, Kristen has also been involved in exciting and innovative research involving school-based interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Katie Carroll is a psychologist specializing in evidence-based treatment for preschool and school-age children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Her practice is rooted in applied behavior analysis (ABA), including strategies based on Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) and Positive Behaviour Support (PBS).Additionally, Katie conducts comprehensive psychoeducational assessments to explore learning, attention, and behaviour in children, adolescents, and young adults. Katie graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with a Master of Arts in School Psychology in 2005. Prior to joining Erica Baker and Associates, she worked for 11 years as part of the preschool Autism Team at the IWK Health Centre where she supported families and clinical teams around Nova Scotia who were involved in the Early Intensive Behaviour Intervention (EIBI) program. Katie is a Level V PRT Trainer, certified by the Koegel Autism Consultants, Santa Barbara, California.Katie has a strong commitment to family-centered care, and works collaboratively with families, school personnel, and other health professionals to clearly communicate outcomes and develop appropriate treatment plans.

Dr. Jeffrey MacLeod is a psychologist (candidate register) specializing in assessment of mental health and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Jeff graduated from Dalhousie University with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and completed his clinical training in Nova Scotia and Alberta. Jeff has a particular interest in assessment of ASD in adults, and has worked with adults with ASD in a variety of settings. Jeff also has experience assessing and treating a variety of mental health disorders in children, teens, and adults.

Jessica Waldon is a candidate registered psychologist who conducts comprehensive psychoeducational assessments to explore learning, attention, and behaviour in children and adolescents. Areas of interest include learning disabilities (LD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as well as other neurodevelopmental disorders such as Intellectual Disability (ID). Jessica obtained her Masters of Arts in School Psychology at Mount Saint Vincent University. Through her experience within the public school system, Jessica works collaboratively with families, school administrators, teachers, social workers, physicians, and community organizations. This has provided Jessica with the experience and skill to communicate assessment outcomes effectively to families and school professionals, and to provide practical, evidenced-based recommendations tailored to support each individual's future success.

Dr. Ainslie McDougall is a registered psychologist specializing in psycho-educational assessments for specific learning disabilities (LD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and other related mental health disorders. Dr. McDougall conducts assessment for students in either English or French Immersion streams as well as detailed assessments of individuals across the lifespan. She completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology (University of New Brunswick, 2014) and a Master of Science in Forensic Psychology (University of Surrey, 2008). In addition to her work with Erica Baker Psychological Services Limited, Dr. McDougall is employed with the IWK Health Centre Mental Health and Addictions program specializing in completing assessments with youth who are involved with the criminal justice system. She also has experience in providing evidence-based interventions for children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety and/or mood disorders.

Jennifer Denney-Hazel is a registered psychologist specializing in the assessment of children, adolescents and adults. Jennifer graduated from Acadia University with a Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology in 2005. Following her graduation Jennifer worked as a member of a rural multidisciplinary outpatient mental health clinic and was a member of a private psychology clinic. Throughout her career, Jennifer has enjoyed working closely with schools and other health professionals and believes in collaboration for treatment. Jennifer offers comprehensive assessment exploring learning, attention, and mental health issues. She has a particular interest in identifying and addressing barriers that may be interfering with the individual meeting their potential.

Dr. Sophie Godbout-Beaulieu is a psychologist specializing in psychoeducational assessments and programming for children and adolescents (ages 5 to 18) with known or suspected attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disorders (LD). Dr. Godbout-Beaulieu is fluently bilingual and provides assessments in either English or French. She has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Ottawa. Her clinical training was completed in Ottawa, Moncton, and in Halifax, in two of the country's biggest children's hospitals, as well as in school and community settings. In her work, Sophie strives to best understand the individuals' cognitive, learning, and social-emotional profiles in order to develop recommendations adjusted to the individuals' specific presentation.

At Erica Baker, we believe labels are for clothes, not people.

We believe that a diagnosis is only the beginning of a journey.

We also believe that people are unique individuals.

Our job is to inform and educate - but only after we identify strengths and needs.

At Erica Baker we help you through the first steps, the next steps & the steps that follow.

First, let's start with why, and move on from there. Let's go.

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