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Dr. Robin Alter is a registered clinical psychologist in practice since 1979.  She was a Senior Consultant to the Hincks-Dellcrest Children’s Centre and Blue Hills Child and Family Centre for almost 40 years.  In her consulting capacity, she also consulted with the Indigenous community regarding Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and conducts FAS assessments.  Her current practice includes both the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults.  She is the co-founder of the ADD Institute and a member of the Canadian Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association.  Dr. Alter has been working as a psychologist for over 35 years.  First, she worked in Florida as the only psychologist working with children and families in a rural mental health centre.  Over the past 40 years, she has worked in Toronto, Ontario as a consultant and taught courses in psychology part-time at York University, while also running her comprehensive practice.  She is the author of several books and has been working with us for the past 10 years in a variety of capacities, including a member of the Task Force to guide psychologists to comply with the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee for Indigenous People of Canada. She maintain a private practice in Thornhill, focussing on mental health treatment for children, adolescents and adults and conducting comprehensive psychological assessments for a wide variety of concerns. Dr. Alter is a trustee of Strong Minds Strong and the Chair of the 4-17 Committee. 

Anne Murray has a Masters in Education and has worked for many years as a Registered Nurse. She has a broad interest in families, focusing on creating resilient schools and communities. She works with families, educators and youth, coaching and facilitating ways to recognize, reduce and develop strategies for managing the stressors in their lives. Since 1999 she has been instrumental in the development of the Kids Have Stress Too! Program initiated by the Psychology Foundation of Canada. Anne is the Lead Trainer providing training, program development and building partnerships, with a focus to reduce stress in our children and youth. Anne is a Life Coach and shares her passion for improving the mental health of children faced with the challenges of living in a fast paced, highly technical world with changing family dynamics. Her learning has been enhanced with parenting three, now adult sons, being a grandmother, and being actively involved in community life. Anne is also involved with families in the community that have children with developmental disabilities, with the goal to build inclusive communities and embrace the strength of diversity. 

Dr. Ester Cole is a psychologist in private practice, and a strong advocate of SMSKPC. For many years , she was a supervising psychologist at the Toronto Board of Education, promoting multicultural services. Her work has focused extensively on supporting students, educators, and families across communities. She taught as an adjunct professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/ UT and at York University. She was a multi-year consultant to the former NGO, The International Children’s Institute, which supported the adjustment of refugee children in schools. Dr. Cole has written and co-authored numerous research and advocacy articles in recognised journals and professional publications; edited books, and has served on editorial boards. She has lectured in several countries, and has been a member/advisor of various committees and task forces focusing on mental health program development for children and youth. Her multi-year advocacy for equity, diversity and inclusion, has been embedded in her leadership positions nationally, and in the USA. She was the President of the Canadian Association of School Psychologists, President of OPA, and Chair of the Psychology Foundation of Canada (PFC), and its Parenting for Life Program. She currently serves on SMSKPC’s program committee, and on the professional advisory council. At OPA, she was chair-Disaster Response Network, and the Canadian Representative on the APA/DRN Advisory Committee. She is a member of CPA- Professional Affairs & Human Rights and Social Justice Committees, among others. At APA, she served on the Council of Representatives , and was a member of the Board of Professional Affairs. She currently services as a member of the APA Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Subspecialties in Professional Psychology (CRSSPP)”.

Dr. Marie- Josée Gendron is an experienced bilingual psychologist with over 18 years’ experience within a variety of research, academic and clinical settings. She currently works as a Clinical and School Psychologist for the Toronto Catholic District School Board. In addition to serving the elementary and high school population, she also specializes in supporting students with autism. Previously, Dr. Gendron worked as the Mental Health Leader for the French Catholic School Board in Toronto. She has worked extensively with a variety of different school boards, including the Toronto District School Board as well as the Conseil Scolaire Viamonde and in private practice. She also worked as the Research Director of Pearson Canada for 7 years, developing various psychometric tools such as the WPPSI-III, the WISC-IV, the WIAT-II, the WIAT-III and the WAIS-IV in English and French for psychologists and other professionals all over Canada. She is also an accredited trainer for SafeTalk and ASIST suicide prevention workshops. 

Dr. Michael Saxton is a clinical psychologist working in children’s mental health in Ontario. Currently, Michael is a staff psychologist at Kinark Child and Family Services working with children and adolescents through the community mental health program. In addition, he is an associate at Belfon Psychological Services which is a private practice in the Greater Toronto Area that provides both therapeutic and assessment services. Prior to his current positions, he gained experience providing psychological services for youth and families in contact with the justice system as well as in hospital and school settings. Therapeutically, Michael draws heavily from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Dr. Saxton also maintains a research practice on the impact that domestic violence has on families and the community response to violence. 

Dr. Chantal Regis is a Registered Psychologist with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Guelph. Her areas of practice include children and adolescents and she provides therapeutic and assessment services in several private practice clinics in the Greater Toronto Area. Dr. Regis previously worked as a staff psychologist at the Peterborough Regional Heath Service, and Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Services, adolescent outpatient clinics. Her therapeutic orientation is integrative including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), psychodynamic informed play therapy, and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) modalities. Her research interests are in the area of women’s health including disordered eating and premenstrual syndromes.

Wendy Spence educational background consists of a BA (ECE) from Ryerson, a B. Ed from York University, and an M. Ed from Brock University.  She worked for 11 years in the field of Early Childhood Education directly with children, supervising centres and teaching at the college level.  She worked for the Halton District School Board for 26 years, 7 years in the classroom, and 19 years as an administrator.  During her time with Halton she served in a leadership role for 4 years within the School Program Department as the lead for the implementation of Full Day Kindergarten.  Wendy retired in 2019 and now sits on the BOD of Norfolk Little People’s Daycare.  The focus of her passion throughout her career has been educational leadership, mentoring, and training.  She had the opportunity to connect with Kids Have Stress Too! during her system leadership role and as part of Professional Development for daycare staff.  She truly believes that the content and material of all programs offered within the Strong Minds Strong Kids, Psychology Canada portfolio are essential for healthy growth.

Dr. Nicolás Francisco Narvaez Linares is a registered Pediatric Psychologist with the provinces of Ontario and Québec offering services to the Ottawa-Gatineau region in both official languages and Spanish. He completed a Bachelor of Sciences (B.Sc.) in Psychology with a specialization in neuroscience and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in neuroscience at the University of Ottawa.During his Ph.D, he specialized in child, adolescent, and family services. He completed his training in different Hospitals, School Board, and Community Centers in Clinical Psychology, School Psychology, and Clinical Neuropsychology. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and post-doctoral training in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). He currently splits his time between the public and private sectors while teaching at the University of Ottawa. He provides intervention services for anxiety and mood disorders, suicidality, LGBTQ+ issues and male/men sexuality and toxic masculinity.

Camille Guérin-Marion completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa, with a concentration in child, adolescent, and family services. She completed her clinical training across hospital, community, and private practice settings, which included a one-year residency placement at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary, Alberta in 2022-23. She specializes in working with children and youth presenting with a broad range of mental health, trauma-related, and neurodevelopmental concerns. She stays involved in research focusing on non-suicidal self-injury, parent-child relationships and attachment, and emotion regulation in youth and young adult populations. She is currently working at the Child Development Institute (CDI) in Toronto, Ontario.