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Recording: Pandemic Adaptations Panel: School Psychology 2020 06 03

Date 2022-03-31
Time 00:00 - 00:01
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How have you adapted your school psychology practice during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Join Dr. Judi Malone, PAA CEO, and special guest panelists, PAA members Chris Pawluk, Wence Leung, Michele Pentyliuk, Claire Petersen, Jeff Mah, & Ryan Matchullis, for an interactive live discussion of their practice adaptations and experiences of school psychology during this time.

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Panel: School Psych

Panel: School Psych

Dr Judi Malone

Judi L Malone, PhD, R. Psych (AB/AUS) is the CEO of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta with extensive experience collaborating to strengthen the role and profile of psychology and access for Albertans. Dr Malone has a wealth of scientist-practitioner experience from clinical practice, academic roles, and in research. She has expertise in working with disadvantaged populations and both national and international perspectives from dual registration in Alberta and Australia. Her clinical expertise is in trauma, the neurobiology of addictions, and professional ethics in rural and small communities.

Chris Pawluk

Chris is the Lead Psychologist for Rocky View Schools. He is responsible for enhancing the Social-Emotional, Behavioural, and Mental Well Being of all Rocky View Students through supports to schools and collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders, including 70 divisional staff including 10 psychologists in 54 schools for 25,000 students. Chris works closely with various Alberta Universities to facilitate research and training of teachers and psychologists. A Clinical Supervisor in the Werklund School of Education, Chris most recently taught a graduate level class on Advanced Clinical Supervision. Chris has worked in schools in three countries over his 20-year career, including living in Taiwan during the 2003 SARS epidemic.  

Wence Leung


Dr. Wence Leung is a Registered Psychologist and a Registered Play Therapist working with Edmonton Catholics School District. She is a member of the PAA Public Education & Wellness Committee to advocate for mental health in the community. As an Early Learning psychologist, her primary role is to provide psychoeducational assessment and play therapy services for the children in PUF programs and consultation services for caregivers, teachers, and multidisciplinary teams. She also offers district-wide professional development to school staff, provides family-oriental programming to families, oversees the program evaluation for interventions, and assists in intervention research projects.  

Michele Pentyliuk

Michele Pentyliuk, M. Ed., is a Registered Psychologist and Certified Teacher working in private practice in Edmonton as a clinician and the managing partner of North Land Family Counselling Group. The focus of her practice is on identification of - and interventions for - individuals who encounter challenges within educational environments. Early intervention with regard to literacy learning is a particular interest. Michele started her career as a Special Education teacher, then moved into private practice working as an educational consultant before embarking on her graduate program where she focused her studies on assessment and intervention practices, culminating her program with a thesis evaluating parental involvement in assessment. Michele has presented workshops to parents, professionals, and students throughout Canada on a wide range of topics related to learning and learning differences. She has provided strategy instruction to individuals, small groups, and large audiences at all educational levels. As a volunteer with the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta, she was part of the team that developed the Reading Readiness Screening Tool and the Right to Read intervention program.  Michele has also developed various learning tools and apps including Alberta’s Learner’s License Prep Kit. She is a member of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta School Psychology Committee, and facilitates the EPPP Prep, Memory Boosting Strategies workshop for Provisional Psychologists.

Claire Petersen

Claire Petersen is the Division Psychologist for Medicine Hat Public School Division. In this role, Claire works closely with a variety of school personnel, service providers, families, and other professionals to support the social-emotional, behavioural and educational needs of students. In addition to providing psychoeducational assessment, consultation and training within the division, Claire provides clinical supervision to a team of 11 Family School Liaison Workers. Additionally, she has been  a sessional instructor in the B. Ed. Program offered jointly through Medicine Hat College and Mount Royal University, teaching courses in “Educational Psychology” and “Exceptional Students, Special Needs and Inclusive Schooling”. Claire has served as a PAA Board Member for the past two years and has recently been appointed Vice President for the upcoming year.

Jeff Mah

Jeff is Lead Psychologist at the Calgary Catholic School District, now in his twentieth year.  In addition to direct work with students, his role involves administrative and supervisory responsibilities for district school psychology services.  Jeff has supervised numerous school psychology students through their practicums or provisional registration, and he has served two terms with the PAA as a board director.  Jeff has sat on PAA committees for supervision and in school psychology.  He has worked to promote provincial collegiality and shared practices of school psychologists.  He is a proponent of developing habits of thought and analytic inquiry to guide us through the challenging/changing landscape.  Jeff has shared his perspectives in various articles over the years and strives to help others acquire conscious practices and become leaders in their scope of influence.

Ryan Matchullis

Dr. Ryan Matchullis is a Registered Psychologist working with Renfrew Educational Services in Calgary, and a member of the PAA School Psychology Committee. He currently provides consultation and assessment services for children in PUF programs, with a focus on support for children with neurodevelopmental delays and disorders. Over the past few years, he has also gained experiences providing school psychology services to Indigenous children and families within the Stoney Nakota Nation. Ryan further enjoys supervising Master's and Doctorate level practicum students and teaching graduate level courses at The University of Calgary as a Clinical Adjunct Instructor

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