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Dr. Martinez is a registered Clinical and School Psychologist, with the College of Psychologist of Ontario, and she has extensive experience in working with children, adolescents, and their families.
In August 2020, Dr. Martinez was appointed as the Manager (Chief) of Psychological Services in Learning Centre 3 at the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), the largest school board in Canada. In her position, she leads a team of psychologists, associates, consultants, and administrative staff. She also provides system leadership regarding psychological services provision and priorities of the TDSB.
Dr. Martinez earned her B.A. (Honours) from the University of Waterloo, and her Master's and Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia. As part of her training, she successfully completed her doctoral internship program (accredited by the American Psychological Association) in Illinois, with rotations at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (St. John's Pavilion and St. John's Children's Hospital), the Hope Institute for Children and Families, and The Autism Program of Illinois. Her training and studies were funded by highly competitive awards and grants, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Research Award, which is not typically awarded to students/trainees within the social sciences and humanities. Other significant awards included a Four-Year Fellowship, the Dean of Education Scholarship, and a Full Tuition Scholarship from UBC.
After completing her studies and training in 2011, Dr. Martinez returned to Scarborough (where she was born and raised), to provide support and services to children, adolescents, and their families.
Dr. Martinez's range of clinical, school-based, and teaching experiences include:
-Youthdale Treatment Centres (Manager of Psychological Services)
-Best Doctors Canada/Teladoc Health (Expert Consultant)
-Ryerson University (Psychology Department, Instructor - Child Development)
-York Region District School Board (Psychologist)
-York University Psychology Clinic (Adjunct Clinical Faculty Associate/Psychologist)
-Surrey Place Centre (Psychologist, Infant and Early Childhood Program)
-Kinark Child and Family Services (Psychologist, Central East Autism Program)
She has also published several articles in peer-reviewed journals on the assessment, prevention and treatment of anxiety disorders in school-age children. She has presented at a number of selected refereed conferences across North America, and has taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses on the Assessment of Learning Difficulties, School-Based Intervention Practicum, Child Development, and Learning, Measurement, and Teaching.
Last but not least, Dr. Martinez is a mother to two young children, whom she learns from every day.
Dr. Ko is a registered Clinical and School Psychologist, with the College of Psychologist of Ontario. She works with children and adolescents, and their families.
Dr. Ko completed her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Indiana State University, which was among the first of such programs in the United States. Dr. Ko has provided assessment, therapy, and consultation services in a variety of hospital, nonprofit, school board/university, and private practice settings. She currently works full-time as a Psychologist within the York Region District School Board.
At this practice, Dr. Ko provides the following types of assessments to children and adolescents:
-Psychoeducational (e.g., learning disabilities, attentional disorders, intellectual disabilities)
-Social-Emotional (e.g., depression, anxiety, behavioural disorders)
-Assessments for transition to College/University
Dr. Ko speaks both English and Mandarin. However, assessments are standardized and are conducted in English.
Ms. Seat holds a Master of Education in Developmental Psychology and Education, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, both from the University of Toronto.
Ms. Seat has been working on a number of research studies at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (2015-Present) and the University of Toronto (2008-2015) examining child development and psychopathology in childhood and adolescence. She has experience assessing cognitive, academic, social, emotional, and behavioural functioning in children and youth, using a variety of assessment tools and methods. Jovana has a strong ability to establish rapport with children and youth (and their families), and empathize with their presenting conditions.
As a Psychometrist, she works under the supervision of Dr. Martinez, providing a range of assessments.
Seema holds a Masters of Social Work with a focus on mental health, and a Bachelor of Specialized Honours Degree in Psychology, both from York University. Seema is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW). She is also certified in multiple evidenced based practices, including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Narrative Therapy. She works with children, adolescents and their families.
In her practice, Seema operates within a praxis of intersectionality, through an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens. Seema has conducted assessments and provided counselling and therapy services across various adult and children’s mental health settings. Presently, Seema works as a Full-Time Social Worker at the York Region District School Board (YRDSB).
Seema provides a full range of comprehensive counselling and therapeutic services at this practice, which includes:
a) Individual Counselling;
b) Group Counselling;
d) Adolescent and Children’s Mental Health Support and;
e) Strength based and solution focused supports
Seema is fluent and can provide services in both Tamil and English.
Martinez, Y., Tannock, R., Manassis, K., Garland, E. J., Clark, S., & McInnes, A. (2015). The teachers’ role in the assessment of selective mutism and anxiety disorders. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 30(2), 83-101. DOI: 10.1177/0829573514566377.
Miller, L., Martinez, Y., Baker, H., & Shumka, E. (2014). Multiple Informant Agreement of Child, Parent, and Teacher Ratings of Child Anxiety within Community Samples. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 59(1), 34-39. DOI: 24444322
Drysdale, M., Martinez, Y., & Thompson, L. (2012). The Effects of Humorous Literature on Emotion: A Pilot Project Comparing Children with Asperger's Syndrome Before and After Neurofeedback Training and Controls. Journal of Neurotherapy: Investigations in Neuromodulation, Neurofeedback and Applied Neuroscience, 16(3), 196-209. DOI: 10.1080/10874208.2012.705758
Miller, L., Gold, S., Laye-Gindhu, A., Martinez, Y., Yu, C., & Waechtler, V. (2011). Transporting a School-Based Intervention for Social Anxiety in Canadian Adolescents. Canadian Journal of Behavioral Science, 43(4), 287-296. DOI: 10.1037/a0023174
Martinez, Y., & Ercikan, K. (2009). Chronic illnesses in Canadian children: The effect of illness on academic achievement, and anxiety and emotional disorders. CHILD: Care, Health, and Development, 35(3), 391–401. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2008.00916.x
Rose, H., Miller, L, & Martinez, Y. (2009). "FRIENDS for Life": The results of a resilience-building, anxiety-prevention program in a Canadian elementary school. Professional School Counseling, 12 (Special Issue), 400-407. DOI: 10.5330/PSC.n.2010-12.400
Shumka, E., Jitlina, K., Martinez, Y., Miller, L., Ford, L. (2016). Case Studies of Children with Anxiety and Low Incidence Disabilities. A poster presented at the Annual Convention of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, February 2016.
Martinez, Y. & McKee, W. (2011). School and Clinical Interventions for Selective Mutism and Associated Disorders. A Mini-Skills Session at the Annual Convention of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), San Francisco, California, USA, March 2011. Declined acceptance.
Martinez, Y., Tannock, R., Manassis, K., & Garland, J. (2010). Cross-Disciplinary Partnerships in the Assessment and Treatment of Children with Selective Mutism. A paper accepted to the Annual Convention of the 71st Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 2010. Declined acceptance.
Ford, L., McKee, W., McIntosh, K., Lipka, O., Martinez, Y., Nirmal, R., Swart, S., Ballou, J., Cole, K., Holmes, B. (2010). Trainer’s of School Psychologists. A symposium accepted to the Annual Convention of the 71st Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 2010.
Martinez, Y. & Miller, L. (2009). Silent no more: bridging school-clinical interventions for selective mutism. An invited Participant Information Exchange (PIE) to the Annual Convention of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Chicago, Illinois, USA, March 2010.
Martinez, Y., Tannock, R., Manassis, K., Garland, J., McInnes, A., & Clark, S. (2008). Multiple informant agreement of Selective Mutism ratings for school-age children. A paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA), Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, USA, March, 2009.
McKee, W., & Martinez, Y. (2008). IEPs: Where's the data? Conversation Session at the 69th annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, June 2008.
Martinez, Y., & Ercikan, K. (2007). Educational and psychological effects of childhood chronic illnesses. Poster presented at the 68th annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 2007.
Martinez, Y., & Ercikan, K. (2006, June). Investigating the inter-relationship between school achievement, socioeconomic status (SES), community type and health/nutrition in Canada. Poster presented at the 67th annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, June 2006.
Ercikan, K., Arim, R., D’Almeida, M., Liu, Y., & Martinez, Y. (2006, February). Instructional practices associated with learning outcomes for different schools with low and high levels of resources. Invited presentation to Council of Ministers of Education, Canada and Social Science & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, February 2006.
Hymel, S., Martinez, Y., Hearle, N., Darwiche, L., Clarke, S., Rocke-Henderson, N. & Matear, D. (2005, May). Strathcona Social Interaction Program: An innovative attachment-based approach supporting elementary-aged students with behavioural difficulties. Symposia at the 5th Annual Research Day of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, May 2005.
Drysdale, M. & Martinez, Y. (2003, June). A comparison of the effects of reading and emotion in children diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome before and after neurofeedback training. Poster presented at the 65th annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, June 2004.
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