Marissa is a Ph.D. student in the School and Applied Child Psychology program (SACP) at the University of British Columbia. During her time in the SACP program, she has obtained extensive experience conducting complex psychological assessments and interventions. She has supported children, youth, and their families with social-emotional and behavioural challenges and neurodevelopmental differences. In particular, Marissa is a PEERS® Certified Provider who provides evidence-based social skills training to teens and their families. In addition, Marissa has a significant experience working in diverse settings, including schools, private practice, and the community, where she collaborates with parents, teachers, and other mental health specialists.
Marissa is passionate about empowering her clients to create tangible and meaningful change. She believes creating a safe, non-judgmental and inclusive space is the best way for her clients to recognize their strengths and work toward their goals. Her doctoral research focuses on how difficulties with self-regulation impact young children’s social-emotional development and academic achievement.
ACTIVITIES & INTERESTS
Marissa enjoys being active. Since moving here from Ontario, most of her free time has been spent in the backcountry hiking, skiing, and camping. She’ll occasionally enjoy a sunset run around the seawall.
Marissa speaks English fluently.
Marissa provides in-person and online sessions on Mondays and Thursdays.