Current Board of Directors
Marilyn Chotem, Ed.D., R.Psych. - President
Marilyn is one of the Board of Directors of the BC Psychological Association, and a former member of the MSP Taskforce Committee. She was the primary contributor to the proposal for Integrating Psychological Services into Primary Health Care with proposed funding from MSP. Her interest in being on the board is to increase accessibility of psychologists to the people who need psychological services most, yet lack the financial means to receive them, whether it is out-of-pocket or inadequate third party coverage. She has been doing psychotherapy in BC since 1978 in a variety of settings including addictions, child and youth mental health, adult mental health, adult eating disorders, EAP and private practice. She currently works half-time at VGH providing psychodiagnostic assessments and counseling to patients on a short-stay psychiatric ward. She also has a part-time private practice in West Vancouver working with individuals, couples and families with a variety of presenting concerns.
Murray Ferguson, D.Psych., R. Psych. - Treasurer
Murray completed his doctorate in Clinical and Forensic Psychology at Monash University in Australia. He currently works in private practice and at the Correctional Service of Canada. Prior to returning to Canada in 2012, he worked in institutional and community based forensic mental services for adults and youth, and in academic settings, teaching and engaging in research pursuits. Murray has previously sat on the executive of the National and Victorian Branches of the College of Forensic Psychologists in Australia, in later years as the Professional Development Officer. He is currently the chair of the Continuing Education Committee. He is interested in seeing psychology reach its potential in British Columbia and for there to be greater access to psychology for all British Columbians in need.
Douglas Cave, MSW, RSW, Ph.D., R.Psych., MA, AMP, MCFP.
My MSW and PhD in Counselling Psychology were granted by UBC. My Post-Doctoral Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology is from New Mexico State University. I am an Assistant Professor and Lead Faculty for Behavioural Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. My clinical work is at the Centre for Practitioner Renewal at Providence Health Care where I provide care to healthcare providers. Previously, I worked in the areas of addictions, sex-related and LGBT concerns, trauma among peacekeepers and forensics. Some of the things that are important to me regarding psychology in BC are: enhancing the relationship between medicine and psychology, developing healthy and resilience-enhancing workplaces, fostering an expansion of psychological services, and examining psychologists’ ability to bill to MSP.
Sandra Wong, Ph.D., R. Psych.
Dr. Wong is a registered psychologist. She has a Ph.D. in Counselling and Educational Psychology awarded 2001 from University of British Columbia. She has many years of research, teaching and clinical experiences at Rehabilitation Clinics. She provides medical-legal consultations for psychological and rehabilitation issues. She also provides treatment to clients for pain, adjustment to disability, depression, anxiety, post-trauma stress disorder and mild brain injury. She is also a trauma counselor and serves as a volunteer for the Provincial Health Services Authority Disaster Psychosocial Network. She serves on different committees of the College of Psychologists, BC Psychological Association, Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability. Dr. Wong is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. Her enjoyable activity is singing in the choir.
Paul Swingle, Ph.D., R. Psych.
Paul G. Swingle, Ph.D. R.Psych. was Professor of Psychology at the University of Ottawa prior to moving to Vancouver. A Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, Dr. Swingle was Lecturer in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and during the same time period was Associate Attending Psychologist at McLean Hospital (Boston) where he also was Coordinator of the Clinical Psychophysiology Service. Dr. Swingle was Chairman of the Faculty of Child Psychology at the University of Ottawa and Clinical Supervisor. He has also taught at McGill University, Dalhousie University and McMaster University. He is a Registered Psychologist in British Columbia and is certified in Biofeedback and Neurotherapy. Since 1997 he has been in private practice in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he founded the Swingle Clinic. His book “Biofeedback for the Brain” was published by Rutgers University Press and his most recent book for professionals, “Adding Neurotherapy to Your Practice” is in press with Springer.
Noah Susswein, Ph.D., R. Psych.
Dr. Noah Susswein treats children, youth, and adults at the Vancouver Psychology Centre. He has been involved with mental health research, assessment, and treatment for over 15 years in a variety of settings including medical schools, community mental health centres, and inpatient psychiatric facilities. Whether working with children or adults, Dr. Susswein uses a strength-based approach that emphasizes self-awareness and courage.
Ted Altar, Ph.D., R. Psych.
Dr. Ted Altar works as a rural Psychologist in Terrace B.C and his work has been primarily with First Nations Peoples. He was a past member of the Native Psychologists’ ssociation of Canada. The philosophical orientation that guides his practice is Existential, which affirms people’s freedom to make choices and define their lives. His choice now is to help represent the profession of psychology and its important contributions. He believe that it is vital that psychologists advance their profile with local agencies, the Government and the citizens of B.C. It is essential that we lobby Government for recognition and involvement in the health care of our population.