Board of Directors

Current Board of Directors

Ted Altar, Ph.D., R. Psych. - President

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 

David Mensink, Ph.D., R. Psych.- Vice President

David Mensink has an earned PhD degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta. He currently serves on the Advocacy Committee of the BCPA and works in Private Practice at Tina Leist & Associates. He is committed to advocate for psychologists and has a very strong vision for the scientist-practitioner model of providing psychotherapy.Prior to moving to Victoria in July 2018, he practiced as a psychologist at Counselling and Psychological Services, Dalhousie University for 30 years and had a small Private Practice at Living Well Collaborative Health Center, Halifax, Nova Scotia. While in Nova Scotia he served a 3-year term as President-Elect, President, and Past-President of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia (APNS) and, in addition, was ex-officio on the Advocacy Committee, a member of the Elections Committee, and a member of the APNS/APA Psychologically Healthy Workplace Committee.David is a am a strong advocate for volunteering and has served in many capacities as a volunteer including the Dalhousie Faculty Association, First Baptist Church Halifax, and Christ Church Cathedral Victoria.

Sofia Khouw, Master of Health Psychology, R. Psych. - Treasurer

Sofia grew up in a small town in West Borneo of Indonesia. After completed her high school in Singapore, she ended up in Melbourne (Australia) to study psychology at La Trobe University, and to work as a psychologist in private practice, community health services and men’s groups. She is keen to work with men involved in family violence helping them to understand and change their behavior as to ensure safety for themselves and their loved ones. Sofia also has a special interest in helping clients with chronic conditions to improve their compliance to lifestyle and behavioral change. As a psychologist specializing in health, she has personal interests in regular physical activities and hiking for healthy body, reading and gardening for healthy mind, and baking and cooking for healthy emotion.  In addition to being a Board Member, Sofia is also part of Community Engagement Committee because she believes in educating the public about psychologists’ various roles in society. 

Zarina Giannone, M.A.

Zarina Giannone is a PhD Candidate (Counselling Psychology) and UBC Public Scholar at The University of British Columbia in her final year of studies. Zarina is currently on internship at UBC Counselling Services (CPA accredited), where she provides mental health/performance services to varsity athletes and the broader student population. In addition to her education and training in psychology, she has pursued a number of leadership opportunities which have consolidated her emerging identity as a psychologist. Zarina is currently finishing her second year as the first ever Student Representative on the BCPA Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the BCPA Membership Committee (2017-Present). She has held national and international leadership roles, including a three-year tenure on the Canadian Psychological Association Board of Directors (2014-2017) and a two-year tenure on the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students Committee (2018-2020). Zarina’s extensive track record of advocating for students’ interests has contributed a positive perspective that prioritizes the future of the psychology profession. She believes that the next generation of psychologists can and will push the limits of our field and, through her service on the BCPA Board of Directors, she aspires to help make this vision a reality.

Ashley Heiner, Ph.D., R. Psych

Dr. Ashley Heiner is a psychologist who has served in a variety of roles in the clinical, rehabilitation and forensic sectors of psychology. She currently runs a private practice in Vancouver, BC that focuses on delivering comprehensive clinical and forensic assessments to members of the community and to various government organizations. She has been BCPA’s representative on the APA Council of Representatives since January of 2019. Her degrees include a BSc (Double Major in Psychology) and BSc (Honors in Psychology) from University of Queensland, a Masters of Clinical Psychology from Griffith University, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Queensland University of Technology.

Alison McWalter, M.Phil., R. Psych.

Alison McWalter has been a member of the BCPA since becoming registered in BC in 2012. She is currently working as a psychologist and team lead for a rehabilitation company in the PTSD and Mental Health Return to Work treatment Programs. She trained and worked in the NHS in Scotland, UK, where she had several years experience working in primary care. She moved to Alberta in 2000 and was involved in the Psychology Association of Alberta as a member of the Public Education Committee from 2008 to 2010, as well as serving on the board of the Alberta Caregivers Association and their Education Committee. She is keen to advocate for the profession in BC, including the role of psychology in the primary care networks.

Patrick Myers, Ph.D., R. Psych.

Patrick Myers received Ph. D. in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta. He has been a very active part of the Community engagement Committee for many years and the Chair for the past year. Also, he was one of the Board Members of the BC Psychological Association. Patrick has given a number of free public talks for BCPA during psychology month over the years as well as doing media interviews for the association. He sees clients in Yaletown, Burnaby and Coquitlam.

Michael Sheppard, Ph.D., R. Psych

Dr. Sheppard earned his doctorate from the University of Saskatchewan in 2010 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in DBT at the DBT Centre of Vancouver in 2013. He is the manager of comprehensive assessments at the DBT Centre and core faculty at Adler University's Vancouver campus. In addition to providing assessments and psychotherapy at the DBT Centre, he supervises graduate student externs there, and co-teaches the clinic's Intro to DBT class. At Adler, Dr. Sheppard teaches Basic Assessment and Intervention Skills as well as Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. These courses are in addition to supervising student dissertations and committee work. Additionally, he works with the Best Doctors Onward telehealth program, helping BC patients with psychosocial barriers return to work by providing assessment and treatment remotely. Dr. Sheppard also provides clinical supervision to graduate students from Simon Fraser University. Aside from his involvement with the BC Psychological Association, Dr. Sheppard is active with the Canadian Psychological Association. He has been a member of the executive (member-at-large, director of clinical training) with the Section for Criminal Justice Psychology since 2012, and a member of the executive with the Section for Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Psychology (2003-2015).

Martin Zakrzewski, Ph.D., R. Psych.

Martin Zakrzewski currently serves as the Director of Psychology for BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services. His responsibilities include overseeing the provision of specialized psychological services across the province within the agencies of BCMHSUS. Martin began his tenure on the BCPA Board of Directors beginning in February of 2018, served as Vice President for 2018-2019, and currently serve on the Advocacy committee. Continued membership on the BCPA Board will strengthen his ability to effectively advocate for the profession and to help ensure that psychologists are appropriately recognized for their significant contributions to the health and well-being of individuals and groups across British Columbia.

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