Meet the team that keeps our clinic running successfully.
Dr. Colin King, Ph.D., C. Psych
Colin is the Director of the Mary J. Wright Child and Youth Development Clinic at Western University and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education. As a School and Clinical Child Psychologist, he has worked and trained in a variety of hospital, community, private practice, and educational settings working with children and youth with various learning, social-emotional, and behavioural challenges. Most recently, Colin worked as a School Psychologist and as the Coordinator of Psychological Services in the Thames Valley District School Board.
Dr. Lisa Archibald, Ph.D.
Lisa is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Associate Professor from the Faculty of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Lisa’s research through the Language and Working Memory Lab focuses on links between memory and language processes particularly in children with language learning deficits. At the Mary J. Wright Child and Youth Development Clinic, Lisa and her graduate students in speech-language pathology provide a word study program aimed at improving spelling and word knowledge for children in grades 4 to 8. Lisa also works with the team at the MJW-CYDC to understand interdisciplinary training and service.
Leesa is the Office Manager at the Mary J. Wright Child and Youth Development Clinic and came into this role with nearly 25 years of experience working at Western. Her background is in dentistry where she spent 20 years as part of the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. Leesa looks forward to helping each new family that comes through our door.
Dr. Maisha Syeda, Ph.D., C. Psych. (Supervised Practise)
Maisha is a psychologist (supervised practice) and a clinical supervisor at the Mary J. Wright Child and Youth Development Clinic at Western University. She is also a postdoctoral associate at the Centre for School Mental Health in the Faculty of Education. Maisha is trained in school-and community-based mental health and has experience providing therapeutic interventions to support children and adolescents with complex trauma and mental health challenges.
Maisha’s research focuses on intervention development and evaluation to promote mental well-being and resilience of newcomer youth and families. An important emphasis of Maisha’s research and clinical work is to develop and mobilize equity-oriented and culturally responsive strategies into mental health programming.
Dr. Katelyn Bryant, Ph.D., C.Psych
Dr. Katelyn Bryant is a School and Clinical Psychologist registered to practice with children, youth, and families. She is a Clinical Supervisor at the Mary J. Wright Child and Youth Development Clinic and an Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Education. She has trained and worked in school, community mental health, day treatment, intensive inpatient and private practice settings. She has a clinical interest in working with clients with neurodevelopmental differences (such as Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder) and supporting children, youth and their families who are experiencing big feelings and behaviours.
Olivia is the current Psychology Resident at the Mary J. Wright Child and Youth Development Clinic and a PhD candidate in the School and Applied Child Psychology program at Western University’s Faculty of Education. Olivia is from Montreal, QC and completed a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Masters in Child Studies at Concordia University where she examined conflict and forgiveness in children and adolescents. Olivia’s current research focuses on conflict management in adolescents with and without intellectual disabilities. Through her time working with adults with mild intellectual disabilities, she developed an interest in understanding the way interpersonal conflict skills develop in this population.
With respect to her clinical work, Olivia has completed several practica with children, adolescents and families in a variety of settings, including the Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI), the Mary J. Wright Research and Education Centre at Merrymount, the Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) and the Child and Youth Development Clinic.