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HRM's Assessment Specialists
Erica Baker Psychological Services Ltd is a private practice in downtown Halifax. Our practice is one of few local businesses that specializes in assessment services for individuals with learning, behavioural and developmental differences. We pride ourselves on the comprehensiveness of our assessments. We collaborate with clients, families, educators, and other service providers, to recognize strengths and challenges and to develop a plan for moving forward.
Bonnie Waugh is a psychologist specializing in psychoeducational assessments and programming, for children (age three and up), teenagers, and adults with learning disabilities (LD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). She also provides coaching services for individuals with ADHD. Bonnie graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with a Masters of Arts in School Psychology. She has provided psychological services at a private non-profit day school for children with learning disabilities, in the public school system, and within a university setting. Bonnie has experience with specialized program plans for students based on their individual learning strengths and needs and with professional development activities for teachers working with LD students.
Dr. Joan Backman is a psychologist specializing in neuropsychological and psychoeducational assessment and consultation. Dr. Backman completed a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and Neuropsychology at Carleton University, and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at McGill University specializing in learning disabilities. For 27 years, Joan provided neuropsychological assessment, consultation and treatment services for children and teenagers with a wide range of disabilities at the IWK Health Centre. She also has served as Director of Learning Disabilities for the Nova Scotia Department of Education. Joan has a particular interest in assessment and consultation for children, teenagers and adults with acquired brain injuries, physical and developmental disabilities, attention-deficit /hyperactivity disorder and learning disabilities. Her goal is to provide assessment recommendations which are based on a thorough understanding of the individual’s cognitive and behavioural profile, and developed collaboratively with individuals, families, schools and other care team members in the community to be most effective and helpful. Dr. Backman is not currently accepting new referrals. ion Content
Rebecca is a registered psychologist specializing in the comprehensive psychoeducational assessment of children, adolescents, and young adults with learning or behavioural concerns. Rebecca’s prior experience practicing in the public school system enables her to develop practical recommendations that can be implemented effectively by teachers and school administrators. She also provides psycho-vocational assessment services to help individuals identify appropriate occupational options that are consistent with their abilities, aptitudes, interests, and skills. Rebecca obtained her Masters of Arts degree in School Psychology at Mount Saint Vincent University in 2011.
Heather Power is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist specializing in diagnostic mental health assessments for adults. Heather graduated from Acadia University in 2007 with a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology and has experience working in the public sector as well as in private practice. She has provided psychological assessment services to adults, youth, and families and also has extensive training and experience providing treatment to adults and couples. Heather is actively involved in the psychology community, having served as President of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia and Vice Chair of the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology. Heather aims to ensure a thorough, person-centered assessment process that results in clear recommendations to help her clients.
Jessica Waldon is a registered psychologist who conducts comprehensive psychoeducational assessments to explore learning, attention, and behaviour in children and adolescents. Areas of interest include assessment of learning disabilities (LD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as well as other neurodevelopmental disorders such as Intellectual Disability (ID). Jessica obtained her Masters of Arts in School Psychology at Mount Saint Vincent University. Through her experience within the public school system, Jessica works collaboratively with families, school administrators, teachers, social workers, physicians, and community organizations. This has provided Jessica with the experience and skill to communicate assessment outcomes effectively to families and school professionals, and to provide practical, evidenced-based recommendations tailored to support each individual’s future success.
Dr. Julie Harper is a registered psychologist specializing in assessment and treatment of mental health and neurodevelopmental disorders. In her role at Erica Baker Psychological Services, she provides assessment services for those suspected of having an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She completed a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Lakehead University, 2013), a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (Lakehead University, 2009), and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Neuroscience (University of Toronto, 2004). In addition to her work with Erica Baker Psychological Services Limited, Dr. Harper is employed at the IWK Health Centre Mental Health and Addictions program, specializing in completing assessments and providing treatment with youth who are involved with the criminal justice system. Dr. Harper also has experience providing evidence-based interventions for children, adolescents, and adults dealing with difficulties such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and disruptive behaviours (e.g., ODD, anger, conduct issues, etc.).
Privacy & Confidentiality
Psychologists are bound by a strict provincial and national Code of Ethics to ensure that clients’ confidentiality and privacy are protected. The Nova Scotia Personal Health Information Act also requires that your personal health information is protected by our psychologists and administrative staff. As we regularly partner with local universities in the training of Clinical and School Psychology graduate students, with your permission, graduate students who are training to become psychologists may be involved in assessments. They are also required to comply with our confidentiality and privacy policies.
We use email to communicate information that is not highly confidential, such as appointment times. Please be aware that email is not a secure form of communication so we cannot guarantee that information you disclose in an email will not be intercepted by a third party.
The Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) recognizes both the right of individuals to protect their personal health information and the need for psychologists (or other health “custodians”) to manage clients’ personal health information to provide, support and manage their health care and wellness. The highlights of our policies under PHIA include:
- We comply with PHIA’s requirements for the appropriate collection, use, disclosure, retention and destruction of your personal health information.
- You may request access to your personal health information or request that your personal health information be corrected.
- If you feel that your information has been accessed inappropriately, the law allows you to make a complaint to the custodian of your information. Dr. Erica Baker is the PHIA Contact Person at our practice. Dr. Baker can be reached at 902.445.3851.
- There are safeguards in place to protect information that is kept in electronic information systems as well as paper records.
- More information about your rights and our responsibilities under PHIA is available at www.novascotia.ca/DHW/PHIA or by calling 902.424.5419 or toll free at 855.640.4765.
We will review an Authorization for Assessment form at the beginning of the first session. This form outlines the services that have been agreed upon by the client and the psychologist.