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CENTRE FOR ADVANCED ASSESSMENT

Advisory Board

The CORTEX Centre’s Advisory Board is comprised of distinguished Canadian and international scholars and world class professional experts in psychology, medicine, vocational rehabilitation, and civil law.

The Founding Members of the Advisory Board are:

01-Izabela-Schultz

Izabela Z. Schultz, Ph.D.

Registered Psychologist
ABPP, ABVE
Professor, UBC
Founder and Clinical Director of CORTEX Centre

Dr. Schultz, a Founder and Clinical Director of the CORTEX Centre for Advanced Assessment, is a Professor of Rehabilitation Counselling Psychology and Director of the Graduate Program in Vocational Rehabilitation Psychology at the University of British Columbia (the only such Program in Canada). Dr. Schultz is a registered psychologist in British Columbia (Certificate#1005), Ontario (Certificate #1869), and Washington State (License #2248). She is a Board certified Diplomate in Clinical Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology and as Diplomate in Vocational Expertise, from the American Board of Vocational Experts.

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02-Lynn-Alden

Lynn E. Alden, Ph.D.

Registered Psychologist
Professor, UBC

Dr. Lynn Alden is clinical psychologist and a Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and completed her clinical residency at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is a registered psychologist with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia and an Association of Cognitive Therapy-certified supervisor/trainer in cognitive therapy.

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03-Rosemary-Alvaro

Rosemary Alvaro, Ph.D.

Registered Psychologist

Dr. Alvaro is a member of the College of Psychologists of British Columbia (CPBC #585). She has a Ph.D. in Clinical /Counselling Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago (1980). Since 1982 she has been employed as a Rehabilitation Psychologist at WorkSafe BC, where her work has focused on adaptation to physical and psychological injury for injured workers. She has consulted in clinics treating individuals with amputations, hand injuries, chronic pain, and sexual assault in the workplace.

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susanneBruyere

Susanne M. Bruyère, Ph.D.

Professor, Cornell University

Susanne M. Bruyère, Ph.D., CRC, is Professor of Disability Studies and the Director of the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability in the Cornell University ILR (Industrial and Labor Relations) School, Ithaca, N.Y. Dr. Bruyère is currently Project Director and Co-Principal Investigator of numerous federally-sponsored research, dissemination, and technical assistance efforts focused on employment and disability policy and effective workplace practices for people with disabilities including: the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practice to Improve Employment Outcomes for Persons with Disabilities; and the Organizational Practices to Increase Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities: The Power of Social Networks.

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08-Ken-Craig

Ken Craig, Ph.D., OC

Professor Emeritus
Psychology, UBC

Dr. Ken Craig has had a longstanding career as a clinical psychologist and research investigator working towards better understanding and control of pain. He is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia and Editor-in-Chief of Pain Research & Management, the journal of the Canadian Pain Society. His research has focused upon the challenges of pain assessment and the social parameters of pain experience and expression and caregiver decision-making, with a focus upon infants and children and populations with communication limitations, including people with intellectual disabilities and seniors with dementia.

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10-Stephen-Flamer

Stephen Flamer, Ph.D.

Registered Psychologist

Dr. Stephen Flamer received his B. A. from McGill University, and his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. For over 35 years he has provided psychological counselling/treatment and assessment services for individuals, and consultation services to public and private organizations. He provides assessment services in situations where psychological injury has resulted from motor vehicle collision, workplace accident and medical conditions, where such symptoms as anxiety, mood changes, and chronic pain have developed. He has appeared in Provincial Supreme Court to provide evidence relating to the psychological effects of such factors.

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15-William-Koch

William J. Koch, Ph.D.

Registered Psychologist, ABPP
Clinical Professor, UBC

Dr. William Koch is a clinical and forensic psychologist whose primary emphasis is forensic assessment of psychological injuries. He consults on personal injury matters arising from accidents; sexual assault and harassment; workplace disability claims; family issues, and professional malpractice matters. Dr. Koch has an extensive background in research, publications, presentations and teaching. He has an interest and expertise in the treatment of MVA-related PTSD and driving fear and avoidance, with many relevant publications.

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WolfGangLinden

Wolfgang Linden, Ph. D.

Health and Clinical Psychology
Professor, UBC

Dr. Linden is a Professor in Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of British Columbia. He holds Diploma in Clinical Psychology from Muenster University, Germany (1974) and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, McGill University, Montreal (1981). Dr. Linden sees himself as scientist-practitioner and has conducted experimental and clinical studies into mechanisms of disease, clinical trials, and systematic reviews in the following areas: Reduction of Health Risk Behaviors, Treatment of Hypertension, Psychosocial Cardiac Rehabilitation, and Psychological Factors in Cancer Care.

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Jane McEwan

Jane McEwan, Ph.D.

Registered Psychologist

Dr. Jane McEwan is a Registered Psychologist (CPBC #13) with more than 30 years of experience in community mental health, medical, and rehabilitation facilities. Dr. McEwan has provided psychological assessment and treatment for individuals, has taught graduate-level courses, and has supervised doctoral interns and post-doctoral fellows. Between 1991 and 2003 she directed a psychology internship program and successfully led it to accreditation. Her primary focus is consultation in the areas of injury, disability, and rehabilitation.

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19-Larry-Myette

Larry Myette, MD

Occupational Medicine

Dr. Myette is certified as a specialist in Occupational Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and has practiced for 35 years in both clinical and executive management roles. He is a former Command Surgeon (senior medical officer) of the Canadian Navy, Regional Medical Officer (BC & the Yukon) for the Occupational Health and Safety Agency of Health Canada, and the Director of Strategic Workplace Health and Occupational Medicine Consultant for Healthcare Benefit Trust. He has also served as a Medical Advisor for the Mental Health Claims Unit at WorkSafeBC and provided consultant services on several Work Disability Prevention and Mental Health in the Workplace projects. He currently leads Healthy Horizons Corporate Health Consulting, a firm that provides both Occupational Health and Organizational Development services to improve worker health, engagement and productivity.

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GurdeepParhar

Gurdeep Parhar, MD

Executive Associate Dean
Faculty of Medicine, UBC
Occupational Medicine

Dr. Gurdeep Parhar is the Executive Associate Dean, Clinical Partnerships and Professionalism for UBC’s Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Parhar has also served as Acting Associate Vice President –Equity and Inclusion for the University of British Columbia, as well as Co-Acting Head and Associate Head of the UBC Department of Family Practice. As Medical Director of CORE Occupational Health Centre, Dr. Parhar provides Independent Medical Examinations (IME) for Disability Medicine, Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE), and Cost of Future Care (CFC) assessments. As Medical Director of numerous corporations in British Columbia, Dr. Parhar provides rehabilitation consultations for injured or ill workers. Dr. Parhar was a Medical Advisor to WorkSafeBC for 5 years, and the first Medical Coordinator for the BC Workers Compensation Appeal Tribunal (WCAT).

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21-Lisa-Drago

Lisa Drago Piechowski, Ph.D.

Registered Psychologist, ABPP
Associate Professor, Argosy University
American School of Professional Psychology

Lisa Drago Piechowski is a board certified forensic psychologist and is licensed as a psychologist in six U.S. states (Maryland (#4827), Washington (#1000928), Virginia (#810005203), Massachusetts (#6769), New York (#12301), and New Jersey (#4335)). She is the 2016 president of the American Board of Forensic Psychology and previously served as chair of the American Psychological Association Committee on Professional Practice and Standards and the Committee on Legal Issues. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts in 1993.

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26-Ursula-Wild

Ursula Wild, Ph.D.

Registered Psychologist

Dr. Ursula Wild is a Clinical Psychologist with over 35 years of experience specializing in neuropsychology and rehabilitation. Born and raised in Switzerland, she completed part of her education at the University of Zurich and then her Ph.D. at Simon Fraser University.

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RobynWishart

Robyn L. Wishart

LL.B., Lawyer

Robyn L. Wishart has been practicing law since 1999 and has represented plaintiffs exclusively since June 2008. Prior to that, Robyn represented some of the largest insurance companies, including Lloyd’s of London, in litigation matters throughout Canada, giving her great insight on how they operate. Robyn has appeared as counsel before the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the British Columbia Court of Appeal, handling a wide variety of cases including the CFL sport concussion class action claim; all levels of brain and vestibular injuries; and spinal cord injuries at the most severe levels.

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GeraldYoung

Gerald Young, Ph.D.

Certified Psychologist
Associate Professor, York University

Gerald Young is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Glendon College, York University, Toronto, Canada. In addition, he is a practicing psychologist. He is the sole author or senior editor/ co-author of seven books, including on malingering (Malingering, Feigning, and Response Bias in Psychiatric/ Psychological Injury – Implications for Practice and Court published by Springer SBM, New York, 2014). For the area of psychological injury and law, he is the first to have organized (a) a scientific association [www.asapil.net], and (b) an academic journal [Psychological Injury and Law [PIL, springer.com], and (c) he has written integrative articles in multiple journals on the topic.

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