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We serve children and families dealing with acute and chronic medical conditions, mental health disorders, and psychiatric disorders. We provide diagnostic services, neuropsychological assessment, consultation, and therapy.

Psychology Leadership

Dr  Katharine Thomson, R. Psych.
Head of Psychology

Dr Emily Piper, R. Psych.
Clinical Training Lead

Clinical Psychology Training Opportunities 

For information on student placements with Psychology, please visit Clinical Psychology Training

Psychology Rounds

We offer bi-monthly educational presentations that are intended for a professional audience. Information on upcoming presentations can be found on the Psychology Rounds webpage.

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Selected Resources

Chronic Pain

In this 2019 Pain BC "Pain Waves" podcast episode, Dr. Susan Bennett and Dr. Erin Moon present research evidence and clinical experience on chronic pain in children and youth, and  strategies to help families manage its impact.

In this 2014 webinar for the Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and disability, Dr. Erin Moon and Dr. Susan Bennett share clinical and research information on the ways that parents can help their children and youth with chronic pain restore healthy daily functioning. 

My Care Path is a  collaborative venture of PainBC and BC Children's Hospital designed for youth living with chronic pain. With input from the Complex Pain Service and Medical Psychology, this website provides youth-friendly, evidence-based information about  chronic pain, its impact, and  self-management strategies to return to wellness.

Pacing: Your superpower against chronic pain (2017) is a Youtube video series developed by a youth in collaboration with Dr. Susan Bennett and Lauren de Marchi, Psychologist and Physiotherapist with the Complex Pain Service. The video targets "tweens" living with chronic pain. It lends patient voice to the treatment approach of paced return to physical activity.

Mood and Anxiety/OCD

OCD in Children and Adolescents: The "OCD is Not the Boss of Me" Manual by Katherine McKenney, Annie Simpson, & S. Evelyn Stewart (2020). Available for purchase through Guilford.

Taming worry dragons: A manual for children, parents, and other coaches

Garland, E. Jane, Clark, Sandra L., Earle, Vicky (Illustrator). Vancouver, BC: Children's & Women's Health Centre of British Columbia , 2009. 4th Edition.                
Available for purchase at the Family Support and Resource Centre - Ambulatory Care Building, Room K2-126, Children’s and Women’s Health Centre, 4480 Oak Street, Vancouver, or through Odin Books. Created by health care professionals at BC Children's Hospital, this manual helps teach kids how to manage their anxiety. Using cognitive behavioural therapy in a language kids can understand, it explains what anxiety is and provides helpful coping strategies.            

Neuropsychology and Psycho-educational Assessment

Beyond the WISC - Psychological Assessment of Cognitive Functioning in Special Populations - was written by Dr. Jennifer Engle, neuropsychologist and BC Children’s Hospital (2019). This open-access e-book was designed for psychologists and other professionals who are evaluating children with severe cognitive, motor, communication, and sensory impairments

Psycho-educational Assessments in Children with Visual Impairments - This free online course is designed for psychologists and other professionals who want to know how to provide an accurate and meaningful assessment for a child with a visual impairment.



Somatization Family Handbook  - The Mind Body Connection and Somatization: A Family Handbook (2019) was written by Dr. Theresa Newlove, Dr. Elizabeth Stanford, Dr. Andrea Chapman, and Dr. Amrit Dhariwal of BC Children’s Hospital. The goal of the handbook is to give families the information, resources, and confidence they need to help their children learn better coping skills and move towards recovery.


Catchpole, R., Young, A., Baer, S., & Salih, T. (2019). Examining a novel, parent child interaction therapy-informed, behavioral treatment of selective mutism. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 66, 102-112. 


Programs & Services
Medical Psychology
  • Inpatient Clinical Medical Psychology
  • Outpatient Clinical Medical Psychology
  • Neuropsychology
Child Protection Services Unit


  • Neonatal Follow Up Unit

Sunny Hill

  • Complex Developmental Behavioural Conditions
  • Autism
  • Neuromotor 
  • Acute Rehabilitation

Healthy Minds

  • Eating Disorders
  • Adolescent Inpatient Unit
  • Child Inpatient Unit
  • Mood and Anxiety
  • OCD
  • Infant Clinic
  • Teaching Clinic
  • Gender Clinic
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • ADHD
  • Compass Team
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