Dr. Linder received his Ph.D. in 1985 from McMaster University in Experimental Psychology (Developmental). He interned at the Behavioural Medicine Unit at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, Ontario and at the Hamilton Board of Education in 1984-1986. He has been registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario since 1986, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral level and is a member of the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (CRHSPP). He co-founded the private practice of Pryor, Linder and Associates in Oakville with Dr. Colin Pryor in 1985. Dr. Linder is a Director with Safe Management Group Inc.
Dr. Linder’s designated area of specialization is rehabilitation psychology. He is currently Clinical Director at Brain Injury Services of Hamilton and consulting psychologist to the Niagara Catholic District School Board. He is also Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, McMaster University.
Current and past research interests have included program evaluations of school-based violence prevention programs, individualized and group remedial educational programs with learning disabled children, conflict resolution training with adults with acquired brain injury, cognitive behavioural therapy groups in anger management and depression among adults with acquired brain injuries, determinants of quality of life for community-integrated adults with acquired brain injuries, and caregiver styles among service providers for developmentally disabled adults.
Ms. Joanne Salameh holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from McMaster University and a Master’s of Education degree with a specialization in special education from Northcentral University in Arizona. She became a board certified behaviour analyst in 2013. She is a member in good standing of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP). Ms. Salameh has extensive background experience in the area of applied behaviour analysis (ABA) and has worked for many years in assessing and developing comprehensive program plans for children diagnosed with autism. Ms. Salameh provides consultations, assessments and treatment plans to a variety of agencies including, schools, treatment units and community living agencies for the developmentally handicapped. Ms. Salameh also provides in-home and clinical setting cognitive behaviour-based therapy to individuals with acquired brain injuries. In addition, Ms. Salameh provides in-home behaviour therapy support to families with children and adolescents who exhibit behavioural challenges.
Mary holds a Master of Education from the University of Toronto and is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. Mary is a member of the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA) and the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists (OACCPP). Mary has extensive experience developing and supervising behavioural and educational programming for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In addition, Mary provides in-home or clinical behaviour based consultation, assessment, and treatment to individuals with developmental disabilities.
Fady holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from York University. He is also pursuing a Master of Science in Applied Behaviour Analysis and Autism from The Sage Colleges in hopes of becoming a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). Fady is also a member of the Ontario Association for Applied Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA). He has experience providing support to children with developmental disabilities and behavioural disorders in a variety of settings including schools, homes, hospitals and centres. Fady provides Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) to children with Autism in home and clinical settings.
Joanna Kusiak, BA – Therapist
Joanna obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from McMaster University. In addition, she has Behavioural Science Technology diploma from George Brown College. Joanna has experience working with individuals who exhibit challenging behaviours, autism, dual diagnosis, and acquired brain injury. She has worked with children, adolescence and adults in homes, schools and hospitals. Joanna is almost a certified Registered Behaviour Technician, and is currently pursuing her BCaBA certification. Joanna holds memberships with the Ontario Association for Applied Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA) and Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).
Ruth Estrada graduated from the University of Toronto with a Honours Bachelor of Science, Double Major in Psychology and Health Studies. She is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) informed and is also working towards her Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) certification. Since 2009, Ruth has worked in both home and school settings with children, youth and adults that have a variety of developmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity.
Mona is a member in good standing of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP) and the Ontario College of Teachers. She has dedicated her career to helping children learn to read and has lead part of a clinical study with the Hospital for Sick Children investigating strategies to teach reading to children at risk. She has worked with all ages of students in Toronto and Simcoe County and has worked as a psychometrist and special education consultant during many of those years.
Michelle Guzman-Ratko, B.Sc. (Hons)
Michelle Guzman-Ratko holds a Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour from McMaster University. She is currently working towards her Master of Science in Mental Health Psychology through the University of Liverpool and completing coursework for becoming a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). Michelle has previously applied ABA to individuals with acquired brain injury and has completed research on the implementation of daily activity schedules in residential group homes with ABI clients. She currently assists in the implementation of behaviour treatment plans to individuals with developmental disabilities. Michelle is currently heavily involved with the Canadian Psychological Association in the Section for Students as well as the Convention Planning Committee. She also holds memberships with the American Psychological Association (APA), Association for Behaviour Analysis International (ABAI), and the Ontario Association for Applied Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA).