Professional Panel Keynote Speakers
General Session | Jan 7| 9am Mountain Time
President, Canadian Psychological Association
Professor Sinacore is the current President of the Canadian Psychological Association. She is an associate member of the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, the Director of the Social Justice and Diversity Research Lab, and a member of the advisory council of the Global Network of Psychologists for Human Rights. Professor Sinacore is internationally recognized for her expertise and extensive presentations, publications and activism addressing social justice and human rights concerns at the individual, institutional, societal and policy levels. Her research addresses topics related to societal inequities and disparities in education and mental health such as workplace harassment, bullying, gender based violence and sexual violence.
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos is a Psychologist, Assistant Professor of Indigenous Health and Social Policy and the Canada Research Chair in Critical Studies in Indigenous Health and Social Action on Suicide in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the University of Toronto. Ansloos' research explores psychological, socio-cultural, political, environmental, and technological dimensions of suicide, as well as mental health with Indigenous communities. He also researches critical, clinical, and community-based approaches to mental health promotion and suicide prevention. Dr. Ansloos completed his doctoral residency in Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Manitoba, his PhD and MA in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology and a BA in Counseling from Trinity Western University. Dr. Ansloos is Nehiyaw (Cree) and English and is a member of Fisher River Cree Nation (Ochekwi-Sipi; Treaty 5). He was born and raised in the heart of Treaty 1 territory in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Dr. Amorie Robinson, LP
Lead Behavioral Health Therapist and Co-founder, Ruth Ellis Center
Dr. Amorie Robinson is the Behavioral Health Lead Therapist and Co-founder of the Ruth Ellis Center in Highland Park (Detroit) for at-risk LGBT+ youth experiencing homelessness. She also sees clients at Radical Well-Being Center. Dr. Robinson earned her B.A. in Clinical Psychology at Oberlin College and doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan. She is collaborating with medical providers on a training of trainers regarding LGBT-affirming care and is on an advisory board with Gender Spectrum. Dr. Robinson coined the term “attractionality” to replace “sexuality” when referring to one’s identity and published articles focusing on Black lesbian youth and adult resiliency, Black women and trauma, and Black LGBT+ youth in juvenile justice. The Ruth Ellis Center also created a new program for lesbian/queer women and girls called “Kofi House”, using Dr. Robinson’s African name. She has previously been honored with community service awards from the Association for Women in Psychology and the Association of Black Psychologists and has served on the boards of both organizations.
Associate Professor, The University of British Columbia
Dr. Kassan graduated from the Counseling Psychology Program at McGill University and completed her Pre-Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology at the University of California, Irvine Counseling Center. She is currently an Associate Professor with High Impact Position in Child and Youth Mental Health in the School and Applied Child Psychology Program at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Kassan is the past-Chair of the Section on Counseling Psychology of the Canadian Psychologically Association (CPA). She is presently a member of the CPA Accreditation Panel and serves on the editorial board for Canadian Psychology. Dr. Kassan’s scholarly interests are informed by her own bi-cultural identity and are informed by a social justice lens. Her research presently includes two major foci. First, she is studying migration experiences across different groups (i.e., newcomer youth, women, LGBTQ peoples). Second, she is researching teaching and learning, investigating cultural and social justice responsiveness in professional psychology.
Dr. Morse is a Professor and the Director of the Community Counseling Program at Russell Sage College. For over 20 years, she has conducted research with American Indian communities and examined the effects of environmental toxins on human health as well as ethics and mental health treatment. More recently, she has begun work with both American Indian and Gulf War Veteran communities for treatment of exposure to toxic chemicals. She is an enrolled member of the Akwesasne Kanienʼkehá꞉ka (Mohawk) people, and draws from the tribe the principles of respect, trust, and empowerment that guide her both professionally and personally.