Cindy Weisbart, Psy.D. Vancouver Campus

"My role at the Adler School will allow me to train   
clinicians to break  out of a traditional medical model 
that sees“patients” as needing help  to one in which  
clinicians can also take responsibility for advocating  
for change in the larger societal context."  
-Cindy Weisbart, Psy.D.

"My role at the Adler School will allow me to train
clinicians to break out of a traditional medical model
that sees“patients” as needing help to one in which
clinicians can also take responsibility for advocating
for change in the larger societal context."
-Cindy Weisbart, Psy.D.

Cindy Weisbart, Psy.D.
Program Director, Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
Vancouver Core Faculty

My feminist training and theoretical orientation has prepared me well to consider my own privilege in this world and to respect what each of my students, colleagues, clients, friends, and family members bring to my work and my life (and what I return to them). I come to my role as Program Director and Core Faculty member with an open mind and an open door. I am focused upon building a program that changes the landscape of Canadian Psychology by introducing Canada to a scholar practitioner model that has a focus upon training socially responsible practitioners. These are not simply words – I aim to develop this program in collaboration with the very fine faculty and staff team here at Adler. We have developed an academically rigorous program that will challenge our individual students to gain both depth and breadth of knowledge within the practice of clinical psychology. I believe a diverse student, staff, and faculty will contribute to new ways of thinking within this field and will challenge the status quo of psychology as it is practiced here in Canada.

Throughout my career, I have sought opportunities to serve and advocate for under-served persons in my community. I believe that we all have a responsibility to not just “give back” to our communities but to understand and contribute to better living for all of us. My role at Adler will allow me to train clinicians to break out of a traditional medical model that sees “patients who need help” to one in which clinicians can also take responsibility for advocating for change in the larger societal context. I look forward to training clinicians who have excellent bases in the fundamentals of mental health treatment and who know how to question the status quo when it is not serving the needs of their clients’ (i.e., individuals, families, communities) and feel empowered to advocate for change on many levels. We will also need to work to educate and inform the psychology and greater healthcare field here in Canada – with greater involvement of psychologists in healthcare in Canada, our program will directly impact mental health care here and internationally.

Cindy Weisbart, Psy.D. Registered Psychologist (CPBC#1899)

Please email or call me (604-669-3576) if you have questions or would like more information about me.

Education

  • Post-Doctoral Institute on Psychological Trauma, Maryland Psychological Association, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Post-Doctoral Residency in Feminist Psychotherapy, Women’s Therapy Centre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Wright State University School of Professional Psychology
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, Towson University
  • B.M.E., Music Education, James Madison University

Professional Memberships

  • Canadian (since 2009) and American Psychological Associations (1995 – present)
    • Division 35, Psychology of Women (2000 – present)
    • Division 56, Trauma Psychology (2006 – present)
      • Child Trauma List Serv Manager (2006 – present)
  • Oak Counseling Services Society Board Member (Vancouver, BC, 1/2010 -- present)
  • British Columbia Psychological Association (2010 – present)
    • Prescription Privilege Committee (2010 – 2/2013)
    • Board Member (11/2011 – 2/2013)
  • The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (2007 – present)
  • College of Psychologists of British Columbia
    • Regulatory Supervisor (6/2012 – present)
    • Quality Assurance Committee Member (2/2014 – present)

Select Publications

  • Dubowitz, H., Kim, J., Black, M., Weisbart, C., Semiatin, J., & Magder, L. (2011). Identifying children at high risk for a child maltreatment report. Child Abuse & Neglect, 35, 96-104.
  • Thompson, R., Litrownik, A.J., Weisbart, C., Kotch, J.B., English, D.J., & Everson, M.D. (2010). Adolescent outcomes associated with early maltreatment and exposure to violence: The role of early suicidal ideation. International Journal of Child and Adolescent Health, 3, 55-66.
  • English, D.J., Graham, J.C., Newton, R.R., Lewis, T.L., Thompson, R., Kotch, J.B., & Weisbart, C. (2009). At-Risk and Maltreated Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Aggression/Violence: What the Conflict Looks Like and Its Relationship to Child Outcomes, Child Maltreatment, 14(2), 157-171.
  • Weisbart, C., Thompson, R., Pelaez-Merrick, M., Kim, J., Wike, T., Briggs, E., & Dubowitz, H. (2008). Child and adult victimization: Sequelae for female caregivers of high-risk children. Child Maltreatment, 13, 235-244.
  • Lindsey, M.A., Browne, D., Thompson, R., Hawley, K.M., Graham, J.C., Weisbart, C., Harrington, D., & Kotch, J.B. (2008). Caregiver Mental Health, Neighborhood, and Social Network Influences on Mental Health Needs Among African American Children. Social Work Research, 32(2), 79-88.

Select Presentations

  • Weisbart, C., Chang, R., Rectanus, A. Vicarious trauma: A workshop for medical residents. 2009, January (University of Maryland Medical System Child Protection Team Resident Retreat).
  • Weisbart C. Mandated reporting and treatment needs of traumatized children and families. 2008, June: Invited presentation to faculty, post-docs, pre-doctoral interns, and externs (Mt. Washington Hospital, Baltimore, MD).
  • Weisbart C. Impact of Domestic Violence on Infants and Toddlers: Supporting Families. 2007, May: Invited presentation for Friends of the Family Conference, Ocean City, MD.
  • Weisbart C. Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in Pediatric Primary Care. 2006, May-June; 2007, January: Presentation for the SEEK III Program to Health Professionals at Community Practices: 5 community sites in MD.
  • Weisbart C. “But all they do is play … Psychotherapy with maltreated children”. 2005.