Our Staff

Dr. Kevin Jones

Dr. Kevin Jones, Director of Burlington Psychological and Counselling Services, has been working in private practice since 2004. He is a licensed clinical psychologist, registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario. He has also held positions at the Chronic Pain Management Unit at Chedoke…

Dr. Katie Hildyard

Dr. Katie Hildyard, Co-Director of BPCS, has been working in private practice since 2003. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario and is a registered clinical psychologist with the Ontario College of Psychologists. Dr. Hildyard has held positions at the Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, and…

Dr. Shannon Pursley

Dr. Shannon Pursley (formerly Currie) received her Ph.D. from Dalhousie University in 2010. Dr. Pursley’s professional experience has included providing psychological assessment and treatment services at the Behavioural Medicine, Epilepsy, and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Services at the London Health Sciences Centre. Previously, she worked in a variety of clinical settings in Halifax, including hospital and community-based…

Dr. Helen Macaulay

Dr. Helen Macaulay received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from York University in 2010. She has worked in the Mood and Anxiety Program at St. Joseph’s Health Care-London and the General Adult Ambulatory Mental Health Service at London Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Macaulay also has experience providing treatment in a university-based counselling centre. More recently,…

Dr. Kim Houtmeyers

Dr. Kim Houtmeyers received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Windsor.  She has been working in a private practice setting since 2001, and previously held positions at Hamilton Health Sciences.  She is also an Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Brock University. Dr. Houtmeyers assesses and treats a variety…

Dr. Erin Fallis

Dr. Erin Fallis is a Psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Waterloo. Previously she has held position at The Royal Ottawa in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program and the Community Mental Health Program, the Centre for Mental Health Research, and…

Dr. Andrea Markovic

Dr. Andrea Markovic is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo and her M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Brock University. Dr. Markovic is currently employed on a part-time basis at the Hospital for Sick Children where…

Dr. Laura Katz

Dr. Laura Katz received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Queen’s University and is a registered clinical psychologist with the Ontario College of Psychologists in the areas of Clinical, Health, & Rehabilitation Psychology. Dr. Katz is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University, as well as a psychologist at…

Ms. Nancy Thacker

Nancy Thacker received her Masters in Psychology from the University of Ottawa, and is a registered school psychologist with the Ontario College of Psychologists.  For most of her career she worked for the Halton District School Board, providing comprehensive psychoeducational assessments to students and consultation with school personnel.  For a number of years she also…

Ms. Susan Garofolo

Susan is a Certified Child Psychotherapist, Play Therapist and Theraplay Therapist with 20 years experience. She is a member in good standing with both the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy and the Theraplay Institute of Chicago. In 2013, she was honoured with the Monica Herbert Award for her contribution and dedication to Play…

Dr. Andrea Koster-Baier

Dr. Andrea Koster-Baier began working in private practice in 2004. She is a licensed clinical psychologist, registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario in 2004. Prior to this, she attended Queens University, where she obtained her degree in psychology. Dr. Koster-Baier’s experience includes a…

Dr. Karen Zhang

Dr. Karen Zhang received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of Western Ontario and is a registered clinical psychologist with the Ontario College of Psychologists. Dr. Zhang also holds a position in the Psychosocial Oncology Program at Juravinski Cancer Centre and is an Assistant Professor (P/T) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences…

Ms. Lauren Cudney

Ms. Lauren Cudney is a Ph.D. Candidate in Clinical Psychology at McMaster University. She is clinically supervised by Dr. Kevin Jones and Dr. Katie Hildyard. She has completed clinical training at several clinics at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic, Behavioural Medicine Consultation Services, Respiratory Rehabilitation, Women’s Health Concerns Clinic) and Hamilton…

Ms. Arela Agako

Ms. Agako is currently completing her Ph.D. at McMaster University in Clinical Psychology. Throughout her training, she has gained competency in assessing and treating various mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, emotion dysregulation, insomnia, and women’s health concerns, borderline personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. She has received training at multiple clinics within St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton including…

Ms. Debbie Smith, Office Administrator

Ms. Debbie Smith provides assistance with respect to general clinic inquiries, intake and new referrals, and scheduling of existing clients. Phones are answered between the hours of 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m…

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