Meet the Team
Allison Beckman MSc
Founder and Lead Registered Psychologist
Originally from the Yukon, Allison Beckman has been a registered psychologist in Alberta for 10 years. Her experience working with high-risk children and youth in the Yukon inspired her to continue that work in the capacity of a registered psychologist. Allison has worked in northern communities, on first nations reserves, for public school boards in major city centers and in a variety of private practice settings. Allison currently is a Senior Counsellor and Supervisor for the School and Applied Child Psychology and Counselling MSc and PhD students at the Integrated Services in Education Clinic at the University of Calgary.
Specializing in a wide range of assessment and behavioral consultation services, Allison has a wealth of knowledge and experience working with culturally diverse populations and utilizes a strength-based approach in her work. Allison continues to provide supervision for psychometrists and provisional psychologists to continue to enhance the profession of psychology by mentoring future psychologists entering the profession.
Allison currently lives in Airdrie, Alberta with her fiancé and cockapoo and enjoys travelling, reading and spending time with friends and family.
RACHEL PAGALING MSC, PHD STUDENT
Registered Provisional Psychologist and Clinical Lead
Rachel is a PhD/Doctoral student at the University of Calgary where she also earned her M.Sc. in School and Applied Child Psychology. Her current doctoral research focuses on supporting teachers and school staff when working with autistic and other neurodevelopmental diverse students. Rachel has extensive assessment experience and she has received quality training in delivering psycho-educational assessments, social-emotional assessments, and vocational assessments under the supervision of registered psychologists in both private, clinical, and school-based settings.
Regarding intervention, Rachel understands the importance of taking a strength-based and family-centered approach to care. She currently works with FSCD families providing psychological intervention and behavioural consultation services for families with various mental health needs. In her spare time, she enjoys pilates, baking, calligraphy, and playing with her cat.
Sarah Williams MSc, PhD Student
Sarah is a Doctoral student at the University of Calgary where she earned her M.Sc. in School and Applied Child Psychology. Her graduate research focused on youth mental health and adaptive functioning during the COVID-19 pandemic. She plans to continue to focus on the mental health needs of children and adolescents for her dissertation research.Throughout her graduate program, Sarah has received formal training in the assessment of various standardized measures. She has received quality training in delivering psycho-educational assessments under the supervision of registered psychologists in both clinical and school-based settings. She has experience with the assessment and diagnosis of a wide range of disorders including learning disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, intellectual disabilities, anxiety, and depression.
Sarah is originally from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia but currently lives in Calgary. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, visiting coffee shops, reading mystery novels, and spending time with family and friends.
Claire McGuinness MSc, PhD Candidate
Claire is a Doctoral candidate at the University of Calgary in School and Applied Child Psychology where she also earned her M.Sc. Her current doctoral research focuses on building a model of student engagement with protective factors such as resilience, flourishing, and academic motivation. Claire has received quality training in delivering psycho-educational assessments, social-emotional assessments, and adult assessments in both a private practice and school-based setting. She has experience in assessment and diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, learning disorders, intellectual disabilities, language disorders, anxiety, and depression.
Claire is passionate about helping kids thrive academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviourally. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, cooking, painting, and rescuing animals.
Kristina Jelinkova MSc, PhD Student
Behavioral Consultant and Psychometrist
Kristina is a Doctoral student at the University of Calgary where she earned her M.Sc. in School and Applied Child Psychology. Her graduate research focused on the experiences of self-stigma in youth with ADHD and their families. Kristina has extensive experience and quality training in psycho-educational assessments and intervention under the supervision of registered psychologists in both clinical and school-based settings.
Kristina is passionate about taking strength-based and anti-stigma approaches when working with families and other helping professionals. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, reading, and attempting to take her cat on walks.
ABDULLAH BERNIER MSc, PhD Student
registered Provisional Psychologist
Abdullah is a PhD/Doctoral student at the University of Calgary where he also earned his M.Sc. in School and Applied Child Psychology. His graduate thesis was on the experiences of Syrian refugee parents of autistic youth accessing supports/services in Alberta. His doctoral research will continue to focus on autism through exploring the intersection between autism and trauma.
Abdullah has extensive assessment experience and has received quality training throughout his graduate program as well as within his clinical experiences. Abdullah has received formal training in both clinical and school-based settings under the supervision of registered psychologists. His specialized assessment experience has given him experience with the assessment and diagnosis of a wide range of conditions.
Abdullah is currently a service provider with FSCD and has an extensive and longstanding experience working with diverse client needs and family backgrounds in collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams. Abdullah is able to implement both behavioural and psychological intervention techniques into his practice.
Abdullah is passionate about his work with youth and families. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring the mountains, rock-climbing, weight training, and playing boardgames.
DARCY LARGE MSc Student
Darcy is currently finishing her M.Sc. in School and Applied Child Psychology at the University of Calgary. Her research was focused on understanding the school experiences of late-diagnosed Autistic women and girls, and how teachers and school systems can best identify and support them throughout elementary school. Darcy has a passion for supporting Autistic populations and has considerable intervention experience in this area.
Through her Graduate program, she gained extensive experience administering psycho-educational assessments in clinical and school settings, as well as providing academic and social interventions for children and teens. Darcy is originally from Oakville, Ontario, and enjoys playing basketball and soccer, catching up with friends, and when possible, spending her free time in the mountains!