Jana Roberto, M.Sc., Registered Psychologist
I have always had a passion of working with and supporting children and their families. I found a specific interest in psychology and psychological assessment near the end of my undergraduate degree. Following my undergraduate degree, I worked as a psychometrist in a private practice, administering assessments to children and adults who may have experienced mild brain injury. While working in this practice, I became interested in continuing to grow professionally, and enrolled in a Masters of Counselling program to begin my path to becoming a psychologist. At the same time, I embarked on a new career opportunity as a psychometrist in the Autism Research Centre at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. In this position, I developed a specific interest in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and in supporting families through their journey. I gained extensive experience in working with infant, preschool, and school-aged children. I continued to work in this capacity throughout my Masters experience and into my career as a Psychologist.
While much of my work experience has centered on assessment, I have also gained experience in counselling and treatment through education and work opportunities. During my Masters, I gained practical work experience at CASA as a Mental Health Therapist in Infant and Preschool Services. This position expanded my knowledge of mental health in infant and preschool aged children. Also, while on my journey to becoming a psychologist, I volunteered at the YWCA, providing trauma-informed counselling to women and children, and working from solution-focused, cognitive-behavioural, and attachment theoretical perspectives.
Currently, I work as a Psychologist in Pediatrics at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in preschool and school aged diagnostic clinics and outpatient treatment services. I really enjoy having a mix of both assessment and treatment in my current role. I also maintain private practice work, focusing mainly on ASD assessment.
Personally, I am married and have two girls who keep my husband and I busy! As a family, we like to get together with extended family for dinners on the weekends and enjoy the time that we have together. We recently re-discovered our interest in camping and are looking forward to building memories camping as a family in the years to come.