Roxanne Dowd, M.Sc., Registered Psychologist
I have always loved working with children; their inquisitive minds, their kind hearts, and their hilarious remarks. Children tell us in their own way what is happening for them. It's our job to figure out what they are trying to say. When we do that, we can utilize their strengths to build up skills in areas that are holding them back and to help set them up for success.
I am a registered psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. I first completed an undergraduate Honours degree in Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, where I am from originally. I worked with children during high school and university with life guarding and recreational work through playground and youth center programs. I soon discovered the field of child psychology and was very excited to merge my two passions. I relocated to Calgary to pursue a Masters in Science in School and Applied Child Psychology at the University of Calgary. My research focus was supporting resilience in youth during challenges in their lives. After convocating, I returned to Saskatoon where I began working at Children’s Mental Health Services for the Saskatchewan Health Authority. I conducted assessments for children ages 2 to 18 with various complex mental health and learning needs. I also provided support to infants, toddlers, and young children from ages 0 to 6 and their families at early learning centers and day cares across the city. Through this program, I provided support for parents and caregivers of children with a wide range of developmental needs and challenging behaviours. Currently, in addition to my work with Nexus, I am also part of the Psychological Assessment and Consultation team at CASA Child, Adolescent, and Family Mental Health in Edmonton. I provide assessments in the areas of cognition, learning/academics, attention, memory, and social, emotional and behavioural functioning. I also provide assessment and consultation support to the early intervention program for preschoolers at CASA. I feel very privileged to be able to help families find answers, advocate for support, and better understand ways to support their child.
Personally, I love living in Alberta and being so close to the mountains. I enjoy hiking and backpacking and I spend most of my free time outside. I have two dogs, who also help keep me active.