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Faculty Named for Adler School's
 New Psy.D. Program in Vancouver 06.01.13
Faculty Named for Adler School's
New Psy.D. Program in Vancouver

The Adler School of Professional Psychology is pleased to announce the faculty members of its new Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) program offered at its Vancouver Campus beginning fall 2013.

Cindy Weisbart, Psy.D., has been named Program Director. A registered psychologist, Dr. Weisbart also maintains a private practice where she sees clients with a range of issues and, in particular, histories of intra-familial trauma such as child abuse and/or intimate partner violence. Prior to joining the Adler School Core Faculty, she served as a psychologist with the Fraser Health Authority in British Columbia. Dr. Weisbart’s research interests centre around the cumulative effects of child and adult trauma on adult functioning. Dr. Weisbart has served on the Board of the British Columbia Psychological Association, and currently serves on the Board of Oak Counselling Services, which provides sliding scale counselling to clients in the community.

In addition to Dr. Weisbart, the program faculty includes:

  • Michael Mandrusiak, Psy.D.,  Adler School Director of Clinical Training and Core Faculty Member in Vancouver. Dr. Mandrusiak is a registered psychologist who, in addition to his Adler School role, belongs to Burnaby Counselling Group, which provides psychological services to clients dealing with anxiety, mood disorders, trauma and stress. Dr. Mandrusiak holds affiliate investigator status with the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, and has collaborated with the Health Authority in supervising student research on suicidality. Other areas of research interest include mental health awareness, training issues in professional psychology, and use of the content analysis methodology to investigate mental health phenomena on the Internet.   For the past five years, Dr. Mandrusiak has served as the Public Education Coordinator and Chair of the Community Engagement Committee for the British Columbia Psychological Association, and currently serves on the association's Board of Directors. 
  • Vaneeta Sandhu, Psy.D., Training Coordinator and Core Faculty Member. Dr. Sandhu is a clinical psychologist active in the field of health psychology, both in leadership and in practice. Dr. Sandhu’s research interests include the value of psychologists as part of interdisciplinary teams, patient outcome data (related to chronic illness management), and training issues. Dr. Sandhu is currently a member of the Early Career Professional Council of Division 38 (Health Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. She most recently served as training coordinator for The Wright Institute’s Integrated Health Psychology Training Program; she also held an adjunct faculty role at the Wright Institute.
  • David Aboussafy, Ph.D., Core Faculty Member. Dr. Aboussafy is a registered psychologist who maintains a private practice in clinical, health, and rehabilitation psychology, focusing on adult assessment and empirically-supported brief treatment. In addition to his private practice, he has worked as a clinical coordinator at the University of British Columbia, a psychology advisor for WorkSafeBC, and a program psychologist at a number of pain clinics. Dr. Aboussafy’s research interests include clinical health psychology and behavioural medicine; pain, chronic illness and disability management; and adult diagnostic and functional assessment. He has taught graduate courses for the Adler School’s master’s-level programs as well as courses in applied health psychology at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
  • Antanina Firer, Psy.D., Adjunct Faculty. Dr. Firer provides clinical services at the Inpatient Adolescent Unit at B.C. Children’s Hospital. Her clinical and academic interests include psychological assessment, LGBTQ communities, diversity, ethics, feminist issues, and human rights. Dr. Firer is currently involved in research on group cognitive-behavioural therapy approaches with adolescents with psychotic symptoms, and has taught graduate courses for the Adler School’s master’s level programs. Dr. Firer obtained her M.A in Counselling Psychology at the Adler School in Vancouver, and her Psy.D. from the Adler School in Chicago.

About the Adler School

The Adler School of Professional Psychology has provided quality education through a scholar/practitioner model for 60 years. The School’s mission is to train socially responsible graduates who continue the visionary work of Alfred Adler throughout the world. The Adler School offers graduate-level programs enrolling more than 1,000 students at its campuses in Chicago and Vancouver, British Columbia, and through Adler Online.


Kim McCullough
Director of Communications
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