Dr. Jennifer Metcalf
Jennifer obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Ottawa in 2014. She is a registered member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Jennifer provides psychotherapy and psychological assessment services for children, youth, and adults affected by suspected or confirmed ADHD, giftedness, Autism Spectrum Disorder, intellectual challenges, learning difficulties, anxiety, depressed mood, difficulty adjusting to change, and/or difficulties related to executive functioning (e.g., motivation, time management, organization, emotional regulation, etc.). Grounded in an appreciation for biopsychosocial and neurological diversity, Jennifer draws on a number of evidence-based approaches (e.g., cognitive-behavioural, solution-focused, and dialectical behaviour therapies; applied behaviour analysis; mindfulness) to assist clients in capitalizing on their strengths while addressing areas of need.
Dr. Metcalf has been part of the Emerging Minds team since 2008: first as a Ph.D. student in training and subsequently as a full-time associate. Prior to pursuing her doctoral degree, Jennifer provided Intensive Behavioural Intervention, Applied Behavioural Analysis, and life skills coaching to children with Autism. She also worked closely with children of all ages in her roles as a swimming instructor and research assistant for many years. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys nature, comedy, walking her rescue dog, swimming, and classic video games (in moderation, of course!). Dr. Metcalf is also interested in understanding and addressing the impact of record levels of screen/internet use on children and adults alike. She incorporates this interest into her clinical work with clients and parents who share these concerns.
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Metcalf is meeting with current clients exclusively via telehealth (i.e., secure videoconferencing and telephone) until further notice.