People

Meet the team that keeps our clinic running successfully.

Dr. Colin King, Ph.D., C. Psych

Colin King

Colin is the Director of the Child and Youth Development Clinic at Western University and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education.  As a School and Clinical Child Psychologist, he has worked and trained in a variety of hospital, community, private practice, and educational settings working with children and youth with various learning, social-emotional, and behavioural challenges.  Most recently, Colin worked as a School Psychologist and as the Coordinator of Psychological Services in the Thames Valley District School Board.

Elizabeth Skirving, M.S., M.Ed., Reg. CASLPO

Elizabeth Skirving

Elizabeth is a Speech-Language Pathologist and the Clinical Supervisor from the Faculty of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She will provide training and supervision for the graduate students in the Speech-Language Pathology Program at the Child and Youth Development Clinic. Elizabeth has worked with children and youth in a variety of settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation programs, in schools and in private practice to facilitate improved speech, language and social communication.

Dr. Karen Bax, Ph.D.

Karen Bax

Dr. Karen Bax (Ph.D.) is the Director of the Mary J. Wright Research and Education Centre at Merrymount, an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Education, Western University, and Clinical Psychologist.

Registered as a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Bax engages in training future scholars and practitioners through in-class teaching and as the practicum supervisor for students in the Ph.D. in School and Applied Child Psychology program. Dr. Bax is also the Director of Western’s Mary J. Wright Research and Education Centre at Merrymount, a unique university-community collaboration that emphasizes early child development research in real-world settings and knowledge sharing across systems. Dr. Bax’s area of research is also in early child development related to social-emotional learning and self-regulation of children who have experienced adversity.

Leesa Couper

Leesa Couper

Leesa is the Office Manager at the Child and Youth Development Clinic and came into this role with nearly 25 years of experience working at Western.  Her background is in dentistry where she spent 20 years as part of the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. Leesa looks forward to helping each new family that comes through our door.