Dr. Paula BlashkoI completed my Master’s (2001) and Ph.D. (2006) degrees through the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta.
My graduate work focused on Special Education and the assessment of children, adolescents, and adults. I am a Registered Psychologist in good standing with the College of Alberta Psychologists (#3200) and belong to the Canadian Psychological Association and Psychologists Association of Alberta. I have taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate level (Grant MacEwan and University of Alberta). I have training in Solution Focused Brief Therapy and supporting children and adolescents struggling with anxiety. I have had the privilege of working in both private and school settings for over 16 years, providing assessment, consultation, and intervention to children, adolescents, and adults. I have worked with students with cognitive challenges, giftedness, learning disabilities, attentional difficulties, emotional struggles, and behavioural challenges.
Personalized assessments can include gathering information through using formal standardized measures, clinical interviews, records review, and collaboration with the student, family, and other service providers. This process helps to provide a comprehensive understanding of the client and their unique needs. The intent of psychological and psycho-educational assessment is to provide valid information with respect to intellectual and cognitive skills, educational achievement levels, social skills, and emotional function. Interpretation is made with an understanding that each individual is embedded within complex systems including their family, school, and communities. The effort is always made to advocate for clients from a strength-based approach so that they may reach their fullest potential. I endeavor to write clear reports that synthesize the information collected for differential diagnosis and to provide evidence-based and individually tailored recommendations that are described in specific and practical terms. These recommendations may guide program decision-making, facilitate access to resources, and can serve to support a client in meeting their goals and succeeding to the best of their abilities.