Collaborative, strength-based and integrative are words Dr. Robin Mitchell uses to describe her approach to psychological work – both assessment and treatment - with adults, children, teens and families.
Dr Mitchell brings a wide range of experience to her practice at Central Ontario Psychology. She worked at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket as a Psychologist and as Psychology Professional Practice Leader for 15 years. She is an Adjunct Faculty member at York University, and participates actively in the education and training of doctoral students in psychology. She has also been the Clinical Coordinator for multi-disciplinary assessment teams including the provincial Developmental Evaluation and Consultation Service and the York Region Centralized Consultation and Assessment Service.
She is currently, or has been, a consulting psychologist to a number of Mental Health Centres and programs, including York University Psychology Clinic (YUPC), Blue Hills Child and Family Centre (including the York Region 0-6 Children’s Mental Health Service, and the Children in Care Enrichment Service), the York Centre for Children, Youth and Families, and Youthdale Treatment Centres. She has also worked as a school board psychologist.
Dr Mitchell received her Bachelor of Science degree (Honours Biology and Psychology) from McMaster University in 1991, and her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toronto in 1992, in intermediate and secondary education, with mathematics and science as her primary teachable subjects. She worked as a secondary school teacher, as well as a teacher with programs for youth at risk of dropping out of school, before returning to graduate school. She received her Masters (M.A., 1995) and Doctoral degrees (Ph.D., 2003) in Clinical-Developmental Psychology from York University.
Dr Mitchell also enjoys conducting psychological research. Some recent areas of research include Evaluating the Effectiveness of Integrative Psychotherapy Services (funded by a grant from the Centre for Excellence in Child and Youth Mental Health); the Effectiveness of Psychological Assessment Services; Service Experiences of Families with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders; and Clinical, Functional, and Mental Health Challenges Experienced by Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In the past, she has conducted research on Academic Underachievement in Children, Adolescents, and Adults, as well as Adult Learning.
She frequently presents to both the public and professionals on a wide range of topics related to her work.
Dr Mitchell is registered as a psychologist by the College of Psychologists of Ontario and is a member of both the Ontario and Canadian Psychological Associations.