To improve the well-being of individuals with a range of needs by providing exceptional, high-quality, convenient and timely services by a comprehensive team of professionals.
Bruce A. Linder, Ph.D., C. Psych., BCBA-D
Dr. Linder is a psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO). Dr. Linder received his Ph.D in 1985 from McMaster University in Experimental Psychology (Developmental). He gained experience with both children and adults through his internships at the Behavioural Medicine Unit at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, Ontario and at the Hamilton Board of Education in 1984-1986. He has been registered with the CPO since 1986, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the Doctoral level and is a member of the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (CRHSPP).
Dr. Linder’s designated areas of practice are in rehabilitation and counseling psychology for children, adolescents, adults, families and organizations. He is currently Clinical Director at Brain Injury Services of Hamilton and Consulting Psychologist to the Niagara Catholic District School Board. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster University. Dr. Linder continues to oversee the assessment and treatment of children and adults with developmental, intellectual, mental health and complex behavioural needs, which includes providing psychological counseling, psychotherapy and behavioural therapy to these populations.
Current and past research interests have included program evaluations of school-based violence prevention programs, individualized and group remedial educational programs with learning disabled children, conflict resolution training, cognitive behavioural therapy groups and determinants of quality of life for adults with acquired brain injuries, and caregiver styles among service providers for developmentally disabled individuals.
Dr. Linder is the co-founder of Pryor, Linder and Associates, a practice that prides itself for its work in clinical and educational psychology for over 30 years. Dr. Linder is also a Director with Safe Management Group Inc. and Autism Behaviour Habilitation Services. Dr. Linder is an approved clinical supervisor for families looking for service delivery through the Direct Funding Option (DFO).
Colin W. Pryor, Ph.D., C. Psych.
Dr. Colin Pryor received his Ph.D. in 1975 from Nottingham University, England, in Clinical Child Psychology. Dr. Pryor is a Registered Psychologist and a member of the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (CRHSPP). He is also a Registered Psychologist with the NHS, U.K. and a qualified Educational Psychologist in the United Kingdom. He is the Senior Partner with Pryor, Linder and Associates and President of Safe Management Group Inc.
Dr. Pryor has been an Associate Faculty Member to the Department of Psychiatry, McMaster University. Past duties and responsibilities have included Chief Psychologist for the Board of Education for the City of Hamilton, Senior Program Director, Oakland's Regional Centre, Oakville, Director of Behaviour Management and Parent Education Programs with the Sudbury and District Association for the Mentally Retarded and Consultant and Registered Psychologist, Surrey Place Centre, Toronto.
Current and past research interests have included children's play therapy, school community disciplinary code design and development, family based behavioural management for children with developmental disabilities and research in standardized child behaviour checklists.
Catherine A.N. Pryor, Ph.D., C. Psych.
Dr. Catherine Pryor has been with Pryor, Linder, & Associates since its inception in 1985. She is a Registered Psychologist since 1995, having completed her Ph.D. at the University of Wales, Cardiff, U.K. Dr. Pryor is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario, the Canadian Psychological Association and is a Registered Psychologist. Her work examining the long term functional changes experienced by women after the first birth was considered the first of its kind in the area of reproductive psychology, and was awarded the highest 5 star rating.
Besides providing clinical and diagnostic supervision for PLA’s autism assessment services, she has served as the consultant Clinical Director for the Autism Services IBI and ABA based programs in the South West Region through Thames Valley Children’s Centre since 2007. Dr. Pryor serves on various Committees supporting research and development in the area of children’s services (the first Expert Clinical Panel in Autism, the Applied Behavior Analysis workgroups for the Ministry of Children and Youth Services; the Restraint Committee and Diagnosis Committee with Thames Valley Children’s Centre, the provincial Childhood Strengths and Needs (CANS) Collaborative). She is a past Chair of the Clinical Directors Network of Ontario (2009-2011). Dr. Pryor also trains and supervises Post-doctoral candidates in clinical psychology and MA student psychology practicums in behavioral treatment programs.
Dr. Pryor’s clinical focus has been on neurodevelopmental assessment and diagnosis of children and youth with varying special needs including autism, and behavioral treatment and consultation to community and treatment providers for children and youth with special needs and autism. She has provided psychological services to over 20 hospitals, community agencies and school boards (Erin Oak Kids Pathways Centre for Youth, Guelph Mental Health Clinic, CCAC, Pathways Centre for Youth (Kingston), Surrey Place Centre, Sault Board of Education, Hamilton Health Sciences, Children’s Aid Society).
She was previously employed with two Neurodevelopmental Assessment and Treatment Services teams at Chedoke-McMaster Children’s Hospital, Hamilton, Ontario, working with children with autism and neurodevelopmental and communication disorders, the Hospital for Sick Children, and with behavioural therapy consultation services at Children’s Consulting Services, Hornby Ontario and the Muskoka Centre for adults with developmental disabilities.
Brandie Stevenson, M.A, C. Psych Associate
PARTNER/DIRECTOR SAFE MANAGEMENT GROUP
Graduated with Masters of Forensic Psychology; Applied Forensic Services in 2008 and has worked in the field of sexuality and forensics since 1997. Brandie is a member in good standing of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP), Ontario Association for Applied Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA), Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA). She has dedicated her clinical work and research in the area of sexuality and high risk behaviours with special need populations and is committed to the education and training of direct-care staff, family members and individuals in the area of sexuality. Brandie provides clinical consultation, assessment and treatment to a range of community services and individuals across Ontario. She works with children, youth and adults who have been victims of sexual abuse, sexual offenders and other high risk behaviours. Brandie is proficient in Applied Behaviour Analysis and Risk Management Principles. Brandie is also a partner with Safe Management Group Inc. which provides staff training in crisis management and workplace violence and harassment.