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Faculty who teach in this program have been selected for their extensive teaching experience, graduate qualifications, and applied experience in behavioural psychology.

We are strong advocates for college-trained front-line staff who have the functional, professional skills necessary to effect behaviour change in their clients and improve the quality of their lives.

Dr. Gary Bernfeld, C. Psych


Gary is a professor in the Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Psychology program at St. Lawrence College. He was Coordinator from its inception in fall 2004 to fall 2010. Previously, he taught in the Diploma program in Behavioural Science Technology program for 4 years and was the Field Placement Coordinator for three of those years. Gary is a registered Clinical Psychologist with 20 years experience as a manager, trainer, evaluator and program developer in the Human Service field--in both community and residential settings. His background is in Developmental Disabilities, Adult and Youth Forensics, Mental Illness, and Child Welfare. He spent over 8 years developing and refining one of the first cognitive-behavioural and ecological family preservation programs in Canada for high-risk young offenders.

Gary is a community educator with over 130 presentations to his credit and was an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Queen’s University for 20 years. He was elected to the Board of ONTABA, which is the provincial affiliate chapter of ABA, the Association for Behavior Analysis, as a Member at Large for 2001-2003 and was the Board representative on the Certification Committee. Gary is passionate about advancing the behavioural paradigm and evidence-based practice.

Colleen Cairns


Colleen holds a Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology, a BA from Queen’s University, as well as a MRC diploma (now called DSW) from Humber College. She is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis - International (ABA-I), Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA), the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP Mental Health Professionals) and the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy.

Colleen's wealth of knowledge, years of experience in using Behaviour Analysis to help a variety of client populations in diverse settings, and her passion for teaching and learning will be inspiring to students in this highly successful program. She has over 20 years of work experience in a combination of residential settings, intensive behavioural intervention programs, Employee Assistance Programs, community living organizations, and in private consulting. Colleen has also been a clinical supervisor for graduate students seeking certification as behaviour analysts and has delivered various post-graduate workshops related to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Colleen has made a valuable contribution as part of this program team by teaching and supervising Behavioural Psychology students as a partial-load instructor in the past year and we look forward to having her join us on a full-time basis.

Laura Campbell, M.A., BCBA


Laura Campbell is a professor and Years 1 & 2 coordinator of the Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Psychology program. Prior to starting full time at St. Lawrence College, Laura was a contract faculty member for 5 years teaching and supervising students in the Autism and Behavioural Science and Behavioural Psychology degree programs, as well as a community member on our Program Advisory Committees, Program Review teams, Building Behavioural Solutions conference planning team and some of the college’s CEBRIC projects.   

Laura is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) and has a BSc (Hons) in Developmental Psychology from McMaster University, a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University and additional graduate coursework in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) from the University of North Texas.  She has been teaching at the post-secondary level for over 8 years, both in-class and online.  She has over 15 years of ABA/IBI experience working with clients in a wide range of community settings and has worked with multi-disciplinary teams locally, provincially and internationally.  Most recently, she was the Program Manager in the Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) program for a Regional Autism Service Provider where she provided clinical leadership to a team of instructor therapists, as well as representing the IBI program within the agency and among the regional and provincial network of services.  Currently, Laura clinically supervises graduate students working in the community with a variety of populations who are pursing certification through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).  Laura is a member of the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA) and the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).

Ms. Marie-Line Jobin, M.A., C. Psych. Assoc.


Marie-Line holds a Master in Psychology from Laval University, Quebec. Her background is in mental health and developmental disabilities. Marie-Line has applied experience as a front-line staff and as a manager in a variety of clinical settings including community mental health organization, child development centre, health clinic, and psychiatric hospital. She has worked with adults with mental illness and developmental disabilities as well as children with developmental disabilities and learning disorders.

Marie-Line’s experience includes providing psychological assessment, individual and group behavioural and cognitive behavioural therapy, and implementing program evaluation. Marie-Line was a board member of the Northeast Mental Health Centre and participated in the Northeast Mental Health Education Campaign. She presented at the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed. She is a board member of the St. Lawrence Research Ethics Board and presented on the REB process for research with human participants at the Ontario's College Degree Operating Group Conference. She is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO), the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA). Marie-Line enjoys guiding the future generation of behavioural psychology service providers.

Pamela Shea, M.Ads., BCBA


Pamela Shea is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.  She received her Master’s in Applied Disability from Brock University, Graduate Certificate of Behaviour Analysis from the University of North Texas, her Undergraduate Honours degree in Psychology at Queens University, and a diploma in Behaviour Science Technology at St. Lawrence College.  Pamela is committed to the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis and a long standing member of the Ontario Association of Behaviour Analysis. Pamela has spoken at a number of conferences on topics such as motivation, anxiety, sexuality and development of a best practice model of providing community based behavioural services. Pamela has worked as a Clinical Supervisor at CHEO-Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre.  She supervised the IBI program run out of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and worked as a Behavioural Consultant at Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre and Lake Ridge Community Support Services. She is committed to the dissemination of Applied Behaviour Analysis through the education, and mentorship of students in the field. She has supervised many BCBA candidates. Pam is a co-author of two books on the Supervision Curriculum for BCBA. Pamela is also interested in using Applied Behaviour Analysis to tackle world issues such as discrimination and environmental issues. She is committed to helping individuals in need and has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity for several years.

Dr. Deborah Smith


Deborah Dimmick Smith, Ph.D. is a professor at St. Lawrence College, where she has taught in the Behavioral Psychology degree program since 2005. Deborah graduated with a Ph.D. in clinical/school psychology from the University of Denver and a M.A. in General Experimental Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University. A skilled clinician as well as a college instructor, Deborah has combined academic teaching with private practice having worked as a licensed clinical psychologist and certified addictions counsellor Colorado for over 25 years prior to moving to Canada.  Her clinical areas of specialty have focused on the cognitive/behavioural treatment of children and adolescents, particularly those with academic difficulties, and adults with anxiety and depression.  Deborah has taught at a number of colleges and universities in the Denver metropolitan area, both at the undergraduate and graduate level.  Her wide range of experience has included working in research, emergency mental health, school psychology, and as a psychologist in an inpatient facility for children and adolescents.  Over the years, she has presented at professional conferences on topics including the behavioural treatment of shy children, compassion fatigue, and applications of dialectical behaviour therapy.