Psychology Team

Lina Barkas, M.A., C. Psych. Assoc.

Lina Barkas received her MA from the University of Manitoba. She is a licensed psychological associate with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, with a focus on school psychology with children and adolescents. Over the years, she has worked at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and at The Hospital for Sick Children in the Child Development Clinic, the Autism Research Unit and the oncology department.  

Since 2009, she has worked at the Toronto District School Board as a psychoeducational consultant, providing comprehensive educational/academic assessments to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses in a student's thinking, reasoning and learning profile. Her training includes identifying learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, giftedness, attention problems 



Dr. Barbara Mancini, Ph.D., C.Psych.

Dr. Barb Mancini received her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT) 2012. She is a licensed psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario with a focus on counselling and clinical psychology in children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples. From 1999 to 2016, Dr. Mancini worked at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) from research analyst/education coordinator, practicum student, psychometrist, and intern to a psychologist across a range of mental health and addictions programs in the Adult stream as well as within the Child, Youth and Family Program. Additionally, she was a research coordinator/Graduate Assistant within the Canada Research Chair for Life Career Development at OISE from 2007 to 2012. Dr. Mancini has worked in private practice at DF Psychological Services since 2008 and, in 2012, Dr. Mancini decided to open her own practice and continues as Clinical Director of Step Stone Psychology in the downtown Toronto core.

In tandem with her early career in psychology, Dr. Mancini worked within the corporate and non-profit realms in the areas of sales, marketing, project/operations management, and public relations/event coordination. 

Dr. Mancini’s research has specialized in Life Career Development and career counselling. She has authored peer-reviewed manuscripts, conducted peer-reviewed presentations and symposia. In addition, she has trained and coordinated graduate research assistants and supervised graduate students in clinical work. 

Dr. Mancini works with adults, adolescents, children, families, and couples from all racial, religious, cultural, family configuration, and sexual/gender identities to address symptoms, build skills, and deepen self-understanding. Her approach integrates techniques from cognitive-behavioural, dialectical behavioural, emotion-focused, and psychodynamic psychotherapies. She also has unique training and experience supporting gender/sexual identity-related exploration, coming out, and/or transition/surgery readiness assessments.



Dr. Erica Martin, Ph.D., C.Psych.

Dr. Erica Martin is a registered Clinical and Forensic Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She obtained her Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, and completed both her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology at York University. Prior to her current role as a forensic and clinical psychologist in private practice, she was employed at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences as a forensic psychologist, conducting both assessment and therapy with individuals who have severe and persistent mental illness and who have been found Not Criminally Responsible (NCR). Additionally, Dr. Martin has worked in a number of settings, including community agencies, general hospitals, student mental health centres and mental health facilities. She has primarily worked with adults with a variety of presenting problems including mood and anxiety disorders, psychosis, stress-related disorders, anger, trauma, relationship difficulties, substance use, personality and interpersonal difficulties, and loss and grief. Dr. Martin is also skilled in the areas of forensic/violence risk, cognitive, personality, diagnostic, and motor vehicle accident-related assessments.

Dr. Martin strives to develop a safe, nonjudgmental space in which to explore life’s challenges. She encourages individuals to turn their wounds into wisdom, and to find the courage to take steps toward happiness and inner peace. In life, we cannot change the direction of the wind, but we can learn to adjust our sails to ultimately reach our destination (~Jimmy Dean~).



Dr. Pamela Wilansky, Ph.D., C.Psych.

Dr. Pamela Wilansky received her Ph.D. from York University in 2002. She is a licensed psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario with a focus on clinical psychology in children, adolescents, and adults. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Psychiatry and Scientific Collaborator at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). From 1999 to 2009, Dr. Wilansky worked at CAMH from practicum student, intern, and psychometrist, to psychologist. Additionally, she was the Director of Practicum Training at CAMH from 2005 through 2009. 

In 2010, Dr. Wilansky decided to work in hospital administration. First, she worked at Ontario Shores as the Manager and Professional Practice Lead for Psychology and then became the Research Planning Strategist in the Research and Academics Department. Later, Dr. Wilansky became the program manager of youth services at the Canadian Mental Health Association. 

While maintaining a clinical practice, Dr. Wilansky was actively involved in research specializing in designing research protocols for assessing and treating mood and anxiety in children, youth and their families. She has over $1.5 million in research funding, 15 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 35 peer-reviewed presentations and symposia, media appearances, and a book chapter. Moreover, she has supervised numerous graduate students in clinical matters and research projects. 

Pamela is most proud of her accomplishment of being the mother of 3 insightful children who teach her more about psychology than any course.



Dr. Hayley Wood, Ph.D., C.Psych.

Hayley Wood completed her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in School and Child Clinical Psychology. She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario with a focus on clinical psychology in children, adolescents, and families. Dr. Wood undertook her clinical training in a variety of settings, including The Hospital for Sick Children, Integra Foundation, Youthdale Treatment Centres, Durham District Catholic School Board and The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Dr. Wood worked at the CAMH from 2007 to 2016 in a number of different positions in the Child, Youth and Family Program. She was a staff psychologist there from 2010 to 2016. Dr. Wood was the Director of the APA/CPA Accredited Internship Program in Clinical Psychology at CAMH from 2011 to 2015. She has supervised numerous graduate students undertaking clinical training. She has authored numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals as well as a book chapter. Dr. Wood is experienced in treating mood and anxiety disorders, as well as autism spectrum disorders. She has specialized training and experience supporting children and youth with gender dysphoria. Dr. Wood's approach integrates techniques from cognitive-behavioural, behavioural, supportive, emotion-focused, and psychodynamic psychotherapies.