About Moss, Rowden, Freigang & Associates in Brampton
Dr. Lynda Rowden is registered as a psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She completed her graduate training at the University of Waterloo, completing her doctoral dissertation in the area of dual diagnosis (using social competence variables as predictors of outcomes in individuals with developmental disabilities, with and without co-morbid psychiatric disorders). She completed her clinical doctoral internship at Alberta Children's Hospital.
Dr. Rowden has worked in Peel Region for more than 20 years. She spent a number of years working at the former Peel Memorial Hospital in various programs, including: Pediatrics, the Child and Adolescent Clinic, the Adolescent Inpatient Unit, Adult Psychiatry (Inpatient and Outpatient follow-up programs), and finally as the Clinical Co-ordinator for the Specialized Preschool Service.
Since 1994, Dr. Rowden has been in private practice in a multi-disciplinary practice, including Psychologists, Behavioural Consultants and Speech-Language Pathologists, in Brampton. The practice provides a variety of assessment, consultative and treatment based services to children, adolescents and adults, with a range of struggles. Dr. Rowden and her team have extensive background in working with individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Tourette’s Syndrome (TS), Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Disabilities and Learning Disabilities. Indeed, much of her practice involves working with clients with co-morbid disorders and complex profiles. She also offers a range of cognitive, emotional assessment and treatment services to adults in multiple areas related to critical incident management, stress, depression, anxiety and marital/family conflict.
Dr. Sharon Verniero is registered as a psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She received her MA in psychology from the University of Notre Dame and her Ph.D. in psychology (Clinical Psychology Program) from the University of Windsor.
Dr. Verniero has worked in a variety of settings, including hospital settings (Bloorview MacMillan Rehabilitation Hospital and William Olser Health Centre), children's mental health with young offenders (Lutherwood in Waterloo region), private clinics and school boards. In addition to working part-time in private practice and in a hospital outpatient setting for children and families, Dr. Verniero has also been teaching first year medical students at McMaster University for the past 6 years.
At the hospital clinic, Dr. Verniero assesses and treats children and adolescent youth with a variety of learning and mental health concerns and works to support their families and school staff to understand how those issues affect young people. In private practice, Dr. Verniero sees children, youth and adults who experience a range of learning difficulties and mental health concerns, and works with them in situations of family conflict. She is also interested in the application of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for anxiety-based difficulties, such as school refusal, selective mutism and phobias. Dr. Verniero was awarded the professional practice award for clinical excellence at William Osler Health Centre in 2010.
Ian has a MA degree from the University of Guelph and has done additional graduate level courses at the University of Alberta and University of Toronto OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education). He supports children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) through the use of positive behavioural therapy, environmental and instructional rearrangements, and the use of social-communication techniques (e.g. social narratives, iPads, and visuals). Ian does individual counselling with children with ASD using cognitive behavioural therapy, and his work is marked by a strong family and individual-centered orientation that understands and works with, not against, the unique challenges of ASD.
In addition to his work for Moss, Rowden, and Freigang & Associates, Ian works as the regional training coordinator at the ASD-School Support Program at McMaster Children's Hospital. He has worked in the governments of Ontario and Alberta, a mental health centre, agencies supporting individuals with developmental disabilities, and with another private practice.
Inina Goldenberg is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She received her Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson Polytechnic University and, later, completed her Masters Degree in Disability Studies from Brock University, with a specialty in Applied Behaviour Analysis. Currently, Inina is approved and anticipated to write her exam to become Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. Inina Goldenberg has worked with individuals with disabilities and their families since 1998, with a wide range of aptitudes, in both the public and private sector, in the following capacities: Residential Supervisor (various group homes); Social Worker (Geneva Centre for Autism); and Senior Therapist/Clinical Supervisor (ASD Achievers Consulting). Inina develops, trains, coaches and supervises parents, instructional therapists and staff in homes, schools and in community-based settings, while implementing Intensive Behaviour Intervention (IBI). Additionally, Inina facilitates regular psycho-educational groups, individual and group counselling, and conducts case coordination and case management task-related responsibilities.
Simmi Santha is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who has been working in the field of behaviour therapy for more than 22 years. Simmi has a Master’s degree in Psychology and a MPhil in Medical and Psychiatric Social Work. Simmi has conducted numerous parent and professionals training workshops and has worked in various capacities in the USA, Canada and most recently in India. She has extensive experience working in the home, day care centres, treatment centres and school settings with children and adults with ASD, ADD, Behavioural Disorders, and other developmental disorders. For the past nine years she has been providing services as a Senior Behaviour Therapist in Canada. She has also authored a parent training manual called ‘Understanding Autism’, and set up a charitable centre for autism services which utilizes ABA strategies in India.
Michelle Polsinelli has been working as a behavioural consultant for 18 years and is registered with the College of Psychotherapy. She is a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrics and Psychotherapists. Michelle graduated from the University of Toronto and received a Bachelor's of Art and Science degree. She also received a 3-year diploma in Child and Youth Care.
Michelle has extensive experience working in the field of children’s mental health in different hospital settings, including The Hospital for Sick Children and currently at Brampton Civic Hospital. She provides prevention and early intervention strategies, assessments, school and community consultations and treatment and counselling to children, adolescents, and families who may be in crisis, struggling with psychological challenges, or who are dealing with other stressful situations. She uses a variety of approaches to assist her clients, depending on their individual needs. Michelle is trained in cognitive behavioural therapy for anxiety-based difficulties, such as school refusal, selective mutism, and phobias and uses applied behaviour analysis. She is also trained in understanding adolescent depression and suicide training program; safeTALK and other evidenced-based treatments.
Paula Moss, B. Med Sci Speech Hons., received her degree from the University of Sheffield in England. Paula has been practicing for 27 Years, 25 of which have been spent providing services in Peel Region. Paula has provided consultation to public/private schools in Peel, Kerry's Place for Autism Services, Peel Children Centre, Mount Sinai Hospital, and has presented at numerous conferences and workshops, including several television appearances.
Paula has also had numerous articles published, including a chapter she has written on language development in twins and higher order multiples (which is an area of interest, as she is also the mother of twins).
Paula has experience working with children with a range of communication disorders, including: articulation/ phonological disorders, oral motor disorders, language delays/disorders, reading and writing disorders, stuttering in children and adults, developmental delays, and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Paula has trained in PROMPT and is certified in the Lidcombe program for early stuttering. She has also completed additional training in the age 0-3 population at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh and additional training in the area of autism through the Geneva Centre, Toronto.
Paula is a member of the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists and the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists (OSLA). Paula has twice received awards of excellence from OSLA for her work in the fields of community education and the development of an early identification poster that was distributed internationally.