Gail McCoubrey is a fluently bilingual Clinical Psychologist from Quebec City. She obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a Minor in Education from Concordia University, and completed her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in School and Applied Child Psychology at McGill University. The focus of Gail’s research is reading development among bilingual individuals, and the role of language skills in reading ability in one’s first and second language. Gail’s research has led her to work with communities across the province of Quebec, which has contributed to her solid empirical background in reading development, cognitive ability, and language development among bilingual students; she has presented her research at conferences held by The Canadian Society for Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science, and the Society for the Scientific Studies of Reading in Quebec City, Toronto, Chicago, and Amsterdam.
Gail registered as a Psychologist with l’Ordre des psychologues du Quebec in 2007 during her graduate studies and began her career in Psychology as a school psychologist in Montreal while working in private practice. She has trained in the Department of Child Psychiatry Day Treatment Program at Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital where the focus of her work centered upon providing individual, group, and family-based assessment and therapy to help school-age children with behavioral disorders and other complex social-emotional and learning profiles. Gail has also worked at Summit School in Saint-Laurent, a school for children and adolescents with a range of cognitive, behavioral and developmental disorders.
Upon moving to Ontario in 2014, Gail registered as a Clinical Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, and she currently pursues her practice in the public and private sectors. As a member of the Canoe Therapy team, her work includes the provision of comprehensive psychological assessments in English or French for children and adolescents who present with academic and behavioral concerns. Gail aims to help her clients understand the underlying factors that contribute to their struggles in school, and to streamline school- and home-based recommendations that are consistent with best practices in her discipline.