OUR TEAM

OUR TEAM

DIRECTORS

 

Hugues Hervé, PhD, RPsych

Practice Director/Director of Training
Dr. Hugues Hervé is a registered clinical psychologist who specializes in forensic psychology. Together with Dr. John Yuille, he has developed the StepWise Interview Training Programs for conducting investigative interviews with children and adults. Dr. Hervé’s areas of expertise include: conducting and critiquing child abuse investigations; assessing witness memory and credibility; and conducting assessments related to criminal risk (e.g., Dangerous Offender) and violence in the workplace, and complex personal injury cases. Dr. Hervé’s expertise has been sought by various governmental agencies, private corporations, and diverse professional groups. He has provided expert testimony in numerous civil and criminal cases throughout Canada and the United States, including as amicus curiae. In addition to his clinical and consulting work, Dr. Hervé trains police, child protection workers, lawyers, and other professional groups in both English and French.

 

Susan Kim, MSc

Operations Director/Practice Manager
Susan Kim is a forensic mental health clinician who worked for the Correctional Service of Canada for 19 years. Trained in clinical-behavioural psychology, she worked in various settings, from maximum security prisons to community parole offices and the Regional Treatment Centre, with a particular interest in cognitively impaired offenders. She has conducted hundreds of interviews in the service of completing psychological risk assessments (including Parole Board of Canada pre-release assessments and Dangerous Offender updates), crisis intervention, and correctional investigations. A strong believer in peoples’ capacity for positive change, she provided individual and group treatment to high-risk sexual and violent offenders. Susan also provided training to CSC and halfway house staff on topics related to mental health. In her role as Practice Manager, Susan is primarily responsible for coordinating the various services offered by The Forensic Practice team.

 

TRAINING ASSOCIATES

 

Andy Stuart, MPA

Senior Training Associate/Head of Trainer Development
Andy Stuart is the Sergeant in charge of the Family Protection Unit (the child abuse investigations team) at the Saanich Police Department. His career in policing began in 2001. He is the recipient of multiple police commendations, including the Meritorious Service Medal from the Provincial Lt. Governor. Sgt. Stuart became a  StepWise instructor in 2008, under the direct supervision of Dr. John Yuille and Dr. Hugues Hervé. Since then, he has trained hundreds of front-line staff in StepWise interviewing. As a Senior Training Associate, he mentors new trainers, consults with interviewers in the field, and contributes to new workshop development. He is also a sessional instructor at Camosun College and an online instructor at the University of Manitoba. Academically, Sgt. Stuart holds a diploma in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration.

 

Kristin Coyne, PhD, RSW

Training Associate/Project Specialist
Dr. Kristin Coyne is a Registered Social Worker with the BC College of Social Workers. She has been working in the human service fields for over 15 years. Dr. Coyne has experience conducting research with forensic and clinical populations, and providing therapy in in-patient, out-patient, and community-based settings. She currently manages clinical counselling programs at two community-based agencies. In this role, she has the privilege of supervising therapists and interns undertaking individual, group, and family therapy, with a variety of populations, including children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Coyne’s therapeutic practice focuses on working with survivors of trauma, and supporting people to work through relationship issues and mental health difficulties. She has specific training and experience with play therapy and utilizes a variety of these approaches in her practice. She was originally trained in the StepWise interview protocol in 2001 and this knowledge has helped inform her practice, particularly as related to children’s experiences of abuse and trauma. Dr. Coyne has taught at the University of British Columbia.

 

Carolyn Thom, CFI

Training Associate
Carolyn Thom is a certified child forensic interviewer and trainer in Canada. She has over 22 years of experience as a social worker and 15 years as a Specialized Assessor/Investigator at the Zebra Child Protection Centre in Edmonton. With well over 2500 child/youth interviews, Carolyn has qualified as an expert witness in interviewing children and persons with diminished capacity and she is a subject matter expert in investigating their maltreatment. Carolyn has trained various police agencies, child services agencies, crown prosecutors, and military police across the country. She has contributed to provincial and national strategies on child abuse, child exploitation, and forensic interviewing. A certified program leader with the Canadian Courthouse Dogs Foundation, Carolyn was the first forensic interviewer to conduct canine assisted interviews in Canada. She works with Fossey, a canine intervention dog.

 

Michelle Hykawy, BHEcol, BSW

Training Associate
Michelle Hykawy is a Provincial Investigation Specialist with the Government of Manitoba, Child and Family Services Branch, and she serves as a mentor and consultant to child welfare workers across the province. Michelle’s career in child protection services began in 2001. She has specialized in the area of child abuse investigations for over 14 years, working in both Manitoba and Ontario. In addition to her investigative role, she trains child welfare workers and law enforcement officers in child abuse investigations. She also provides training and presentations to community service providers on child abuse and child protection. Michelle holds two university degrees, a Bachelor of Human Ecology (Child Development) and a Bachelor of Social Work. She has also obtained training in Advanced Practice in Forensic Interviewing of Children through Griffith University and the Centre for Investigative Interviewing.

 

Niki Sundher, BCYC

Training Associate
Cst. Niki Sundher has been policing in British Columbia since 2011. Beyond her work as a criminal investigator, Niki has a strong interest in trauma resilience and a passion for helping children, youth, and families. She is a recipient of the Chief Constable’s Leadership commendation and she has been recognized multiple times for her community volunteer work. Prior to policing, Niki was a youth worker for court ordered youth justice programs. She conducted interviews to assess risk for program suitability in group wilderness settings and bail supervisory care homes. A skilled communicator, consensus builder, and natural trainer, Niki has been teaching and public speaking for two decades, including as a basketball coach and an advocate for LGBTQ2+ rights. Niki holds a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria.

 

Sandra Rijken, BA

Training Associate
Detective Sandra Rijken has been working in Major Crime for the past four years and has developed expertise in interviewing and sex crimes investigations. Sandra received a Chief’s Commendation for her exemplary investigative skills and dedication to supporting victims of crime. Since being trained in the Stepwise program, Sandra has been able to better support adult and child survivors and their families. Before becoming a police officer, she worked as a youth support worker for children with acute mental health diagnoses. Sandra studied Criminology at Simon Fraser University and Police Leadership at Dalhousie University. She is currently completing her Honors Degree in Policing at Wilfrid Laurier University. Sandra mentors police officers in interviewing and investigations, helping to create positive learning environments. She is passionate about her work as a police officer and integrates her vibrant personality into her instruction.

 

David Marxsen, MA, RPsych

Training Associate
David Marxsen is a registered psychologist who has been working in the forensic field since 1990. He has assessed the risk of inmates for the National Parole Board (now the Parole Board of Canada), provided group therapy for high risk/high needs violent inmates, and provided individual treatment for parolees who posed a high risk for sexual and or violent recidivism. Currently, he is part of the “E” Division Behavioural Analysis Unit where he assists police investigations into serial offences and other complex files.

 

Anton Schweighofer, PhD, RPsych

Training Associate/Senior Clinical Associate
dr-antonDr. Schweighofer is a registered clinical psychologist with significant expertise in forensic psychology. He is a recognized expert in the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders, including individuals with pedophilic interests and those involved with child pornography. He also specializes in the treatment of non-criminal sexually compulsive behavior and substance abuse. Dr. Schweighofer has provided expert testimony at provincial and supreme courts. He has presented at national and international conferences. He has provided training for the Correctional Service of Canada, Washington State Department of Corrections, and the Justice Institute of BC. He is a national trainer for the Static-99R, the Stable 2007, and the Acute 2007. Outside of his forensic work, Dr. Schweighofer maintains a private practice, with offices in North Vancouver and Burnaby, which includes the assessment and treatment of general clinical issues.

 

Lindsey Jack, PhD, RPsych

Training Associate/Clinical Associate
Dr. Lindsey Jack is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of BC. She completed her doctorate degree in Clinical-Forensic psychology at Simon Fraser University. Her forensic work includes areas of expertise in the assessment of criminal risk pre-sentence; group treatment for sexual offenders; and assessment of complex trauma. She has provided expert testimony in BC provincial and supreme courts. Dr. Jack has done contract work with numerous government agencies, including assessment and treatment of individuals held in correctional and inpatient settings. In recent years, she has focused on providing supervision to psychology students and residents in an inpatient forensic setting. Outside of her forensic work, she has a private practice with a special interest in assessment and treatment of posttraumatic stress symptoms.

 

CLINICAL ASSOCIATES

 

Anton Schweighofer, PhD, RPsych

Senior Clinical Associate/Training Associate
See Dr. Schweighofer’s description in the Training Associates section.

 

Lindsey Jack, PhD, RPsych

Clinical Associate/Training Associate
See Dr. Jack’s description in the Training Associates section.

 

Anthony Dugbartey, PhD, RPsych

Clinical Associate
A Commonwealth Scholar, Dr. Dugbartey has been a registered psychologist in British Columbia for over two decades, with sub-specialty expertise in clinical and forensic neuropsychology. Dr. Dugbartey’s professional practice spans a wide range of neuropsychological assessments among adult populations. He has particular interests in the neuroscience of decision-making, as well as in aggression and violence among neuro-compromised populations. Dr. Dugbartey has provided expert testimony in several civil and criminal cases in Canada.  In addition to serving as external examiner at the School of Graduate Studies, University of Ghana, Dr. Dugbartey is also adjunct associate professor of psychology at the University of Victoria.

 

Mark Bodnarchuk, PhD, RPsych

Clinical Associate
Dr. Mark Bodnarchuk is a registered clinical psychologist with over 27 year of experience in both adolescent and adult forensic psychology. His areas of expertise include assessments of personality and risk for instrumental, reactive, and inter-partner violence; and the treatment of violent behaviour with both youth and adults in individual and group settings. As the provincial clinical lead in the treatment of youth with violent tendencies, Dr. Bodnarchuk has prepared approximately 300 assessments for youth court proceedings. He is also certified in the provision of functional family therapy, an empirically validated and effective intervention in the treatment of adolescent behaviour problems. In his private practice, Dr. Bodnarchuk assesses and treats adolescents and adults for a variety of mental health issues including anxiety, phobias, depression, conduct and oppositional defiant disorders, personality disorders, parent-child issues, and couples’ therapy.

 

David Wiebe, PhD, RPsych

Clinical Associate
Dr. David Wiebe has been a registered psychologist in British Columbia for over 20 years, and has worked in the forensic field for almost 30 years. He has experience conducting assessments and facilitating treatment in a variety of settings including federal, provincial, and youth correctional facilities, forensic psychiatric hospitals, probation and parole, criminal and family court, drug court, insurance settings (including WorkSafeBC, ICBC, disability), crime victims programs, schools, and private practice. Dr. Wiebe has been qualified as an expert in both family court and criminal court. His practice is currently focused on conducting assessments specializing in violence risk assessment/management, personal injury/trauma, and complex diagnostic assessments.

 

Carla Dassinger, PsyD, RPsych

Clinical Associate
Carla Dassinger is a registered clinical psychologist who has conducted research and worked clinically in the field of forensics since 2004. She completed her doctorate at Midwestern University in Illinois in 2011. She has published and presented in the areas of risk assessment, and childhood delinquency and aggression. She has worked in various provincial and federal custodial settings with female and male populations, conducting psychological assessments (including Parole Board pre-assessments, Dangerous Offender updates, Specialized Sex Offender assessments, and Detention Reviews) and providing individual and group treatment with a particular focus on sex offending. She worked for the Correctional Service of Canada for nearly ten years and was acting chief of a multi-level institution prior to her departure. Dr. Dassinger currently provides group treatment for sexual offending at the provincial level. In addition, she maintains a private practice with a special interest in the assessment and treatment of posttraumatic stress in both first responders and the general public.

 

PRACTICE SUPPORT

 

Rayna Stuart, BA(Hons)

Practice Coordinator
Rayna Stuart is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Dedicated and disciplined, Rayna was able to maintain her academic standing on the Dean’s Honor Roll at NSU, while also competing as a NCAA student-athlete on the Women’s Rowing Team. In 2019, she was nominated for the Female Athlete of the Year Award. Rayna has worked as a Research Assistant for the Treatment Unplugged study at NSU, as well as the Immigrant Family Study at the University of Victoria post-graduation. At present, Rayna works part time for the Saanich Police Department and for The Forensic Practice. In her role as the Practice Coordinator, Rayna’s excellent organizational skills help to ensure the smooth delivery of our workshops and the coordination clinical referrals.

 

Shelbie Anderson, BA(Hons), MA, PhD(in progress)

Practicum Student/Research Associate

Shelbie is an Experimental Law and Forensic Psychology student at Simon Fraser University. She obtained her undergraduate degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland and her masters at Simon Fraser University. Her research centres around memory, children and the law, with a primary focus on interview strategies and techniques. Her Dissertation will be focused specially on the adaptation of ground rules for an adolescent population.

 

Sarah Rathwell, MSc

Statistician
Sarah Rathwell is a Biostatistician at the University of Alberta in Edmonton with both the Women and Children’s Research Institute and the Canadian VIGOUR Centre. She completed undergraduate degrees in both Anthropology and Statistics at Simon Fraser University, and holds a Master’s degree in Applied Statistics from the University of Guelph. Her areas of expertise include time to event analysis, latent variable modeling, and computational statistics. She currently moonlights as a ride-leader and trail builder for a local women’s mountain biking club.