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.
Andy Stuart, MPA
Senior Training Associate / Head of Trainer Development
Andy Stuart is a Staff Sergeant with the Saanich Police Department. He has led the Family Protection Unit (the child abuse investigations team) and most recently a pilot project integrating a regional Internet Child Exploitation team. 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. S/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 has also been a sessional instructor at Camosun College and an online instructor at the University of Manitoba and Dalhousie. Academically, S/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
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
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 (Hons)
Training Associate / Media Coordinator
Cst. Niki Sundher has been policing in British Columbia since 2011, and is currently working in the Family Protection Unit (the child abuse investigations team). 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
Cst. Sandra Rijken has been working as a police officer since 2013. Working in Major Crime for the past four years, she has developed expertise in interviewing and sex crimes investigations, and she mentors police officers in both. Sandra has been recognized by Crown for her dogged determination to protect survivors and is sought out for her reasoned investigational skills. Since being trained in the Stepwise, she has been able to better support adult and child survivors and their families. Prior to policing, Sandra 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 also coached women’s rugby at the provincial and national levels. Passionate about her work, Sandra excels at creating positive learning environments and integrates her vibrant personality into her instruction.
Anton Schweighofer, PhD, RPsych
Dr. 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.
Carla Dassinger, PhD, RPsych
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.
Dawn McLaughlin, RPC
Dawn is a graduate of the Acadia University and Kelowna College of Professional Counsellors. She has been working with adults with intellectual disabilities for over 25 years in several capacities in Canada and in Australia. Dawn currently works as a Resident Services Coordinator focusing on policy, staff training, program development, positive behaviour supports and counselling in her home town of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is a certified Mandt Technical Instructor and has co-authored a provincial curriculum for the Nova Scotia Residential Agencies Association on quality care and supports. Her employer, Regional Residential Services Society, has been using StepWise from the early days when Dr. John Yuille came to Nova Scotia in the 1980’s. Dawn is honoured to have grown into the role of StepWise360 Interviewer as part of her job expectations. She has a particular interest in choice and voice regardless of ability.
The Forensic Practice is currently transitioning toward a model that focuses strongly on training. Our website will soon reflect these changes and we wanted to acknowledge and thank our incredible colleagues who have served in the past as Clinical Associates, and who we will undoubtably maintain a close network with even after this transition. Thank you Dr. Anthony Dugbartey, Dr. Mark Bodnarchuk, & Dr. David Wiebe
Rayna Stuart, BA(Hons)
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 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 of clinical referrals.
Shelbie Anderson, BA(Hons), MA
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. She is currently working towards her PhD; Her Dissertation will be focused specially on the adaptation of ground rules for an adolescent population.
Sarah Rathwell, MSc
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.