​​Karrela Paris, M.A.S.P., C. Psych., is a Registered Psychologist in Ontario. Karrela's practice is in Clinical and School Psychology with children and adolescents. In addition to private practice, Karrela is a Psychologist with the Toronto District School Board. Karrela served for seven years as an integral member of an interdisciplinary diagnostic team (Developmental Evaluation and Consultation Service, Thistletown Regional Centre for Children and Adolescents, Ministry of Children and Youth Services). Karrela has extensive experience providing psychological assessments and treatment of children with complex profiles pertaining to cognitive, academic, social/emotional, developmental disorders, ASD, trauma, abuse, behaviour, inattention, hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, and with diagnostic challenges of comorbid disorders. Karrela has worked with clients of various Children Aid Societies, School Boards, and other community based agencies within Ontario. Karrela has also consulted to Day Treatment programs to develop individual program plans to achieve effective outcomes for children and adolescents with complex mental health problems. A focus of Karrela's practice is children and adolescents who are experiencing problems stemming from high conflict family situations of separation and divorce. Karrela provides a range of services that include assessment, consultation, mediation of parenting plans, and parenting coordination using a “best interest of the child” lens to promote the healthy development, and social, emotional well-being of children and adolescents in high conflict family situations.

Education and Specialized Training:
  • Bachelor of Science, Advanced Double Major, Psychology and Sociology & Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University (2003).
  • Master of Arts in School Psychology, Mount Saint Vincent University (2006).

  • Family Arbitration, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo, 2015.
  • Advanced Family Mediation: Intensive Mediation Skills Clinic, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo, 2015.
  • Family Mediation Skills: Theory & Practice (Family Mediation/ Screening for Domestic Violence and Power Imbalances, / Family Law, Instructor: Lorne Wolfson, LL.B, LL.M, Torkin Manes ), Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo,  2015
  • Introduction to Mediation Skills, Instructor: Daryl Landau, M.Sc., Acc.FM, Cooperative Solutions, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo, 2015

Professional Memberships:
  • College of Psychologists of Ontario, Registered Psychologist, License # 5467
  • Canadian Psychological Association, Full Member
  • Ontario Psychological Association, Full Member
  • Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario, Full Member
  • Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (FDRIO), Founder Member​
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (ADRIO), Member

Selected Publications:

  • Todorow, M., Paris, K., and Fantus, E., (2012), Ethical Considerations When Communicating a Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder to a Child, Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology, Fetal Alcohol Research (FAR), 19 (3).
  • Dr. Rajko Seat, Karrela Paris, Jocelyn Kadish, Connie Taras Gold, Dr. Ellen Fantus, and Mary Rella, Evaluating the Developmental Evaluation and Consultation (DEC) Program Effectiveness, Final Outcomes Report, 2007 (The Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO.
  • Adolescent Friendships and School Experiences: Perspectives of African Nova Scotian Youth, Masters Thesis, 2006​​
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