Curriculum vitae / Resume

EDUCATION

Masters of Arts, McGill University, Montréal, QC
Counselling Psychology
Professional program with extensive supervision and a year-long internship in a clinical setting. Emphasis on individual and group counselling skills, career/vocational theory, integrating multicultural, gender and diversity theories into practice, and diagnosis and assessment procedures.

Bachelor of Arts, Concordia University, Montréal, QC
Major in Honours Psychology
Academic curriculum entailing social, personal, psychometric, psychopathic and cultural psychology, statistics, and neurobiology. Emphasis on analyzing, conducting, and presenting research.

Bachelor of Arts, McGill University, Montréal, QC
Major in Humanistic Studies
Academic curriculum entailed an overview of philosophy, history, science, math and literature. Focus in contemporary art history.

TRAINING

MBTVL Training, MindSpace Clinic, Montréal, QC
Mindfulness-Based Tools for Valued Living
6-week training on mindfulness tools for valued living, based on Acceptance Commitment Therapy.

MBSR Training, MindSpace Clinic, Montréal, QC
Mindful Based Stress Reduction (MSBR) Training
8-week evidence-based training on mindfulness for stress reduction developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn.

TESOL Certificate, Oxford Seminars, Montréal, QC                                 
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Successfully passed teaching comprehension exam following completion of a 60-hour TESOL training program. Training emphasized essential English language syntax and structure, lesson planning, tailored curriculum for different populations, and hands-on teaching experience.

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

Support Groups Facilitator, Ami Quebec, Montréal, QC
Facilitator for support groups. Was trained to facilitate in a classroom with continuing experience-based training with groups as a co-facilitator.

Clinical Practicum, McGill University, Montréal, QC
Provided 15 weeks of counselling for university student clients. Sessions were video-recorded. Individual and group supervision included weekly case presentations.

Self Care Workshop, McGill University, Montréal, QC
Initiated and aided in facilitation of self-care workshop for MA1 Counselling Psychology Graduate Students at McGill University.

SACOMSS, McGill University, Montréal, QC
Sexual Assault Center of the McGill Students’ Society (SACOMSS)
– Support Groups Facilitator Volunteer
– Drop-in and Hotline Volunteer
Completed two 40-hour trainings, including extensive practice of non-directive facilitation, empathetic support, validation and active listening. Attended workshops on gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, diversity, racism, and inclusion. Active participant in the non-hierarchical process of running the center.

Santropol Roulant, Montréal QC
Volunteer
Food preparation and delivery to those with special needs (by foot or by bicycle).

RESEARCH

Hamber House PADTP, Vancouver, BC
Hamber House Psychiatric Adolescent Day Treatment Program
Curtis Pollock
Qualitative analysis of interviews conducted to review the current treatment program of the Hamber House PADTP, with initiate to build on program strengths, mitigate program limitations, and to reflect best practices and stakeholder vision.

CSBN Lab, Concordia University, Montréal, QC              
Center for Studies of Behavioural Neuroscience (CSBN)
Dr. Jim Pfaus
Research examined the neural correlates associated with partner preference conditioned by a somatosensory cue. Training included immunohistochemistry, behavioural analysis, animal care and safety, hazardous waste disposal, and work place hazardous materials information system. Laboratory responsibilities included preparing tissue, preparing laboratory materials, attending weekly lab meetings, presenting theory and data, reviewing colleagues’ research, reviewing literature, and creating research proposals. Assisted in several research projects in addition to thesis project.

MPPRG, McGill University, Montréal, QC                                       
McGill Psychotherapy Process Research Group (MPPRG)
Dr. Marilyn Fitzpatrick
Assisted in three research projects regarding the usage of outcome measures in psychotherapy. In addition, examined theoretical orientations of Canadian psychologists and demographics of Canadian psychologists. Training included Consensual Qualitative Research (CQR) and NVIVO Data Analysis Software. Research responsibilities included transcribing interviews, organizing databases, selecting and reviewing literature, and recording meeting minutes. Took a leadership role in research projects. Created proposals, analyzed data, submitted projects to conferences, disseminated results at three international conferences, reviewed colleagues’ research and assisted in preparation for Ph.D. thesis defense.

Anxiety Disorders Lab, Concordia University, Montréal, QC             
Dr. Michel Dugas
Assisted in research analyzing variables correlating to general anxiety disorder. Observed lab testing, entered data for multiple studies, and organized databases.

PUBLICATIONS

JOURNAL ARTICLES (PEER-REVIEWED)

Knoll, M., Ionita, G., Tomaro, J., Chen, V., & Fitzpatrick, M. (2016). Progress
Monitoring measures: The interaction of initial motivation with selection and maintenance issues. Psychology7(3), 444-458.

Ionita, G., Fitzpatrick, M., Tomaro, J., Chen, V., & Loverington, L. (2016). Challenges of using progress monitoring measures: Insight from practicing clinicians. Journal of Counselling Psychology, 63(2), 173-182.

SCIENTIFIC PRESENTATIONS (PEER-REVIEWED) – PAPER PRESENTATIONS

Tomaro, J., McGroaty, E., Dainow, E. (2016, June). Career counselling with Trans* individuals:Multicultural and social justice analysis of career theories and assessment tools. Paper presentation at the Canadian Psychological Association’s 77th Convention. Victoria, BC.

Ionita, G., Tomaro, J., Chen, V., Kowalyk, T., & Fitzpatrick, M. (2015, June). Usage of progress monitoring measures among Canadian psychologists. Paper presentation at the Canadian Psychological Association’s 76th Convention. Ottawa, ON.

Knoll, M., Ionita, G., Tomaro, J., Chen, V., & Fitzpatrick, M. (2015, June). Progress Monitoring measures: The interaction of initial motivation with selection and maintenance issues. Paper presentation at the Canadian Psychological Association’s 76th Convention. Ottawa, ON.

SCIENTIFIC PRESENTATIONS (PEER-REVIEWED) – POSTER PRESENTATIONS

Quintana Zunino, G.E., Jackson, M., Nasr, M., Guizar, A., Tomaro, J., & Argento, A. (2014, November). Conditioned ejaculatory preference by a male rate for a somatosensory cue on a female rat. Poster presentation at the Society for Neuroscience Conference. Washington, DC.

Tomaro, J., Chen, V., Ionita, G., & Fitzpatrick, M. (2014, June). Theoretical orientations that guide practice: By province. Poster presentation at the Canadian Psychological Association’s 75th Convention. Vancouver, BC.

Chen, V., Tomaro, J., Ionita, G., & Fitzpatrick, M. (2014, June). Demographic characteristics and practice of Canadian psychologists across provinces. Poster presentation at the Canadian Psychological Association’s 75th Convention. Vancouver, BC.

Tomaro, J., Chen, V., Ionita, G., & Fitzpatrick, M. (2014, February). Theoretical orientations     guiding practice in Ontario. Poster presentation at the Ontario Psychological Association’s 67th annual Convention. Toronto, ON.

Chen, V., Tomaro, J., Ionita, G., & Fitzpatrick, M. (2014, February). Demographic characteristics and practice of Ontario psychologists. Poster presentation accepted at the Ontario Psychological Association’s 67th annual Convention. Toronto, ON.

Tomaro, J., Chen, V., Ionita, G., & Fitzpatrick, M. (2013, June). Theoretical orientations influencing psychologists’ practice in Canada. Poster presentation at the Canadian Psychological Association’s 74th Convention. Quebec City, QC.

Chen, V., Tomaro, J., Ionita, G., & Fitzpatrick, M. (2013, June). A survey of Canadian psychologists: Demographic characteristics and practice. Poster presentation at the Canadian Psychological Association’s 74th Convention. Quebec City, QC.