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Meredith A. M. Gillespie
Ph.D., C.Psych.

Psychologist

Meredith A. M. Gillespie, Ph.D., C.Psych. is a clinical psychologist with experience in psychological assessment and treatment of children, youth and their families across a range of developmental and mental health conditions, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), anxiety and mood disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, disruptive behaviour disorders, adjustment disorders, learning disabilities, and parent-child relational conflict. She brings exceptional skill to the provision of care for children and families and strives to collaborate with clinicians across disciplines, to best support the complex needs of her clients.

Dr. Gillespie comes to Boomerang Health with experience working in both private pediatric and community-based mental health agencies. Dr. Gillespie has experience leading a multidisciplinary treatment team when working therapeutically with children and adolescents with high functioning ASD and their parents. Similarly, Dr. Gillespie has developed a strong clinical practice working with young children, school-age children and adolescents struggling with emotion regulation, anxiety, OCD and mood disorders using a cognitive-behavioural therapeutic approach (CBT). In addition to her training in CBT, Dr. Gillespie has clinical training in the area of parent-child attachment-based therapy, and training with respect to the use of diagnostic tools for ASD (i.e., ADOS-2, ADI-R). Dr. Gillespie has significant research background in the area of adolescent high-risk behaviour; in her doctoral research, she explored the relationships between adolescent gambling behaviour, impulsivity and depression. She has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals, authored book chapters, and has presented at professional conferences.

Dr. Gillespie earned her doctorate in School/Applied Child psychology from McGill University. Her educational background also includes a Master’s of Arts (Educational Psychology) from McGill University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Queen’s University. She completed her pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship at ROCK Reach Out Centre for Kids, where she was a member of the multidisciplinary Child & Family team, and the Zero-to-Six team. Dr. Gillespie also served as a practicum intern at the Montreal Children’s Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry unit, and the McGill Psycho-Educational & Counseling Clinic.

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