Meet Our Team

Headshots_Russell_Pysch_DR_2014_624Dr. Alex Russell

Ph.D., C.Psych.

Dr. Russell is a clinical psychologist, registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. He provides assessments and psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults, and consultation and supervision to schools, teachers and psychologists. He is a popular public speaker and is the author, with Tim Falconer, of Drop the Worry Ball: How to Parent in the Age of Entitlement.

Dr. Russell received his Ph.D. In Clinical Psychology from the New School for Social Research in New York in 1997, and then completed a two year post-doctorate fellowship at the Hincks Institute in Toronto in 1999. Dr. Russell has also completed clinical placements at the Karen Horney Therapeutic Nursery, St. Vincent’s Medical Centre, and the Toronto Hospital. His past research activities include the development and evaluation of an early intervention family therapy program serving families with children at risk, articles on children’s emotional development, and serving on the editorial board of Ideas: Emotional Well-Being in Child Care, a national journal of early childhood educators.



Dr. Sharon Pauker 

Ph.D., C.Psych. (Supervised Practice)

Dr. Pauker completed her PhD in the School and Clinical Child Psychology program at OISE at the University of Toronto. She holds a master’s degree in school and clinical child psychology (U of T/OISE) and recently completed her doctoral internship at the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health (formerly the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre).

Dr. Pauker has clinical experience working with diverse populations in Israel, the US and Canada. She has assessed and treated children (2-11) and adolescents (12-20) presenting with developmental disabilities, learning exceptionalities, as well as complex emotional and behavioral difficulties. Among her clinical placements, she has completed training at Surrey Place Centre, Toronto District School Board, Markham-Stouffville Hospital, and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She is fluent in English and Hebrew.

Her research interests concern children’s development in the context of their social interactions within different settings (family, Early Childhood Education Centres) and across cultures.

Lindsey Keyfitz 

Ph.D., C.Psych.

Dr. Lindsey Keyfitz is a clinical psychologist,registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.  Dr. Keyfitz works with children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of emotional and relational concerns. She conducts clinical diagnostic assessments and provides psychotherapy to individuals across the lifespan. She takes an integrative, evidence based approach to her work, and draws upon several therapeutic modalities depending on the needs and goals of her clients. Her work is informed by a developmental approach, and she works with the therapeutic relationship as a central mechanism of change in the therapy process. She integrates a relational/attachment based framework with psychodynamic (interpersonal/insight oriented) therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and/or play therapy. Dr. Keyfitz also conducts research in positive clinical psychology, and is passionate about integrating strengths and resilience frameworks into every aspect of her work.


Dr. Keyfitz holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Developmental Psychology from the University of Guelph. She received her clinical training in a variety of settings including inpatient and outpatient hospital settings with children, adolescents and adults, as well as a community mental health centre with residential and outpatient youth. In these settings Dr. Keyfitz conducted complex assessments and individual, group, and family interventions.  She trained at Vanier Children’s Services, Victoria Hospital, and Parkwood Institute in London, Ontario. She also completed clinical placements at the Toronto District School Board, the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre (now known as the Sick Kids Centre for Community Mental Health), and the Centre for Psychological Services. She held a staff psychologist position in child and adolescent mental health at Credit Valley Hospital.