Dr. Cormier’s primary work commitments limit his ability to take on new clients.
Hi, my name is Dr. Damien Cormier, and I am a Registered Psychologist at Clarity Psychology.
My practice is exclusively focused on psycho-educational assessments for students ranging from the elementary to post-secondary levels. The combination of my clinical experience and scholarly work gives me an exceptional understanding of intelligence and learning. I am passionate about understanding how students develop the many abilities that help them be successful later in life. In addition, I find it extremely fulfilling to be able to use my knowledge and skills to help the limited number of clients with whom I work. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to email me at .
Education and Credentials:
- Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists
- Ph.D., University of Minnesota, School Psychology (APA & NASP Accredited)
- M.A., University of Minnesota, School Psychology
- B.A. (Honours), University of Manitoba, Psychology
I completed my graduate studies in the United States at the University of Minnesota. My training emphasized assessment, intervention, and consultation within a school context. Consequently, I understand the development of academic skills and the education system very well. In addition, my training included intensive practical experiences, as well as a focus on child development. Over the course of my training and experience to date, I have applied these skills in a variety of school environments—ranging from high needs, urban elementary schools, to affluent, suburban high schools. I also gained some experience at a neurodevelopmental clinic where I worked with children and adolescents with a variety of complex needs, including co-morbid neurodevelopmental disorders and mental health issues.
After obtaining my Ph.D. in 2012, I moved to Edmonton to take a faculty position at the University of Alberta. I am an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, where I teach, produce research, and provide service to a variety of related fields (e.g., Education, School Psychology, Cognitive Psychology). To date, I have produced over 50 published articles, book chapters, and professional reports. I have also delivered numerous presentations about my research to local, national, and international audiences. I have taught a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The courses I teach typically focus on some aspect of educational or psychological assessment, as well as child development and/or mental health. I have served on several journal review boards and in other service roles within professional associations, such as the Canadian Psychological Association and the College of Alberta Psychologists. All of these experiences ensure that I stay current with research and best practices in professional psychology, as they relate to working with children and adolescents.
Another important part of my work at the University of Alberta is that I am a core faculty member associated with the School and Clinical Child Psychology program. This program produces psychologists who are equipped to work with school-age populations in schools, hospitals, and community-based clinics. As a core faculty member of a professional psychology program, it is important for me to model professional practice for students by maintaining some degree of professional activity. Being a part of the team at Clarity Psychology allows me to fulfill this requirement; however, due to the obligations of my academic position, I can only see a limited number of clients. Nonetheless, I always look forward to having the opportunity to work in private practice—I greatly enjoy the process of providing attentive, individualized services to my clients and their families.
- Psycho-educational Assessments (children, adolescents, and young adults)
Who I Work With:
I currently work with students as young as 6 years old and young adults who are up to approximately 25 years old. I typically assess students who are underperforming (i.e., struggling) or overperforming (i.e., excelling) in one or more aspects of life (e.g., academically, socially, behaviourally). Regardless of the presenting problem, the purpose of the assessments I complete is generally very similar—to enhance learning and development.
I am comfortable assessing for the following possible diagnoses:
In most cases, I would refer to other professionals when the purpose or the results of an assessment suggest the following potential issues:
I pursued a career in professional psychology due to an interest in both psychology and education. In addition, both my academic and professional roles suit me well given my passion for writing. I still have many goals that I would like to achieve regarding this interest. For example, I have several book ideas that I would like to see published someday. In my free time, my favourite things to do are spending time in the mountains with my family or enjoying a round of golf.
- Canadian Psychological Association