Our Team

Lisa Hayden

Lisa Hayden Clinic Director

Lisa Hayden is a Registered Psychologist and current member of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia and the Canadian Psychological Association. She graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University in 2004 with a Master of Arts in School Psychology and worked as a psychologist for Chignecto Central Regional School Board for 10 years. Lisa has also provided psychological services for the Colchester East Hants ADHD Clinic in collaboration with the school board and the Child, Adolescent, and Family Service (Mental Health Clinic, CEHHA); the Pictou County Health Authority as an EIBI clinical interventionist with the Autism Team; and in private psychology clinics with Dr. Kiran Pure & Associates in Dartmouth, NS, as well as Pathways Psychological Services in Truro, NS. Through these valuable experiences, Lisa has had the privilege of working with families conducting comprehensive psychological assessments and developing intervention plans for children with learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as other learning and mental health disorders. Lisa specializes in psychoeducational, developmental, and functional behaviour assessments. She also provides evidenced based treatment to children and families drawing mainly upon behavioural and cognitive behavioural therapy. Lisa strongly believes that children are more than grades, test scores, and engagement in school, and she works to help children to understand their personal gifts and talents. Lisa enjoys working with children and their parents, schools, and communities to draw upon children’s personal strengths and support them across environments.

Mallory Powell Psychologist

Mallory Powell is a Registered Psychologist and current member of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults experiencing a variety of learning, mental health, and behavioral challenges. Mallory obtained a Bachelor of Sciences Honours Degree in Psychology from Mount Allison University in 2009 and a Master Degree in School Psychology from Mount Saint Vincent University in 2011.

After Mallory’s formal education, she worked as a School Psychologist in Charlottetown, PEI, then opened her own private practice in that area. In 2016, Mallory and her family moved back to Halifax, NS where she worked in both the private setting and as part of the Psychology team in the CCRSB.

Mallory has extensive experience in Psycho-Educational Assessments from her time working in school settings. She has gained comprehensive training directly working with children, adolescents, their families, and school personnel in psychotherapy, intervention, and consultation.

Mallory’s therapeutic approach is grounded in cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness techniques; however, with all clients, treatment is tailored to meet each person’s specific needs. Above all else, a strong rapport and alliance between herself and the client is the most important factor in growth and success. She builds this rapport through trust, authenticity, and honesty.

Jesslyn RichardsonPsychologist

Jesslyn Richardson is a Registered Psychologist who specializes in supporting children , adolescents, and young adults through assessment and intervention for a wide variety of academic, cognitive, developmental, behavioral and social needs. Jesslyn obtained her Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Psychology from Cape Breton University in 2009 before going on to earn a Master of Arts in School Psychology from Mount Saint Vincent University in 2011. She is currently a member of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia, and Psychologists in Schools Association. She has worked as a School Psychologist for the Chignecto Central Regional School Board since 2011, including work with the Colchester East Hants ADHD Clinic in collaboration with the school board and the Child, Adolescent, and Family Service (Mental Health Clinic, CEHHA) since 2014. Beginning in September of 2017, Jesslyn will be part of a lead team supporting complex behavioral cases, in addition to her role as School Psychologist. 

Through these experiences, Jesslyn has developed a wide range knowledge and practical skills in the areas of assessment, behavior intervention, counseling, crisis response, and consultation with school-aged children, their families, and the school staff who support them. Jesslyn strongly believes in the importance of building a strong trusting relationship with clients and their families, providing comprehensive child-focused assessment, and engaging in research based intervention strategies. Jesslyn’s main goal is to support each individual student in understanding their own strengths and challenges in order to develop skills to feel successful and reach their full potential.

Rebecca CraigPsychology Assistant

Rebecca joined Hayden Psychology as a consultant in 2019. She worked as a psychologist in public school and clinical settings before returning to school to study law. Rebecca is a proud mother of two beautiful children on the Autism Spectrum, and they have taught her more than she has ever learned from a textbook. In addition to her interest in ASD, Rebecca is passionate about literacy development, differentiated teaching, and advocacy for children with disabilities. She strongly believes all children can be successful, once the barriers that impede them are correctly identified and addressed.

Lindsey NoackPsychologist

Lindsey Noack is a registered psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of school-aged youth experiencing behavioural and learning challenges. Lindsey possesses an undergraduate honours degree in psychology and completed her Master of Arts in School Psychology (MASP) degree from Mount Saint Vincent University in 2009. Lindsey is a current member of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia (APNS) and the Psychologists in Schools Association (PISA), and is a published author in the Canadian Journal of School Psychology.

Lindsey has over ten years of experience practicing within the school system, where she currently specializes in behavioural assessment and intervention for school-aged youth. Additionally, Lindsey provides comprehensive psycho-educational assessments for Learning Disabilities, and offers practical recommendations that are tailored to the individual. Lindsey has a strong understanding of the ways in which behavioural and learning challenges can impact well-being and achievement in various contexts. Lindsey believes in working collaboratively with youth and their support systems (i.e., home, school, medical, professionals, community, etc.), providing comprehensive assessment, and clearly communicating evidence-based interventions that are achievable for the youth and their caregivers.

Briden CohenPsychologist

Briden is a Registered Psychologist and current member of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia and the Canadian Psychological Association. She graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University in 2005 with a Master of Arts in School Psychology and worked as a psychologist for Chignecto Central Regional School Board since August 2005. Briden has also provided psychological services for the Colchester East Hants ADHD Clinic in collaboration with the school board. She specializes in psychoeducational, developmental, and functional behaviour assessments. She also provides evidenced based treatment to children and families drawing mainly upon behavioural and cognitive behavioural therapy. Outside of work, Briden enjoys golf, hockey and coaching. She resides in New Glasgow with her husband and two children.

Julie MunroPsychology Assistant / Psychometrist

Julie Munro is currently practicing as a Psychology Assistant while she studies for the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults experiencing a variety of learning, mental health, and behavioral challenges. Julie obtained a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Psychology from Saint Mary’s University in 2008 and a Master’s Degree in School Psychology from Mount Saint Vincent University in 2013.

After Julie’s formal education, she practiced as a Clinical Interventionist with the Early Intensive Behaviour Intervention Program (EIBI) in Pictou County. EIBI is a provincial program that provides parent training and intervention using Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) approaches (Pivotal Response Treatment, Positive Behaviour Supports) in the home and day care settings of preschoolers diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In early 2015, Julie became a member of the Student Services team with the Chignecto-Central Regional Centre for Education, where Julie has gained extensive experience conducting Psycho-educational Assessments. Combined experience from working in the education and mental health settings, she has also gained valuable experience conducting Functional Behaviour Assessments, providing behavioural intervention/counseling, and consultation.

Julie strongly believes that the key to student success is through meaningful relationships, that are built upon open and honest communication, collaboration, and support. Julie strives to build these types of relationships with clients and their families, as well as bridging gaps between home, school, and community agencies involved.

Carlye Smith-Burke

Carlye Smith-Burke Psychologist

Carlye Smith-Burke is a registered psychologist and a current member of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia and the Psychological Association of Prince Edward Island. Carlye completed her Master of Arts in School Psychology from Mount Saint Vincent University in 2010 and worked as a psychologist with the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board for eight years. During her time with the school board Carlye provided psychological services for the Colchester East Hants ADHD Clinic in collaboration with the school board and the Child, Adolescent, and Family Service (Mental Health clinic, CEHHA). Carlye also has nine years of experience in the private setting, including establishing her own private practice in Charlottetown, PEI.

Carlye specializes in comprehensive psychological assessments with children, adolescents, and young adults. She is passionate about helping children learn and has a strong understanding of the way in which learning disabilities, cognitive deficits, intellectual delays, ADHD, and giftedness may lead to challenges at school and at home. Carlye’s experience in the school system enables her to develop practical, evidence-based recommendations tailored to support each individual that can be implemented effectively by families and school professionals.

Carlye is passionate about working with children, families, and schools to assist them in understanding their individual strengths and challenges, supporting them in achieving their academic goals, and developing into happy, confident individuals.

Pamela Blotnicky

Pamela Blotnicky Psychologist (Candidate Register)

Pamela Blotnicky a candidate registered psychologist and member of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia who conducts comprehensive psychoeducational and behavioural assessments in order to understand the learning, attentional, and behavioural strengths and needs of children, adolescents, and young adults. Pamela specializes in learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, functional behaviour assessments, and consulting with parents and teachers to develop a comprehensive intervention plan for children coping with these difficulties. Pamela graduated with her Master of Arts in School Psychology in 2010 and since that time has practiced in public school and private practice settings and conducted research in the areas of ADHD and learning disability intervention at Dalhousie University. Pamela engages in regular professional development in order to ensure she is providing up-to-date, evidence based psychological and assessment services. She also continues to be heavily involved in research, which she uses to inform her practice. Pamela strongly believes that there is a path to success in learning and life for all children and adolescents and strives to help students, families, and teachers to set meaningful goals and develop feasible plans to reach them.

Carolyn MacNallySpeech-Language Pathologist

Carolyn is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist, retired dentist, and is a current member of the Nova Scotia College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists (NSCASLP) and Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC). She is also a certified member of The Hanen Centre which provides early language intervention and programming to parents and other professionals to support children with speech and language delays, specifically those on the autism spectrum.

Carolyn graduated from Dalhousie University with a Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1990 and worked in a busy family practice for 20 years, while also working as a speech/language pathologist part-time, Carolyn put the care of her patients first and worked hard to make dental visits a positive experience for her patients of all ages.

Carolyn has been a past sessional lecturer and instructor at the Dalhousie Dental School and the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

She graduated from Dalhousie University in 1994 with a Masters in Human Communication Disorders and since that time has worked in a variety of settings. These include; the public school system in the Chignecto-Central Regional Centre of Education; the former NS Youth Training Centre providing service to school age children with intellectual disabilities; and in private practice serving children and adults. Carolyn has over 25 years experience providing comprehensive assessments and individualized therapy plans for adults and children with speech and language disorders. It is of high importance to Carolyn to build strong and trusting relationships with her clients and their families.

Tracey Crabtree-GunnSpeech-Language Pathologist

Tracey Crabtree-Gunn is a Nationally certified (SAC) and Provincially registered (NSCASLP) Speech-Language Pathologist. She has provided assessment and treatment services across Nova Scotia in clinic, hospital, and school settings.

Tracey obtained a Bachelor of Science (Neuroscience) degree in 2006 and a Master of Science (Human Communication Disorders) from Dalhousie University in 2011. Following completion of her Masters program, she worked for Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres, providing assessment and treatment to children and adults in clinic and hospital settings. Tracey subsequently joined the Student Services Team with Chignecto Central

Regional Centre for Education (CCRCE), working with school-aged children and school teams.

She has provided assessment, individual/group treatment, and parent/educator training to address a wide range of speech and language concerns, including articulation/phonology, language, fluency disorders, as well as alternative/augmentative communication.

Tracey lives outside of Truro, NS with her husband and three young children. She draws from her experiences as a mother in providing individualized, practical, and fun strategies to working on speech and language goals. She strongly believes in client/family-centred care, and strives to ensure each child achieves maximal success.

Krista MacIntoshAdministrative Assistant

Krista is an Administrative Assistant with Hayden Psychology Services with a specialized focus on referral intakes and booking clients as well as responding to general questions. Krista graduated from St. Francis Xavier University, May 1997 with a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Biology. Subsequently, she graduated in May 2000 from the University College of Cape Breton with a Bachelor’s Degree in Technology. Krista is a kind, and knowledgeable member of our team who brings a vast and diverse knowledge skill set, with experience in customer service, administration, and public health.

Katie MacFarlane

Katie MacFarlane Administrative Assistant

Katie MacFarlane joined Hayden Psychology Services in May 2015. She is currently completing her Early Childhood Education diploma at Nova Scotia Community College and also teaches dance, including ballet, jazz, and hip hop to children, youth, and adults at Ashlei Ballet School in New Glasgow, NS and the Cobequid Dance Academy in Truro NS. Katie is a friendly, knowledgeable asset to our team and is available to help you with your accounting needs and intake questions. In addition, Katie has High Five certification, a nationally recognized certification that supports those working with children's programs in the sport and recreation industry. This specialized training, along with Katie’s early childhood training, enables her to co-facilitate therapeutic preschool groups. Katie’s varied skillsets, educational background, and friendly nature make her an integral member of Hayden Psychological Services.

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