Board of Directors

Current Board of Directors

Marilyn Chotem, Ed.D., R.Psych. - President
Marilyn has been on the Board of Directors of the BC Psychological Association since 2011. Prior to that, she was a member of the MSP Taskforce Committee.  She was the primary contributor to the proposal for Integrating Psychological Services into Primary Health Care with proposed funding from MSP.  Her interest in being on the board is to increase accessibility of psychologists to the people who need psychological services most, yet lack the financial means to receive them, whether it is out-of-pocket or inadequate third party coverage.  She has been doing psychotherapy in BC since 1978 in a variety of settings including addictions, child and youth mental health, adult mental health, adult eating disorders, EAP and private practice.  She also worked for 10 years at VGH providing psychodiagnostic assessments and counseling to patients on a short-stay psychiatric ward.  She currently works solely in private practice in West Vancouver doing assessments, psychotherapy, and Views of the Child reports. 

Murray Ferguson, D.Psych., R. Psych. - Past President and Treasurer
Murray completed his doctorate in Clinical and Forensic Psychology at Monash University in Australia.  He currently works in private practice and at the Correctional Service of Canada.  Prior to returning to Canada in 2012, he worked in institutional and community based forensic mental services for adults and youth, and in academic settings, teaching and engaging in research pursuits. Murray has previously sat on the executive of the National and Victorian Branches of the College of Forensic Psychologists in Australia, in later years as the Professional Development Officer. He is interested in seeing psychology reach its potential in British Columbia and for there to be greater access to psychology for all British Columbians in need.

Paul Swingle, Ph.D., R. Psych. - Vice President
Paul G. Swingle, Ph.D. R.Psych. was Professor of Psychology at the University of Ottawa prior to moving to Vancouver. A Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, Dr. Swingle was Lecturer in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and during the same time period was Associate Attending Psychologist at McLean Hospital (Boston) where he also was Coordinator of the Clinical Psychophysiology Service. Dr. Swingle was Chairman of the Faculty of Child Psychology at the University of Ottawa and Clinical Supervisor. He has also taught at McGill University, Dalhousie University and McMaster University. He is a Registered Psychologist in British Columbia and is certified in Biofeedback and Neurotherapy. Since 1997 he has been in private practice in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he founded the Swingle Clinic. His book “Biofeedback for the Brain” was published by Rutgers University Press and his most recent book for professionals, “Adding Neurotherapy to Your Practice” is in press with Springer.

Noah Susswein, Ph.D., R. Psych. 
Dr. Noah Susswein treats children, youth, and adults at the Vancouver Psychology Centre. He has been involved with mental health research, assessment, and treatment for over 15 years in a variety of settings including medical schools, community mental health centres, and inpatient psychiatric facilities. Whether working with children or adults, Dr. Susswein uses a strength-based approach that emphasizes self-awareness and courage.

Ted Altar, Ph.D., R. Psych.
Dr. Ted Altar works as a rural Psychologist in Terrace B.C and his work has been primarily with First Nations Peoples. He was a past member of the Native Psychologists’ Association of Canada. The philosophical orientation that guides his practice is Existential, which affirms people’s freedom to make choices and define their lives. His choice now is to help represent the profession of psychology and its important contributions. He believes that it is vital that psychologists advance their profile with local agencies, the Government and the citizens of B.C. It is essential that we lobby Government for recognition and involvement in the health care of our population.

Sofia Khouw, Master of Health Psychology, R. Psych. 
Sofia grew up in a small town in West Borneo of Indonesia. After completed her high school in Singapore, she ended up in Melbourne (Australia) to study psychology at La Trobe University, and to work as a psychologist in private practice, community health services and men’s groups. She is keen to work with men involved in family violence helping them to understand and change their behavior as to ensure safety for themselves and their loved ones. Sofia also has a special interest in helping clients with chronic conditions to improve their compliance to lifestyle and behavioral change. As a psychologist specializing in health, she has personal interests in regular physical activities and hiking for healthy body, reading and gardening for healthy mind, and baking and cooking for healthy emotion.  In addition to being a Board Member, Sofia is also part of Community Engagement Committee because she believes in educating the public about psychologists’ various roles in society. 

Martin Zakrzewski, Psy.D., R. Psych. 
Director of Psychology at BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services