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. 

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

Sofia Khouw, Master of Health Psychology, R. Psych. - Treasurer
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. 

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.

Michael Sheppard, Ph.D., R.Psych.

Dr. Sheppard earned his doctorate from the University of Saskatchewan in 2010 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in DBT at the DBT Centre of Vancouver in 2013. He is the manager of comprehensive assessments at the DBT Centre and core faculty at Adler University's Vancouver campus. In addition to providing assessments and psychotherapy at the DBT Centre, he supervises graduate student externs there, and co-teaches the clinic's Intro to DBT class. At Adler, Dr. Sheppard teaches Basic Assessment and Intervention Skills as well as Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. These courses are in addition to supervising student dissertations and committee work. Additionally, he works with the Best Doctors Onward telehealth program, helping BC patients with psychosocial barriers return to work by providing assessment and treatment remotely. Dr. Sheppard also provides clinical supervision to graduate students from Simon Fraser University. Aside from his involvement with the BC Psychological Association, Dr. Sheppard is active with the Canadian Psychological Association. He has been a member of the executive (member-at-large, director of clinical training) with the Section for Criminal Justice Psychology since 2012, and a member of the executive with the Section for Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Psychology (2003-2015).

Kamaljit Sidhu, Ph.D., R.Psych.

Paul Swingle, Ph.D., R. Psych.
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.

Zarina Giannone, M.A.

Zarina Giannone is a PhD student (Counselling Psychology) and Public Scholar at The University of British Columbia. She is training to be a psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of psychological issues among elite sport performers and other emerging adult populations. Zarina’s competitive athletic history playing on the Canadian National Soccer Team (Youth) has inspired her research and clinical practice with athletes. Her doctoral research aims to optimize athletes’ adaptation to sport retirement through the development of a novel group psychotherapy intervention targeting athletes’ identity development and transition. Zarina has experience working in various clinical capacities, including university counselling centres, community mental health clinics, and inpatient psychiatry facilities. She has been the recipient of several prestigious academic awards (e.g., Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master’s/Doctoral SSHRC) and is passionate about student leadership and advocacy. Zarina recently completed a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Psychological Association.