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.
Pamela Blotnicky-Gallant Associate
Pamela Blotnicky-Gallant is 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.
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.
Jody Merrett Administrative Assistant
Jody is a trained Medical Administrative Assistant with over 18 years’ experience in the medical field, including several years spent at both the Dartmouth General Hospital and Aberdeen Hospital. Jody is skilled in reporting, administrative writing, navigating multiple medical software programs, organization, information analysis, professionalism, and problem solving. She provides office services by implementing administrative systems such as accounts payable, bookings, invoicing, and referrals. Jody looks forward to responding to clients’ questions and requests and provides invaluable support services to the Hayden Psychology team.