Dr. Karin Christensen is a clinical psychologist with specialization in neuropsychology. She has over 15 years of experience working directly with individuals, their families, and their health care providers and supports. She was educated at McGill University, and in the highly regarded University of Victoria graduate program, which has been a pioneer in clinical neuropsychology.
Over the course of her training, she practiced in various settings – including a neurological institute & hospital, a hospital rehabilitation unit, a private psychology practice, a children’s health centre, a University counselling centre, a forensic psychiatric clinic, and a large general hospital.
Dr. Christensen worked for many years in brain injury rehabilitation at G. F. Strong Rehab Centre. She evaluated and treated people with brain injuries ranging from mild to severe, as well as with a variety of other neurological conditions. She initiated and led a cognitive retraining program, which aimed to improve attention and thinking skills after brain injury. She also performed assessment and rehabilitation work in the Head Injury Program at WorkSafe B.C., and at the Fraser Health Concussion Clinic. In these settings, she evaluated adults and adolescents with mild traumatic brain injury/concussion; provided information about what to expect, and how to pace activities for a smoother recovery; assisted clients to manage their symptoms; and helped plan for return to school, work, and sports.
In addition, Dr. Christensen has extensive experience in dementia assessment and symptom
management. She worked for years in residential care facilities for older adults, where she did assessments and helped health care teams to manage the challenges in behaviour when residents have dementia. She currently works in a geriatric psychiatry unit, performing neuropsychological evaluations with older adults. Health care teams rely upon her services for diagnosing dementias (or reassuring people that they are functioning normally); planning treatments; determining life skills, abilities, and strengths; and safety considerations. Dr. Christensen also contracts with long-term disability companies, providing psychological assessment and cognitive-behavioural therapy, to help clients return to work and full lives.
Dr. Christensen presents to professional and consumer groups on topics in psychology and neuropsychology. She supervises students and new psychologists, as well as teaching medical trainees. Research is also part of her career (she and colleagues recently completed a study on anxiety and worry in older adults).