Dr. Ashley Major completed her Ph.D. in School and Clinical Child Psychology at the University of Toronto. She is currently registered as a Clinical Psychologist (Supervised Practice) with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Dr. Major earned her Master’s degree at the University of Toronto and her Honours B.A. at Western University.
Dr. Major specializes in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents. She also assists families in strengthening their relationships and provides parents with strategies to support their child’s social-emotional development. Dr. Major creates a warm, collaborative, and non-judgmental environment in which children and families can express their concerns and achieve their treatment goals. She provides treatment that is evidence-based and tailored to the unique strengths and needs of each child. Although Dr. Major’s primary orientation is cognitive behavioural, her approach to treatment is integrative and she draws from emotion-focused therapy, mindfulness, dialectical behavior therapy, systemic approaches, and solution-focused therapy. Dr. Major supports children and adolescents in developing skills to cope with a range of psychological and mental health concerns, including anxiety, stress, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, and behavioural challenges. She has also worked extensively with children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorders.
Dr. Major recently completed her pre-doctoral residency at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia—the largest pediatric hospital in the Maritimes. During her residency, she received training in community mental health, health psychology, preschool assessment, and eating disorders. Dr. Major has also completed clinical placements in hospital, community-based, and residential treatment settings. She has 5 years of experience working within elementary and high schools, where she continues to provide assessment, consultation, and intervention services. As a graduate student at the University of Toronto, Dr. Major is actively involved in research and has published papers examining the relations among self-efficacy beliefs and academic outcomes in youth with ADHD.