Kaley Roosen is eligible for registration in Clinical, Counseling, and Health Psychology for both individuals and couples with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She has experience with individual, couple and group therapy using evidence-based approaches.
Kaley Roosen has been providing psychotherapy since she began her MA/PhD in Clinical Psychology at York University in 2008. During both her masters and doctoral studies she was awarded several competitive scholarships that included Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). These scholarships are awarded to top-tier graduate students and was awarded for her research on trauma and chronic pain. She later won the Canadian Psychology Association Certificate of Excellence for her dissertation on disordered eating in women with disabilities. In addition to her role as an associate at the Toronto Psychology Clinic, Kaley Roosen is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) where she is part of a team providing an innovative day hospital program for adolescents and their families struggling with mental health issues and co-morbid health problems, disordered eating, obesity and body dissatisfaction. The objective of this program is to provide teens and their parents with lifestyle programming that has a holistic, mind-body approach to care.
Previously, Kaley Roosen has worked/trained at Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) where they specialize in DBT;the Women’s Program (CAMH), York University Psychology Clinic (YUPC), Toronto General Hospital’s Cardiac Health Psychology and Behavioural Cardiology Program, North York General Hospital’s Outpatient and Inpatient Mental Health Program, Concurrent Disorders: Eating Disorder and Addiction Program (CAMH), and Pembroke Regional Hospital’s Community Mental Health Program.
Kaley Roosen has a client-centered approach to psychotherapy. She has extensive experience in providing evidence-based approaches that include:
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Systemic Therapy for Couples and Families
Kaley Roosen works with a broad range of issues that include
Life Adjustment/Relational Concerns
Eating disorders and other eating issues including binge eating, emotional eating, chronic (“yo-yo”) dieting
Body image struggles
Borderline Personality Disorder
Relational difficulties/trouble with emotional attachments
Individuals with chronic illness/disability
Chronic pain, disability, and cardiac conditions.
People dealing with systemic barriers related to ableism (discrimination towards disabled people), racism, transphobia, homophobia, weight discrimination and sexism.
Research, Teaching and Advocacy
Kaley Roosen’s research interests include health psychology, accessibility of mental health services and eating disorders particularly for women dealing with disabilities.
In addition to research, Kaley is an active advocate for a disability-affirming approach to therapy and health services, which challenges disability stereotypes experienced by those with disabilities and promotes a balanced perspective of disability including the idea that one’s disability is both an important aspect of one’s identity yet is not the only defining factor. She has been awarded the Body Confidence of Canada Award for disability advocacy work with women with disabilities and the Soroptimist Award for Women.
Kaley has frequently been invited to provide training, workshops and courses in various areas of psychology for conferences and universities. She has published in peer-reviewed journals, provided presentations at national conferences and is an invited peer reviewer for several academic manusciprts.
Personal Background: Kaley Roosen is herself a disabled woman and a mother. Her disability advocacy work allows for frequent collobarations with members of other marginalized groups from diverse cultural backgrounds including those of the LGBTQ community.
Board of Directors for the Canadian Disability Studies Association (CDSA)
Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada
Journal of Health Psychology
Health Psychology Open
Critical Disability Discourses (Editor)
National Eating Disorder Association of Canada (NEDIC)
Canadian Disability Studies Association (CDSA)
Peer-Reviewed Academic Publications:
Katz, J., Fasler, S. R., Wicks, C., Page, M. G., Roosen, K. M., Kleiman, V., & Clarke, H. (2017). Development of the Sensitivity to Pain Traumatization Scale: Developments, validation, and preliminary findings. 10, 1297-1316. click here to read
Roosen, K. M.,& Mills, J. S. (2016). What persons with physical disabilities can teach us about obesity. Health Psychology Open, 3(1), 1-3. click here to read
Roosen, K. M.,& Mills, J. S. (2015). Exploring the motives and mental health correlates of intentional food restriction prior to alcohol use in university students. Journal ofHealth Psychology, 20(6), 875-886. click here to read Roosen, K. M.(2009). From ‘tragedy’ to ‘crip’ to ‘human’: The need for multiple understandings of disability in psychotherapy. Critical Disability Discourses, 1, 1-25. click here to read
Roosen, K. M.,& Mills, J. S. (2014). Body Image, Overview. In Teo, T. (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology(pp. 179-185). New York, NY: Springer. Mills, J. S.,Roosen, K., & Vella-Zarb, R. (2011). The psychology of body image: Understanding body image instability and distortion. In S. B. Greene (Ed.), Body Image: Perceptions, Interpretations, and Attitudes(pp. 59-80). New York: Nova Science Publishers.
Roosen, K. M.(2014). Review of Becoming Women by Carla Rice. Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, 3(3), 129-136. click here to read
Grewal, S., Dettmer, E., Roosen, K., Steinegger, C., Toulany, A., Regina, A., Chambers, M., Lochhead, L., Steinberg, A., Gallagher, K., Lougheed, A. & Hamilton, J. (2018, April). Preliminary efficacy of a pilot pediatric day hospital program project to address severe mental illness and binge eating. Presented at the International Conference for Eating Disorders.Chicago, IL.
Roosen, K. M.,& LaMarre, A. (2017, May). Eating Disorders & “The Other”: Exploring what the Professional Brings and What They Leave Behind. Presented at the National Eating Disorder Information Centre Body Image & Self-Esteem Conference. Toronto, ON.
Roosen, K. M.(2016, June). Hidden in plain sight: The need for trauma-informed, disability affirmative care for disabled women. Presented at Trauma Talks 2016 Speaking the Unspoken: Advocacy for Trauma-Informed Care. Toronto, ON.
Roosen, K. M.(2015, April). The disabled body: Navigating ableism and inaccessibility. Paper presentation as part of the Body Image and LGBT SIG Panel: Body Shaming: Stigma can come in many forms. Co-presenters: M. Peaslee Levine, M. Maine, & D. A. Carlsen. International Conference on Eating Disorders. Boston, MA.
Roosen, K. M.,& Mills, J. S. (2014, March). Physical disability & disordered eating in women. Poster presented at the International Conference on Eating Disorders. New York, NY.
Fashler, S., Kleiman, V., Page, G., Roosen, K. M., & Katz, J. (2013, May). The effects of anxiety sensitivity, illness sensitivity, and fear of pain on pain catastrophizing are mediated by sensitivity to pain traumatization in undergraduate student sample with pain. Poster presented at the Canadian Pain Society’s Annual Conference. Winnipeg, MB.
Page, G., Escobar, M., Kleiman, V., Fashler, S., Roosen, K., Katz, J. (2013, May). A 12-item Sensitivity to Pain Traumatization Scale: Preliminary factor structure and validation. Poster presented at the Canadian Pain Society’s Annual Conference. Winnipeg, MB.
Roosen, K. M., & Mills, J. S. (2012, June). Personality characteristics of females who engage in comorbid food restriction and alcohol abuse. Poster presented at the 73rdAnnual Canadian Psychological Association Convention. Halifax, NS.
Roosen, K. M.,& Mills, J. S. (2012, May). Alcoholorexia: Understanding co-morbid food restriction and alcohol abuse in a sample of female university students. Paper presented at the International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED). Austin: TX.
Roosen, K. M.(2011, June). Psychological health research: Can disability studies and psychology co-exist?Presentation for Organized Panel: Disability in the field: What the researcher brings and leaves behind. Co-Authors: J. Rinaldi, M.A. & A. Goodfellow, M.A. Society for Disability Studies Conference. San Jose, CA.
Hitzig, S. L., Craven, B. C., Roosen, K. M., & Katz, J. (2011, June). The role of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in spinal cord injury-related chronic pain. Podium presentation to the 2011 International Conference on Spinal Cord Medicine and Rehabilitation. Washington, DC.
Craven, B. C., Hitzig, S. L., Giangregorio, L. M., Katz, J., Mittmann, N., Noreau, L., Roosen, K. M., & Verrier, M. (2011, June). Aging and the development of health conditions after spinal cord injury. Poster presented at the Festival of International Conferences on Caregiving, Disability, Aging, and Technology (FICCDAT). Toronto, ON.
Roosen, K. M., Hitzig, S. L., McGillivray, C. F., & Craven,B. C. (2010, October). Comparison of health and quality of life outcomes between persons with non-traumatic versus traumatic Spinal Cord Injury: A case-control study.Paper presented at the 4thNational Spinal Cord Injury Conference. Niagara Falls, ON.
Roosen, K. M.(2010, October). From tragedy to ‘crip’ to human: The need for multiple understandings of disability in psychotherapy. Paper presentation for “The Space Between: Disability in and out of the Counselling Room.” OSIE/UT. Toronto, ON.
Roosen, K. M., Hitzig, S. L., McGillivray, C. F., & Craven,B. C. (2010, October). Comparison of health and quality of life outcomes between persons with nontraumatic versus traumatic spinal cord injury: A case-control study.Poster presented at the 4thNational Spinal Cord Injury Conference. Niagara Falls, ON.
Roosen, K., Pagé, G., Kleiman, V., & Katz, J. (2010, August). Sensitivity to Pain Traumatization Scale: Examining differences across gender, pain history and pain sensitivity. Poster presented at the 13thWorld Congress on Pain, Montreal, QC.
Roosen, K., Pagé, G., Kleiman, V., & Katz, J. (2010, July). Development of the Sensitivity to Pain Traumatization Scale using item response theory analysis. Poster presented at the Joint Conference: 13th Annual Meeting of the European Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and Psychosomatics (EACLPP) & 28th European Conference Psychosomatic Research (ECPR). Innsbruck, Austria.
Craven, B. C., Hitzig, S. L., Roosen, K., Noreau, L., Katz, J., Wolfe, D., Giangregorio, L. M., Campbell, K. A., & Mittmann, N. (2010, May). Utility-based quality of life after spinal cord injury: Preliminary findings on the Health Utilities-Index (HUI)-3. The 36thAnnual Scientific Meeting of the American Spinal Injury Association. Nashville, TN.
Roosen, K. & Trobst, K. (2009, June). Social support: considering interpersonal factors. Poster presented at the Canadian Psychological Association 70thAnnual Conference. Montreal, QC.
Roosen, K.& Trobst, K. (2009, May).Providing social support: The impact of personality. Poster presented at the Society for Interpersonal Theory and Research (SITAR). Toronto, ON.
Roosen, K.(2009, May). Disability & psychotherapy: Time for a disability-affirmative therapy? Poster presented at the 5thAnnual Critical Disability Studies Conference. Toronto, ON.
Roosen, K.& Trobst, K. (2008, August). Interpersonal factors relating to social support provision. Poster presented at the 116thAmerican Psychological Association Conference. Boston, MA.
Feb. 18, 2018 – Invited Speaker – Understanding trauma – Training peers to empower sex workers. Maggie’s Place. Toronto, ON.
Jun. 9, 2017, May, 2016 & Mar. 18, 2015 – Invited Speaker – Psychology and disability: Minimizing ableism in the counselling room. Psychology Month Talk. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Toronto, ON.
May 13, 2016 – Invited Speaker – Trauma-informed care and disability. Psychology Intern Seminar. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Toronto, ON.
Apr. 17, 2015 – Invited Speaker with D. Zener - Rethinking the intersection between eating disorders and people with disabilities - Implications for treatment.National Eating Disorder Information Centre’s Body Image & Self-esteem Conference. Toronto, ON.
Apr. 30 & Jan. 21, 2015 – Invited Speaker – Working with clients with disabilities. Women’s Program and Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic In-services. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Toronto, ON.
Apr. 15, 2014 – Workshop Facilitator – Clinical implications of eating disorders in women with physical disabilities. National webinar for National Eating Disorders Information Centre (NEDIC).
Mar. 19, 2014 – Invited Speaker – Clinical implications of Eating Disorders in women with disabilities. Toronto General Hospital Eating Disorder Lunch-&-Learn. Toronto, ON.
Feb. 12, 2013 – Workshop Facilitator – Health at Any Size: A workshop for women with disabilities. Expanding the Reach: Empowering Women Living with Disabilities: Scarborough Women’s Centre. Toronto, ON.
Mar. 4, 2011- Workshop Facilitator - Eating Disorder assessment and treatment issues. Presented to staff at Nicotine Dependence Clinic, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON.
Feb. 14, 2011 – Guest Speaker - The need for multiple understandings of disability in psychotherapy.Presented to counselors employed at York University’s Counselling and Disability Services. Toronto, ON.
Oct. 20, 2010 – Guest Speaker - Understanding disordered eating: From dieting to eating disorders. Vanier College Office of the Master and Counselling & Disability Services Speaker Series. York University, Toronto, ON.
Jul. 18, 2007 – Workshop Facilitator - Understanding eating disorders: An informational seminar for mental health employees.Pembroke Regional Hospital, Pembroke, ON.
Aug. 8, 2007- Workshop Facilitator - Understanding eating disorders: Information session and support group for family and friends of those with an eating disorder.Presented at Pembroke Regional Hospital, Pembroke, ON.
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