Troy Janzen

Troy Janzen

Clinical Supervisor, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Practicum Site Coordinator, School and Clinical Child Psychology Program

Educational Psychology


Following an undergraduate degree with a specialization in psychology, I received my Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Counselling Psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. I have been practicing as a licensed psychologist in Alberta since 1993. I completed my doctoral internship at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in 1996. The focus of my clinical training and practice from the time of my doctoral training and onward has been in working with school-aged children and adolescents and their families. I have worked extensively in schools in Edmonton and surrounding regions. I have also had considerable experience in working with aboriginal populations on reservations in central Alberta.  Much of my clinical work with children has been in the context of Alberta Child and Family Services and doing therapy with children who have experienced abuse and exposed to other trauma. I am also regularly asked to conduct parenting capacity assessments and to testify as an expert in Family Court. For seven years, I was the Chair of an undergraduate psychology program at Taylor University College in Edmonton, which had to close due to financial constraints. In the past five years I have been serving as a Clinical Supervisor and Practicum Site Coordinator for the School and Clinical Child Psychology Program at University of Alberta.  I currently serve as the Editor for the Canadian Psychological Association – Psychologists in Education Section/ Canadian Association of School Psychologists Joint Newsletter. On a more personal note, I am the father of three boys and I enjoy playing hockey, coaching football and soccer, and, when I have the time, singing in choirs.

Clinical Interests

My main clinical interests relate to child abuse and trauma. I have experience in utilizing play therapy, solution focussed therapy, and cognitive behavioural therapy from a largely existential and humanistic framework.  My most recent interests have been to explore aspects of narrative therapy with children and adolescents. My clinical assessment work has ranged from diagnostic testing in schools (Learning Disability, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, and various emotional disorders in children) to parenting capacity assessments within the Child Protection System. This latter work has often led to testifying as an expert witness to the Family Courts on parenting capacity and risk for further abuse to children. This interest has led to my work to increase services to help prevent child abuse and I have also done several positive parenting workshops.  My shift to providing clinical supervision and practicum coordination have led me to an increased interest in how best to train, mentor and supervise clinicians who work with school aged populations and their families in both assessment and intervention.

Research Interests

My interests in research are broad and include such things as cognitive assessment and the identification of Learning Disabilities. My dissertation work was to explore cognitive assessment according to the PASS Theory of Intelligence with Canadian Aboriginal populations. This work was repeated in the following years and led to several publications focussing on assessment and reading interventions with Canadian Aboriginal populations. I continue to have a broad interest in looking at learning disability from both and assessment and intervention perspective.  The Education Clinic, which is central to the Counselling Program and the School and Clinical Child Psychology Program, is home to a growing database of clinical data. I typically work collaboratively with my colleagues on exploring this rich data source to learn more about how to best assess and intervene with various learning challenges that face children. Lastly, I am also involved in furthering the research on the clinical training of graduate students in clinical assessment and intervention.

Representative Publications (last five years)

Janzen, T., Cormier, D. C., Hetherington, J., Mrazik, M., & Mousavi, A. (in press).  A Canadian Investigation of the Psychometric Properties of the Student Motivation and Learning Strategies Inventory. Canadian Journal of School Psychology.

Das, J.P., Sarnath, J., Nakeyama, T., & Janzen, T. (2013). Comparison of Cognitive Process Measures Across Three Cultural Samples: Some Surprises. Psychol Stud, DOI 10.1007/s12646-013-0220-z

Cormier, D., Janzen, T., & Radill, A. (accepted, under revision). Examining the Practical Utility of the Concordance-Discordance Model of Learning Disability Identification. Canadian Journal of School Psychology.

Janzen, T., Saklofske, D., & Das, J.P. (2013). Cognitive and Reading Profiles of Two Canadian First Nations Samples of Children: Comparing two models for identifying reading disability. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 28 (4), 323-344.

Mrazik, M., Janzen, T., Dombrowski, S., Barford, S., & Krawchuk, L. (2012). Administration and Scoring Errors of Graduate Students Learning the WISC-IV: Issues and Controversies. Canadian Journal of School Psychology. 27 (4), 279-290.

Bremner, D., McTaggart, B., Saklofske, D., & Janzen T. (2011). WISC-IV GAI and CPI in Psychoeducational Assessment. Canadian Journal of School Psychology. Vol 26(3), 209-219.

Non-refereed presentations and papers:

Janzen, T., Hegerat, B., Cormier, D. & Radil, A. The need for routine screening for internalization problems among children referred for LD. Poster presentation for the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Honolulu, July 31, 2013.

Arbeau, K., McIllduff, C. & Janzen, T. An ecological perspective on students and adverse events: The example of a school closure. Poster accepted for presentation at the Canadian Association of Colleges and Universities Student Services Annual Convention, Montreal, June 13, 2013.

Janzen, T., Schwartz, K., Zwiers, M. & Eulette, L. (2015). Psychoeducational assessment training and supervision in school psychology programs. Coversation Session at the National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention, Orlando, Florida, February 17-20

Zwiers, M., Janzen, T., Eulette, L., & Cormier, D. (2015). Improving assessment training in North American school psychology programs. Symposium at the National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention, Orlando, Florida, Feb. 17-20.

Egeli, N., Rinaldi, C. & Janzen, T. (2014). Adult social competencies and parenting practices. Poster presentation for the CCPA Annual Convention, Victoria, B.C., May 7-9.
Mrazik, M., Cormier, D., & Janzen, T. (2014). Graduate Student Learning of the WISC-4: Issues and Controversies. A conversation session at the Canadian Psychological Association Annual Convention in Vancouver on June 6, 2014