I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and a Consulting Psychologist for a number of organizations across Canada (including hospital programs and community mental health clinics). Along with Dr. Joanne Dolhanty, I have developed Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) for eating disorders and general mental health issues. Part of the Emotion-Focused Therapy "family" and rooted in a deep belief in the healing power of families, the essence of EFFT is to afford caregivers a significant role in their loved one's healing.
I teach Social Psychology and Clinical Psychology at the undergraduate level & Psychological Disorders and Psychotherapy at the graduate level. I am also the MA Practicum Co-ordinator.
Please note - I may be accepting a graduate student for September 2015 for an Ayahuasca-related research project.
- PhD School and Child Clinical Psychology (OISE/University of Toronto)
- MA in Social and Developmental Psychology (Wilfrid Laurier University)
- BA in Psychology and Linguistics (Laurentian University)
Associate Professor - Department of Psychology - Laurentian University
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My research interests are primarily related to the treatment of eating disorders. Specifically, I am interested in the role of the family as well as clinician factors. I am also interested in the use of ceremonial ayahuasca in the treatment of mental health issues.
My secondary research interests include bilingual literacy development and processes, in particular reading, spelling and reading comprehension.
- YWCA Woman of Distinction - 2013
PSYC-20055EL-10 Developmental Psychology (Envision - 6 credits)
PSYC 3806EL-01 Social Psychology (3 credits)
PSYC-4207EL-01 Clinical and Counselling II (3 credits)
PSYC-5005EL-01 Master's Applied Practicum (3 credits)
PSYC-5316EL-01 Psychological Disorders (3 credits)
PSYC-5206EL-02 Special Topics in Psychology – Program Evaluation (3 credits)
PSYC-5326EL-01 Counseling and Behavioural Interventions for Children (3 credits)
PSYC-5327EL-01 Counseling and Behavioural Interventions for Adults (3 credits)
Articles in refereed journal:
Girz, L., Robinson, A. L., & Tessier, C. (2014). Is the Next Generation of Physicians Adequately Prepared to Diagnose and Treat Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents?. Eating disorders, (ahead-of-print), 1-11.
Lafrance Robinson, A., McCague, E. A., & Whissell, C. (2014). “That chair work thing was great”: a pilot study of group-based emotion-focused therapy for anxiety and depression. Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies, (ahead-of-print), 1-15.
Kosmerly, S., Waller, G., & Robinson, A. L. (2014). Clinician adherence to guidelines in the delivery of family‐based therapy for eating disorders. International Journal of Eating Disorders.
Lafrance Robinson, A., Dolhanty, J. & Greenberg, L. (2013) Emotion-focused family therapy for eating disorders in children and adolescents. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy.
Lafrance Robinson, A., Boachie, A. & Lafrance, G. (2013). “I want help!”: Psychologists’ and physicians’ competence, barriers, and needs in the management of eating disorders in children and adolescents in Canada. Canadian Psychology.
Lafrance Robinson, A., Kosmerly, S, Mansfield-Green, S. & Lafrance, G. (2013). Disordered eating behaviours in an undergraduate sample: Associations among gender, body mass index, and difficulties with emotion regulation. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science.
Lafrance Robinson, A., McCague, B. & Whissell, C. (2012). Single-case investigation of an Emotion-focused Therapy group for anxiety and depression. International Journal of Integrative Psychotherapy, 3, 59-81.
Girz, L., Lafrance Robinson, A., Foroughe, M., Jasper, K. & Boachie, A. (2012). Adapting Family-based Therapy to a Day Hospital Program for Adolescents with Eating Disorders: Preliminary Outcomes and Trajectories of Change in Adolescents and Parents. Journal of Family Therapy. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6427.2012.00618.x
Lafrance Robinson, A., Strahan, E., Girz, L., Wilson, A. & Boachie, A. (2012). "I know I can help you": Parental self-efficacy predicts adolescent outcomes in family-based therapy for eating disorders". European Eating Disorders Review, DOI: 10.1002/erv.2180.
Lafrance Robinson, A., Boachie, A. & Lafrance, G. (2012). Assessment and treatment of pediatric eating disorders: a survey of physicians and psychologists. Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 21, 45-52.
Strahan, E. J., Lafrance, A., Spencer, S., Wilson, A., E., Zanna, M. P., & Ethier, N. (2008) Victoria’s dirty secret: The impact of media images on adolescent girls and women. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 288-301.
Nelson, G., Aubry, T., & Lafrance, A. (2007) A review of the literature on the effectiveness of housing and case management interventions for persons with mental illness who have been homeless. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Mental Health and Social Justice, 77, 350-361. (CME credits)
Lafrance, A., & Gottardo, A. (2005). A longitudinal study of phonological processing skills and reading in bilingual children. Applied Psycholinguistics, 26, 559-578.
Articles in non-refereed journals:
Dolhanty, J., Lafrance Robinson, A., Danby, J. & Whitaker, W. (2014). The Best of Two Worlds: Integrating Emotion-Focused Family Therapy and the New Maudsley Model for the Treatment of Eating Disorders Across the Lifespan. National Eating Disorder Information Centre Bulletin, 29, 2.
Lafrance Robinson, A. (2013). Emotion-Focused Family Therapy for Eating Disorders Across the Lifespan. National Eating Disorder Information Centre Bulletin, 28, 3.
Dolhanty, J., & Lafrance, A. (2011). Mother-daughter dyads: Using emotion-focused therapy in the treatment of eating disorders. National Eating Disorder Information Centre Bulletin, 26, 1.
Lafrance, A., Boachie, A., & Jasper, K. (2010). Using reflecting team family therapy in the treatment of eating disorders. National Eating Disorder Information Centre Bulletin, 25, 4.
Jasper, K., Boachie, A., & Lafrance, A. (2010). Multi-family therapy for children and adolescents with eating disorders. National Eating Disorder Information Centre Bulletin, 25, 3.
Lafrance, A., & Dolhanty, J. (2010). Emotion focused therapy: When family-based therapy for eating disorders needs a boost. National Eating Disorder Information Centre Bulletin, 25, 2.
Jasper, K., Boachie, A., & Lafrance, A. (2009). Family-based therapy for children and adolescents with eating disorders. National Eating Disorder Information Centre Bulletin, 24, 5.