Gabrielle Wilcox, Psy.D., Registered Psychologist
Dr. Gabrielle Wilcox spent eight years as a school psychologist before earning her doctoral degree at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completing a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology. She continued working as a psychologist until taking a job in academia. She specializes in working with students with intellectual disabilities, severe emotional and behavioural problems and pediatric neuropsychology. She is currently a tenured associate professor at the University of Calgary, specializing in School and Applied Child Psychology.
Dr. Wilcox uses a cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) approach to help children, adolescents, young adults and their families find positive ways to gain control over their symptoms. She believes that all behaviours are intended to meet a need, but some are simply less effective. She uses functional behaviour assessments to determine what her clients’ needs are, so she can help them identify missing skills and more effective behaviours to meet their needs. Dr. Wilcox is passionate about school-based mental health and psychology’s potential to enhance student learning and wellbeing. She works with her clients to improve their academic performance, whether they are struggling or high achievers.
As a school neuropsychologist, Dr. Wilcox understands the brain’s impacts on thinking, feeling, behaviour and learning. In addition to working with clients with academic problems (such as those with executive functioning issues, intellectual disabilities or learning disabilities), she often works with clients with behavioural problems, tic disorders and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), applying her expertise on the brain and developmental psychopathology to help her clients become more functional, especially in school settings. Dr. Wilcox also helps clients with intellectual disabilities gain the social skills and boundaries they need to be successful in life. She teaches her clients strategies so they can become more effective and productive in both learning and life.
Kind and nurturing, Dr. Wilcox also helps her clients recognize and address feelings such as anger, fear, loneliness and anxiety. She helps children, adolescents and young adults develop the social skills they need to become less socially anxious, more assertive and more capable of dealing with bullying/harassment. These skills are especially useful when transitioning into adulthood. Whether they are planning to pursue work or further schooling, Dr. Wilcox acts as a guiding hand for young adults as they transition from high school to adult life.
At CRUX, Dr. Wilcox offers online treatment services through easy-to-use technologies like Zoom. She provides therapy to children (8 to 11 years of age), adolescents (12 to 18 years of age) and young adults (19 to 25 years of age) and assessment to individuals of all ages. She uses her extensive experience to assess learning disabilities, ADHD, intellectual disabilities, mental health disorders, behavioural challenges and academic and social functioning for individuals with neurological and developmental disorders.
Dr. Wilcox is a licensed psychologist registered with the College of Alberta Psychologists. Psychologists who are fully registered in other Canadian jurisdictions (such as Alberta) can provide online services to residents of other provinces. Dr. Wilcox works with clients from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Alberta. For a copy of Dr. Wilcox’s CV, click here.