Psychologist, Supervised Practice (Kids, Teens) - St. Catharines & Online
Dr. Sarah Blakely-McClure is a therapist providing therapy and assessment for children, adolescents, and their parents at our St. Catharines office and online. She is a recent graduate from the University of Buffalo (Buffalo, New York) with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She most recently completed her clinical residency at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health working with children, teens, and their families who were struggling with anxiety, mood, and disruptive behaviour disorders.
Dr. Blakely-McClure’s primary areas of practice include the treatment of anxiety disorders (including social anxiety, phobias, generalized anxiety, separation anxiety), depression, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct problems, and interpersonal and relational difficulties. She uses evidence-based treatments that include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), behavioural parent training (BPT), exposure therapy, motivational interviewing, and skills training. She also provides psychoeducational assessments with regards to ADHD and learning disabilities. She provides advocacy and supports for children and adolescents who are also experiencing difficulties within their school environments.
In addition to her clinical work at Brookside Psychologists, Dr. Blakely-McClure holds a position at a four-year college as an Assistant Professor primarily teaching undergraduate students in the area of clinical psychology coursework and research. She conducts research that examines aggressive behaviour and peer victimization. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Ontario Psychological Association, Society for Research on Child Development, and the Association for Psychological Science.
Dr. Blakely-McClure is focused on helping children, adolescents, and families grow and adapt to the many changes that happen across development. She hopes to bring tools and strategies to support children and teens as they are on their unique paths towards adulthood. She takes a collaborative approach as each new client she meets has unique strengths and needs.
Blakely-McClure, S. J., & Ostrov, J. M. (2018). Examining co-occurring and pure relational and physical victimization in early childhood. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 116, 1-16. doi: 10.1016/j.jecp.2017.07.011
Blakely-McClure, S. J., & Ostrov, J. M. (2016). Relational aggression, victimization and self-concept: Testing pathways from middle childhood to adolescence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45, 376-390. doi: 10.1007/s10964-015-0357-2.
Ostrov, J.M., Blakely-McClure, S.J., Kamper, K.E. (2017). Developmental roots of bullying. In C.P. Bradshaw, (Ed.), Handbook of Bullying Prevention (pp. 21-34). Washington, DC: NASW Press.
Ostrov, J.M., Blakely-McClure, S.J., Kamper-Demarco, K.E., & Perry, K. (2018). Chapter 2: Definitions – The Form and Function of Relational Aggression. In S. Coyne and J. Ostrov (Eds.), The Development of Relational Aggression. (pp. 13-28). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Ostrov, J.M, Perry, K. J., Blakely-McClure, S.J., & Kamper-Demarco, K.E. (in press). The development of aggression subtypes across childhood: development: Antecedents, concomitants, and trajectories. To appear in T. Malti & K. Rubin (Eds.). Handbook of Child and Adolescent Aggression: Emergence, Development, and Intervention. New York, NY: Guilford Publications.