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Child at Psychologist

Get to Know Me

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Hi there!

 
I am Dr. Nicolás F. Narvaez Linares. You can call me Nicolás or Dr. Nick; my pronouns are he/him. 
I am a registered Pediatric Psychologist in Ontario and Québec, offering services to the Ottawa-Gatineau region in French, English and Spanish.
 

Dr. Narvaez Linares is an early career psychologist with a multifaceted career, spanning clinical practice, research, academia, and leadership roles within professional associations. As a trilingual and bicultural individual of Canadian and Peruvian citizenship, his unique background enriches his approach to understanding and addressing the diverse needs of individuals and communities.

 

He holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Child, Adolescent, and Family Services and a specialization in Behavioral Neurosciences from the University of Ottawa. He explored various facets of psychology, from the intricacies of neurodevelopmental disorders to the effects of stress on cognitive functioning, particularly in women with myocardial infarction.

 

Currently, Dr. Narvaez Linares is a School Psychologist at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, where he applies his expertise in neuropsychology and psychology to support the academic and emotional well-being of students. Additionally, he co-directs Brighter Future Psychology, a private practice focused on pediatric neuropsychology and clinical psychology, where he provides specialized assessments and interventions for children, adolescents, and families.

 

His commitment to advancing the field of psychology extends beyond clinical practice. Dr. Narvaez Linares is actively engaged in professional associations, holding leadership roles such as Chair-Elect of the Clinical Neuropsychology Section at the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). He also contributes to advocacy efforts through his involvement with Strong Minds Strong Kids, where he serves on the 4-17 Years Committee, advocating for the mental health needs of children and adolescents.

 

Throughout his early career, Dr. Narvaez Linares has demonstrated a passion for teaching and mentorship. Additionally, he has made significant contributions to the field through his research endeavours, with numerous publications and presentations showcasing his expertise. His work spans various topics, highlighting his dedication to advancing our understanding of the intersection between physical and mental health.

 

Dr. Narvaez Linares's dedication to the field of psychology is evident not only in his professional achievements but also in his commitment to service and advocacy. Through his clinical practice, research endeavours, leadership roles, and mentorship activities, he continues to make meaningful contributions to the well-being of individuals and communities, embodying the values of compassion, excellence, and integrity in all aspects of his work.

My Credentials

If you want to know more about me, you can visit my LinkedIn profile to have an overview. Otherwise, you can access my C.V. below.

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A personal note

Who am I?

I spent the first 11 years of my life in Lima, Péru, before my family immigrated to Montreal, Quebec. Growing up in Montreal for another 10 years, I eventually moved to Ottawa to pursue my post-secondary education. I began working with children in middle school by volunteering at a low socio-economic school, where I tutored students for six years. Additionally, I was involved with the air cadets from ages 13 to 19. I later joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) as part of the Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC), working with teenagers aged 12 to 19 for over a decade.

 

My journey to becoming a psychologist was unexpected. Initially studying Health Sciences with aspirations of becoming a physician or nurse, my perspective shifted after taking a psychology elective towards the end of my degree. With just one class, I fell in love with the field of Psychology. After extensive research, I discovered the perfect blend of science and social sciences in Clinical Neuropsychology - a profession that resonated deeply with me.

 

Choosing to pursue my training in Ottawa, I enrolled at the University of Ottawa for its bilingual training program. It was crucial for me to master both official languages to provide high-quality services to my patients. Additionally, the university offered a curriculum that integrated neurosciences and psychology, which was essential for my training and future career aspirations.

 
Known for my warm, approachable, and authentic style, I prioritize creating a judgment-free space where my clients feel comfortable being themselves.

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