CSPA Professional Members: Nova Scotia

Lori Dithurbide, PhD

Mental Performance Consultant

Professional Affiliations: Assistant Professor, Division of Kinesiology Dalhousie University; MPC Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic

Biography: Dr. Lori Dithurbide is a full-time faculty member in Kinesiology at Dalhousie University teaching courses in Sport Psychology. Lori is also a professional member and Atlantic Rep for the Canadian Sport Psychology Association and the Lead Mental Performance Consultant for the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic. In her role at the Sport Centre, Lori consults with National team athletes training in Atlantic Canada and across the country. She has worked with Hockey Canada's Women's National Development Team, Canoe/Kayak Canada, Sailing Canada, and most recently, attended the 2016 Rio Olympic Games with Canada's Women's Artistic Gymnastics team. She's worked with World Champions, Olympians, and professional athletes, as well as many local and provincial developmental athletes.

Language(s): English, French

location. Halifax, NS

email. lori.dithurbide@gmail.com

twitter. @DrLoriD

Colin Guthrie

Mental Performance Consultant

location. Ketch Harbour, NS

email. colin@mpcg.ca

Andrew Ling, MSc

Mental Performance Consultant

Professional Affiliations: Owner, Lingo Performance Consulting; Mental Performance Consultant; Regional Representative - Atlantic Provinces, CSPA

Biography: Andrew Ling is a Mental Performance Consultant and is focused on training athletes for performance enhancement. He is currently working with athletes and teams at Dalhousie University. He has worked at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida and was the Director of Mental Conditioning at the Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, Florida. He has worked with the Women’s Canadian National Softball Team, Men’s Canadian National Sitting Volleyball Team, and athletes/teams training at the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic. Andrew also has experience working with multiple University volleyball, basketball, and swimming teams in Canada and professional tennis and football players in the United States. Andrew is also a volunteer coach for the Halifax Hurricanes Basketball Club and has been a Provincial Team Coach for Basketball Nova Scotia.

Language(s): English

location. Halifax, NS

email. andrew.ling@lingoperformance.com

phone. (902) 219-2547

website. www.lingoperformance.com

twitter. @Lingo_Perform

linkedin. ca.linkedin.com/in/andrewling

Katherine MacAdam, MSc

Mental Performance Consultant

Professional Affiliations: Owner, Dr. MacAdam & Associates

Biography: When Dr. MacAdam started private practice in 2005 as a chiropractor, she was interested in cognitive behavioural therapy for managing back and neck pain. She started to investigate the current literature and concluded that there was a lack of research in the area so she decided to enroll in a Masters Degree Program at Dalhousie University in 2006 to further investigate her theory.

Her Master Thesis entitled, "Does guided imagery as an adjunct to chiropractic treatment affect pain and disability in physically active adults with chronic low back pain?" concluded that guided imagery may be beneficial as an adjunct to spinal manipulative therapy in the treatment of chronic low back pain. Her first published research was in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics in 2005.

Dr. MacAdam is certified as a Mental Performance Consultant with the Canadian Sports Psychology Association. She received her education and training through attaining a Masters Degree in Science with a focus in guided imagery. She uses the following techniques in the clinic setting: Relaxation, Stress Management, Guided Imagery, Hypnosis, Chronic Pain Management, Injury Rehabilitation, and Recovery and Regeneration Techniques.

Language(s): English

location. Halifax, NS

email. katherinemacadam@hotmail.com

phone. 902-407-3347

website. www.halifaxchiro.com

twitter. @halifaxchiro

facebook. www.facebook.com/drmacadamandassociates

Danielle Poulos, MSc

Mental Performance Consultant

Professional Affiliations: Mental Performance Consultant, Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic; Sessional Instructor, Dalhousie University; Mental Performance Consultant, Dalhousie University Varsity

Biography: Danielle is a lifelong athlete and coach with a strong passion for Sport, High Performance and Wellbeing. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Masters in Kinesiology at Dalhousie University. Since 2005, Danielle has been working in the field of Sport Psychology, with a variety of teams, athletes and sports. These include athletes of all ages, competitive levels, Special Olympics, and Paralympics, as well as coaches and parents. She has worked closely with Dalhousie Varsity, Canada Games, the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic, National Teams, local clubs, and abroad with a Serie B Waterpolo team in Sicily.


Danielle is a registered Mental Performance Consultant with the Canadian Sport Psychology Association as well as a Competition Development (Level III) certified coach with the Coaching Association of Canada. During her 20 years as a coach, she coached Nationally and Internationally, was awarded Coach of the Year three times, and has lead two teams to win National titles. Danielle has also taught regularly at both Dalhousie and Acadia University as a Sessional Professor in the field of sport.


Danielle has a person-centered approach to her work and aims to help her clients in achieving peak performance, personal growth, and wellbeing.

Additional training/certifications/workshops: Competition Development Coach (Level III) and Master Learning Facilitator, National Coaching Certification Program

Language(s): English, French, Italian

location. Halifax, NS

email. daniellecpoulos@gmail.com

phone. 902-989-5050

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