John R. Wagner

Ph.D., R. Psych.

Dr. Wagner is a registered psychologist in British Columbia. He is the Director of the DBT Centre of Vancouver, a Clinical Associate at Simon Fraser University, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Wagner received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Toledo in Ohio (APA-accredited). Prior to enrolling in the doctoral program, he worked for 2 years as a research assistant at the New York Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in New York City. At the University of Toledo, he received training in a variety of evidence-based treatments for children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Wagner developed his interest in DBT during his pre-doctoral internship at Tualatin Valley Centers in Portland, OR (APA- accredited). Dr. Wagner completed a joint 2-year postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Marsha Linehan (founder of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) at the University of Washington (UW), and with the DBT Center of Seattle. During this fellowship, Dr. Wagner received intensive training and supervision in DBT and other evidence based treatments. He has served as the Clinic Associate Director of the Psychology Clinic at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and taught graduate level courses on DBT at both the UW and UBC. In addition, he was trained as a DBT adherence coder for Dr. Linehan’s research studies at UW. Dr. Wagner provides psychological services to both adolescent and adult clients and has led adolescent and adult DBT skills groups for over 12 years. He has provided workshops across Canada and frequently consults with mental health providers in working with persons struggling with complex multi-systemic disorders.