Dr. Sheppard is a registered psychologist (BC # 2055) and the manager of Comprehensive Psychological Assessments Services at the DBT Centre of Vancouver. He completed his pre-doctoral residency at the Nova Scotia Capital Health Mental Health Pre-Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology in 2007 (CPA accredited) and earned his PhD from the University of Saskatchewan in 2010 (CPA and APA accredited). Dr. Sheppard has experience in forensic psychology; he worked for the Correctional Service of Canada as a graduate student and from 2010 until 2013 as a psychologist. Part of his work with the Correctional Service of Canada included co-developing a pilot treatment program for offenders engaging in serious and persistent non-suicidal self-injury. Dr. Sheppard has experience in rehabilitation health psychology, having worked for two years at a tertiary care functional rehabilitation clinic in Saskatoon during his graduate training. He also has experience in adult community mental health, completing two major rotations during his internship in this area. During his other graduate training he worked in adult community mental health. Dr. Sheppard is active in the Canadian psychological community, currently as a member of the executive of the Canadian Psychological Association’s Criminal Justice Section (director of clinical training) and, in the past, the Association’s Section for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychology (secretary and member of the Goethe Award Committee, from 2003 until 2015).
Dr. Sheppard received post-doctoral training at the DBT Centre of Vancouver from July 2012 until July 2013. After completing his post-doctoral fellowship he began to develop the DBT Centre of Vancouver’s Comprehensive Psychological Assessment Services. He occasionally offers training workshops in DBT and co-teaches the DBT Centre of Vancouver’s “Introduction to DBT” course for clinicians. He is also an adjunct instructor at Adler University (since 2016), teaching clinical students in the doctoral program Psychodynamic Approaches to Psychotherapy.