Dr. Kathleen (Katie) Mak-Fan

Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Population seen: Children and Adolescents

At the Waterloo Psychology Group, Dr. Mak-Fan practices in the area of pediatric neuropsychology. Pediatric neuropsychologists have training in both clinical psychology and neuropsychology. They have special training in how the brain develops. They use this training to evaluate and help manage difficulties experienced by children with brain disorders. Such disorders may involve brain injury, medical disease, or developmental problems. Pediatric neuropsychologists help parents, teachers, and physicians to:

  • Understand how problems with the brain may relate to problems seen at school, home, or with peers

  • Understand how a child learns best

  • Help a child deal with thinking or behaviour problems

  • Match expectations to a child’s specific strengths and weaknesses

  • Use a brain-based understanding to develop the best treatment and school plan for a child

A neuropsychological evaluation may help if your child has:

  • A neurological disorder such as spina bifida, hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy, epilepsy (seizures), neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis, or a brain tumor.

  • A brain injury from a trauma to the head, stroke, lack of oxygen, or an infection.

  • Other medical problems such as prematurity, certain genetic disorders, or treatment for childhood cancer.

  • Has had multiple concussions.

  • Been exposed to lead, street drugs, or inhalants (carbon monoxide).

  • Been exposed to alcohol, smoking, or certain drugs prior to birth.

  • A developmental or school problem such as a learning disability, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or autism spectrum disorder/pervasive developmental disorder.

Dr. Mak-Fan received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Toronto, where she conducted neuroimaging research with children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She is a registered school psychologist and neuropsychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She completed her clinical training practica and supervised practice at SickKids Hospital (Stroke Program) in Toronto and the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB). She has participated as a member of the Waterloo Region Multi-disciplinary Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Diagnostic Team. Dr. Mak-Fan has also worked as a Psychological Services Consultant at the Waterloo Region District School Board since 2011.

Professional memberships:

  • Ontario Psychological Association (OPA)