Dr. Tara Jukes
Associate, Registered Psychologist
Dr. Jukes earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Western Ontario and completed her clinical residency at BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH). She has extensive training and experience working with children, adolescents and families coping with a wide range of psychological challenges.
Dr. Jukes strives to provide a friendly, collaborative and engaging experience for families. She uses a warm, supportive style to help address a wide variety of concerns including anxiety (e.g., phobias, separation anxiety, generalized worries), repetitive behaviours (e.g., tics, skin picking, hair pulling, obsessions and compulsions), and psychological challenges related to medical concerns (e.g., managing pain, coping with illness, adherence to medication). Dr. Jukes also provides support for parents coping with challenging situations with their children.
Dr. Jukes is passionate about using the most up to date, evidence-based treatments to help children and families reach their therapeutic goals. A central part of her approach includes individually-tailored, evidence-based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Habit-Reversal Training (HRT), and/or Motivational Interviewing (MI). Dr. Jukes also has advanced training in assessment and treatment of tic disorders through a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Neuropsychiatry Clinic at BCCH. She co-developed the Tic Busters Group (a manualized group therapy for treating children with tics and associated challenges) and has authored and contributed to numerous publications and presentations in this area.
In addition to her work at Cornerstone, Dr. Jukes is a Staff Psychologist in the Medical Psychology Program at BCCH. In this role she provides assessment and treatment for children and families with medical issues and associated challenges. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and an Investigator with the BCCH Research Institute. In these roles she provides teaching and clinical supervision for students in psychiatry and psychology, and contributes to various research projects relevant to her clinical work at the hospital. Dr. Jukes is a member of the BC Psychological Association and is registered with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia (Registrant #2215).