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CONOR BARKER

Psychologist. Researcher. Educator.

Conor Barker is a well-respected psychologist, researcher, and educator who believes in creating environments where individuals can thrive through clinical practice, community-based research, and sharing findings to stakeholders. Drawing from thorough academic training and extensive research experience, he can lecture, write and speak with intellectual confidence and depth of understanding on themes of school psychology, communities of practice, and rural psychology.

This page provides a summary of Mr. Barker's academic and professional credentials, for more information see below. 

 
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BIO

Conor Barker is from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and attended Ecole Victoria School and Walter Murray Collegiate before graduating from the Lutheran Collegiate Bible Institute (LCBI). From there he began his studies at the University of Saskatchewan in the College of Education with distinguished achievement in Music, French, Special Education, and English as an Additional Language teaching. He taught for Saskatoon Public Schools, as well as overseas. He began in psychologist training at the University of Saskatchewan under the supervision of Dr. Laureen McIntyre. After graduating with a Master's degree in School and Counselling Psychology, he began his psychological practice in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Conor is presently a doctoral candidate at the University of Regina, under the supervision of Dr. Laurie Carlson Berg and Dr. Joel Thibeault, and has been awarded a doctoral fellowship by the Social Studies and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). 


Conor Barker's research interests focus on the development of competencies and knowledgeabilities among rural school psychologists, in particular applications of school psychology in minority language contexts (e.g., French Immersion, Huttarian Education, English Language Learners), behaviour management, applications of Reality Therapy/Choice Theory in counselling, and neurological bases for learning disorders in children and adults.  

 

CREDENTIALS

Doctor of Philosophy (Candidate - ABD), University of Regina. Educational Psychology, Faculty of Education.

Dissertation: Sustaining Clinical Competency in Wide Open Spaces: A communities of Practice Case Study of Rural School Psychologists

Supervisors: Dr. Laurie Carlson Berg and Dr. Joel Thibeault   


Master of Education, School and Counselling Psychology. University of Saskatchewan, 2011, Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education. 

Thesis: Assessment of English Language Learners: Saskatchewan Perspectives.  

Supervisor: Dr. Laureen McIntyre.


Bachelor of Education with distinction, University of Saskatchewan, 2009, Secondary Education: Music and French. 


Bachelor of Music in Music Education with distinction, University of Saskatchewan, 2009, Major: Piano.


Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (CerTESL), University of Saskatchewan, 2009, Advanced Special Education Stream.

Registered Psychologist, 2011, Saskatchewan College of Psychologists


Professional A Teaching Certificate, 2009, Saskatchewan, Ministry of Education


Additional Qualification Certificate, (English as an Additional Language), 2009, Saskatchewan, Ministry of Education


Special Education Teacher Designation, 2009, Saskatchewan, Ministry of Education

 

PUBLISHED WORK

 

BARKER, C., KULYK, J., KNORR, L., & BRENNA, B. (2011). OPEN INCLUSION OR SHAMEFUL SECRET: A COMPARISON OF CHARACTERS WITH FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDERS (FASD) AND CHARACTERS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS (ASD) IN A NORTH AMERICAN SAMPLE OF BOOKS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPECIAL EDUCATION 26(3).

Using a framework of critical literacy, and acknowledging the characteristics of Radical Change, the authors explore 75 North American youth fiction novels which depict characters with disabilities. Books were identified from a variety of sources (i.e., awards lists, book reviews, other research, and word-of-mouth), to represent a random sample that would work within the research timeframe. From the sample, characters who were described as having Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) (n=2) or Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) (n=14) were analyzed to determine trends and patterns in the character descriptions, settings, and plot lines. There appears to be an underrepresentation of characters with FASD in North American youth fiction in comparison to the representation of characters with ASD, a similar group in society in terms of incidence. An annotated bibliography includes the 15 titles portraying characters with FASD or ASD within the larger sample.

AWARDS

Doctoral Fellowship, Social Studies and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), $40,000, 2018-2020


University of Regina Graduate Scholarship, University of Regina, $7500, 2018


Elie & Rose Zalusky Ukrainian Language Scholarship, University of Regina, $2800, 2017.


Saskatchewan Innovation and Excellence Graduate Scholarship, University of Regina, $5000, 2017


University of Regina Graduate Scholarship, University of Regina, $5000, 2017


Dr. Mary Cronin Literacy Scholarship, $1000, 2017


Vanier Canada Scholarships, University SSHRC Nominee (unfunded), University of Regina, 2017


Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity Scholarship, University of Regina, $10,000, 2016


Anne Rigney Graduate Scholarship, University of Regina, $6000, 2016


Dr. E. C. Leslie Graduate Student Entrance Scholarship, University of Regina, $7500, 2016


John R. Kowalchuk Graduate Studies Scholarship, University of Regina, $1400, 2016


Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program Doctoral Scholarships, and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships, National Competition Nominee (unfunded), 2016.


Dean’s Scholarship, University of Saskatchewan, College of Graduate Studies, $66,000, 2016 (declined)


Dean’s Scholarship, University of Saskatchewan, College of Graduate Studies, $66,000, 2015 (declined)


Devolved Scholarship Recipient, University of Saskatchewan, Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education, $15,000, 2010.


Education Graduate Bursary, University of Saskatchewan, College of Education, $1,000, 2009.


Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Scholarship, Saskatchewan CEC committee, $1,250, 2008.


Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Scholarship, Canadian CEC committee, $750, 2008.


Carol-Ann Bursary (Studies in Intellectual Disabilities), University of Saskatchewan, 2005.


The Memorial Fund of May 8th, 1970 Scholarship, Noregs Kristelege Folkehøgskolelag (Norway’s Christian League of Folk Schools), NOK 80, 000 ($16, 000), 2004.


E.G. Anderson Alumni Scholarship, Lutheran Collegiate Bible Institute, Outlook, Saskatchewan, $500, 2002.


General Proficiency Scholarship, Outlook School Division, 2002, $500.

 

OVERVIEW OF COURSES

EPSE 414: EXCEPTIONAL LEARNERS: CLASSROOM IMPLICATIONS.

University of Saskatchewan, Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education.

Emphasizes strategies and techniques useful in accommodating children and youth with special learning needs in the regular classroom. Students will learn how to maximize potential for individualization through procedures such as adapting lesson plans, devising alternative evaluation procedures and modifying teaching techniques and materials.

EPSE 390: EXCEPTIONAL LEARNERS

University of Saskatchewan, Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education.

ntroduces students to the concept of exceptionality as it reflects the special needs of individuals for whom they will be responsible in their classrooms, schools, and communities. The philosophy of inclusion will be emphasized. Students will learn how to identify and provide appropriate learning opportunities for children with special needs and ensure that they receive additional services to which they are entitled by the Saskatchewan Education Act and current Regulations. Students will become sensitive to cultural differences, the need to work with families and the importance of early intervention to prevent or ameliorate disability.

EPSE 551: DESIGNING SUPPORTS TO MEET DIVERSE STUDENT NEEDS

University of Saskatchewan, Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education.

Builds applied skills in the professional practice of Special Education. The central theme is the use of effective practices to meet the individual needs of diverse learners. Emphasis is placed on authentic assessment, adaptive instruction, collaborative teamwork, and inclusive school practices.

PSY 120: BIOLOGICAL AND COGNITIVE BASES OF PSYCHOLOGY.

University of Saskatchewan, Department of Psychology.

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the body of knowledge, scientific theory, and research related to the major biological and cognitive areas of psychology. The course focuses on the study of behavior dealing with the essential problems of psychology, the methods of investigation, and the advances that have been made in the fields of neuroscience, sensation and perception, consciousness, memory, learning, language, and motivation and emotion.

PSY 214: ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT

University of Saskatchewan, Department of Psychology.

An introduction to theories and research methods in adolescent development. Attention is given to normative development in physical, cognitive, social and emotional domains. Students will obtain an understanding of factors that influence normative trajectories and processes; basic theory underlying adolescent research; and strengths and weaknesses of methods in this area.

STAT 100: ELEMENTARY STATISTICS FOR APPLICATIONS.

University of Regina, Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

An introduction to statistical methods; descriptive statistics; the normal distribution; basic techniques of statistical inference; confidence intervals and hypothesis tests for population means and proportions; simple linear regression; and one-way analysis of variance.

 

COMMUNITY WORK

Chair, Oral Exams Committee, Saskatchewan College of Psychologists, 2019 - Present 

Board Chair,  Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre, Swift Current Saskatchewan, 2018 - Present

Ruling Elder & Clerk of Session, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 2017 – Present


Panel Chair, and Panelist for Oral Exams, Saskatchewan College of Psychologists, 2014-present


Member-At-Large, Psychology Association of Saskatchewan, 2016-Present


Board Member, Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre, Swift Current Saskatchewan, 2012-2015, 2017 - 2018.

Board Secretary, Southwest Saskatchewan Pride, 2017 - 2018 

Registrar & Communications, Psychology Association of Saskatchewan, 2011-2016


University of Saskatchewan Student Representative, Saskatchewan Educational Psychology Association, 2010-2011

 

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