Dr. Cathy Chovaz

Dr. Cathy Chovaz

Dr. Cathy Chovaz

Department Chair/Associate Professor

Office: FB204
Phone: Email Only
Email: cchovazm@uwo.ca
Website: http://cdeaf.kings.uwo.ca


  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, The University of Western Ontario
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, The University of Western Ontario
  • B.Sc.N., Nursing, The University of Western Ontario 


  • Child Psychopathology (3364F/G)
  • Abnormal Psychopathology (3311)
  • Clinical Practicum (4692F/G)
  • Introduction to Clinical Skills (2301A/B)  
  • Mental Health and Deafness


  • Mental Health Functioning of Deaf and Hard of Hearing School-Aged Children in Ontario
  • Deaf Children and Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • American Sign Language Interpreters and Mental Health Settings

Selected Publications

  • Du Feu, M. & Chovaz, C. (2014). Mental health and deafness. NW: Oxford University Press.
  • Chovaz, C. J. (1998). Cultural aspects of Deafness. In D. Evans & S. Kazarian (Eds.), Cultural Clinical Psychology: Theory, Research, and Practice. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Chovaz, C.J., Rennison, L.A. & Chorostecki, D.O. (2019).  The Validity of the Test of Memory Malingering (TOMM) with Deaf Individuals. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, (submitted).
  • Daly, B. & Chovaz, C.J. (2019).  Vicarious Trauma: Effects on the Professiona Quality of Life of Visual Language Interpreters.  American Annals of the Deaf, (submitted).
  • Russell D., Boudreault, P., Chovaz C. (April 2018).  Access of Justice: Experiences of Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf Blind Canadians.   Canadian Association of the Deaf, Ottawa. ON
  • Chovaz, C. (2017).  Mental Health Care of Deaf People.  Psynopsis, 39(2).
  • Chovaz, C.J. (2013). Intersectionality: Mental Health Interpreters and Clinicians or Finding the “sweet spot” in therapy. International Journal on Mental Health   and Deafness; 3(1).
  • Chovaz. C.,   (2013) .  Report of a Deaf Child with Tourette's Disorder. The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education 2; Mar 26.doi: 10.1093/deafed/ent014
  • Chovaz, C.J., Anderson, M. & Goldstein, G.M. (2011).  Autism Spectrum Disorder: A resource for parents, teachers and clinicians working with D/deaf and hard of hearing children with ASD. London, ON: Kings University College at UWO.
  • Chovaz, C.J. (2011). The Differences in Our Similarities.  Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education 2011; doi: 10.1093/deafed/enr002.
  • Murray, J.B., Klinger, L., Chovaz McKinnon, C. (2007).  The Deaf: An exploration of their participation in community life. Occupational Therapy Journal of Research, 27.
  • Chovaz, C., Moran, G. & Pederson, D. (2004).  Attachment representations of deaf adults.  The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 9(4).
  • Chovaz, C. (2001). Deafness is not a disease. The Health Journal, 5(4), 34.
  • 2018 Best Practices for Ensuring a Mental Health tool is Kid-Friendly.  Paper presented with A. Core., American Deafness & Rehabilitation Association, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • 2018 Creating Community Engaged Learning Opportunities for Psychology Majors. Paper presented with Wendy Ellis.  National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, St. Pete Beach, Florida.
  • 2017 Mental Health and Deaf People.Invited lecture to the Western Senior Alumni Program, London, Ontario. https://youtu.be/OrhykotEC4o
  • 2017 Life Stories – Mental Health and Deafness.Invited Keynote presentation. Deaf Cultural Festival, Bergen, Norway.
  • 2016 Mental Health and Deaf People – What are the Facts? Invited keynote presentation. 5th World Federation of the Deaf Asia Conference, Singapore.
  • 2016 Mental Health and Deaf People. Invited keynote presentation.Inclusive Communities Summit, St. John’s, Newfoundland.
  • 2015 Mental Health of Deaf Children & Adults. Invited keynote presentation.XVII World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 2015 ASL Consultation on Wellness. Invited Keynote presentation.Newfoundland Labrador Association of the Deaf, St. John’s, Newfoundland.
  • 2015 Deaf Children and Mental Health.Invited keynote presentation. Canadian Association of Educators of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children.Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • 2015 Mental Health and Deaf Children – Dancing in the Rain.Invited Keynote presentation. Canadian Association of Educators of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children – Manitoba Chapter. Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  • 2015 Mental Health and Deaf Children.Invited Keynote presentation. MentalHealth Conference, Deaf Manitoba Inc., Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  • 2014 The Right to Language and Implications for Mental Health.Invited PlenaryPresentation.6th World Congress on Mental Health and Deafness, Belfast, Ireland.
  • 2014 Mental Health - What do Intervenors need to know?One day workshop.Emergency Intervenor Services Program, CNIB Deafblind Services, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2013 International Women’s Day, Kings University College, WesternUniversity, London, Ontario
  • 2011 Deaf Children and Mental Health. Invited Colloqium speaker, Dept. of Psychology, Guelph University, Guelph, Ontario