Jacqui Linder, Ph.D, R. Psych, C.C.T.


Program Director

Jacqui Linder is a registered psychologist and certified Clinical Traumatologist who completed her doctoral dissertation at Sofia University in the USA. She is the CEO of a trauma institute in Edmonton, Alberta as well as Clinical Director of a children’s residential trauma recovery program. Jacqui is also a professor of psychology and senior administration at City University in Edmonton, Alberta.

Jacqui founded the Chrysalis Anti-Human Trafficking Network in 2010 and Canada’s National Roundtable on Human Trafficking the following year. In 2011, she also co-founded Freedom Relay Canada, an annual education and fundraising initiative for survivors of human trafficking and exploitation.  In 2013, Jacqui developed and launched Canada’s first national human trafficking investigators forum, an inter-provincial initiative designed to connect law enforcement personnel both nationally and internationally.

Jacqui has extensive training in complementary healing techniques such as art therapy, voice and movement therapy, psychodrama, and ritual healing. She is an experienced facilitator and has conducted workshops across Canada on the neurobiology of PTSD, trauma recovery, stress management, burnout, grief & loss, psychological first aid, and therapeutic breathwork.

Jacqui is an internationally recognized expert on the psychological profiling of survivors of human trafficking.  She has worked with a wide range of populations and consults for a number of NGO’s and law enforcement agencies nationally and internationally.  Her professional affiliations include the College of Alberta Psychologists, the Psychological Association of Alberta, the American Psychological Association, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the National Anger Management Association.

Courses Taught at CityUniversity

  • Systemic Theory: Diversity and Cultural Psychology (CPC 502)
  • Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology (CPC 524)
  • Psychology of Trauma and Interpersonal Violence (CPC 522)

Teaching Experience

2014-present: Clinical Director, Be Brave Ranch (Residential Trauma Treatment Facility)

2012-present: CEO (Clinical Director & Principal Researcher, Spiral Phoneix Trauma Institute

2010-present: Executive Director, Chrysalis Ann-Human Trafficking Network

2007-present: Psychologist, Private Practice


Ph. D in Psychology, Sofia University, 2014

Master of Arts (Counselling Psychology), Yorkville University, 2008

Master of Arts (General Psychology), Canyon College/Adler School of Professional Psychology, 2004

Bachelor of Arts (Sociocultural Anthropology), 2001


Linder, J. (2014). The Psychospiritual Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA) on Women Who Experienced CSA as Soul Loss (Diss.)