Dr. Linder is the 2020 winner of the Jean & Dick Pettifor Memorial Award

Dr. Linder is the 2020 winner of the Jean & Dick Pettifor Memorial Award for her work in human trafficking. This award from the Psychological Association of Alberta is given for outstanding career achievements in, or contributions to, the field of psychology.

Dr. Linder has been with City University for 13 years and is the Director of Canadian Counselling Programs. She is a licensed psychologist both in Alberta and Ontario. In 2010, she founded the Chrysalis Anti-Human Trafficking Network along with Canada’s National Roundtable on Human Trafficking the following year. In 2011, she co-founded Freedom Relay Canada, an annual education and fundraising initiative for survivors of human trafficking and exploitation.  In 2013, Dr. Linder developed and launched Canada’s first national human trafficking investigators forum, an initiative designed to connect law enforcement personnel nationally and internationally.  Later that year, she established the SAFENET project, creating access to a network of safe houses for survivors of human trafficking across Canada.


In 2014, Dr. Linder was named Clinical Director of Canada’s first residential treatment facility specializing in the treatment of sexually abused children. She has extensive training in classical and complementary therapeutic modalities and has worked with a wide range of populations. She is the founder and CEO of the Spiral Phoenix Trauma Institute in Edmonton, AB, where she treats military personnel, first responders and survivors of complex trauma.


Dr. Linder is an internationally recognized expert on the psychological profiling of survivors of human trafficking, lecturing for the Canadian Police College, Interpol, and the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime. She has lectured in the USA, France, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Hungary, the UK, Guyana and the Czech Republic. Her professional affiliations include the College of Alberta Psychologists, the Psychological Association of Alberta, the College of Psychologists of Ontario, the American Psychological Association, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation.


Congratulations and thank you Dr. Linder for all of your tireless efforts on behalf of the CityU Canada community.