Dr. Karin Coles

Dr. Karin Coles is the Program Director for City University of Seattle, within the School of Health and Social Sciences in the Master of Counselling program. Karin is a licensed and registered psychologist, who also works in private practice, with a specialization in educational psychology.  A former teacher and school principal with 20 years of experience in Calgary school systems, Karin brings to her work with clients expertise in working with diverse learners in the areas of assessment, advocacy, program development, mentorship, curriculum development, teaching, and learning.


Clinically, Karin works with individuals and their families to provide comprehensive assessments with expertise in learning disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, social/emotional functioning, and giftedness. Karin also works to advocate, create, and contribute towards the development of responsive individual program plans for diverse learners. Working collaboratively with colleagues, Dr. Coles supports clients to access recommended therapeutic interventions and/or programs.


A lifelong learner, Karin has an extensive educational background achieving multiple degrees since 1989. Karin has a Bachelor of Education degree, with a specialized diploma in Early Childhood Education. She obtained her Master of Arts degree with a specialization in curriculum and assessment in 1999.  Her M.A. thesis explored the role of relationships in the reading development of young children. During this time, Karin also completed certification as a trained Early Reading Intervention teacher. In 2012, she completed a Master of Science degree with a specialization in educational psychology. In 2014, Karin completed her Ph.D. in psychology. Her doctoral research focused on the development of academic self-efficacy beliefs for individuals with identified learning disabilities.