Associate Vice-President Academic Planning

Sarah Blackstone

Dr. Catherine A. Mateer

AVP Academic Planning

Phone: 250-721-7012
Fax: 250-721-7216
Email: apasst@uvic.ca
University of Victoria, PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Administrative Services Building (ASB), A259
Victoria BC V8W 2Y2 Canada

Catherine A. Mateer was appointed to a second five-year term as the associate vice-president academic planning beginning July 1, 2011. Prior to this, she served as the director of clinical training for the Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology from 1994-2002, and as the chair of the Department of Psychology from 2002-2005. 

Dr. Mateer is a registered psychologist in the province of BC and is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist. Before joining UVic, she served as the director of neuropsychological services at the Centre for Cognitive Rehabilitation at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Washington. She has served as a board member of the International Neuropsychological Society, as president of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology. She is currently president of the Association of Doctoral Education in Clinical Neuropsychology and was elected a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in 2003 and of the Canadian Psychological Association in 2006.

In 2004 Dr. Mateer received the Roger Barker Distinguished Research Contribution Award in Rehabilitation Psychology and in 2011 was named the inaugural recipient of a new award from the BC Psychological Association created in her name: the Catherine Mateer Scientist-Practioner Award. Dr. Mateer received her MSc from the University of Wisconsin and her PhD from the University of Western Ontario.

Research interests

Dr. Mateer is well known internationally for her work in the clinical assessment and management of cognitive and emotional difficulties following neurological injury. Her research interests are primarily in the management of difficulties with attention, memory, executive functions, awareness, and emotional adjustment following traumatic brain injury.

She has co-authored three books most recently and over 80 articles and book chapters. Her most recent book published by Guilford Press in 2001 is entitled Cognitive Rehabilitation: An Integrative Neuropsychological Approach. She serves on a number of editorial boards, and has presented her research at many international conferences.


  • Ex officio member of the Deans' Council
  • Ex officio member (non-voting) of the Senate
  • Designated chair of the Senate Committee on Planning
  • Ex-officio member of the Senate Committee on Libraries
  • Ex-officio member of the Senate Committee on Continuing Studies
  • President's appointment to the Senate Committee on Academic Standards
  • Ex-officio member of the Senate Committee on Learning and Teaching
  • Member of BC Council on Admissions and Transfer
  • Member, Educational Equity Committee
  • Member, Student Systems Steering Committee
  • Member, Information Systems Steering Committee
  • Island Medical Program member
  • Member, Distributed Program Planning Committee
  • Member, Interuniversity Planning Committee
  • Member of Campus Planning Committee, Ex-officio
  • Chair, Math Working Group
  • Senate Committee on Awards (president's nominee)
  • Member, Health Education and Research Council
  • Member, School of Public Health & Social Policy Advisory Committee
  • Member, President's Advisory Council
  • Member, Centre on Aging Education Committee
  • Chair, Course Experience Survey Advisory Committee
  • Member, Learning and Teaching Centre Advisory Council
  • Co-Chair, Academic and Student Services Committee
  • Co-Chair, Academic Steering Committee Meeting – CanAssist
  • Member, Classroom Infrastructure Committee
  • Chair, Timely Declaration of Majors Committee
  • Chair, Timetable and Course Scheduling Committee
  • Co-Chair, Indigenous Academic Advisory Council
  • Member, Integrated Planning
  • Member, Enhanced Planning
  • Chair, Learning Outcomes
  • Chair, Learning Spaces Initiative
  • Member, Student Mental Health Strategy
  • Member, Tuition Fee Committee
  • Member, CES Long-Term Planning Committee
  • Member, Council of Centre Directors
  • Member, JCURA Advisory Committee
  • Member, Risk Management Steering Committee
  • Member, Priority and Governance Review Council

UVic is committed to providing exceptional learning experiences for students. Reporting to the VP academic and provost, the AVP academic planning works to ensure the quality of current and future academic programs by:

  • coordinating all aspects of major emerging academic programs, from fit with the university and faculty strategic plans, pedagogical approaches, recruitment and marketing plans, and resources requirements through to advisory and administrative involvement once such programs are launched
  • overseeing academic issues related to major emerging research initiatives (e.g., appointments)
  • overseeing comprehensive reviews of current academic programs
  • liaising with external institutions involved in major emerging academic initiatives such as Vancouver Island Health Authority, Queen Alexandra Foundation and Ministry of Health
  • coordinating UVic’s role in partnerships with other post-secondary institutions, external institutions, and governments related to planning and supporting academic program quality, sustainability and development
  • overseeing UVic’s role in the Island Medical Program, a distributed program of the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine

The AVP academic planning oversees the Office of Institutional Analysis, the Office of Co-operative Education and Career Services, and the Learning and Teaching Centre.