Eliscia Siu-Lin Liang Sinclair


Eliscia is pursuing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU). She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia and is completing her Master’s degree this summer at TMU. 

Eliscia has provided clinical services at a variety of healthcare settings in Ontario, including St. Michael’s Hospital and Remedy Institute. She also works with the Sleep and Depression Laboratory at TMU, where she will be providing treatment for chronic insomnia as part of a large clinical trial. 

As a biracial individual, Eliscia understands the complexities of navigating multiple cultural identities and brings this personal insight into her therapeutic practice. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults from diverse cultures, sexual orientations, and abilities. Eliscia’s unique perspective and empathetic approach enables her to develop strong connections with clients, helping them to achieve their personal and emotional goals.

Eliscia has assessed and treated individuals presenting with a wide range of psychological challenges, including OCD, anxiety (generalized anxiety, social anxiety, agoraphobia), PTSD, bipolar and related disorders, depression, and body dysmorphia. She has also treated concerns related to general worry, career-related stress, perfectionism, and intrusive thoughts using Exposure Therapy.

Eliscia has worked with individuals with a range of OCD concerns, including obsessions and compulsions related to perfectionism, religiosity, relationships, sexuality, and checking behaviors. She has also worked with individuals experiencing symptoms of body-focused behaviors such as excoriation disorder (i.e., skin picking) and trichotillomania (i.e., hair pulling).

Eliscia provides Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and adopts an integrative approach to treatment. She incorporates elements from other therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, and Compassion-Focused Therapy. 

Eliscia takes a collaborative approach to therapy and believes that treatment should be tailored to each person’s unique goals, values, and needs. She aims to foster resilience among those she works with, guiding them in acquiring the clinical skills necessary to act as their therapist. 

Apart from clinical practice, Eliscia conducts research broadly focused on addictive behaviors, with a particular interest in studying gambling disorders and other behavioral addictions such as compulsive sexual behavior, compulsive shopping, and internet gaming. Eliscia has multiple publications and has presented her research at national and international research conferences. 

In her leisure time, Eliscia enjoys reading, trying new baking recipes, and watching Formula One.

Eliscia Siu-Lin Liang Sinclair’s practice includes the following services:

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Selected Scientific Publications

Sinclair, E. S.-L. L., Clark, L., Wohl, M. J. A., Keough, M. T., & Kim, H. S. (2024). Cash-Outs during In-Play Sports Betting: Who, Why, and What It Reveals. Addictive Behaviors. 154. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2024.108008 

Sinclair, E. S.-L. L. & Clark, L. (2024). Gender gaps in publications and citations in gambling studies: Comparisons against addiction science. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. Advanced online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/adb0000985 

Selected Presentations

Sinclair, E. S.-L. L., Snaychuk, L. A., McGrath, D. S., Hodgins, D. C., Williams, R. J., & Kim, H.S. (2024, Apr 11-13). Examining Gender Differences in a Sample of Canadian Adults who Bet on Sports. [Poster presentation]. Alberta Gambling Research Institute 2024 Conference. Banff, Canada.

Sinclair, E. S.-L. L., Snaychuk, L. A., Ashley, A. M., & Kim, H.S. (2023, Oct 8-9). Transitions out of sports betting during the COVID-19 pandemic. [Poster presentation]. International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) 2023 Conference. Las Vegas, USA.

Sinclair, E. S.-L. L., Punia, K., Balodis, I. M., & Kim, H.S. (2023, Jun 23-25). Simultaneous use of alcohol while gambling is associated with greater vulnerabilities and increased harms. [Poster presentation]. Canadian Psychological Association 84th Annual National Convention. Toronto, Canada.Sinclair, E. S.-L. L., Kim, H.S., & Clark, L. (2023, Mar). Cashing Out Among Individuals Who Engage in In-Play Sports Betting. Invited talk presented at the 2023 New Horizons in Responsible Gaming Conference in Vancouver, Canada.