Michael Catchpole earned a PhD in Developmental and Cognitive Psychology from the University of British Columbia in 1977 and has been a full time member of the Department of Psychology at North Island College on Vancouver Island for 37 years. He worked in private practice part time as a Registered Psychologist for 25 years seeing adult patients with a variety of psychological disorders. His practice included clients from WorkSafeBC, the RCMP, Canadian Armed Forces, Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council, and various other private and public sector organizations and individuals.
In 1988 the BC Psychological Association awarded him the Donald Sampson Master Teacher award for his pioneering work in educational television and public education in the field of psychology. In 2004 he won the Adjudicators’ Award from the British Columbia Innovations in Educational Technology Group for long term career achievement in the application of educational technology in educational delivery. In February of 2011 he was awarded the Parke O. Davidson Award from the BC Psychological Association for Significant and Substantive Contributions to the Practice and Profession of Psychology. In 2014 the Washington DC-based Instructional Technology Council, an affiliated council of the American Association of Community Colleges, awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is given each year at the ITC’s E-Learning conference to an exemplary leader who has made a lifetime contribution to innovation within the field of distance learning.