Family Psychology Section

Family Psychology Section

Chair: Kristene Cheung



  • Past Chair – Jen Theule
  • Chair-Elect – Tina Montreuil
  • Treasurer-Secretary- Kelly Dean Schwartz
  • Members-at-large – Terry Singh and Christina Rinaldi
  • Student Representatives –  Emily Hogan and Jasmine Zhang



The realm of family psychology deals with the multiple ways in which family relationships, societal institutions, biological factors, and cultural factors mutually influence one another throughout the life span. Family psychologists have interests in a number of domains, including marital, parental, and sibling relationships, the impact of normative and non-normative stressors on family functioning, and the treatment of psychological and medical problems within a family context.

The mission of the Family Psychology Section of CPA is to encourage and promote:

  1. awareness of the importance of interpersonal/systemic factors in understanding the human experience,
  2. conceptually sophisticated, methodologically rigourous, and contextually sensitive research on families,
  3. psychosocial interventions to assist families in effectively responding to stress, illness, and disability, and
  4. scientifically informed government and private sector policies that are sensitive to the realities of current family forms in Canada.


Student Symposiums at the Annual CPA Convention in Ottawa, June 21-23, 2024

Dear CPA Family Psychology Section Members,

The CPA Family Psychology Section is pleased to be sponsoring a student symposium at this year’s upcoming CPA Annual Convention that will take place in Ottawa from June 21 to 23, 2024.

We are revising our original call for student symposium abstract submissions to reflect the earlier deadline for the general call for submissions to the CPA convention.

To qualify, a student must be the first author of a proposed presentation.

This year, we are looking for student presentations related to the themes of (1) assessment and intervention in the field of family psychology and (2) the impact of normative and non-normative stressors on individual and family functioning.

The steps for submitting are as follows:

  1. ) Please submit an abstract according to the CPA guidelines: 1,400 characters (Including spaces), 240 characters (Including spaces) for titles, and 50 characters (Including spaces) for abbreviated titles. For detailed information, visit
  2. ) Include the following information for all the authors/co-authors: (a) affiliation(s), (b) School/Department mailing address, (c) Phone number, and (d) Email address. Please note that submissions without this information will be returned as we require the information to submit the abstract in the convention portal.
  3. ) Please email your submissions to the Family Section Student Representative, Jasmine Zhang ( by November 6, 2023.
  4. ) Presentations selected for the symposium will be submitted by the Family Section Student Representative, who will chair the student symposium. All applicants will be notified about the status of their submission by November 13, 2023, to allow submissions not selected for the symposium to be submitted to the general call for submissions.

We look forward to reviewing your submissions. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Kind Regards,

Jasmine Zhang
Student Representative, CPA Family Psychology Section

Emily Hogan
Student Representative, CPA Family Psychology Section

Kristene Cheung
Chair, CPA Family Psychology Section​​

Family Section Executive Opportunities

We have several fantastic opportunities to become involved in our Section’s Executive Committee!

Executive Committee members will attend 2 convention planning meetings and the Section Annual Meeting at the convention, help plan our convention events, review abstracts, and judge our Section’s poster competition!

We are looking for 2 Members-At-Large, 1 Student Representative, and 1 Secretary. The secretary position also involves taking the meeting minutes at each meeting. The student representative position is open to undergraduate- and graduate-level students. The other positions are open to students and non-students. Each position is a two-year term and is open to Family Psychology Section members*

Please get in touch with me ( if you have any questions about joining our Executive Committee. We look forward to hearing from you!

Kristene Cheung
Chair, CPA Family Psychology Section

*If you are interested in joining us but are not currently a Section member, please see the information about joining a section here:

2023 Family Psychology Section Master’s Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation Award

Congratulations to Hannah O’Reilly (University of Ottawa) for winning the 2023 Family Psychology Section Master’s Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation Award. Hannah’s Master’s thesis was entitled ADHD Symptoms, Internalizing Symptoms, and Mindful Parenting During the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Cohort Study.

Congratulations to Kaeley Simpson (University of Manitoba) and Anisia Wong (Queen’s University) for winning the Family Psychology Section Poster Awards at the 2023 CPA Convention. Copies of the winning posters can be found on our Section’s Twitter page CPA_FamilyPsychology