Family Psychology Section

Family Psychology Section

Chair: Jennifer Theule



  • Chair-Elect – Terry Singh
  • Past-Chair – Kristene Cheung
  • Treasurer – Kelly Dean Schwartz
  • Secretary – Emily Hogan
  • Members-at-large – Sean Morgan and Christina Rinaldi
  • Student Representatives –  Jasmine Zhang and Katrina Abela



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.


Congrats to our 2024 Family Psychology Section Student Poster Award winners!

Jada Benedictson: Family-Based Treatment for Adolescent Eating disorders: A meta-analysis (University of Manitoba) & Lillian Eckert: Family Stressors, Routines, and Mental Health in Children: Are Sibling Relationships Protective? (University of Waterloo). We will be posting the winning posters on our X page.