Past Chair (2018-2019)

Jean-Philippe Gagne

Jean-Philippe Gagne

Concordia University

Jean-Philippe Gagné is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at Concordia University (Montreal, QC) and a Vanier Scholar (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council). His research interests centre upon the role that dysfunctional beliefs play in the development and maintenance of anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder. Jean-Philippe has completed clinical practica at world-renowned sites such as McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric institute of Harvard Medical School. In graduate school, Jean-Philippe participates in several extracurricular activities. For instance, he is an active member of the Communications and Advocacy Committee of the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies. In June 2018, Jean-Philippe became Past-Chair of the Canadian Psychological Association’s Section for Students in Psychology.

Chair (2018-2019)

Chelsea Moran

University of Calgary

Chelsea Moran is completing a PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary. She holds an MA in Counselling Psychology from McGill University. Her research interests involve discovering new ways to facilitate healthy behaviours in patients with chronic illnesses. She is also interested in learning about best-practice research methods and open science initiatives. Chelsea joined the CPA Student Executive as Chair-Elect in June 2017, and became Chair in June 2018. She has represented students on the CPA Board of Directors since 2017. In her spare time, she enjoys catching up with family and friends, discovering new music and planning her next sewing project.

Chair Elect (2018-2019)

Alexandra Richard

McGill University

Alexandra Richard is a second-year PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Her research focuses on investigating the links between individuals’ personality and their well-being. Specifically, Alexandra’s SSHRC-funded research explores the mechanisms by which perfectionism acts as a cognitive-personality vulnerability factor that places individuals at greater risk for developing certain forms of mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety disorders, through longitudinal and daily diary studies. Beginning in September 2018, Alexandra is also completing her first clinical practicum at the McGill Counselling Centre where she will be working with McGill students. In her spare time, Alexandra enjoys reading books, listening to country music, and going on walks with her two dogs. In June 2018, Alexandra became the Chair-Elect of the Canadian Psychological Association’s Section for Students in Psychology.

Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer (2018-2020)

Baénie LaFleur

University of Manitoba

Baénie is currently completing her Bachelors in Arts Honours in Psychology at the University of Manitoba. Her research interests include the operant conditioning of fish focusing on darkness as a reinforcer and participants confidence identifying a target using Earwitness testimonies. When she is not in the lab, she enjoys spending her time with friends exploring different areas of the city.

Graduate Student Affairs Officer (2018-2020)

Jérémie Richard

McGill University

Jérémie Richard will begin a doctoral student in Counselling Psychology at McGill University in Fall 2018. He completed his B.A. (Specialization) in Psychology in 2016 at McGill University, completing his undergraduate project in the area of health psychology under the supervision of Dr. Phyllis Zelkowitz. His M.A. research focused on the factors influencing addiction and high-risk behaviours in adolescents and young adults, with a focus on gambling and mental health. Jérémie currently works as a research assistant in the International Centre For Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Jeffrey Derevensky and Dr. Caroline Temcheff. After his doctoral degree, Jérémie aims to become a licensed Counselling Psychologist. Although his true passion resides in the field of psychology, his interests range the entirety of the humanities and liberal arts. From history to philosophy, politics and law, eastern and western literature, and evolutionary psychology, Jérémie is interested in all knowledge exploring the human condition. Outside of research, Jérémie works as a teaching assistant and as a tutor and mentor for adolescents with learning disabilities and/or ADHD. He is also a member of the executive committee at the McGill Peer-Support Centre, a student-run service dedicated to providing non-judgmental and confidential support to students in need. In his spare time, Jérémie enjoys reading, hiking, weight-lifting, and regularly practices Vipassana meditation.

Administration and Finance Officer (2018-2020)

Kaitlin Wilson

University of Calgary

Kaitlin (Kate) is completing a combined undergraduate degree program in Psychology (Minor in Anthropology) and Communication Studies (Minor Workplace Learning) at the University of Calgary. She is currently in her third year and plans to pursue a Masters and Ph.D. program in clinical psychology after successfully completing a fourth-year honour’s thesis. During her undergraduate career, Kate has conducted research on health anxiety, and the relationship between weight‐based stigmatization and disordered eating behaviors. Her future clinical and research interests include adult psychopathology and patterns of comorbidity and multimorbidity associated with substance use disorders.

In addition to school, Kate also works as a research coordinator in the University of Calgary’s Health and Wellness Lab; a subspecialized research facility affiliated with the Faculty of Kinesiology’s Human Performance Laboratory and the Roger Jackson Centre for Health and Wellness Research. Research in this lab specializes in psychosocial oncology and health psychology, with a primary focus on the physical and mental health implications of exercise intervention in different cancer populations. This work continues to inform both her research and clinical interest in the use of positive psychology to support rehabilitation and sustainable recovery at both the individual and population levels. Apart from work and academics, Kate enjoys travelling, creative writing, practicing yoga, and spending time with friends and family. She is also a strong advocate for animal rights and volunteers at a local animal rescue.

Listserv Moderator & Communications Officer (2018-2020)

Alisia Palermo

Alisia Palermo

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Alisia Palermo is an MSc candidate in Forensic Psychology at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) under the supervision of Dr. Leigh Harkins. Her research interests include campus sexual violence and the treatment of sex offenders. Apart from academics, Alisia enjoys reading, writing, volunteering, watching reality T.V., and spending time with family and friends. Alisia is excited for a second term as Communications Officer for the CPA’s Student Section.

Francophone Affairs Officer (2017-2019)

Georden Jones

Georden Jones

University of Ottawa


Georden Jones is the Francophone Affairs Officer for CPA’s Student Section for the 2017-2019 term. She grew up in rural Québec in the Outaouais region and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa. In 2018-2019 she will be completing her 5th year in the MA.-PhD. in clinical psychology still at the University of Ottawa where she gets the opportunity to complete her training in English and in French. Georden’s clinical and research interests focus on psychosocial oncology and health psychology. Her favorite activities include travelling, baking, jogging and enjoying delicious food. Georden is happy to represent Canadian psychology students for another term and looks forward to an amazing convention in Halifax! Georden est heureuse de représenter les étudiants en psychologie au Canada pour un autre mandat et au plaisir de vous voir à la conférence de 2019 à Halifax!


Previous Chairs of the Section for Students

  • 2017-2018: Jean-Philippe Gagné, Concordia University
  • 2016 - 2017: Kyrsten Grimes, University of Toronto Scarborough
  • 2015 - 2016: Zarina Giannone, University of British Columbia
  • 2014 - 2015: Michelle Gagnon, University of Regina
  • 2013 - 2014: Missy Teatero, Lakehead University
  • 2011 - 2013: Justin Feeney, University of Western Ontario
  • 2011 - 2011: Brenden Sommerhalder, Saint Mary's University
  • 2010 - 2011: Rana Pishva, Queen's University
  • 2009 - 2010: Phillip Jai Johnson, McGill University
  • 2008 - 2009: Kelly Smith, Queen's University
  • 2007 - 2008: Lindsay Uman, Dalhousie University
  • 2006 - 2007: Kelly Smith, Queen's University
  • 2005 - 2006: Elizabeth Stanford, University of British Columbia
  • 2004 - 2005: Joe Camilleri, Queen's University
  • 2003 - 2004: Mike Coons, University of Waterloo
  • 2002 - 2003: Réjeanne Dupuis, York University
  • 2001 - 2002: Christine Chambers, University of British Columbia
  • 1999 - 2001: Andrea Perrino, University of Ottawa
  • 1997 - 1999: Donovan Lawrence, University of Calgary
  • 1995 - 1997: David Dozois, University of Calgary