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.
Chair Elect (2019-2020)
University of Guelph
Joanna Collaton is a Masters student in the Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology program at the University of Guelph. She completed a Master of Public Health from the University of Toronto in 2018, specializing in Women’s Health and Addictions. She has received training at the UofG Centre for Psychological Services and will be completing her Masters practicum with the Toronto Catholic District School Board. Her research interests include the role of stigma in online help-seeking, especially for teens who may have experienced sexual violence or engage in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). She is also interested in better understanding trauma narrative synthesis as a form of healing and recovery after an experience stemming from sexual violence or NSSI. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering in her community, listening to live music, and dog-watching at the park.
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.
Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer (2018-2020)
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 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)
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)
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 (2019-2020)
University of Regina
Originally from Québec, Andréanne graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 2017. Her honours thesis examined the psychophysiological response to daily stress. Andréanne is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Nick Carleton. Her master’s thesis will examine possible implications of gender in mental health risk among police officers.
Previous Chairs of the Section for Students
- 2018 – 2019: Chelsea Moran, University of Calgary
- 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