University of British Columbia
Alejandra Botia is a second-year PhD student in the Counselling Psychology program at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. Her research interests include the role of positive psychology in eating disorders and body image. Her master’s thesis investigated the role of self-compassion in the relationship between positive body image and personal growth initiative in varsity athletes. She is also interested in the career decision-making experiences of women in relation to their well-being. She is currently completing a practicum with the Vancouver Coastal Health Kelty’s Key program, working with adults experiencing anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges. Alejandra enjoys being by the ocean, dancing salsa, travelling, and spending time with family and friends.
University of Guelph
Joanna is a second-year PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Guelph. She completed a Master of Public Health from the University of Toronto in 2018 as well as a Master of Arts from the University of Guelph in 2020. She has received clinical training at the UofG Centre for Psychological Services, with a Toronto school board, as well as several community psychological practices. Her SSHRC-funded doctoral research aims to better understand how women conceptualize and enact justice after an experience of sexual assault. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering in her community, listening to live music, and hanging out with her cats.
University of British Columbia
Linnea Kalchos is a second-year Master’s student in the School and Applied Child Psychology program at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. Her research interests include multicultural counselling, school integration and school-based support services for newcomer youth. Her ongoing Master’s thesis seeks to capture newcomer experiences of psychosocial support services in Canadian secondary schools. She is also a graduate student ambassador, program student representative, and international education recruitment specialist. She previously worked as a research assistant for the Promoting Relationships Eliminating Violence Network of Canada (PREVNet) at Queen’s University. Prior to her graduate studies, Linnea was a full time teacher in Melbourne, Australia. She enjoys travelling, baking, yoga, and is learning to play acoustic guitar.
Undergraduate Student Affairs Executive (2020-2022)
University of Toronto
Nicole Boles is a speech and language pathology master’s student at the University of Toronto. During her undergrad, she completed an honours thesis which investigated the correlation between children’s home literacy environments and their later language outcomes. Nicole is particularly interested in the effects of bilingualism on cognition. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys hiking in Alberta, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.
Graduate Student Affairs Executive (2020-2022)
University of Calgary
Melissa is a second-second year PhD student in the School and Applied Child Psychology program at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta. Her research focuses on investigating the relationship between screen time and child development in a time of increasing dependence on technology. In her free time outside of school, Melissa enjoys regularly attending boxing classes, hiking in the Rocky Mountains, and travelling.
Administration and Finance Executive (2020-2022)
University of Waterloo
Jolie Ho is a PhD student in clinical psychology at the University of Waterloo. Her research focuses on potential ways for socially anxious individuals to seek close connections with others, and their experiences of social reward. Her MA research focused on social anxiety in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jolie also holds an MS in Applied Health Behavior Research from Washington University in St. Louis, where she investigated racial health disparities in smoking cessation. Outside of psychology, she enjoys music, writing, and running. Jolie greatly values the opportunity to connect with students across Canada in her role as Administration & Finance Executive of the Student Section.
Communications Executive (2020-2022)
University of Ottawa
Alanna is a second year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Ottawa. She completed her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology at the University of Toronto in 2019. Her academic interests are in psychosocial oncology, and her PhD work will focus on fear of cancer progression and experience of uncertainty in patient with advanced and metastatic lung cancer. In her spare time, Alanna enjoys trying new recipes, exploring the city, and trail running.
Francophone Affairs Executive (2021-2023)
University of Ottawa
Sophie Barriault holds an Honours BA in Psychology from the University of Ottawa and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Psychology at the Université de Moncton. Her master’s thesis focuses on the link between relationship satisfaction and psychological disorders in men with heart disease. Sophie is a research assistant on a project involving right-wing extremists in Quebec, which aligns with her interests in radicalization. Sophie previously worked as a community advisor for university students and is currently a reviewer for Mind Pad, the CPA’s student psychology newsletter. In her spare time, Sophie enjoys working out, trying new restaurants, and going for walks with her schnauzer.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Executive (2021-2022)
Emily Winters is a first-year Doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Regina. She is an Inuk-Settler woman from Newfoundland and Labrador. Emily completed a Master of Science in Experimental Psychology from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2019. Her research interests include attitudes and perceptions towards substance use, particularly within the context of vulnerable and under-served populations. Her SSHRC-funded Master’s research examined the stigma surrounding substance use disorders and how the intersections of Indigeneity and treatment-seeking intention amplify that stigma. Her doctoral research aims to better understand the circumstances, prevalence, and attitudes towards medical and recreational cannabis use in long-term care facilities in Saskatchewan. Outside of her studies, Emily enjoys music, reading, and spending quality time with friends.
Previous Chairs of the Section for Students
- 2020 – 2021: Joanna Collaton, University of Guelph
- 2019 – 2020: Alexandra Richard, McGill University
- 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