University of Guelph
Joanna is a first-year PhD 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 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 a community psychological service. Her SSHRC-funded doctoral research aims to better understand trauma narrative synthesis as a form of healing and recovery after an experience of sexual violence. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering in her community, listening to live music, and hanging out with her cats.
Alexandra Richard is a fourth-year PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Her research focuses on investigating the mechanisms by which perfectionism acts as a cognitive-personality vulnerability factor that places individuals at greater risk for decreased well-being, anxiety, and depression. Her clinical training has focused on working with adults with mood, anxiety, and eating disorders. In her spare time, Alexandra enjoys listening to country music and spending time with family, friends, and her two dogs. Alexandra joined the CPA Student Executive as Chair-Elect in 2018, was the Section Chair for the 2019-2020 year, and will be wrapping up her three-year term as Past Chair for the 2020-2021 year.
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.
Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer (2020-2022)
University of Calgary
Nicole Boles is a 5th year undergraduate student in the Bachelor of Arts Honours Psychology program at the University of Calgary. Her honours thesis focuses on the correlation between children’s home literacy environments and their later language outcomes. In addition, she currently volunteers for University of Toronto’s multilingual development laboratory. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys hiking in Alberta, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.
Graduate Student Affairs Officer (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 Officer (2020-2022)
University of Waterloo
Jolie Ho is a M.A. 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 experience feelings of social pleasure and enjoyment. She is also studying the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on those with anxiety symptoms. Jolie holds a M.S. in Applied Health Behavior Research from Washington University in St. Louis, where she investigated racial and ethnic health disparities in the efficacy of smoking cessation interventions. Outside of psychology, she enjoys making chamber music, playwriting, and running. She looks forward to connecting with students across Canada and serving the Student Section in her role as Administration & Finance Officer.
Communications Officer (2020-2022)
University of Ottawa
Alanna is in her first year of the MA-PhD in 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 MA-PhD work will focus on fear of cancer progression in patient with advanced cancer and their caregivers. In her spare time, Alanna enjoys trying new recipes, exploring the city, and trail running.
Francophone Affairs Officer (2020-2022)
University of Regina
Andréanne is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR). She recently completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Regina. Her CIHR-funded master’s thesis examined the gendered nature of police work and the disparities in the mental health of men and women police officers. Her PhD research aims to examine resiliency factors in gendered occupations. In her spare time, Andréanne enjoys reading books, being outdoors, and going for afternoon tea.
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