Allie Popowich is in the third year of the PhD program in Clinical Psychology. Her dissertation research involves examining the relationship between attachment in childhood to primary caregivers, attachment within romantic relationships, abilities to manage emotions and conflict, and romantic relationship functioning. Allie’s other areas of interest include implementation science and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. For her Master’s thesis, she investigated the factors that facilitate or hinder the delivery and sustainability of Dialectal Behaviour Therapy across programs and organizations in Thunder Bay.
Shakira Mohammed is in the second year of the MA program in Clinical Psychology. Her area of research interest involves the investigation of predispositions, such as perfectionism, that might explain maladaptive and adaptive outcomes in vulnerable populations. Shakira successfully completed a MA in Applied Psychology at Laurentian University, where her Master’s thesis focused on the role of perfectionism and emotion dysregulation in predicting excessive exercise tendencies. Her current Master’s thesis will evaluate the relationship between perfectionism and maladjustment, and further examine the sense of mattering as a potential protective factor in first-year undergraduate students.
Angela is in the second year of the MA program in Clinical Psychology. She is from Sudbury, Ontario, and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto. Her MA research involves the question of whether certain dispositions predict which self-regulation activities individuals are likely to use and benefit from. Specifically, she will examine the role of dispositional self-reflection in the use of a journal feature through a smartphone app. Other interests include cognition broadly, men’s mental health and resilience, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, which she was exposed to while working at the Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
Kara is a 1st year Masters student in the Clinical Psychology program at Lakehead University. For her MA thesis project, she will examine the roles of child-parent attachment, emotion regulation, and social competence on academic adjustment in University undergraduates. Her research interests include parenting programs, early intervention, wellness intervention, attachment in childhood and paediatric health/wellness. Past research areas include DBT, resilience, as well as mental health and addictions. In her spare time, Kara enjoys immersing herself in the natural beauty surrounding Thunder Bay, drag racing, circuit racing, and snowboarding.
Elizabeth Grassia is in the fourth year of the HBA Specialized Psychology Program. She is an Honours Thesis student. For her Honours Thesis, she is examining the impact of adverse childhood experiences on students’ adjustment to university. Her research interests include coping behaviours, childhood and romantic attachment, and the impact of potentially traumatic experiences on various life outcomes. Past research areas include attachment anxiety and excessive reassurance seeking behaviours in parent/child dyads and romantic couples.
Kaitlyn Kotala is in the third year of the HBA Psychology program, with a minor in Sociology. She is a volunteer research assistant and is supporting a study on attachment, coping, and relationship quality. Her research interests are in anxiety and mood disorders, trauma, and interpersonal relationships.
Tori is a third year HBA Psychology student, and is also completing a minor in English. She is a volunteer research assistant for a study on attachment, coping and relationship quality. Her areas of interest are in personality traits, emotions, and genetics.
Jaidyn Charlton is in her third year of the Specialized HBA of Psychology program. She is a volunteer research assistant and supporting a study on attachment, coping, and relationship quality. Her interests are in criminal psychology, child psychology, personality disorders, trauma, and addiction.
Nolan is in the third year of the HBSc of Psychology program, as well as completing a minor in Biology. He is volunteering as a research assistant for a study on attachment, coping and relationship quality. His interests are in mental development, coping mechanisms, and somatoform disorders.