Anxiety and Illness Behaviours Laboratory

Lab Alumni

Mike Thibodeau, Ph.D.

Heralding from a rural community of New Brunswick, Mike received his B.A. with Honours in Psychology from the University of New Brunswick Fredericton. Mike's research focuses on anxiety disorders, on the role of anxiety in medical conditions (e.g., chronic pain), and on research methods and quantitative statistics. He completed his Masters degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Regina under the supervision of Dr. Gordon Asmundson. Mike was awarded the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship to support his Masters training. Mike received the same scholarship, although at the doctoral level, to support his doctoral training, which he began in September 2011.

Matthew Fetzner, Ph.D.

Mathew graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Psychology from the Royal Military College of Canada. His undergraduate research investigated the area of predicting transformational leadership qualities among Canadian Forces Officer Cadets. Mathew was awarded the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Joseph Bombardier Canadian Graduate scholarship in 2009 to fund his Master's research examining the influence of posttraumatic stress disorder on physical health disorders among deployed Canadian Forces personnel. Mathew completed his Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology at the University of Regina under the supervision of Dr. Gord Asmundson and began his Doctoral training in September 2011. His Doctoral dissertation will assess aerobic exercise as a treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms. Mathew's research interests include precipitating and preventative factors for PTSD among military and peace officer populations, as well as psychological sequelae of traumatic experiences. Mathew's clinical training has been in the areas of rehabilitation psychology, anxiety and mood, critical incident stress and trauma, and internet therapy in adult populations. Mathew was awarded the prestigious Canadian Vanier Graduate Scholarship to fund his research from September 2011 until August 2014.

Murray Abrams, Ph.D.

After working for several years in the logging and cabinetmaking industries Murray enrolled at the University of Regina to pursue professional training in Clinical Psychology. His Masters research examined tonic immobility (also known as “fear paralysis”) in relation to traumatic event type and symptoms of posttraumatic stress. Murray's research interests include the effects of childhood adversity on adult health and cognitive-behavioural therapies for anxiety and pain disorders. Murray was awarded a CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship to complete his doctoral research which will consist of an investigation of the relationship between anxiety sensitivity and pain-related anxiety. During his Masters training, Murray completed his internship at Wascana Rehabilitation's Functional Rehab Program for which he received the Jillings Award for excellence in Clinical Psychology.

Daniel Peluso, Ph.D.

Dr. Daniel Peluso is currently working in private practice at the Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Ontario. He received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Regina after completing his residency at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre in Ottawa, ON in 2013. During his residency, Dr. Peluso completed rotations in the Operational Stress Injury Clinic, working with military veterans and RCMP in addition to working in the anxiety and mood disorders programs. His clinical practice focuses on assessment and treatment of anxiety, mood, emotional, and trauma-related disorders.  Under the supervision of Dr. Asmundson, he has published 8 peer-reviewed articles in the area of clinical training, PTSD, and anxiety disorders. He has also co-authored 3 book chapters in the area of somatoform and anxiety disorders. His research in traumatic stress and anxiety was supported by a CIHR Doctoral Research Award.

Lydia Gomez Pérez

Lydia was as a postdoctoral fellow under Dr. Gordon Asmundson's supervision from 2010 to 2013. She received her Bachelor's of Psychology in 2004, and her Master's of Research in Clinical and Health Psychology in 2007, both at the University of Málaga (Spain). Her Master's thesis focused on psychological variables predicting chronic pain patients' adjustments to pain condition and treatment outcome perception. She was awarded a FPU (“Formación de profesorado Universitario”) doctoral fellowship of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Sciences to complete a doctoral research program in the Department of Personality, Assessment and Psychological Treatment of the University of Málaga. In May of 2010, she received her PhD. Her dissertation research examined differences in pain sensitivity between non-PTSD trauma- exposed individuals, trauma exposed individuals with a probable posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and non-trauma-exposed individuals. Her research with Dr. Asmundson explored the comorbidity between PTSD and chronic pain, and the mutual maintenance of both disorders, as well as the potential influence of traumatic experiences over the pain system.

R. Nicholas Carleton, PhD - Co-Director, AIBL

R. Nicholas Carleton, Ph.D., is now an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Regina.  He has published more than 60 journal articles and book chapters exploring the fundamental bases of anxiety and related disorders.  He has completed more than 125 conference presentations serving as an active member of several national and international professional associations.  He has completed clinical training with the Calgary Consortium, the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Regions, the University of Regina, and the Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre in Ontario.  He has received several prestigious awards including most recently the Outstanding Young Alumnus Crowning Achievement Award from the University of Regina Alumni Association and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Brain Star Award.  In addition, he has recently received a New Investigator Establishment Grant and a New Investigator Equipment Grant from the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation.  He is actively involved in clinical and experimental research, with his interests including the biopsychosocial measurement, assessment, and treatments of anxiety, mood, and somatic disorders, focusing on transdiagnostics, fundamental cognitions (i.e., lower-order factors such as intolerance of uncertainty), and shared emergent properties (i.e., higher-order factors such as extraversion).  He enjoys teaching and supervision of undergraduate and graduate students, continues to work closely with the AIBL and Dr. Asmundson, and plans to maintain a small private practice for adults who have anxiety and related disorders, particularly pain and posttraumatic stress.

Click here to see a list of Dr. Carleton's publications

Kelsey Collimore, Ph.D.

Kelsey C. Collimore, Ph.D. is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Mood and Anxiety Treatment and Research Program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Ontario. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Regina in 2011, following an Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences undergraduate degree from McMaster University in 2004. She completed her internship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in 2010-2011, with rotations in anxiety disorders, psychological trauma, and borderline personality disorder. Dr. Collimore's clinical and research interests include anxiety and related disorders, anxiety disorder co-morbidity, cognitive-behavioural treatments of anxiety disorders, and the integration of emotion regulation strategies in the treatment of anxiety. She has published 12 journal articles and five book chapters (regarding the anxiety disorders, health anxiety, and fear of pain), and has given several oral and poster presentations at academic conferences. Dr. Collimore was awarded masters and doctoral research awards from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). In 2009, she was awarded a CIHR Brain Star Award and a Career Development Travel Award from the Anxiety Disorders Association of America.
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