Anxiety and Illness Behaviours Laboratory

Students and Staff

 

Doctoral Students 

 

Katherine McMillan

Katherine McMillan received her B.A. (Honours) from the University of Winnipeg (Manitoba) in 2007. Following graduation she began work as a research assistant at the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Research Lab in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Katherine recently received her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program under the supervision of Dr. Gordon Asmundson at the University of Regina. Katherine has received several large scholarships while attending the University of Regina, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Canada Graduate Scholarship Masters and Doctoral awards. Katherine's research interests include anxiety disorders and the impact of socioeconomic variables on mental health.

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Samantha Horswill

Samantha Horswill received her B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Alberta in 2011. Samantha's research interests lie primarily in the investigation of resilience (e.g., hopefulness) and risk factors (e.g., anxiety sensitivity) in the formation of posttraumatic stress disorder. Her Master’s research used horror movies to consider how predispositional factors longitudinally influence stress-induced PTSD symptoms. She completed her 4-month Master’s internship at the Regina Mental Health Clinic. Samantha is currently pursuing her Doctoral degree under the supervision of Dr. Nick Carleton. Her doctoral dissertation will consider how predispositional variables influence the development of PTSD in highly trauma-exposed populations such as police officers. Samantha’s research is supported by a Saskatchewan-CIHR Regional Partnerships Program Doctoral Award.

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Holly Parkerson

Holly Parkerson is a third year Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Regina. Her research supervisor is Dr. Gordon Asmundson. Holly's research explores connections between anxiety, health behaviours, and physical health outcomes. Her doctoral thesis is a pilot test of a fully automated online stop-smoking program that offers individualized information and a structured quit-plan to support participants as they quit smoking. Her goal is to provide accessible stop-smoking support to Canadians and identify ways to make smoking interventions more effective for at risk populations. Holly has received several large scholarships during her graduate training including Canadian Institutes of Health Research Master's and Doctoral awards. 

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 Sophie Duranceau

Sophie is from Montreal, PQ. After completing a B.A. in International Relations and studying at Tel Aviv University for a year, she decided to pursue a career in psychology. She received her B.A. Honours from Concordia University in 2011 and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Regina in 2014. Sophie is currently pursuing her Doctoral degree under the supervision of Dr. Nick Carleton. Sophie’s primary research interests pertain to family wellbeing and social support following traumatic experiences, with a special focus on military and paramilitary populations. As a second line of research, Sophie is also studying the relationship between intolerance of uncertainty and psychopathology.Sophie’s research is supported by a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.

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Daniel LeBouthillier

Daniel received his Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Psychology from the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton) in 2011 and his Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Regina in 2014. His Master's Thesis was a randomized controlled trial investigating the effect of a single bout of exercise on anxiety sensitivity. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Gordon Asmundson. Daniel’s current research focuses on the relationship between exercise and psychopathology.

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 Audur S. Thorisdottir

Audur graduated from the University of Iceland with a Bachelor of Science (first class honours) in Psychology in 2011 and with a Master of Science in Experimental Psychology in June 2014. Audur is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Gordon Asmundson. Audur‘s research interests include the anxiety disorders, traumatic experiences and stress, treatment development and the mechanisms of treatment change. Additionally, she is interested in constructs that are common to different disorders, such as fundamental cognitions, trauma, appraisals and information processes. Her current research focuses on how aerobic exercise can be used in the treatment for PTSD.

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Michelle Teale Sapach

Michelle received her Bachelor of Arts with High Honours in Psychology from the University of Regina in 2011.  Her honours thesis examined cognitive risk factors for social anxiety disorder, for which she received a Certificate of Academic Excellence from the Canadian Psychological Association. Michelle was awarded the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship to support her master’s thesis research, which explored the influence of trauma-like reactions following negative social experiences (e.g., peer victimization, cyberbullying, accidental embarrassing events) on social anxiety symptoms later in life. She is now pursuing her doctorate degree in clinical psychology under the supervision of Dr. Nicholas Carleton. Her research interests focus on vulnerability factors in the development and maintenance of psychopathology, primarily social anxiety disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder.

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Master's Students

 

Christina D'Ambrosio

Christina graduated from the University of Toronto (St. George) with a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Psychology in 2011. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in Clinical Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Gordon Asmundson at the University of Regina. Christina’s interests pertain to traumatic experiences and how this may manifest within forensic populations (e.g. police officers, first person responders), in addition to the development and efficacy of treatment initiatives for criminal offenders. Her current research examines how expressive writing's efficacy for treating post-traumatic symptoms is impacted by personal characteristics (emotional, cognitive) and different modalities (hand-written vs. typed).

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 Sabine Soltani

After completing a B.A. in Communications Studies, Sabine decided to pursue a career in psychology. She received her B.A. in Psychology (First Class Honours) from the University of Calgary in 2014. Her honours thesis examined attentional biases in currently depressed, previously depressed, and never depressed individuals. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in Clinical Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Nick Carleton. Sabine’s research interests include cognitive and behavioural factors underlying psychopathology, primarily in anxiety disorders. Her master’s thesis examines the relationship between intolerance of uncertainty, social anxiety, and decision-making. Sabine’s research is support by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship.

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Julia Mason

Julia graduated from McMaster University in 2014 with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour in 2014.  Julia is also a certified personal trainer and yoga instructor. Julia is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Gordon Asmundson. Julia is interested in the role that exercise can play in the treatment of psychopathology. Her current research is looking at exercise intensity and anxiety sensitivity.

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 Isaac Hahn

Isaac graduated from Saint Mary’s University in 2015 with a B.Sc. (honours) in Psychology. His honours thesis examined the relationships between social identity clarity and group bias, as well as academic and personal well-being. Isaac is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Nick Carleton. His master’s thesis research will examine the relationship between anxiety, intolerance of uncertainty, and pain.

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Stephanie Korol

Stephanie received her B.A. in Psychology (Honours) from Mount Royal University in 2012. Her honours thesis examined the effects of mood-inducing music on individuals' time estimation ability. She then completed a M.Sc. in Experimental Psychology at the University of Calgary. Her M.Sc. thesis investigated the differences in attention disengagement amongst currently, remitted, and never depressed individuals. Stephanie is now completing a one-year fast-track M.A. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Regina, under the supervision of Dr. Nick Carleton. Stephanie’s research interests include cognitive factors underlying psychopathology, primarily in posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety disorders.Stephanie’s research is supported by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship.

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Kelsey Amerongen

Kelsey completed her Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Psychology at MacEwan University in Edmonton in 2015. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in Clinical Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Gordon Asmundson. Kelsey's research interests include neuropsychological deficits, attentional biases, and their relationships with anxiety and related disorders.

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Staff

 

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Gabrielle Desgagne

Gabrielle received her Bachelor of Arts (High Honours) in Psychology in 2015 from the University of Regina. Her honours thesis assessed the psychometric properties of a self-report measure of resiliency following trauma. Gabrielle's current research interests include adoption, identity, and resilience following traumatic exposure. Gabrielle is starting her first year as the Research Coordinator for the Anxiety and Illness Behaviours Lab.

 

 

 

 

 

 



Marissa Zerff

Marissa received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Regina in 2011. She completed her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology with a focus on Learning and Development from the University of Victoria in 2014. Her thesis examined the relationship between peer victimization and internalizing problem behaviours in early childhood and how the quality of the teacher-child relationship can possibly moderate the influence by either exacerbating or protecting children from developing internalizing behaviours.

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