Psychology Students
The Department of Psychology boasts approximately 100 graduate students each year. Following is a sampling of some of our current students:

Hana Abbas

Hana Abbas, MA Student

Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Hana is a Master's student in Brain and Cognitive Sciences, under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Marotta. Her primary research interests include evaluating the effects of the availability and timing of visual information on action.




Michelle BarcaMichelle Barca, MA Student

School Psychology

Michelle Barca is currently a Master's student in the School Psychology program, 2-year comprehensive exam stream. She is particularly interested in research on how psychopathology develops in youth and on different methods for optimizing learning in children with additional needs.



Brooke BeatieBrooke Beatie, PhD Student

Clinical Psychology

Brooke is in the PhD program, under the supervision of Dr. Corey Mackenzie, in the Aging and Mental Health Laboratory. Her primary research interests include exploring mild cognitive impairment (MCI) caregivers’ identity, mental health, and treatment needs. Brooke’s research is supported by a Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Doctoral Scholarship and a Jack MacDonell Centre on Aging Scholarship. Brooke's clinical interests include working with adults, adolescents, and children in the form of therapy and assessment.



Elena Bilevicius

Elena Bilevicius, MA Student

Clinical Psychology

Elena is a student in Clinical Psychology, under the co-supervision of Drs. Ed Johnson and Matt Keough. Her primary research interests include exploring the efficacy of self-compassion and mindfulness-based interventions in an addictions and health-based populations.




Tara Conway

Tara Conway, PhD Student

Clinical Psychology

Tara is a PhD candidate in Clinical Psychology working under the supervision of Dr. Ed Johnson. Her research is focused on shame and self-compassion. Although these are important constructs which have been gaining in popularity recently, there is a need for greater conceptual clarity. Tara's ongoing research includes the use of structural equation modelling to examine the construct validity of the Self-Compassion Scale, the development of a writing task that can be used to increase self-compassion, and a longitudinal investigation of the relationship between shame, self-compassion, and mental health outcomes.



Brittany Cook

Brittany Cook, MA Student

Applied Behaviour Analysis Psychology

Brittany is a Master's student in the area of Applied Behavioural Analysis and is under the supervision of Dr. Joseph Pear. Her primary research interests include behaviour modification in fish and autism. Brittany manages Dr. Pear's behaviour modification fish lab at the University of Manitoba and has previously conducted her undergraduate thesis under his supervision. Her undergraduate research explored cause and effect learning in catfish.




Kit DuguayKit Duguay, MA Student

Qualitative Psychology


Kit is a Masters' student in Qualitative Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Johnson Li. His primary interests are the replication crisis and animal cognition; as a result he is studying how replicable rodent studies in cognition are.







Iloradanon Efimoff, PhD Student

Social and Personality Psychology

Iloradanon Efimoff is Haida and European settler from the Northwest coast of BC. Her PhD research focuses on reducing racism directed towards Indigenous peoples in Canada, under the supervision of Dr. Katherine Starzyk. Her MA research investigated perceptions and attitudes towards White-presenting Indigenous peoples. Her other academic interests include program evaluation and reconciliation.

Sarah Germain

Sarah Germain, PhD Student

Clinical Psychology

My Name is Sarah Germain, I am currently conducting my PhD Dissertation on the effect of Animal Assisted Therapies (AAT) on Mental Health. I am interested in research on children, attachment, animal assisted therapies, and social community interventions. One aspect of graduate studies that is often overlooked is Teaching. I have been luck to be able to have taught so many courses at the University of Manitoba, and been supported in developing myself as a teacher (through programs such as the Certificate in Higher Education Teaching). In Fall 2015 I will be recognized by the Faculty of Arts for their Teaching Excellence Award - Graduate Student Category.



Katherine Kenyon

Katherine Kenyon, PhD Student

Clinical Psychology

Katherine Kenyon is a PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program working with Dr. Diane Hiebert-Murphy. Her research focuses on women who have experienced intimate partner violence. Specifically, she is examining the empowerment process of women in domestic violence shelters. Her broad range of clinical interests includes personality disorders, couples that have experienced violence in their relationships, and forensic populations.




Maia Kredentser

Maia Kredentser, PhD Student

Clinical Psychology

Maia Kredentser is currently in the 5th year of the PhD program in clinical psychology. Maia’s primary research interest is in psychological issues in end-of-life care for patients with chronic and terminal illness and their caregivers. This research is funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the University of Manitoba’s Centre on Aging. After completing her degree Maia hopes to find employment as a clinician researcher working in a hospital setting. Outside of research and clinical work, Maia enjoys spending time with her family and friends (human and feline), and tries to keep up-to-date on celebrity gossip and Netflix.



Justine MacLean

Justine MacLean, PhD Student

Clinical Psychology

Justine MacLean is currently in the PhD Clinical Psychology program under the supervision of Jessica Cameron. Her research interests include romantic relationships and the mechanisms that help to keep people satisfied in their relationships.




Karmen McDivitt

Karmen McDivitt, PhD Student

Clinical Psychology

Karmen is a PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program here at the University of Manitoba. Her research focuses on the language environments and development of children born to young mothers. She is completing her research under the supervision of Dr. Melanie Soderstrom in the Baby Language Lab. Her clinical interests include working with children, adolescents, and families.




Patti Parker

Patti Parker, PhD Student

Social and Personality Psychology

Patti Parker is a PhD student in the Social and Personality Psychology program working under the supervision of Dr. Raymond Perry. Her research focuses on the efficacy of motivation treatment interventions to promote adaptive emotions, cognitions, motivation, and performance in university students. Currently, she is investigating the impact of an attribution-based treatment on at-risk student athletes’ academic-related outcomes.




Corey Petsnik

Corey Petsnik, PhD Student

Social and Personality Psychology

Corey’s research seeks to elucidate the psychological and behavioral consequences of social exclusion and ostracism, not only for the excluded and the excluder, but also outside observers. For his master’s thesis he examined the moderating effect of individuals' dispositional attachment on their responses to observing ostracism, with a particular focus on how these variables interact to affect their views of human nature and their antisocial inclinations.




Matthew Quesnel

Matthew Quesnel, PhD Student

Social and Personality Psychology

Matthew’s research is in the area of intergroup relations, with a specific focus on identifying strategies for increasing individuals’ willingness to take action in support of disadvantaged outgroups (e.g., ethnic minority groups) and empowering disadvantaged group members to seek social change. His Master’s research explored the effects of multicultural and colour-blind ideologies on individuals’ openness to, and subsequent support for, First Nations’ appeals for increased government funding to solve water supply and sanitation issues.


Francesca Silla, MA Student

School Psychology

Francesca is a Master’s student in School Psychology, under the supervision of Dr. Richard Kruk. Her research focuses on the relationship between visual attention processes and reading ability in children experiencing reading difficulty. Outside of school, Francesca enjoys singing opera.


Amber Yaholkoski, PhD Student

Clinical Psychology

Amber is a PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program, under the supervision of Dr. Janine Montgomery and Dr. Brenda Stoesz in the Social Cognition Laboratory. Her primary research interests include exploring pathways to diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and adherence to best practice guidelines for ASD diagnostic assessment. Her broad clinical interests include working with children, adolescents, and families.