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

 

 
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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Erin Dowling

Erin Dowling, MA Student

Brain & Cognitive Science

Erin is a Master’s student in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences program, under the supervision of Dr. Launa Leboe-McGowan. Her primary research interests include memory for features of time, ear-witness testimony, and the many ways in which the constructive nature of cognition and memory frequently lead people astray in their recollections of the past. Erin’s Master’s thesis focuses on identifying and implementing factors that might disrupt continued influence effects of misinformation on human perception, memory, and decision making.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 



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.

 

 

 

Karli Rapinda

Karli Rapinda, PhD Student

Clinical Psychology

Karli is a PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program, working under the co-supervision of Drs. Matthew Keough and Harold Wallbridge. Her MA research examined the temporal relationship between depression and excessive video gaming. Her current PhD research focuses on creating and implementing an online treatment program for cannabis misuse in young adults. Karli's clinical interests include working with adults in a forensic setting.

 

 

 


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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.

 



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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.