Our Team


Ph.D. and M.A. Students

Sara Antunes-Alves (Ph.D. student)

Sara completed a M.A. in Educational Counselling and a B.A. Honours Psychology, both at the University of Ottawa. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology at McGill University where she is studying the CBT treatment of depression, with a focus on therapist interventions in managing patients' cognitive distortions and coping strategies. Her other research areas and interests include counsellor professional identity and sleep disorders. Sara recently completed her practicum training at the McGill Counselling Service.

Awards

  • Graduate Excellence Fellowship, McGill University ($2800)
  • Graduate Excellence Fellowship, McGill University ($4000)
  • Travel Grant, University of Ottawa ($500)
  • Entrance Scholarship, University of Ottawa ($6000)

Leah Beaulieu (M.A. student)

Leah completed her Bachelor’s degree in Honours Psychology at Concordia University. She is currently pursuing her MA in Counselling Psychology (project stream) at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Martin Drapeau. Her research interests include common factors in psychotherapy, the quality of evidence based practice guidelines, and youth mental health.

 

Awards

  • Graduate Excellence Fellowship, McGill University ($10 000)
  • Concordia University Golf Classic Entrance Scholarship (2,000$)

Stacy Bradley (Ph.D. student)

Stacy Bradley completed her Master’s Degree (thesis) in Counselling Psychology at McGill and is in the process of completing the Ph.D. program. Her research interests include investigating General Practitioner's treatment of mental health problems within the Canadian Primary Health Care system, as well as accessibility to psychotherapy and mental health treatment in both the public and private sectors.  Recently, Stacy has completed her doctoral practicum training at the McGill Counselling Service as well as the Sex and Couple Therapy Service at the Royal Victoria Hospital. In previous years, Stacy has completed her Honours in Psychology with a Minor in Political Science from Saint Mary's University.

Awards

  • McGill’s Provost Graduate Fellowship ($5000)
  • McGill’s Principal Graduate Fellowship ($1500)
  • McGill's Provost Graduate Fellowship ($1500)
  • Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master's ($17 500)
  • FRQS Doctoral Research Award ($40 000)

Thea Comeau (Ph.D. student)

Thea Comeau completed a M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology at the University of Alberta, and her B.A. and B.A. (Hons) in Psychology and Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University.  She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology at McGill University.  Her research focuses on Posttraumatic Growth, specifically the shift in values and life priorities which can occur following violent trauma.  She is interested in exploring the intersection between Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Posttraumatic Growth.  Her dissertation research will explore posttraumatic growth following the Troubles conflict in Northern Ireland. Recently, Thea completed her Doctoral Practicum at McGill Counselling Services.

Awards

  • McGill's Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel (GREAT) Award ($500)
  • Graduate Excellence Fellowship, McGill University ($2800)
  • Education and Counselling Psychology Travel Award, McGill University ($1600)
  • Graduate Excellence Fellowship, McGill University ($4000)
  • Profiling Alberta’s Graduate Students Award ($3000)

Clare Foa (Ph.D. student)

Clare Foa is currently a doctoral candidate in Counselling Psychology. She received her MA in Counselling Psychology (Dean’s Honor List) and her BA (First Class Honors) in psychology at McGill University. Her research has been supported by the Fonds de Recherche sur la Société et la Culture du Québec (FQRSC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Clare’s research concerns how people come to define meaning in life. Her doctoral work examines the roles of generativity and challenge in the expression of human values, and also explores the influence of additional variables such as inspiration and psychological needs (e.g., autonomy relatedness and competence). Clare completed her clinical practica at the Griffith Edwards Addictions Unit of the Montreal General Hospital (MUHC) and the McGill University Counselling Service.

Awards

  • Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel (GREAT) award ($700)
  • Educational and Counselling Psychology Travel Award ($1300)
  • Education Graduate Student Society travel award ($250)
  • Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel (GREAT) award ( $500)
  • Fonds de Recherche sur la Société et la Culture du Québec (FQRSC) Doctoral Fellowship ($60 000)
  • McGill University Provost’s Graduate Fellowship ($5000)
  • McGill University Principal’s Graduate Fellowship ($2,500)
  • The McGill University McConnell Fellowship ($1000)
  • Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel (GREAT) award: ($500)
  • Educational and Counseling Psychology travel award ($500)
  • Education Graduate Student Society travel award ($500)
  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Masters Scholarship, from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) ($17 500)
  • McGill University Provost’s Graduate Fellowship ($1500)

Robin Grumet (Ph.D. student)

Robin completed her B.A. in Honours Psychology at Concordia University and her M.A. in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Fitzpatrick. Robin’s research interests include the psychotherapy process and treatment outcome. Her Masters research examined the impact of an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) based valuing workshop on the well-being of psychotherapist trainees. Robin’s current research interests include self-compassion, attachment, and the values component of ACT.

Awards

  • Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Société et la Culture ($60 000)
  • McGill Graduate Excellence Fellowship 2013 ($7500)
  • Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel (GREAT) Award ($250)
  • Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) ($17 500)
  • McGill Graduate Excellence Fellowship ($830)
  • McGill Graduate Excellence Fellowship ($2500)

Alisha Henson (Ph.D. student)

Alisha completed her undergraduate degree at Trent University in Psychology with a focus on attachment representations student-teacher relationships. She completed her M.A. in Creative Arts Therapies at Concordia University where she specialized in Drama Therapy. She also worked as a Child and Family Therapist and with the Ontario Centre of Excellence in Child and Youth Mental Health as a Youth Engagement Facilitator. She is now completing the Counselling Psychology Ph.D. program at McGill. Her current research interests include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Attachment, Youth Mental Health, and Youth Engagement outcomes.

Awards

  • Graduate Excellence Award: McGill University ($6000)
  • Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada ($17 500)
  • Concordia University Faculty Award (co-applicant) ($5000)
  • Natalie and Harold Brownstein Graduate Scholarship: Concordia ($2750)
  • Abe and Harriet Gold Entrance Bursary: Concordia University ($5000)

Christopher Kalogeropoulos (M.A. student)

tChristopher Kalogeropoulos completed his B.A. in Honours Psychology from Concordia University. He is currently pursuing an M.A. in Counselling Psychology at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Martin Drapeau. Christopher’s research interests include evidence based practice guidelines and research on psychotherapy process examining common factors.

 

Awards

  • Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships, Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) ($17,500)
  • Graduate Excellence Fellowship, McGill University ($10,000)
  • Concordia Undergraduate Student Research Award (CUSRA) ($5,625)

Megan Knoll (Ph.D. student)

Megan completed her MSc in Epidemiology and MA in Counseling Psychology at McGill University. She is now pursuing her doctoral studies in Counseling Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Marilyn Fitzpatrick. Her research interests include evidence-based practice, knowledge translation, and progress monitoring.

 

Awards

  • Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) ($60,000)
  • Graduate Excellence Fellowship, McGill University [Offered] ($37,000)
  • Graduate Excellence Fellowship, McGill University ($4000)
  • Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships, Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) ($17,500)

Terra Kowalyk (Ph.D. student)

Terra Kowalyk completed her B.A. with a double honours major in Psychology and Kinesiology and Health Sciences at York University, and her MA in Counselling Psychology project stream at McGill University. She is currently a doctoral student in the Counselling Psychology program at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Fitzpatrick. Her research interests include progress monitoring, and the factors that affect a working alliance. Her doctoral research will focus on attunement (the verbal and nonverbal synchrony between therapist and client), and the neurobiology of empathy.

Awards

  • Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé ($60 000)
  • Graduate Excellence Fellowship, McGill University ($6,750)
  • Graduate Excellence Fellowship, McGill University ($4000)
  • Great Research Enhancement and Travel (GREAT) Award, McGill University ($650)
  • York University Continuing Student Scholarship Research award ($720)
  • York University Continuing Student Scholarship Research award ($480)
  • York University Continuing Student Scholarship Research award ($600)
  • School of Kinesiology & Health Science Honour Roll Research award 

Isabelle Leduc-Cummings (M.A. Student)

Isabelle completed her Bachelor’s degree in Honours Psychology at McGill University. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in Counselling Psychology (project stream) at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Marilyn Fitzpatrick and Dr. Marina Milyavskaya. Her research interests include Self-Determination Theory (SDT) and self-regulation.

 

Awards

  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program Master’s Scholarships (SSHRC) ($17,500)
  • McGill University Graduate Excellence Fellowship ($5,000)
  • NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Summer 2014 ($5,625)

Jerry Middleton (M.A. Student)

Jerry completed his BA in Honours Psychology and Environmental Studies (Double Major) at York University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He then pursued an additional year of senior-year course studies in Psychology at York University. He is currently an MA candidate in the Counselling Psychology program at McGill University, under the supervision of Dr. Drapeau. Jerry’s research interests include evidence-based practice guidelines for therapists and practitioners. Secondary research interests include resiliency and the mood and anxiety disorders, as well as the influence of cognitive distortions on treatment-seeking behaviour of clients.

Awards

  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program Master’s Scholarships, SSHRC, McGill University, ($17,500)
  • McGill University Graduate Excellence Fellowship ($5,000)
  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program Master’s Scholarships, SSHRC, York University, ($17,500) (Declined)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship ($15,000) (Declined for 4 Years)
  • Ontario Student Opportunity Grant ($1,863)
  • York University Undergraduate Bursary ($1,405)
  • Millennium Bursary, Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation ($3,000)
  • Ontario Student Opportunity Grant ($2,312)
  • York University Continuing Student Scholarship ($600)
  • York University Undergraduate Bursary ($220)
  • Millennium Bursary, Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation ($3,000)
  • York University Faculty Association (YUFA) Bursary ($1,500)
  • York University Continuing Student Scholarship ($850)
  • York University Undergraduate Bursary ($310)
  • York University Undergraduate Bursary ($400)
  • Undergraduate Residence Life Bursary ($200)
  • Bachelor of Environmental Studies Entrance Scholarship ($1,000)
  • York University Entrance Scholarship ($4,000)
  • Governor General’s Academic Medal

Evgenia (Jane) Milman (Ph.D. Candidate)

Evgenia (Jane) Milman completed her Honors B.Sc. at the University of Toronto in Physiology and Psychology. She completed her M.A. in the Counseling Psychology program at McGill University and is currently a doctoral student in this program. She has completed practica with the Psychosocial Oncology Program at the Montreal General Hospital as well as with Counselling Services the Agence Ometz where she is now employed as a therapist. Evgenia’s research work focuses on the construct of meaning in terms of its conceptualization and measurement in the context of grief. Her doctoral research examines the role that meaning, and valuing as a form of meaning, plays in the development of severe forms of grief. For a list of her publications please visit: www.researchgate.net/profile/Evgenia_Milman

Awards

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council ($40, 000)
  • Fonds de la recherché en santé ($60 000)
  • McGill’s Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel (GREAT) Award ($650)
  • Educational & Counselling Psychology Travel Grant ($1500)
  • McGill’s Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel (GREAT) Award ($450)
  • Association of Death Education and Counselling Student Conference Award ($230)
  • McGill’s Provost Graduate Fellowship ($5000)
  • McGill’s Principal Graduate Fellowship ($2500)
  • EGSS Student Travel Award ($250)
  • McGill's Provost Graduate Fellowship ($1, 500)
  • University of Toronto Dr. Rose Wolfe Graduating Scholarship ($4,000)
  • University of Toronto James Harris Scholarship ($2800)

Louise Overington (Ph.D. student)

Louise received her BSc in Honours Psychology at Dalhousie University and her MA in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. She is now a doctoral candidate in Counselling Psychology at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Marilyn Fitzpatrick. Louise’s research interests include evidence-based practice, progress monitoring and training. Specifically, Louise’s work focuses on assessing the facilitators and barriers related to integrating progress monitoring into psychology graduate education in North America. Louise has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including McGill Counselling Services and Sex and Couple Therapy Services (Royal Victoria Hospital).

Awards

  • Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Grant ($300)
  • Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Société et la Culture ($60 000)
  • McGill’s Provost’s Graduate Fellowship ($5000)
  • McGill’s Principal’s Graduate Fellowship ($1000)
  • McGill Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Grant, declined
  • Social Sciences and Research Council Joseph-Armand Bombardier ($17 500)   
  • McGill Provost’s Graduate Fellowship ($1500)
  • Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network Travel Grant ($800)                   
  • Dalhousie University In-Course Scholarship ($1500)
  • Dalhousie University Entrance Scholarship ($1500)

Gauthamie Poolokasingham (Ph.D. student)

Gauthamie Pooloakasingham is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Marilyn R. Fitzpatrick.  She completed her B.Sc. Specialized Honours in Psychology at York University and her M.A. in Counselling Psychology at McGill University.  Her Masters research examined South Asian Canadian students’ experiences of racial microaggressions in university.  Gauthamie’s current research interests include the relationship between values and attitudes, experiences of microaggressions, and multicultural issues. 

Awards

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council(SSHRC) – Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Award – ($105, 000)
  • Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Société et la Culture (FQRSC) - Bourses de doctorat en recherche ($60,000 awarded; 20,000 held for 1 year)
  • Golden Key International Honor Society Graduate Scholar Award ($10,000 USD)
  • McGill University Graduate Excellence Award ($7,500)
  • McGill University Graduate Excellence Award ($4,627)
  • McGill University Graduate Excellence Award ($954)
  • Spanierman Graduate Award ($500)
  • McGill University Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Award ($250)
  • McGill University Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Award ($280)
  • McGill University Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Award ($280)
  • McGill University Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Award ($120)
  • McGill University Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Award ($299)
  • McGill University Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Award ($300)
  • Equals6 Top Talent Scholarship Award ($250)
  • McGill University Education Graduate Students’ Society Travel Award ($250)
  • McGill University Education Graduate Students’ Society Travel Award ($250)
  • McGill University Graduate Excellence Fellowship ($830)
  • McGill University Graduate Excellence Fellowship ($2,500) 

Andrea Reyes Ayllon (Ph.D. student)

student pictureAndrea Reyes holds a B.A. in Psychology from Concordia University and an M.Sc. in Psychiatry from McGill University. She is currently a doctoral student in Counselling Psychology at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Martin Drapeau. Andrea’s research interests include evidence based practice guidelines and other knowledge exchange tools aimed at facilitating the dialogue between researchers and practitioners. Her secondary interests lie in the interface between mental health and law, specifically in establishing the determinants of violent and criminal behaviour among vulnerable populations.

Awards

  • Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Société et la Culture (FQRSC) ($60 000)
  • McGill University Graduate Excellence Award ($954)
  • GPS Pilot Project Recruitment Award (80 000$)
  • Graduate Excellence Fellowship, McGill University (4 000$)
  • Article Fellowship Research Award, CIHR Team in Social & Psychiatric Epidemiology (5 000$)
  • Provost Graduate Fellowship, McGill University (1 500$)
  • Dean’s List for Outstanding Academic Performance, Concordia University                 
  • Travel award for SQRP conference (300$)

Deborah Schwartzman (Ph.D. student)

Deborah Schwartzman holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. (thesis) in Counselling Psychology from McGill University. She is currently completing a Ph.D. Her research interests include psychotherapy process and outcome of treatments using new technologies such as virtual reality and telehealth. Deborah completed her practica at the Counselling and Development Center at Concordia University and at the Youth Mental Health of the CLSC Cote-des-Neiges.

Awards

  • Fonds de la recherché en santé ($60 000)
  • McGill’s Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel (GREAT) Award ($700)
  • McGill’s Provost Graduate Fellowship ($5000)
  • McGill’s Principal Graduate Fellowship ($2500)
  • Educational & Counselling Psychology Travel Grant ($500)
  • McGill’s Provost Graduate Fellowship ($1500)
  • Lady Davis Institute Student Research Award ($500)

Emma Schmelefske (M.A. student)

Emma graduated from the University of Guelph with a B.A. (Honours) in Psychology. Currently, she is pursuing a M.A. in Counselling Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Martin Drapeau. Her research interests include knowledge dissemination among mental health practitioners, non-suicidal self-injury, and e-mental health.

 

Awards

  • Graduate Excellence Fellowship, McGill University ($10 000)

Mandy Sheptycki (Ph.D. student)

Mandy Sheptycki is currently completing her Ph.D in Counselling Psychology under the supervision of Professor Drapeau. She holds a master’s in Counselling Psychology from McGill University and a B.A. in Honour’s Psychology from MacEwan University. Mandy’s research interests include psychotherapy process research, cognitive distortions and CBT. Her doctoral research will examine clinical recommendations for CBT regarding cognitive errors and coping action patterns. 

Awards

  • Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé ($60 000)
  • CIBC Achievement Scholarship ($13,000)
  • McGill PhD Graduate Excellence Fellowship ($6,750)
  • Post Secondary Bursary Award ($2000)
  • Health Careers Bursary – Alberta Scholarship Programs ($3000)
  • McGill’s Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Award ($195)
  • Post Secondary Bursary Award ($4300)
  • Health Careers Bursary – Alberta Scholarship Programs ($2000)
  • McGill’s Graduate Excellence Fellowship ($4000)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship– Declined ($15 000)
  • Returning Student Scholarship for Academic Achievement ($2400)
  • Jason Lang Scholarship ($3000)

Constantina Stamoulos (Ph.D. student)

Constantina Stamoulos is completing her Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology at McGill University under the supervision of Prof. Drapeau.  She holds an M.A. in Counselling Psychology from McGill University, and a B.A. in Honour’s Psychology from Concordia University.  Her current doctoral research examines the quality of practice guidelines according to best practices.


Awards

  • Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Société et la Culture (FQRSC) ($60 000)
  • McGill Graduate Excellence Fellowship ($3,488)
  • Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel (GREAT) Award ($120)
  • McGill Graduate Excellence Fellowship ($7500)
  • SSHRC Joseph-Armand CGS Master's Scholarship Award ($17 500)
  • McGill Graduate Excellence Fellowship ($748)
  • McGill Graduate Excellence Fellowship ($830)
  • McGill Graduate Excellence Fellowship ($2500)

Kelly Stelmaszczyk (Ph.D. student)

Kelly Stelmaszczyk is completing her Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. She holds an M.A. (thesis) in Counselling Psychology and a B.A. in Psychology from McGill University. Her current research interests include the psychotherapy process and treatment outcome of cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic therapy for Major Depression. Her doctoral research aims to examine the relationship between therapist technique, cognitive errors, and coping. Kelly completed her practica at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in the Adult Mood Disorders Clinic and at the Counselling and Development Center at Concordia University. She is currently completing her doctoral internship at St Mary’s Hospital Center in Montreal.

Awards

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) F. Banting and C. Best Canada Scholarship ($105000)
  • McGill's 2012 Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel (GREAT) Award ($500)
  • McGill’s Provost Graduate Fellowship ($5000)
  • McGill’s Principal Graduate Fellowship ($1500)
  • CPA Freud Student Award ($300)
  • McGill's 2010 Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel (GREAT) Award ($500)
  • McGill’s Provost Graduate Fellowship ($1500)
  • NSERC Discovery Grant Research Award ($10,000)

Lyane Trepanier (Ph.D. student)

Lyane Trepanier is currently completing her Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology at McGill University as a student-researcher and member of the Psychotherapy Process Research Group. She will be commencing her Pre-Doctoral internship year in Psychology at the Lakeshore General Hospital, Pointe-Claire, Qc., in the Fall of 2015. She recently completed an 8 month clinical Practicum at St-Mary's Hospital Centre, Montreal Qc., in the Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic. Lyane holds an M.Sc. degree from l'Université de Montréal in Biomedical Sciences (Psychiatric Research) in the Department of Medicine, where she conducted research on stress and depression in adolescent girls. She obtained her B.A. in Psychology from Concordia University. Her current research interests are in psychotherapy process, treatment outcomes, with an emphasis on clinical guideline quality and development.
  

Awards

  • SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral Award 2014-2017 ($105,000).
  • McGill Graduate Excellence Fellowship 2014 ($3000)
  • McGill Graduate Excellence Fellowship 2013 ($3,500)
  • Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel (GREAT) Award ($120)
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) F. Banting and C. Best Canada Scholarship Master's Award ($17 500)
  • McGill Graduate Excellence Fellowship 2012 ($6000)
  • McGill Graduate Excellence Fellowship 2012 ($830)
  • McGill Graduate Excellence Fellowship 2011 ($2500)