Antonia Dangaltcheva, M.A.
Antonia is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at SFU. She is broadly interested in conducting clinical research with adolescents and their families. For her Master’s thesis, she examined the effects of parent and peer attachment on psychological adjustment in high risk youth. She found that youth who turned to their romantic partners and friends instead of their parents were at a risk for developing internalizing problems. Currently, she is working on tailoring the Connect Parent Program for caregivers of youth presenting with gender dysphoria, a population that has very limited psychological resources in the community. These revisions aim to capture relevant issues for this population. For her dissertation, she will be evaluating whether the revised manual is helpful in addressing the specific concerns of these caregivers and whether it is effective in reducing youth levels of internalizing and externalizing symptoms, suicidal ideation, and self-harm behaviours. In terms of clinical work, Antonia is currently a practicum student at the Vancouver CBT Center and a psychology assistant at the Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre.
Katherine O’Donnell, M.Sc.
Carlos Sierra, M.A.
Carlos completed his BA (Hons) at the University of Western Ontario in May 2008, with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. After completing his undergraduate degrees, Carlos joined the Psychotherapy Program at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia (UBC). As a research technician, Carlos participated in numerous research projects all of which revolved around the investigation of the processes underlying effective psychotherapies. During his time at UBC Carlos also developed a deep interest in the study of the gendered experiences of mental health problems.
Currently, Carlos is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program at Simon Fraser University. As a member of the Adolescent Health Laboratory, Carlos’ research program focuses on investigating the mechanism by which transactional change occurs from parents to children and, in particular, the gendered mechanisms by which this transaction between parents and children occurs during adolescence. A Vanier Scholar, Carlos’ research program is funded by the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.
Consistent with Carlos’ research program, Carlos’s Master thesis focused on investigating the effectiveness of an attachment-based parenting program (Connect) designed for parent of youth experiencing behavioral and emotional difficulties. Unique to this project was the focus on investigating the effectiveness of this program for youth and the participating mothers and fathers. This research was funded through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Master’s Award.