Adolescent Health Lab

Research Assistants

DSC_0570Christine Church, B.A. (Hons)

Lab Coordinator

Christine graduated from Temple University, Philadelphia in 2015 with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology (Hons) and a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience. Shortly after graduation, Christine immigrated to Canada and joined the Adolescent Health Lab in 2016. Currently, Christine is pursuing graduate studies in Occupational Therapy. As a future occupational therapist, she hopes to integrate aspects of mental health, health over the lifespan, adaptive mechanisms, and intervention science into her practice.

 


Tim James

Research Assistant

Tim is completing his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Simon Fraser University. His research interests include attachment, affect regulation and developmental psychopathology, and he is looking forward to exploring these areas through the lens of attachment-based interventions. In the future, Tim hopes to complete a graduate program in clinical psychology, and apply both clinical practice and research to best support adolescent’s development.

 

Cassia McIntyre

Research Assistant

Cassia is completing her B.A. (Hons) in Psychology with a minor in Counselling and Human Development. She will be entering the Honours program in Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Moretti in Fall 2021. Additionally, Cassia is the incoming Lab Manager of Dr. Grace Iarocci’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Lab. In the future, Cassia plans to pursue graduate studies in Clinical Psychology. Her research interests include attachment, adverse childhood experiences, developmental psychopathology, developmental disabilities, intimate partner violence, reproductive mental health, and sexual health.

 

Erica Smith

Research Assistant

Erica is completing her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Counseling and Human Development. Her research interests include attachment, affect regulation, developmental psychopathology, the effects of trauma on mental health, and attachment-based interventions. Currently, she is working with Dr. Moretti on a literature review investigating the relationship between adolescent attachment security, bullying, and bullying interventions. Additionally, Erica is a research assistant in Dr. Cobb’s Couples lab, combining her interest in attachment and interpersonal relationships. In the future, she plans to pursue graduate studies in Clinical Psychology where she can continue to investigate evidence-based practices while working with clients to support their mental health

 

Brooke Davis

Research Assistant

Brooke is currently completing her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. In addition to her engagement in Dr. Marlene Moretti’s Adolescent Health Lab, Brooke is a research assistant and trained electroencephalography (EEG) personnel in Dr. Tom Spalek’s Attention, Memory and Perception Lab. Her focus areas are developmental and adult psychopathology, specifically, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder in relation to parent-child attachment.  Brooke is ambitious to earn a graduate degree in clinical psychology in order to improve treatment approaches in these areas of mental health.

 

Michelle Korlacka

Research Assistant

Michelle is completing her B.A.(Hons) in Psychology with a minor in Counselling and Human Development. Her research interests include psychopathology, close relationships, emotion regulation, adverse experiences, trauma, and reproductive mental health. She is also interested in attachment-based interventions and mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions. Integrating her interests in interpersonal relationships and mental health, Michelle is undertaking her honours thesis under the Supervision of Dr. Cobb at the Close Relationships Lab. She plans to pursue graduate studies in Clinical Psychology and hopes to conduct research that will translate into clinical interventions and prevention programs.

 

Dara Penner Enns

Research Assistant

Dara is currently completing a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Counselling and Human Development. Additionally, Dara is a research assistant in the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Lab, directed by Dr. Grace Iarocci. Her research interests include attachment and attachment-based treatment, developmental disabilities, developmental psychopathology, affect regulation, and adolescent mental health. Dara plans to complete a B.A. (Hons) and pursue a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology.

Mari del Casal, B.A.

Alumni

Mari completed his psychology degree at Simon Fraser University in 2017 and has been a member of the AHL since 2015. Additionally, Mari has worked as the lab coordinator for the Supporting Relationships and Wellbeing Lab, directed by Dr. Yuthika Girme. His research interests focus on attachment theory, affect regulation, and child maltreatment. Mari is currently a Masters of Public Health student at Simon Fraser University.

 

 

Emily Thornton, B.A. (Hons)

Alumni

Emily completed her B.A. (Hons) in Psychology at Simon Fraser University in 2020 under the supervision of Dr. Lara Aknin. Her honours thesis involved assessing the validity of a novel measure of implicit prosocial orientation. In addition to being a research assistant with the AHL, Emily worked as the lab coordinator for the Helping and Happiness Lab. Emily will be starting her Masters in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology at the University of Guelph in Fall 2021. Her research interests include developmental psychopathology, attachment, and prosociality.