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.