Carlos Sierra, M.A.

Doctoral Student


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.