Kristy holds a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Lakehead University and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), psychology, from the University of Calgary. Currently, Kristy is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at Lakehead University and has recently been awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Doctoral Award. Her research interests include culturally relevant mental health treatments for First Nation populations with an emphasis on children and adolescents, as well as substance abuse as a form of self-medication, risk and resilience factors for substance abuse in adolescence, and responsible gambling in northern and First Nation communities. Broadly trained in qualitative and quantitative research methods, Kristy supports and assists with numerous projects at CRaNHR including the Matawa Prescription Drug Abuse Evaluation, the Northern Centre for Excellence in Addictions and Mental Health, and the Maternal Infant Support Worker project.
Allie Popowich is in the second year of the PhD program in Clinical Psychology. Her dissertation research involves examining the relationship between attachment in childhood to primary caregivers and adult romantic attachment, and romantic relationship functioning. Allie's other areas of interest includes implementation science and DBT. Her MA thesis investigated the factors that facilitate or hinder the delivery and sustainability of Dialectal Behaviour Therapy across programs and organizations in Thunder Bay.