Jessica (Jessie) Tanner is from Renfrew, Ontario and is in her 4th year of the PhD Clinical Psychology program at Lakehead University. Jessie’s research interests include gambling and: older adults, cohorts, and harm reduction. She has been funded through scholarships from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Ontario Graduate Scholarships, as well as a knowledge translation exchange (KTE) student fellowship from GREO. Currently she is funded by GREO and through a doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
Her dissertation uses a video and an interactive information session to dispel myths about gambling and reduce negative consequences from gambling at follow-up. She will analyze age to determine if there is any interaction with the information session delivery method.
To date, Jessie's research has been presented at conferences within Canada and the United States, including 17 posters and 3 research talks. Check out GREO's Research Spotlight video on her research here and follow her on Twitter: @JTannerPsyc.
Carley Pope is from London Ontario and completed her Bachelor of Arts with Specialized Honours degree in Psychology at Western University. She completed her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology at Lakehead University. Carley is currently in her third year of the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program at Lakehead University and is supported by an Ontario Mental Health Foundation Studentship. Previously Carley received funding support from CIHR and the Ontario Women's Health Scholars award from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Carley's primary research interests pertain to women's health and mindfulness research. Her doctoral research is directed at examining the resiliency factors that promote a positive maternal transition. Carley's research has been presented as posters and talks at numerous local, national, and international conferences.
MA & MSc Students
Dani Adduono is currently in her first year of the M.Sc program of Psychological Science at Lakehead University. She completed her Specialized Honours of Science degree in Psychology at Lakehead University, under the supervision of Dr. Dwight Mazmanian. Her research background is in social anxiety, with a particular focus on the behaviours relevant to the experience of social anxiety, as well as the various factors that aid in its maintenance. Furthermore, she has experience in personality research, specifically research associated with competitiveness and its relationship to perfectionism.
Dani is currently working on her Master’s thesis, under the supervision of Dr. Dwight Mazmanian in the Health, Hormones, and Behaviour Laboratory. Her thesis will investigate the effect of rumination on the memory of a socially anxious situation, and the possibility of memory alteration acting as an additional maintenance factor of social anxiety. In addition, Dani is also assisting in research regarding competitiveness and its relationship to the Big Five personality theory, under the supervision of Dr. Rupert Klein.
Current Honours Students
Abbey Radford is from Thunder Bay, Ontario and currently completing her undergraduate in Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Lakehead University. Abbey has volunteered with both Carley Pope and Jessica Tanner as a Research Assistant. Abbey's honours thesis is under the supervision of Dr. Mazmanian and Carley Pope. Abbey has a wide range of research interests, however her thesis focuses on how mindfulness can potentially alleviate both perfectionism and fear of failure tendencies found in students enrolled in post secondary education.
Erika Puiras is a fourth year undergraduate student enrolled in the Specialized Honours of Psychology program at Lakehead University. She is also a student research assistant for the Northern Ontario Gambling Research Hub. She will be pursuing her undergraduate thesis under the supervision of Dr. Mazmanian, with a focus on gambling and online gaming. She presented a poster at the RGC Discovery 2018 conference on the effects of an interactive gambling information kiosk from a mixed methods study design. Through her work with the Hub, she has broadened her exposure and expertise in mixed methods Knowledge Translation and Exchange.
Dylan Antoniazzi is in his final year of the M.Sc. program of Psychological Science at Lakehead University. He completed his Honours Bachelors of Arts in Psychology at Lakehead. Dylan's thesis is examining the effects of personality on the driving behaviour of motorcyclists, under the supervision of Dr. Rupert Klein. His research background is in personality and evolutionary psychology, driving, and cognitive neuroscience. He is currently doing a side-project with Dr. Mazmanian investigating mate preferences and factors affecting "trade-offs" in selecting partners.
Alexandra is currently in her fourth year of the PhD program in Clinical Psychology and will be completing her doctoral internship with the Northern Ontario Psychology Internship Consortium (NORPIC). Alexandra’s research focuses primarily on the wellbeing of Indigenous peoples, as well as harm reduction in substance use addictions. Applying this approach to gambling is now a major area of interest for Alexandra. She has published six peer-reviewed articles, five newsletter articles, and two technical reports, and has delivered 25 posters and 10 invited presentations at the national and international level. Alexandra previously held a scholarship from the Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research and has received Ontario Graduate Scholarships for the past four years. Alexandra’s dissertation research has involved a community-based participatory research approach, which has allowed her to develop skill in partnering with communities and ensuring knowledge translation and exchange is effective and respectful.
Shayna Cummings is a recent graduate of the HBSc Psychology program at Lakehead University. She completed her evolutionary psychology honours thesis under the supervision of Dr. Dwight Mazmanian and graduate student, Dylan Antoniazzi on human sexuality. Currently, she is a research assistant for the Health, Hormones, and Behaviour Laboratory at Lakehead University and for the Northern Ontario Gambling Research Hub. Her research interests include, evolutionary psychology, behavioural endocrinology, and criminology.
Research Opportunity Students
Recent Honours Students
Anastasia (Stacie) is from Toronto, Ontario, and is a recent graduate of the Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program at Lakehead. She completed her Honours Thesis, "The Influence of Women's Status-Driven Risk Taking on the Perceived Attractiveness of Men" under the supervision of Dr. Mazmanian and Graduate Co-Supervisor, Dylan Antoniazzi.
Anastasia has taken a break from Psychology and is pursuing her Real Estate Professionals license at home in Toronto. She hopes to publish her psychology honours thesis.
Kaytlin Constantin is from Marathon, Ontario, and is a recent graduate of the Specialized HBA in Psychology program at Lakehead University. She completed her Honours Thesis under the supervision of Dr. Mazmanian and Megan Short, which was entitled "Stress and Academic Behaviours: Examining the Moderating and Mediating Effects of Executive Function and Self- Regulation."
Kaytlin is currently in her first year of the PhD program in Clinical Psychology: Applied Developmental Emphasis at the University of Guelph. She is interested in the fields of health and child psychology, and her current research aims to clarify parent and child emotional experience and regulation in the context of pediatric pain. She is currently funded by the Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Kaytlin has disseminated her research through 12 professional posters, a research talk, two publications, and one book chapter.
Dr. Megan English (Short), Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology Service, Medicine Program - Neurology, Eastern Health, St. John's, Newfoundland
Dr. Emily Fawcett (Russell), Assistant Professor, Student Wellness and Counselling Centre, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Dr. Nicholas Harris, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Dr. Loretta Patterson, Vista Psychologists, Psychologist, Ottawa, Ontario
Dr. Alexander Penney, Assistant Professor, MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta
Alex is from Random Island, Newfoundland. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science with Honours in psychology from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2008, and with a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology at Lakehead University in 2010. He completed the Ph.D. program in Psychological Science at Lakehead University in August 2014.
Alex's dissertation was entitled "A Comparison of Two Ultra-Brief Treatments For Generalized Anxiety Disorder Symptoms." While attending Lakehead University, Alex was supported by a combination of Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) scholarships, and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) scholarships. Currently, Alex is an assistant professor at MacEwan University in Edmonton, AB, where he teaches and conducts research through the Worry and Health Anxiety (WAHA) Lab.