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 she completed her Bachelor of Arts with Specialized Honours degree in Psychology at Western University before completing her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology at Lakehead University. Carley's Master’s research examined the relationship between breastfeeding and postpartum depression and was supported through a Canadian Institutes of Health Research scholarship. Carley is currently in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program at Lakehead University and is completing her doctoral residency training at London Clinical Psychology Residency Consortium, in London, Ontario. Carley's doctoral studies were supported through a three year studentship provided by Mental Health Research Canada (formally Ontario Mental Health Foundation), as well as an Ontario Women's Health Scholars Doctoral Award. Her dissertation research on perinatal mental health was supported through research grants awarded by Women's College Hospital, Lakehead University, and the Canadian Psychological Association. Carley's primary research interests pertain to women's health and mindfulness research. Carley's research has been disseminated in several peer-reviewed publications and presented as posters and talks at numerous local, national, and international conferences.
Dylan Antoniazzi is PhD Student in Psychological Science and a member of the Centre for Research on Safe Driving at Lakehead University. He has completed a HBA and MSc in Psychology. Dylan’s research focuses on individual differences in personality in relation to risk-taking and motorcyclist riding behaviour. Drawing upon theories used in evolutionary and developmental psychology, his doctoral studies aim to investigate the effect that age has on risk-appraisal and decision making across the across the lifespan, with an emphasis on middle-age to older adult males.
MA & MSc Students
Casey Oliver is a first year MA student in the clinical psychology program at Lakehead. She is from Cobourg, Ontario and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Arts degree from Western University. Her past thesis work has focused on facial processing (bachelors) and domestic homicide (masters). She previously has been granted funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS). While her current masters’ thesis project is early in its development, she likely will be examining head injuries among students.
Erika Puiras is currently in her first year of the MA of Clinical Psychology program at Lakehead University. She also works as a Research Assistant for the Northern Ontario Gambling Research Hub. Her interests primarily include behavioural addictions, such as gambling and online video gaming. She has authored/co-authored four peer-reviewed posters, and presented at the NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction in Las Vegas. She also co-authored a workbook on online gaming for youth and young adults in Northern Ontario, in partnership with the Sister Margaret Smith Centre through St. Joseph’s Care Group.
Shayna Cummings is in her first year of the MSc of Psychological Science program at Lakehead University. She is also a research assistant for the Northern Ontario Gambling Research Hub and for the Centre for Research on Safe Driving. Additionally, she works as a project assistant for the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences at Lakehead University. Her masters’ thesis will be exploring cannabis use motives.
Current Honours Students
Victoria Benevides is in her fourth year of the Specialized HBA in Psychology program. Her honours thesis is under the supervision of Dr. Mazmanian and focuses on the relationship between mate value and social anxiety. In addition, Victoria has assisted on research involving behavioural responses to anxiety, attention and theory of mind, trauma of internment and racism, and suicide. Her other areas of interest include childhood trauma and forensic psychology.
Dr. Drawson completed her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology at Lakehead University and her residency with the Northern Ontario Psychology Internship Consortium (NORPIC) In 2018. Following her residency, she accepted a position with St. Joseph’s Care Group Mental Health Outpatient Program. Dr. Drawson’s research interests lie in and rural and northern community wellbeing, protective behavioural strategy use in the treatment of addictive disorders (including gambling), and transdiagnostic approaches to the assessment and treatment of mental disorders. She has published eight peer-reviewed articles, five newsletter articles, and two technical reports, and has delivered 29 posters and 10 invited presentations at the national and international level.
Abbey Radford is a recent graduate from the Honours Bachelor of Arts program at Lakehead University. Abbey's undergraduate thesis, supervised by Dr. Mazmanian and Carley Pope, investigated how mindfulness can potentially alleviate both perfectionism and fear of failure tendencies found in students enrolled in post-secondary education. In the past, she has volunteered with both Carley Pope and Jessica Tanner as a Research Assistant. Currently, Abbey is working to publish her Honours thesis, and is in the process of applying to the Clinical Psychology Master's program at Lakehead University. Her research interests are in the following domains: indigenous mental health, trauma, and developmental psychology.
Dani Adduono is from Thunder Bay, ON and has completed her Specialized Honours of Science degree in Psychology and her Master’s of Science degree in Psychological Science at Lakehead University, under the supervision of Dr. Dwight Mazmanian. Her research background is in social anxiety, with a particular focus on the ethological, non-verbal 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, social cognition research, and research in women’s health. Dani has disseminated her research through two conference posters, one oral presentation, and one publication and is currently working to publish her honours bachelor and master's theses in a two-part study publication.
Recent Research Opportunity Students
Recent Honours Students
Kaytlin Constantin is from Marathon, Ontario, and is a former Honours Thesis student that worked under the supervision of Dr. Mazmanian and Megan Short. Kaytlin is currently in the third year of her PhD studying pediatric pain in the Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology program at the University of Guelph. She is currently funded by a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Kaytlin has disseminated her research through professional posters, research talks, publications, and book chapters.
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