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Department of Psychology: News Archive
 
  • PsychNEWS Letter - Winter 2016
  • PsychNEWS Letter - Winter 2014
  • PsychNEWS Letter-Winter 2012
  • PsychNEWS Letter-Winter 2011
  • PsychNEWS Letter-Winter 2010
  • PsychNEWS Letter-Fall 2009
  • New Scholarship Funding – November, 2009
    Scholarship funding is now available from St Joseph's Care Group for Psychology students conducting health related research under the supervision of Dr. Michel Bedard.
  • Psychology Doctoral Student Awarded Major Scholarship – May, 2009
    Suzanne Stone, a Ph.D. student in the department of Psychology, was recently awarded the Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) Doctoral Award for her research on predictors of symptom severity during the menopausal transition.  The scholarship was awarded for two years and provides $30 000 dollars per year and a $5000 dollar per year research stipend. These scholarships are administered by CIHR and are intended to provide special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health related field in Canada. Award winners are chosen based on their exceptionally high potential for future research achievement and productivity.
  • Dr. Josephine Tan Receives CCPPP Award for Excellence in Professional Training (Academic) – June 11, 2008
    Dr. Josephine Tan, Director of Clinical Training in Psychology and Associate Psychology Professor, is the recipient of the CCPPP Award for Excellence in Professional Training (Academic). Congratulations .
    Read the media release to learn more.  
  • GRADUATE STUDENT FUNDING SUCCESS – May, 2008
    Congratulations go to these students for their success in securing scholarships and awards:
    Jessica Bird CIHR Women's Health Council
    Harpreet Chattha CIHR Institute of Aging Doctoral Award
    Emily King CIHR Health Professional Student Research Award
    Sabreena Bola OGS
    Meghan Richards OGS
    Julie Riendeau OGS
    Missy Teatero OGS
    Graham Trull SSHRC
    James Brazeau NSERC
    Sabreena Bola Special Entrance Award
    Julie Riendeau Special Entrance Award
    Lauren Hord Special Entrance Award
    Missy Teatero Special Entrance Award
    Linda Hill Special Entrance Award
    Eric Theriault Special Entrance Award
    Sabreena Bolad Denise F. Watson Memorial Graduate Bursary
    Jenny Hewitt Denise F. Watson Memorial Graduate Bursary
    Jessica Franks Lakehead University Graduate Scholarship
  • Aboriginal Psychology Section to be Launched at CPA – November, 2007
    A new section in Aboriginal Psychology will be launched within the Canadian Psychological Association at the annual convention in June of 2008. This section will have strong ties to Lakehead University's Department of Psychology. In addition to the significant amount of Aboriginal research conducted by our students and faculty, the petition to launch the section was supported by several of our students, and the first chair of the section, Dr. Dana Bova, is a recent graduate of our PhD program. Congratulations to all involved!
  • Former Undergraduate Student Publishes Article – November, 2007
    Steven Arnocky, who graduated from the Honour's program in the Department of Psychology in 2005 has just published a journal article based on his Honour's thesis. Congratulations Steven!

    Arnocky, S., Stroink, M., & DeCicco, T. (2007). Self-construal predicts environmental concern, cooperation, and conservation. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 27, 255-264.
  • Graduate Students Receive Awards – October, 2007
    The Department of Psychology is proud to announce that Missy Teatero, one of our Master's students, has received an Ontario Graduate Scholarship. She joins 19 of our other Master's and PhD students whose awards and scholarships for this year were announced in May. The full and updated list of funding recipients follows. Congratulations to all on your continuing academic success!

    Recipients at the Master's level were: James Brazeau (NSERC-CGS), Graham Trull (SSHRC & Entrance Scholarship), S. Bola (SSHRC), Jen Seguin (SSHRC), Jen Patola (SSHRC), Jessica Johnson (OGS), Julie Reindeau (OGS), Missy Teatero (OGS), J. Armstrong (Special Entrance), Steward Madon (Denise F. Watson Memorial Graduate Bursary), and T. Newman (Denise F. Watson Memorial Graduate Bursary).

    Recipients at the PhD level were: Jessica Bird (CIHR Student Research Award & Entrance Scholarship), Emily King (CIHR Student Research Award), Amanda Maranzan (CIHR Student Research Award), Mandy McMahan (CIHR Student Research Award), Jenny Hewitt (OGS), Melissa Pye (Entrance Scholarship), Meagan Richards (W.T. Melnyk Doctoral Scholarship), and Hillary Cartwright (Annie May Chapple Award).
  • Recent PhD Grad Accepts Position – October, 2007
    Dr. Robert Dew, who completed his PhD in the Department of Psychology at Lakehead University in September of 2007, has accepted a position as a Psychologist in the Royal Alexandria Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. Congratulations Rob!
  • PhD Student Receives Award – October, 2007
    Jessica Bird, a PhD student in the Department of Psychology at Lakehead University has received the CIHR Ontario Women's Health Council Award, which runs for 2 years. Congratulations Jessica!
  • CBTC and Funding Featured in Agora Online – September, 2007
    The Centre for Biological Timing and Cognition (CBTC) celebrated the announcement of funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) earlier this month. The centre, which is being run by three of our Psychology Faculty, Dr. Ron Davis, Dr. Josephine Tan, and Dr. Michael Wesner, examines the link between biological timing, such as seasonal changes, and human functioning. The centre was featured in this month's Lakehead University Agora Online:
    http://agora.lakeheadu.ca/agora.php?st=202
  • Accreditation of PhD Clinical Program Featured in the Media – September, 2007
    The accreditation of our PhD Clinical program by the Canadian Psychological Association was publicly announced this month with features on TB Television and in local papers. It was an excellent opportunity for us to recognize and celebrate the strengths that we have as a department and the unique experiences we offer our students. Full story available on LU Communications website:
    http://communications.lakeheadu.ca/news/?display=news&nid=389
  • Welcome Dr. Rupert Klein – September, 2007
    We are very pleased to welcome our newest faculty member, Dr. Rupert Klein. Dr. Klein joined us in August, 2007 from Kansas State University where he was an Assistant Professor. Dr. Klein completed his PhD in 2006 from McGill University. His research interests are in self-concept and threat avoidance, particularly with respect to health related threats, treatment and assessment for traumatic brain injury or mental health issues, and physician comfort, knowledge, and decision making concerning mental health disorders. He currently teaches Introductory Psychology.
  • Psychology Celebrates Accreditation at CPA – June, 2007
    Between June 7th and 9th 2007, students, and faculty, alumni and clinical affiliates from Lakehead University's Psychology Department met at the 68th annual convention of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) in Ottawa to celebrate its newly accredited PhD Clinical Psychology program.

    Group Photo of 2007 Conference
    Group photo of Lakehead students, faculty, and friends at the conference.

    The noisy celebration was a huge success with well over 30 people who met at the Westin Hotel Daly’s restaurant for cocktails and eventually, a delightful dinner.

    Restaurant Photo of 2007conference
    Dinner at Daly's Restaurant in Ottawa, June 2007.

    The convention also provided an opportunity to showcase cutting-edge research on a variety of topics that was carried out by Lakehead?s Psychology faculty, current students, and recent graduates of the MA and PhD Clinical programs.

    Congratulations to the following people for successfully presenting their research to their peers at the conference:
    Jessica Bird Dr. Dwight Mazmanian
    James Brazeau Melissa Pye
    Derick Cyr Meghan Richards
    Leah Burgess Julie Riendeau
    Meagan Bone Dr. Mirella Stroink
    Dr. Dana Bova Jenn Welsh
    Owen Marks Sarah Vernon-Scott
    Poster at 2007 Conference
    Meghan Richards, one of the many students to present their research at the CPA Conference, June 2007.
  • Graduate Student's Research Featured in News – June, 2007
    Graham Trull's Master's thesis research was featured on Thunder Bay Television News and in the Chronicle Journal Newspaper on June 18. The story covered the announcement of the SSHRC funding received by 13 graduate students and 5 faculty members at Lakehead University.
    http://www.chroniclejournal.com/stories.php?id=49510
  • Graduate Students Receive Awards – May, 2007
    The Department of Psychology is proud to announce that 19 of our Master's and PhD students have received scholarships, awards, or bursaries this year. Congratulations on your continuing academic success!
    Recipients at the Master's level were: James Brazeau (NSERC-CGS), Graham Trull (SSHRC & Entrance Scholarship), S. Bola (SSHRC), Jen Seguin (SSHRC), Jen Patola (SSHRC), Jessica Johnson (OGS), Julie Reindeau (OGS), J. Armstrong (Special Entrance), Steward Madon (Denise F. Watson Memorial Graduate Bursary), Suzanne Stone (LU Bursary, USC Scholarship), and T. Newman (Denise F. Watson Memorial Graduate Bursary).
    Recipients at the PhD level were: Jessica Bird (CIHR Student Research Award & Entrance Scholarship), Emily King (CIHR Student Research Award), Amanda Maranzan (CIHR Student Research Award), Mandy McMahan (CIHR Student Research Award), Jenny Hewitt (OGS), Melissa Pye (Entrance Scholarship), Meagan Richards (W.T. Melnyk Doctoral Scholarship), and Hillary Cartwright (Annie May Chapple Award).
  • Clinical Program Featured in CPA NRP Newsletter – May, 2007
    Harpreet Chattha, one of the PhD students in our program, recently published a feature describing our engaging and vibrant Clinical program in the Northern and Rural Psychology Newsletter. Northern and Rural Psychology is a new section of CPA. Thank you for representing the program so well Harpreet!
    Northern and Rural Psychology Newsletter April 2007.pdf
  • Former LU Psych Student Publishes Book – November, 2006
    Congratulations to Dr. Louise Maxfield on the upcoming publication of her co-edited book, Handbook of EMDR and Family Therapy Processes. Dr. Maxfield graduated from our PhD Clinical Psychology program in 2003 and is currently a practising psychologist at the London Health Sciences Centre, London, Ontario. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Western Ontario and an Adjunct Professor with our program. She has received numerous awards for her work and is the co-founding editor of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research. The Handbook of EMDR and Family Therapy Processes that is co-edited with Francine Shapiro and Florence W. Kaslow will be published in January 2007 by Wiley
  • Psych Prof 's Films Show at NY Film Festival – October, 2006
    Two observational documentaries filmed and directed by Dr. Stephen Goldstein will be showing at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival on November 10 and 11, 2006. The first, co-directed with Valerie Weiss and entitled, Chatting and Scatting at the Cornelia Street Café, is described as "a tour de force down in the basement of the Cornelia Street Café where bits of poetry and jazz coalesce in a mind-field of creation. " In the second, entitled Park Pleasure, "the pleasure seeking behavior of the diverse inhabitants of Central Park and environs provide the setting for this observational documentary. " Congratulations Dr. Goldstein!
    http://www.nyfilmvideo.com/
  • Welcome New Graduate Students! – September, 2006
    The Department of Psychology has nine new students joining us this year! We would like to extend a very warm welcome to Jessica Johnson, James Brazeau, Madan Stewart, Thomas Newman, Eduardo Roland, and Graham Trull who are entering the MA program in Clinical Psychology, Joshua Armstrong and Dina Pavlou who are entering the MSc program in Experimental Psychology, and Dereck Cyr who is joining us as a new PhD student. Best wishes to all new and continuing students for a successful year!
  • Welcome New Gomes! – May, 2006
    Lezlie Gomes, one of our PhD students, had her second child, Jude Michael David Gomes on May 25, 2006. He weighted 9 lbs, 15 oz at birth, and is growing happily. Big congratulations go out to Lezlie, Jon, and big sister Abby for the new addition to the family!
    Gomes Jude BPicture
  • LU 40 Research Stars – April, 2006
    Three current or former psychology faculty have been listed among Lakehead University's 40 Research Stars. As part of its 40th Anniversary celebration, Lakehead identified these researchers as individuals whose "consistent and significant research excellence" has been recognized locally, nationally, and internationally. Congratulations to Dr. Brian O'Connor, Dr. Michel Bédard, and Dr. Ken Rotenberg. http://research.lakeheadu.ca/40researchstars/
  • Psych Profs Speak at NY Academy of Sciences March, 2006
    Congratulations to Dr. Josephine Tan and Dr. Michael Wesner, who delivered an invited talk at the New York Academy of Sciences on March 13, 2006. Their presentation, "Understanding the rhythmic patterns of depression: A convergence of clinical and psychophysical perspectives," is a result of their collaborative program of research on seasonal depression.
  • Graduate Student Accepts Academic Position – March, 2006
    Hilary Cartwright has accepted a job offer as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Health Psychology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. Hilary is currently completing her internship at the same Department and will begin her new position in September. Congratulations Hilary! We are all very proud of your accomplishment and wish you the greatest success in your new position!
  • PhD Students Receive Accredited Internship Placements – March, 2006
    Congratulations go out to Jenn Welsh, Rob Dew, Leah Burgess, and Sarah Vernon-Scott for receiving offers of accredited internship placements! This represents a 100% success, as every applicant received a position this year. The APPIC application process is very strict and competitive, involving national and international competition for a limited number of placements across Canada. Way to go! We are very proud of your success, and wish you all the best in your internship training!
  • Thesis Poster Day Announced – March 30, 2006
    The Department of Psychology is pleased to announce its first annual thesis poster day to be held from 1:00 to 3:00pm in the Agora on Thursday March 30, 2006.  This is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to present their research and celebrate the end of the year.  Come out and support our students!
  • Turning Points Program Launched – February, 2006
    Dr. Ron Davis and several graduate students from the department of psychology have created and launched a new health promotion program for young women called Turning Points.  The program is dedicated to promoting healthy living choices among young women in the areas of psychosocial and physical well-being. Topics covered include body image, eating and exercise habits, body and mind connections, managing stress and personal relationships. The project team includes MA Clinical Psychology candidates Meagan Bone, Sabreena Bola, and Julie Riendeau; and PhD Clinical Psychology candidates Mandy McMahan, Kristine Knauff, and Lezlie Gomes. Check out their work at http://www.turningpointsprogram.com/
  • The research of Lezlie Gomes, a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology was featured in Lakehead University ANNUAL REPORT 2004-2005.
  • CPA Academic Excellence Certificates - November 2005
    We are pleased to announce the recipients of the CPA academic excellence certificates for 2004-2005! Congratulations to Jeannette Prenger from the PhD program, Andrea Wrzecionek from the MA Clinical program, Peter Brink from the MA Experimental program, and Jennifer Patola, from the HBA program.
  • Welcome New Graduate Students! – September, 2005
    Faculty, students, and staff in the Department of Psychology wish to extend a very warm welcome to nine new students joining us this year.  Entering the MA program in Clinical Psychology are Sabreena Bola, Jessica Franks, Jennifer Patola, Julie Riendeau, Jennifer Sequin, and Suzanne Stone.  Entering the MSc program in Experimental Psychology are Cameron Dokis, Derek Rosa, and Annie Roy.  Best wishes to all new and continuing students for a successful year!
  • Lakehead Psychology Student Awarded Research Grant – July, 2005
  • The Department of Psychology is pleased to announce that Ryan Toxopeus, one of our MSc students has been awarded a research grant from the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation for his work with Dr. Michel Bédard.  Congratulations Ryan! 

    Research Summary:

    Thiffault and Bergeron (2003) have proposed a model for fatigue and vigilance which involves both endogenous (within the body) and exogenous (outside of the body) factors. In this framework, endogenous factors would include any fluctuation in alertness which originates from within the driver. Examples are circadian variations associated with time of day, fatigue generated from the task itself, and sleep related problems that the individual may be suffering. Exogenous factors that influence driving vigilance are those which come from the task itself, or outside of the driver.

    Thus, road geometry and road-side environmental cues could both influence the vigilance levels of the driver. The authors also suggest that mental under-load caused by such driving conditions could be as important as overload from urban expressway conditions. However, while data suggest that variations in vigilance may explain the occurrence of crashes in some situations there is a paucity of data regarding age differences. Accordingly, this study is designed to compare the driving performance of young and older drivers in monotonous and challenging road environment and situations.

  • Big Lakehead Turnout at CPA – June, 2005
    The Psychology Department at Lakehead University is proud of the impressive number of our students and faculty who attended this year’s convention of the Canadian Psychological Association in Montreal.  Student presenters included Meagan Bone, Dana Bova, Jenny Hewitt, Lize Jalbert, Christine Legg, Kristy MacDonell, Amanda McMahan, Neil Pascoe, Julie Riendeau, Roxanne Sterniczuk, Edouard St. Pierre, and Ryan Toxopeus.  Jessica Bird also attended the conference.  Faculty presenters included Drs. Ron Davis, Dwight Mazmanian, and Mirella Stroink.


    [Photo caption:] Jenny Hewitt and Dr. Mazmanian present their poster at CPA

 
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