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Dr. Christopher Mushquash, C.Psych., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, & NOSM

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August 30, 2017 by Christopher Mushquash

The Substance Use Research Group (SURG) is actively conducting research in a variety of areas. Below, are the laboratory members that make it all happen.

PhD Students:

Alexandra Drawson

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Alex 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). Her dissertation is examining indicators of child mental wellbeing in First Nations communities using a community-based participatory research approach. Alex’s other research interests include protective behavioural strategy use in the treatment of addictive disorders, transdiagnostic approaches to assessment and treatment of mental disorders, and rural and northern community wellbeing. She is supported by an Ontario Graduate Scholarship.

 

 

 

 

Nicole Marshall

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Nicole is in her third year of the PhD program in Clinical Psychology. Her dissertation is a longitudinal evaluation of the first on-reserve methadone maintenance therapy program in Canada. This project will explore the program’s ability to overcome cultural barriers to treatment as well as the impact of culturally relevant treatment for First Nations clients. She is supported by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Doctoral Research Award.

 

 

 

 

 

Victoria Ewen

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Victoria is currently in her second year of the PhD program in Clinical Psychology. Her research interests include clinical program evaluation, as well as substance use and addictions. She is supported by an Ontario Graduate Scholarship.

 

 

 

 

Elaine Toombs

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Elaine is currently in her second year of the PhD program in Clinical Psychology.  Her MA thesis examined First Nations child welfare, specifically related to successful child reunification and parenting practices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kristy Kowatch

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Kristy Kowatch is currently in the first year of the PhD program in Clinical Psychology. Her research interests include substance abuse as a form of self-medication, culturally relevant treatments for substance abuse in First Nation populations, and risk and resiliency factors for substance abuse in adolescence. She is supported by a Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

 

 

 

 

Allie Popowich

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Allie Popowich is currently completing her first year of the PhD program in Clinical Psychology. Her MA thesis investigated factors that facilitate or hinder the delivery and sustainability of Dialectal Behaviour Therapy across programs and organizations in Thunder Bay. Allie is funded by a St. Joseph’s Care Group Award in Applied Health Research.

 

 

 

MA Students:

Lauren Dalicandro

 

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Lauren Dalicandro is currently in her first year of the MA program in Clinical Psychology. Her research interests include substance use and culturally relevant interventions for First Nations populations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laboratory Alumni:

2017

Dr. Suzanne Chomycz

2016

Dr. Sarah Sinclair

2014

Carolyn Gaspar
Crystal Hardy
Amy Killen

2013
Christeen Jones
Kim Ongaro
Alexandra Popowich
Rebecca Scott

2012
Turina Bruyere
Bethany Cain
Daphne Haggarty

2011
Sarah Prouty