Research Team

Our team consists of primarily clinical-developmental psychology trainees, including PhD and MA level students. Please contact Dr. Rawana if you are interested in volunteering with our lab or to inquire about graduate student availability.

PhD Students

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Meghan McPhie

Meghan McPhie is in her fifth year of her PhD in the Clinical Developmental Psychology program. She is currently completing her clinical internship at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. She completed her BAH in Psychology at Queen's University and her MA in Clinical Developmental Psychology at York University. Her research interests are in the etiology and developmental trajectories of depression in adolescence and young adulthood. She is particularly interested in the role of physical activity in promoting psychological well-being among youth. Meghan's MA and PhD have been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

 

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Petrice Gentile

Petrice Gentile is in the fourth year of her Ph.D in the Clinical Developmental Psychology program at York University. She completed her Honours BA in Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University, and her Masters in Clinical-Developmental Psychology at York. Her research interests are in the prevention and treatment of emotion dysregulation, suicide ideation, and non-suicidal self-harming in children and youth. She is also interested in investigating resilience factors to these mental health difficulties with the goal of developing evidence-based prevention programs. Petrice is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

 

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Krysta Mc Donald

Krysta Mc Donald is currently in the second year of her PhD in the Clinical Developmental Psychology program at York University. She completed her Honours BSc in Psychology (Co-op) at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include risk and resilience factors associated with mood disorders, long-term effects of trauma and abuse, emotional regulation, and non-suicidal self-injury in adolescents and young adults. She is also interested in applying basic research to the community and the clinic by developing or refining evidence-based prevention and treatment programs.
 
 

 MA Students

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Rivka Levin

Rivka Levin  is in the second year of  her MA in Clinical Developmental Psychology. She completed an Honours BSc in Psychology and Biology at York University. Her research interests include investigating the role of emotion regulation and emotion regulation flexibility in mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and disordered eating among young adults. She is also interested in applying this research to create and evaluate evidence-based prevention and intervention programs.
 
 
 

 Undergraduate Students

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Deanna Orlando

Deanna Orlando is in the final year of her Honours BA in Psychology and is a research assistant at the REACh lab. Her research interests include investigating effective psychotherapy treatment modalities, social policy related to mental health service delivery, and community development.  Currently, she is interested in pursuing a career in clinical social work.