Research Team

 

REACh research team having fun at the escape room for the lab's 2018 Holiday party!

 

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

Petrice Gentile

Petrice Gentile is in the fifth year of her Ph.D in the Clinical Developmental Psychology program at York University. She is currently completing her clinical internship at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. 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 third 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.

 

 

Samantha Chan

Samantha Chan is in the first year of her MA in Clinical Developmental Psychology. She completed her Honours BSc in Psychology at Queen’s University, and her MSc in Developmental Psychopathology at Durham University in the U.K.  Her research mainly focuses on emotion regulation, emotion regulation flexibility, mental health and relationships among adolescents and emerging adults.  She is also interested in applying research to develop evidence-based mental health intervention and prevention programs for children and youth.  Samantha is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

 

Ben Diplock

Ben Diplock is in his first year of his MA in the Clinical Developmental Psychology program. Ben completed his BSc in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University. He is interested in evaluating evidence-based prevention and intervention programs in mood and anxiety disorders among youth and emerging adults. Ben is currently being funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

 

 

 Undergraduate Students

Ilia Azari

Ilia Azari is in his fourth year of his Honours BSc in Kinesiology and Health Science and Psychology Double Major. He is also a research assistant Dr. Rawana's REACh lab. His research interests include emotional intelligence, emotion regulation, existential psychotherapy, and internalizing behaviours among immigrant adolescents. Currently, he is interested in pursuing a career in medicine and entrepreneurship.

 

 

 

Abdul K. Mohammed

Abdul K. Mohammed is in his final year of his Honours BSc in Psychology. Currently, he is working on his honours thesis under the supervision of Dr. Rawana which aims to evaluate the Peer Tutoring Program at Calumet College and implement mindfulness strategies. He is also currently involved in the Undergraduate Psychology Student Association (UPSA), as the Vice-President. His research interests include family and marriage therapy in first and second generation Canadians. Currently, he is interested in pursuing a career in Clinical Psychology.

 

 

Tracey Ragnanan

Tracey Ragnanan is in her fourth year of her Honours BA in Psychology. She is also in the York-Seneca Rehabilitation Services Certificate Program and is a research assistant in the REACh lab. Her research interests include mental health, youth and educational outcomes. Currently, she is interested in pursuing a career in rehabilitation.

 

 

 

Iulia Niculescu

Iulia is a fourth year undergraduate student double majoring in Honours BSc Psychology and Biology. She is currently volunteering in the REACh lab, focusing on the implementation of mindfulness based strategies, as well as being an undergraduate thesis student in the Till lab. She is currently writing her Honours thesis on identification of emotional expression and emotional distress in pediatric-onset MS patients. She also volunteers on the psychiatric ward in Mount Sinai and is a peer mentor part of the Undergraduate Psychology Student Association. Her research interests include clinical psychopathology and neuropsychology in youth. Currently, she looks forward to pursuing a future career in Clinical Psychology.

 

Mariam Khalid

Mariam Khalid is in her third year of her Specialized Honours BA in Psychology. In addition to Dr. Rawana’s REACh lab, she is also a research assistant at Southlake Regional Health Center’s Child & Adolescent Eating Disorders Clinic. She is interested in pursuing a career in Clinical Psychology. Her research interests include risk and protective factors for justice involved youth and the development of risk assessment instruments.