Research Team

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Graduate Students

Randa Elgendy

Randa is a doctoral student in clinical psychology. She received her Honours B.Sc. degree in Psychology (Behavioural Neuroscience) with distinction from Concordia University. During her undergraduate studies, she completed an Honours Thesis in the Young Adult and Alcohol Research Laboratory. She also volunteered in the Pediatric Public Health Psychology lab. She received her M.Sc. degree in Psychiatry from McGill University, where she completed her thesis in alcohol consumption in adults with diabetes and comorbid psychiatric conditions. She also interned at the psychology clinic PsySanté in Montreal, where she gained experience in different psychotherapy techniques working with clients with a variety of mental health conditions. Randa's reasearch interests are in examining the relationship between physical and mental health, and investigating the biological factors that may affect this relationship.

Honours Students

Joahnna Digal

Joahnna Digal is a fourth-year international student pursuing her Bachelor of Arts and Science Honours in Health Studies. Her research interests are focused on mental health literacy in immigrants and health messaging in emerging adolescents. She is interested in understanding how to improve health literacy in both Canadians and foreign-born individuals, in order to better support health in all communities. She is currently working as a Student Peer Advisor at the College of Arts and Science Undergraduate Student Office and actively volunteering as a University Relation Student Ambassador. In her spare time, she usually reads motivational books and loves hanging out with her friends.

Research Assistants

Danielle Comeau

Danielle Comeau is a second year Master's of Counselling Psychology student at Yorkville University. She did her BA Honours degree in Sociology at Dalhousie University. Her undergraduate thesis looked at online help-seeking behaviours for people wanting to disengage from drug use. Her other academic interests include the social determinants of health and harm reduction. In her free time, Danielle enjoys playing board games, volunteering and travelling.

Research Volunteers

Lana McAleer

Lana is a third year student pursuing a bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of Saskatchewan. She plans to obtain a Master's degree in either educational psychology or counselling psychology following her undergraduate studies. She is passionate about helping others, which can be seen through her volunteer work with the Peer Health Mentor Group on campus. Her research interests include understanding how childhood pain and traumas influence development, and the best approaches to overcome these obstacles.

Rachel (Phuong Uyen) Nguyen

Rachel is a fourth-year honours student at the University of Saskatchewan, majoring in Psychology. She is interested in a wide range of topics related to mental health and development, including mental health literacy and effects of child traumas. Outside of school, she also enjoys reading about food science, experiencing new things, and travelling.