Education and Training

I am both an academic and a clinician.

I have recently returned to Canada after 10 years in Australia to take a job as faculty lecturer at the University of Alberta.

I completed my education and training in Canada. I did my Bachelors and Honours degree at the University of Calgary. It was here that I developed my interest in the Psychology of Ageing. I completed my honours degree with Dr. Candace Konnert and examined the social support in the process of relocating to a care facility in late life. I then moved to London Ontario to complete my masters and PhD in Clinical Psychology with Dr. David Dozois ( who supervised my graduate research and fostered my interest in the neurocognitive factors in depression. My PhD research explored the role of rumination (repeitive, recurrent, intrusive and uncontrolable thinking) in depressed mood. I also had the opportunity to work with Dr. Rod Martin in research examining humour styles and mood.

I then completed my clinical residency at the Edmonton Clinical Psychology Consortium. I completed three major rotations – Adult Mental Health, Geriatric Psychology and Forensic Psychology.

After completing my PhD I was offered an academic position at The Australian National University in Canberra. After 6 years there I accepted a position at Swinburne University in Melbourne.