I hold a MA in Forensic Psychology from Roger Williams University, and I am in my 5th year of my PhD in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. I am currently completing my pre-doctoral residency at Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH) in my hometown of Toronto in the full-time forensics track.
My research and clinical interests overlap significantly. Broadly, my primary research interests are three-fold: (1) the intersection of mindfulness-based techniques and trauma-affected populations (e.g., forensic, first responder, and veteran populations), (2) first responder mental health, resilience, and training, and (3) police interactions with those with mental illness. My dissertation is exploring the effects of mindfulness and self-compassion on occupational stress and mental health outcomes in Canadian police officers.
Being trained in the scientist-practitioner/Boulder model, I believe my research and clinical interests inform each other. As such, my clinical interests rest in two realms: (1) trauma-affected populations (e.g., first responders, veterans) and (2) forensic populations, specifically those on the autism spectrum and/or those with intellectual disabilities. Like my research interests, I am interested in the clinical benefits of mindfulness-based interventions/therapies in ameliorating symptoms of mental illness and bolstering psychological resilience and post-traumatic growth. My interests also lie in conducting risk assessments for those on the autism spectrum and those diagnosed with cognitive delays who have committed violent and/or sexually motivated crimes.
Even though I am still a student myself, I have a strong passion for teaching and mentoring aspiring psychologists, and collaborating on research projects, so please reach out with any questions, comments, and/or opportunities for collaboration.
Additional group memberships exist with the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA, the Canadian Society for Evidence-Based Policing, the American Mindfulness Research Association, CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) International, Psi Chi, the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology (SPCP), The Society for the Advancement of Acturial Risk Need Assessment (SAARNA), and the Association for the Treatment and Prevention of Sexual Abuse (ATSA).
- Mental health
Willing to be contacted for collaboration.
Full-Time Forensic Psychology Resident (Supervised)
1001 Queen St W. Toronto, ON M6J 1H1
- Border Services
- Correctional Workers
- Emergency Managers
- Operational Intelligence Personnnel
- Public Safety Communicators
- Search and Rescue Personnel
- Anxiety Disorder
- Operational Stress Injuries
- Panic Disorder
- The efficacy of an online mindfulness intervention on reducing mental health and occupational stress symptoms in Canadian police officers