Graduate Student Achievement

2016 - 2017 Academic Year

Ph.D. Thesis Defense

Congratulations to Kirk Luther who successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation.

Psy.D. Thesis Defense

Congratulations to Ben Goddard who successfully defended his Psy.D. dissertation.

Congratulations to Katharine Stabb who successfully defended her Psy.D. dissertation.

Congratulations to Melissa Hoskins who successfully defended her Psy.D. dissertation.

Congratulations to Ashli Hayes who successfully defended her Psy.D. dissertation.

Other Awards and Distinctions

TPMI Educational Funding

Congratulations to Breanna Lane who is the first ever student in psychology to be selected for this award from NL Support, Patient Oriented Research, in the Faculty of Medicine, MUN.

WAMUN Scholarship

MAPS student Samantha Scurrey, supervised by Dr. Sheila Garland, has been awarded the Women’s Association of Memorial University (WAMUN) Non-Thesis Route Scholarship for 2016-2017.

2017 Psychology Research Day

The Best Talk was presented to Laura Fallon for "An examination of the use of inter-rater reliability in forensic psychology journals".

2015 - 2016 Academic Year

Ph.D. Thesis Defense

Congratulations to David Speed who successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation with distinction.

Congratulations to Sarah MacDonald who successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation.

Congratulations to Su Xiao who successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation.

Psy.D. Thesis Defense

Congratulations to Heather Patterson who successfully defended her Psy.D. dissertation.

Congratulations to Stacy Smith who successfully defended her Psy.D. dissertation with distinction.

Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam Success

Congratulations to Tyler Ensor who successfully passed his Ph.D. comprehensive exam with distiction.

Congratulations to Sriya Bhattacharya who successfully passed her Ph.D. comprehensive exam.

Other Awards and Distinctions

2016 National Student Evaluation Case Competition

Congratulations to Olivia Cleary, Laura Fallon, Sandra Parsons, Marshal Rodrigues, and Lauren Matthews for winning the 2016 National Student Evaluation Case Competition.

The competition was held at the Canadian Evaluation Society Conference in St. John’s. The students competed against two teams, one from the University of Guelph and the other from the University of Saskatchewan.  Teams were given five hours to research and respond to a request for proposals entitled "Young Adult Cancer Canada’s Support Events".  After each team presented their proposals to a panel of experts, Memorial University of Newfoundland was announced as the winning team!

2014 - 2015 Academic Year

Ph.D. Thesis Defense

Congratulations to Paul Regular, Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology program, who successfully defended his PhD thesis.  Paul’s thesis was entitled “Foraging Strategies of a Pursuit-Diving Seabird in a Dynamic Marine Environment”.  He was co-supervised by Drs. Bill Montevecchi and Dr. Greg Robertson (Canadian Wildlife Service).

Congratulations are extended to Elizabeth Russell who successfully defended her Doctoral Dissertation.  Elizabeth’s thesis was entitled "Age-Friendly Community Capacity Building in Newfoundland and Labrador". She was spervised by Dr. Ken Fowler.

Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam Success

Congratulations are extended to Phillip Mac Callum for passing his Comprehensive Exam.  His paper was entitled "Mechanistic Target of Rapamycin-Dependent Translation Regulation in Fear Memory Consolidation and Reconsolidation".  Phillip is being supervised by Dr. Blundell

Congratulations are extended to Jesse Whiteman for passing his Comprehensive Exam. His paper was entitled "The effects of rapamycin on food intake and body weight: A behavioural neuroscience perspective". He is being supervised by Dr. Blundell.

Congratulations are extended to Kyle Morrissey for passing his Comprehensive Exam. His paper was entitled "A methodological review in the violent video game effects literature". He is being supervised by Dr.Hallett

Other Awards and Distinctions

2014-2015 NLCAHR Dissertation Award

Adam Stacey for receiving a 2014-2015 NLCAHR Dissertation Award for his research project “The Effects of Mindfulness Training on Physician-Patient Communication”.

2014 SSHRC Talent Award

Kirk Luther

2014 SSHRC Doctoral Award

Cheryll Fitzpatrick

2014 NSERC Masters Fellowship Award

Tyler Ensor

2015 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) Competition

Susan Doyle for winning the Faculty of Science 3MT competition, and to David Speed for being the runner-up.

 

2013 - 2014 Academic Year

Psy.D. Thesis Defense

Congratulations are extended to Pamela Button for passing her Doctor of Psychology Oral Defense on April 30, 2014.  Her thesis was entitled "Maladaptive Coping Strategies in Health Professional Students Dealing with Stress".  Pamela was Co-Supervised by both Dr. Olga Heath (MUN) and Dr. Natalie Beausoleil (MUN). Also on the Supervisory Committee was Dr. Ken Fowler (MUN) and Dr. Nancy Heath (McGill University).

Congratulations are extended to Krystle O'Leary for passing her Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Oral Defense on April 15, 2014.  Her thesis was entitled "Nature and Nurture: The Role of Math Experiences and Personality Traits in Math Anxiety".  Krystle was supervised by Dr. Darcy Hallett (Co-Supervised by Sarah Francis). Also on the Supervisory Committee was Dr. Jackie Hesson from Education at MUN.

Ph.D. Thesis Defense

Congratulations to Roberta DiDonato (Supervisor: Aimee Surprenant) on passing her Ph.D. Defense. Roberta's discipline is cognition and her Thesis title is “Effortful and Effortless Listening: How Age-Related Hearing Loss and Cognitive Abilities Interact and Influence Memory Performance In Older Adults”.

Congratulations to Meagan MacKenzie (Supervisor: Ken Fowler) on passing her Ph.D. Defense. Meagan’s Discipline is Experimental Psychology and her Thesis title is “A Multidimensional Profile of Canadians with Social Anxiety Disorder: Sociodemographics, Social Support, and Stress”.

Psy.D. Comprehensive Exam Success

Congratulations to the following Psy.D. students who passed their comprehensive exam:

Rebecca Ginsburg

Tyler Reitsma

Anna Richter

Katharine Stabb

Julian Torres

Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam Success

Congratulations to Ross Connolly for passing his Comprehensive Exam.  His paper was titled "A meta-analytic review and evaluation of exercise interventions on decreasing depressive symptoms for inmates".  He is being supervised by Dr. Sarah Francis.

Congratulations to Kirk Luther for passing (with distinction) his Comprehensive Exam on May 13, 2014. His paper was titled "Social Psychological Analysis of the Mr. Big Technique". He is being supervised by Dr. Brent Snook.

Congratulations to Marsha Rowsell for passing her Comprehensive Exam. Her paper was titled "Subtyping OCD: What, if any, is the optimal way?". She is being supervised by Dr. Sarah Francis.

External Funding/Awards

Psychology

Stacy Smith has been awarded a CIHR Health Professional Student Award to spend 6 weeks this summer working on research with Dr. Jacqueline Carter.

Jonathan Canning: SSHRC J. Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship and Dean's Excellence Award.

Kirk Luther: SSHRC J. Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral

Kerri Bojman: 2014 Renata Elizabeth Withers Memorial Scholarship' from the Eating Disorders Federation of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology

Sarah Adcock: NSERC CGS D3

Chantelle Burke: LGL Limited Scholarship in Marine Science

Amy-Lee Kouwenberg: 2013 Leslie M. Tuck Avian Conservation Scholarship Award

Department Award presented at Psychology Research Day (April 2, 2014)

The Best Spoken Presentation was awarded to Sarah Oates (Metamemory For Words In Noise )

Other Awards and Distinctions

Teaching Assistants Awards

Congratulations to Bruce Dibben and Morag Ryan who received the Certificate of Teaching Excellence from the Council of Canadian Departments of Psychology.

Pacific Seabird Group Annual Meeting

Paul Regular was awarded "The Best Ph.D. Talk" at the Pacific Seabird Group Annual Meeting in Juneau, Alaska in February 2014 for his talk entitled “Why timing is everything: Consequences of resource mismatch for a chick-rearing seabird at an energy ceiling.”

3MT (Three Minute Thesis) National Championship

Kirk Luther who won the People Choice Award from the National Three Minute Thesis Competition.

3MT (Three Minute Thesis) Eastern Regional Championship

Kirk Luther won the 2014 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) Eastern Regional Championship that was hosted by the School of Graduate Studies at Dalhousie University on April 24th, 2014.  Kirk took top prize out of 8 previous winners from the Eastern Region.

3MT (Three Minute Thesis) Competition

Kirk Luther took top prize out of nearly 25 presenters across the University.  Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed in 2008 by The University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia. Research students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance.

CPA Certificate of Academic Excellence for Best Thesis (2014)

Masters Thesis:

Kirk Luther

Philip MacCallum

Marsha Rowsell

PhD/PsyD Thesis:

Valerie Noel

Sarah Chaulk

Megan MacKenzie

Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies

Congratulations to Psychology's new Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies: Kirk Luther

 

2012 - 2013 Academic Year

Psy.D. Thesis Defense

Congratulations to Sarah Chaulk for successfully defending her Psy.D. thesis.  The title of her research was "Measuring and predicting police caution comprehension in adult offenders and the relationship to cognitive functioning".

Congratulations to Lisa Moores for successfully defending her Psy.D. thesis.  The title of her research was “Come from away, far away: The lived experience of International Students in a Predominantly Homogeneous Host Culture”.

Congratulations to Kathy Keating for successfully defending her Psy.D. thesis. The title of her research was “The effect of mental illness label and characteristics of persons with mental illness on police officer attitudes and behavioural responses”.

Ph.D. Thesis Defense

Congratulations to Valerie Noel on passing her Ph.D. Defense with Distinction.  Valerie’s Discipline is Experimental Psychology and her Thesis title is “The Influence of Quality of Relationships on the Links between Cognitive and Behavioural Variables Associated with the Development of Depression in Youth.”  Valerie was Supervised by Dr. Sarah Francis from Psychology.

CABE Thesis Defense

Congratulations to Laura McFarlane Tranquilla (Supervisor: William Montevecchi) on passing her Ph.D. Defense.  Her thesis title is "Ecological separation of murres (Uria lomvia and U. aalge) during the non-breeding season in the North West Atlantic Ocean

Comprehensive Exam Success

The following Psy.D. students successfully completed their comprehensive exam: Tricia Teeft, Anders Dorbeck, Chris Duggan, Jodi Stuckless, Ben Goddard, Heather Patterson, and Heather Quinlan.

Adam Brown successfully completed the Ph.D. comprehensive exam in experimental psychology.

Other Awards and Distinctions

Leslie M. Tuck Avian Conservation Scholarship Award:

Amy-Lee Kowenberg was awarded the 2013 Leslie M. Tuck Avian Conservation Scholarship Award.

Congress 2013 of Humanities and Social Sciences (Victoria, BC):

Kirk Luther was selected as one of the top five winners in the SSHRC Research for a Better Life: The Storytellers competition. Kirk has been invited to present his research at the World Social Science Forum in Montreal in October.

The CIHR - Institute of Aging Annual Summer Program in Aging (SPA):

Elizabeth Russell has been accepted into the program and will be attending the program in Toronto in May.  This program is designed to offer graduate students and post-doctoral fellows involved in research relevant to aging, and those doing post-graduate clinical training that includes a program of research in aging, an advanced research training program that crosses disciplines, sectors, institutions and geography.

SSHRC Storyteller Award:

Kirk Luther submitted a video entry into the newly launched SSHRC competition titled "Research for a Better Life: The Storytellers". His video submission tells the story of his research on youths and the criminal justice system - specifically, how well youths understand their legal rights. Kirk was one of 25 winners from across Canada to win this competition. He will be presenting his research in Victoria, BC at Congress 2013.

Graduate Students Union Awards (May 2013)

Meagan MacKenzie was awarded the GSU Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Michelle Fitzsimmons was awarded both the GSU Award for Excellence in Community Service and GSU Award for Leadership.

Department Award presented at Psychology Research Day (April 3, 2013)

The Best Spoken Presentation was awarded to Morag Ryan (Interspecific attachment: Social bonds between humans and their "best friends").

External Funding/Awards

Psychology

Cheryll Fitzpatrick - 2013 Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies; Dean's Doctoral Award

Kirk Luther - Law Foundation of Newfoundland & Labrador Legal Research; SSHRC J. Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship; Dean's Excellence Award

Meagan MacKenzie - NLCAHR Doctoral Fellowship

Stacy Smith - Eating Disorders Foundation of NL Doctoral Scholarship

Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology

Michelle Fitzsimmons - MUN Graduate Fellowship; Dr. Joe Brown Graduate Research Award in Aquatic Ecology

Matthew Ingram - NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship

Amy-Lee Kouwenberg - George Weston Graduate Scholarship; Royal Bank Marine Studies Award; North American Ornithological Congress Travel Award

Morag Ryan - Dr. Anna C. Templeton Memorial Graduate Scholarship; Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) NSERC; Dean's Excellence Award

Fellows of the School of Graduate Studies

Congratulations to CABE's new Fellows of the School of Graduate Studies: Amy-Lee Kouwenberg, Laura McFarlane Tranquilla, Matthew Ingram, & Morag Ryan.

CPA Certificate of Academic Excellence for Best Master's Thesis (2013)

Cheryll Fitzpatrick

Genieve Peckford

CPA Certificate of Academic Excellence for Best Master's Thesis (2012)

Scott Deibel

Sarah MacDonald

Megan Short

 

2011 – 2012 Academic Year

Department Award presented at Psychology Research Day (March 30, 2012)

The Best Spoken Presentation was awarded to Kerri Bojman (Similarities and differences in emotional deficits: An investigation of the relationship between emotion regulation and alexithymia in undergraduate students).

External Funding/Awards

Psychology

Roberta DiDonato – NLCAHR NL-HARP Doctoral Dissertation Award

Annie Jalbert – Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies

Kathy Keating - SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship; Recognition of Excellence at the Graduate Level

Kirk Luther - Law Foundation of Newfoundland & Labrador Legal Research

Sarah MacDonald - SSHRC J. Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Valerie Noel - Canadian Mental Health Association NL Division Mental Health Research Scholarship

Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology

Alejandro Buren - Dr. Wilfred Templeman Memorial Graduate Scholarship

Laura McFarlane Tranquilla - Fellowship from the Leonard and Kathleen O'Brien Humanitarian Trust

Emily Zimmerman - Dr. Wilfred Templeman Memorial Graduate Scholarship

Amy-Lee Kouwenberg - George Weston Graduate Scholarship

CPA Certificate of Academic Excellence for Best Master's Thesis (2011)

Kristen Williams

Rachel Clay

Hilary Edison

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