The Clinical Program has seen many changes over the past few years. First, in 2005 we established the Queen’s Psychology Clinic. The mission for the Clinic is to set the standard for Excellence in Clinical Psychology training through the integration of clinical practice, research, and teaching. Under the leadership of Kevin Parker, we are now an established centre for mental health services in Kingston.
Chris Bowie came to us from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, in 2008. His research examines neurocognition in psychosis, and cognitive remediation techniques. Chris, Susan, and daughter Stella are delighted to announce the arrival of new baby Ronan!
Meredith Chivers joined us in 2009 as a Queen’s National Scholar. Meredith’s research examines sexual psychophysiology, sexual orientation, and sexual functioning. Meredith and Michael’s son, Oliver, just celebrated his second birthday.
Caroline Pukall’s Sexual Health Research Laboratory continues to study female sexual pain disorders using her patented vulvagesiometer. Caroline is also the Director of the Sex Therapy Service at the Psychology Clinic. Caroline and Mike’s twins, Jake and Ahnya, recently made the transition to daycare.
Dean Tripp’s Pain Research Laboratory studies the psychosocial factors in pain disorders. Dean was also recently awarded the Frank Knox Teaching Excellence Award, and was nominated for TVO’s Best Lecturer Award. On weekends Dean can be found coaching his kids’ sports teams.
Kate Harkness’ Mood Research Laboratory continues to study the genetic and environmental factors that cause depression (www.blueskyproject.ca). Kate is also the Clinical Program Chair and has been instrumental in strengthening our curriculum. Kate and Mark are having fun ferrying Pablo and Ruby to their many after-school activities.
Wendy Craigis continuing her study of bullying and victimization with the aim of promoting safe and healthy relationships for Canadian youth (www.prevnet.ca). Wendy is also enjoying the challenging task of negotiating Sophie’s ‘pre-tween’ years.
Ron Holden is now the Chair of Graduate Studies for Psychology. He is also continuing to investigate the psychometrics of suicide, personality, and psychopathology. Now that Ron’s sons are off at University he is looking for someone to play baseball with.
Cynthia Fekken has taken her great leadership skills over to MacCorry Hall as Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences. Cynthia is looking forward to coming back to Psychology so that she can continue her active program of research and consulting.
Patricia Minnes and her colleagues are involved in the HELPS Inc Project, a network grant that has brought together multidisciplinary researchers to explore the challenges and successes involved in transitioning preschoolers with developmental disabilities to elementary school.
Alistair MacLean also moved over to the ‘dark side’ and is now the Dean of Arts & Science for all of Queen’s. This is a great honour, and Alistair is doing a wonderful job leading the largest faculty in the University, particular during these trying financial times.
As a program we have been building on our great strengths in research and clinical translation to start some exciting new initiatives that we hope will cement Queen’s reputation as a leading place in Canada for the study of Clinical Psychology.