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Queen's University

Research Team

  • Director    

    Christopher Bowie, PhD, C.Psych.

    Dr. Bowie is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the departments of psychology and psychiatry at Queen’s University.  He primarily studies neurocognition and functional disability in psychotic disorders like schizophrenia and mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. Neurocognition refers to the functions of the brain that allow us to perceive and process information and guide our actions. When we talk about attention, memory and problem solving, we are referring to neurocognitive functions. Functional disability refers to difficulties performing in areas of life such as academics, working, living independently, and socializing with others.

    • Supervised Graduate Students
      Maya Gupta, Third Year PhD Student


    Maya graduated with a B.Sc. (hon.) in the department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour at McMaster University. Her undergraduate thesis involved conducting program evaluation for a psychiatric rehabilitation service. For her Master's thesis at Queen's University, Maya examined the relationships among neurocognition, clinical symptoms, and functional outcomes in treatment-resistant depression.

    Currently Maya is interested in understanding family functioning in early episode psychosis, specifically, the caregiver and patient factors that initiate and maintain family cohesion and family flexibility in this population.












    Katherine Holshausen, Second Year PhD Student


    Katherine is a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program. She graduated from McMaster University with a BA (hons) in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour. During her undergraduate studies, she worked in a Mood Disorders Clinic examining the relationship between neurocognitive abilities and functional disability. For her Master’s thesis, Katherine and Dr. Bowie developed and evaluated a treatment for thought disorder entitled Structured Therapy for the Enhancement of Purposeful Speech (STEPS). At present, Katherine is interested in social cognition and how it is related to communication and social functioning in individuals with schizophrenia.




    Mike Best, First Year PhD Student


    Mike graduated with a B.Sc. (Hon.) in the department of Psychology at Queen’s University. During his undergraduate studies he was involved in research examining outcomes to neurocognitive enhancement in Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) as well as the effect of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) treatment of co-morbid MDD and Sleep Apnoea. Mike’s current research focuses on stigma towards individuals with schizophrenia and how stigma is associated with real-world functional disabilities for these individuals. Specifically, Mike is interested in discovering the neural basis of such stigma in an effort to improve the efficacy of programs to educate the public, and to better prepare individuals with schizophrenia for the situations they may be faced with in the community.





    Michael Grossman, Third Year PhD Student


    Michael graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a B.A. (Honours, Specialization in Psychology) and, more recently, the University of Toronto with an M.A. in Developmental Psychology and Education. His Master’s thesis focused on implementing a computer-based intervention to foster perspective-taking in the written compositions of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Through working with ASD youth to improve their communicative clarity, Michael developed an interest in studying social cognition and the neural correlates of theory of mind in clinical populations. Michael is eager to begin his doctoral studies in clinical psychology and gain greater insight into the origins of social dysfunction in psychiatric disorders, with an emphasis on schizophrenia and first episode psychosis.



    Melissa Milanovic, 1st Year MSc Student


    Melissa graduated from the University of Guelph with a B.Sc. (Hon.) in Psychology (minor in Neuroscience). During her undergraduate studies she used an animal model to conduct a thesis investigating the role of the nicotinic cholinergic system in learning visuospatial associations. Upon graduation, she was hired to manage the University of Guelph's Child Development Research Unit as the lab coordinator, where she used an innovative virtual reality program to study pedestrian safety behaviours in children. Melissa is eager to begin her Master¹s in Clinical Psychology at Queen¹s University. She is interested in investigating the role that cognitive dysfunction plays in the presence of psychosis, with particular emphasis on exploring the potential to improve everyday functioning in those with chronic mental illness via enhancement of neurocognition.

    • Emma Ayukawa, Lab
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      Emma graduated from Queen's University with a B. Sc. (Hon.) degree in psychology where she took seminar courses on psychosis, psycholinguistics, and behavioural pharmacology.  She began working in the CPD lab as a volunteer in her 3rd year of study.  In the future she would like to work in remote communities in the area of counseling or teaching.

      • Undergraduate Honours Students 2013-2014
      Jenny Rigby
      Caitlin Heino



      • Undergraduate Research Assistants & Lab Students

      Emma Ayukawa 

      Morgan Sherrer

      Jessica Barr

      Heather Brooks

      Giselle Hunt

      Lauren Bawks

      Mariana Borsuk-Gudz

      Sandra Krause

      Alex Wolfer

      Kate Jackson

      Tanya Tran

      Dan Gale

      Jennifer Thunem

      Sarah Cassidy



      • Lab Alumni
        Pictured: Emma Bassett,  Shannon Xavier, Stephanie Taillefer
        Nathalie Cote
        Sarah Bacon
        Maeve Wickham
        Kaely Boyd
        Mike Levi
        Bailey Stewart
        Morgan Todd
        Melissa Rajala
        Teal Mackintosh
        Lisa Gou
        Lauren David
        Laura Stefanik
        Sam Yoon
        Garret Duncan
        Theresa Russell
        Sarah Crowe
        Clare Cullen
        Shelley Grady
        Hanneke Smallenbroek
        Erin Meiklejohn
        Sarah Oullette
        Kasley Killam
        Michelle McCowan
        Graham Hutchings
        Rebecca Hansford
        Cindy Law
        Lexy Schimmel
        Kirsten Poole
        Kaitlin Wood
        Emilie Brent


        Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000