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Queen's University
 
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Research Team

  • Director    
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    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
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      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.



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    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.


    • Lab Coordinator 
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      • Undergraduate Honours Students 2013-2014
      Jenny Rigby
      Caitlin Heino

       

       

      • Undergraduate Research Assistants & Lab Students

       

      Emma Ayukawa 

      Morgan Sherrer

      Jessica Barr

      Heather Brooks

      Alenka Bullen

      Giselle Hunt

      Lauren Bawks

      Mariana Borsuk-Gudz

      Sandra Krause

      Alex Wolfer

      Kate Jackson

      Tanya Tran

      Dan Gale

      Jennifer Thunem

       


      • 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
         Lauren David
          Lisa Gou
        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