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2019 Issue 3

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A close-knit group

A close-knit group

The Queen’s Tactile Therapy Club (TTC) had its first reunion in Kingston this August. The members of the TTC were PhD students in the psychology department in the mid-1980s to mid-1990s. During their studies, they met regularly in each other’s homes, some teaching others how to knit and do handicrafts over tea and conversation. “Since most of us were in the clinical psychology program,” says Anne McLachlan, “we named ourselves the Tactile Therapy Club.” The TTC provided the opportunity to socialize, share ideas and discuss thesis progress.

[photo of Queen's alumnae]

Seen here during an outing to Wolfe Island are Lindy Kilik, MA’88, PhD’93 (a neuropsychologist in the geriatrics program at Providence Care Mental Health Services in Kingston and cross-appointed in Psychology/Psychiatry at Queen’s); Helena Zajdeman, MA’88, PhD’94 (a clinical psychologist with the Toronto District School Board); Anne McLachlan, MA’89, PhD’95 (a psychologist at Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare in Windsor, Ont.); Ilona Kryl, PhD’90 (a management consultant and business coach in Düsseldorf, Germany); Deb Thompson, MA’87, PhD’94 (a clinical psychologist in private practice in Kingston); Ghislaine Marcotte, MA’89, PhD’96 (a psychologist at Ongwanada in Kingston); and Susan Higginbottom, MA’87, PhD’92 (a clinical psychologist in private practice in the North Vancouver area). Not able to make it was Rachel Young, MA’88, PhD’92, who sent her best wishes from California, where she works as a fitness director and weight-loss program manager.