Dr. Kate Harkness
B.Sc., (Hon.) Toronto, 1993
M.S., Oregon, 1995
Ph.D., Oregon, 1998
Area of research: My primary research focus is the role of stress and early trauma in the etiology and ongoing pathology of major depression in adolescence and adulthood. My current work focuses on biomarker-environment interactions that increase the biological and psychosocial sensitivity to stress in major depression.
Research Coordinator, Theory of Mind
Education: BAH, (Hon.), Queen’s University, 2021
I am one of the research coordinators for the Mood Research Lab and am responsible for the organization and maintenance of ongoing theory of mind projects in the lab.
Research Coordinator, CAN-BIND
Education: BA, (Hon.), University of Waterloo, 2021
I am one of the research coordinators for the Mood Research Lab and am responsible for the organization and maintenance of ongoing CAN-BIND projects in the lab.
PhD. Year 2
Area of Research: My primary research focus is on the etiology of depression. Specifically, I am interested in social cognition and how it plays a role in the development of depression. For my Master’s thesis, I studied cognitive biases in processing social information. For my PhD thesis, I plan to expand this subject with an evolutionary perspective.
PhD. Year 1
Area of Research: I am a first-year PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program. For my Master's thesis work, I investigated alterations in stress-related brain mechanisms related to childhood maltreatment and depression. Currently, I am also interested in investigating mechanisms associated with childhood maltreatment and later risk for revictimization across the lifespan.
MSc. Year 2
Area of Research: I am interested in theory of mind - the ability to decode and reason about the mental states of others. Specifically, my research examines socio-cognitive mechanisms underlying the association between depression and theory of mind.
Area of Research: I’m a fourth-year Psychology major and Life Science minor doing my thesis project in the Mood lab this year. In my thesis I will be investigating the relationship between childhood sexual abuse and adulthood sexual revictimization. I will be looking specifically at whether engaging in risky sexual behaviour and one’s sexual self-schemas mediate this relationship.