Department of Psychology

Department of

Psychology

Department of

Psychology

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Dean A. Tripp, PhD, Professor
Depts of Psychology, Anesthesiology, and Urology
T: 613-533-6955  E: dean.tripp@queensu.ca
320 Humphrey Hall, Queen's University
Kingston Ontario, K7L 3N6

Dean Tripp

Curriculum Vitae
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Dr. Dean Tripp, Ph.D.

Dr. Tripp completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University in 2000. He joined the Department of Psychology at Queen’s shortly afterward and has been cross-appointed with the Department of Anesthesiology and Urology. He teaches courses in Health Psychology, Interpersonal Therapy, Pain, and Introduction to Psychology and has established his Psychology Pain Research Unit. Dr Tripp has won the prestigious Frank Knox Teaching Excellence Award in 2009 at Queen’s University and has been nominated for several other teaching awards during his time at Queen’s. Dr. Tripp was also recently awarded the Canadian Pain Society Early Career Award (2008) and has been a Clinical Consultant as well as active researcher over the past decade. He has practiced in hospital settings and in the private sector, treating a variety of patient populations (depression, anxiety, diabetes, G.I., HIV, injured athletes, acute and chronic pain patients).


Adrijana Krsmanovic

Adrijana Krsmanovic

Year of Study: PhD 7

Area of research: I am interested in psychological interventions for chronic pain. For my doctoral dissertation, we developed and are evaluating the efficacy of a 10-week online self-management treatment program for women diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome, through a wait-list randomized controlled trial, with the aim of improving mental and physical quality of life. I aspire to a career as a clinical health psychologists, working with individuals dealing with comorbid physical and mental health difficulties.


Abi Muere

Abi Muere

Year of Study: PhD 5

Area of research: I am interested in the role played by psychosocial factors in chronic pain. For my doctoral dissertation, I'm investigating the effects of catastrophizing, behavioural coping strategies, and depression on chronic pelvic pain. I'm using both experimental and questionnaire studies to understand the effects of these psychological factors on the chronic pain experience. I hope to have a career in a clinical setting, working in an interdisciplinary team helping individuals suffering from co-morbid health conditions, chronic pain, and mental health issues.


Madelaine Gierc

Madelaine Gierc

Year of Study: PhD 5

Area of research: My interests fall into three interrelated areas: first, physical activity for health promotion; second, psychological strategies for physical activity; and third, knowledge translation. The past century has produced indisputable evidence for physical activity as a determinant of health - including mental health. Despite this, only about 15% of Canadian adults are sufficiently active to achieve health benefits. My research examines both (1) the psychological determinants of physical activity and (2) how to apply physical activity in care settings. Areas of particular interest include self-regulation, perceived benefits of / barriers to exercise, and the feasibility of reducing sedentary behaviour in clinical populations. Long-term, I hope to pursue a career that combines both clinical practice and research.


Alison Shaw

Alison Crawford

Year of Study: PhD 3

Area of research: My primary interests include self-regulation and psychological interventions for chronic pain. For my doctoral dissertation, I'm comparing acceptance and commitment therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy for chronic pain. My main objective is to compare the effectiveness of these therapies, and to figure out for whom and through what processes these treatments are effective. I hope to work in a clinical setting as either a neuropsychologist or a health psychologist helping individuals with brain injury, chronic pain, and other co-morbid health issues.


Kat Fretz

Kat Fretz

Year of Study: PhD 2

Area of research: I am a second year PhD student in clinical psychology. Check out my recent published work exploring the impact of psychological factors on disability among individuals with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). This research sheds light on the importance of addressing mental health concerns in IBD disease management as a way to improve patient quality of life. Stay tuned for my new program of research that will be investigating the often ignored aspects of well-being impacted by IBD such as intimacy and sexuality.


Valentina Mihajlovic

Valentina Mihajlovic

Year of Study: PhD 1

Area of research: I am interested in examining the influence that chronic pain exerts on psychological processes and social relationships. Specifically, my research focuses on biopsychosocial predictors of suicidal ideation in individuals with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Though I spend most of my time as a clinical psychology student, I can also be found reading books regretfully unrelated to class and exploring the southern Ontario music scene. In the future, I hope to be a clinician, working as part of a multidisciplinary health team.

Research Assistants

Holly Coutts

Holly Coutts

RA Duties: I am responsible for recruiting and consenting eligible participants, completing scheduling and reminder calls, and assisting with running experiments for Abi Muere’s study on women with Chronic Pelvic Pain. I also am responsible for calling screened participants who are eligible to partake in Dr. Tripp’s IBD Therapy study.
Bio: I am currently a fourth year undergraduate student completing my Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Psychology. I'm excited to be returning to my second year in the Pain Research Lab as an honours thesis student under the supervision of Dr. Tripp, investigating the efficacy of a pre-surgical brief, online mindfulness meditation intervention in lowering post-surgical psychosocial outcomes among the arthroplasty patient population. Specifically, i'm exploring how distress, pain, and pain catastrophizing are reduced by such an intervention. After graduation, I hope to build upon my current experiences to pursue a career and further education in the mental health field, with a focus on individuals experiencing mental health conditions, addiction, or chronic pain (likely, a combination of the three!).


Danielle Lew

Danielle Lew

RA Duties: My duties as a research assistant for Abi Muere’s study on women with Chronic Pelvic Pain consist of recruiting eligible participants from Hotel Dieu Hospital, leading participants through the experiment, and coordinating schedules and lab notes for all of the research assistants. In addition to my role in the Chronic Pelvic Pain study, I am also responsible for recruiting participants for Dr. Dean Tripp’s Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Therapy Study.
Bio: I am currently a third year student at Queen’s University completing a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree with a major in Psychology. In addition to my duties as a research assistant in the Chronic Pelvic Pain and IBD Therapy studies, I am also an athlete on both the Queen’s Varsity Cheerleading Team and Kingston Elite Royal. Following my undergraduate degree, I would like to continue with my education with hopes to pursue a career in clinical psychology with a focus on the treatment of adolescents and teenagers experiencing mental illness.


Lydia Luchich

Lydia Luchich

RA Duties: As a Research Assistant in the Pain Research Lab, I am responsible for recruiting participants for Abigail Muere’s chronic pelvic pain study. Along with this duty, I am trained to run the experiment for the study, as well as input all the data from the study.  I also input data and contact participants to remind them of their upcoming therapy sessions for both the screening and the experimental phases of Dr. Dean Tripp’s IBD Therapy study.
Bio: As I am in my final year of a four-year undergraduate program in BAH Psychology, I have had a lot of time to think about what I would like to pursue after my time at Queen’s. Since I was quite young, I have had a passion for understanding and helping people to cope with mental health issues, and this has pushed me towards research in the field.  I plan to take some time to get involved in the community once I graduate, and apply to Master’s programs in the GTA for counselling or clinical psychology.


Maria Morais

Maria Morais

RA Duties: I am responsible for recruiting eligible participants, and assisting with running experiments for Abi Muere’s study on women with Chronic Pelvic Pain. I am in charge of recruitment via social media and use Facebook and Reddit.
Bio: I am a third year student completing my Bachelor of Arts (Honours) majoring in Psychology and minoring in World Languages. As well as volunteering in the Pain and Research lab, I also volunteer with a local crisis/distress/talk line and work at the Kingston Youth Shelter as a Youth Counsellor. Following graduation I hope to extend my education into a Master’s program in either social work or counselling. I hope to one day work with individuals who find themselves struggling with addictions and/or mental illness in a counselling setting.


Julia Moreau

Julia Moreau

Lab Responsibilities: As I am currently in the process of investigating my thesis topic, I am responsible for recruiting my participants, through social media platforms, conducting my data analysis, and ultimately, writing my thesis! An aspect that I have particularly enjoyed during my research process is connecting and collaborating with local, young patients with IBD and gaining an inside perspective to their disease experience.
Bio: I am interested in investigating the role of psychosocial predictors of depressive symptoms in adolescents diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). This year, I am excited to be applying to Clinical Psychology programs as I aspire to be a clinician and researcher that addresses youth mental health.


Shannen Rowe

Shannen Rowe

RA Duties: I am currently assisting with two separate studies. I work with Abi Muere on her study on Chronic Pelvic Pain. In this study, I am responsible for recruiting eligible participants and assisting with running the experiment. I also work with Dr. Tripp on his therapy study looking at Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD; Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis). I am responsible for recruitment of participants as well as inventory of materials used in both recruitment and therapy sessions.
Bio: I am currently a fourth year undergraduate student completing my Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Psychology. In addition to my involvement in the Pain Research Lab, I have volunteered as a peer educator and program director with a student-run organization focused on physical, sexual, and mental health education in the Kinston community and abroad. Upon graduation, I hope to pursue a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology, allowing me to work directly with individuals experiencing various mental health conditions.


Nisha Gill

Nisha Gill

RA Duties: I help organize the material packages for studies, including recruitment and check the data that has already been gathered for inconsistencies (such as impossible or missing data).
Bio: I'm still uncertain as to what I would like to study after high school, but I think I would like to do something in the field of psychology. I’m very interested in why we act and think the way we do and also would really like to have a career where I can help and support people.


Krista Jones

Krista Jones

RA Duties: This is my second year in the Pain Research Lab and I am excited to be completing my Honours thesis with Dr. Tripp. I am currently helping with Abi Muere’s study on chronic pelvic pain. In the past I have been responsible for recruiting eligible participants and currently I am helping lead participants through the experiment.
Bio: I am currently in my fourth year at Queen’s, completing a BSc in Psychology. Outside of the lab, I volunteer with a crisis line and am a part of the executive team for Step Above Stigma which is an organization that focuses on mental health awareness and raising funds to help improve access to care. Following the completion of my undergraduate degree, I am hoping to continue my education and pursue graduate studies in clinical psychology.

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