Daniel Machado, graduate student
Graduate studies: PhD 4 (in progress) Clinical Psychology, Western University
Undergraduate degree: BSc (Hons.) BA (Hons.) Psychology, University of Waterloo
Daniel is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Dozois lab. His primary research interest is the predictors of relapse/recurrence in depression. Daniel's master's thesis examined self-schema stability and the predictive validity of its content and structure longitudinally, and how these constructs confer risk for depressive relapse/recurrence. His Ph.D. comprehensives project proposed a novel model of relapse/recurrence to account for divergence in outcome following an initial depressive episode in the previously depressed population. The model infers multiple pathways to relapse/recurrence, and identifies several risk and protective factors that may contribute to course outcome. Daniel is currently working on his dissertation project, which involves the development and validation of a novel partner-rumination measure.
Mary Ritchie, graduate student (Co-supervised with Dr. Derek Mitchell)
Graduate studies: PhD 4 (in progress) Clinical Psychology, Western University; MA Psychology, Carleton University, 2016
Undergraduate degree: BA (Hons.) Psychology, Carleton University, 2014
Mary is interested in delineating the cognitive abnormalities that increase risk for antisocial behaviour. Her research aims to investigate the role of social cognition and empathic traits (e.g., callous traits) in aggressive and impulsive behaviour among individuals with psychopathy, as well as youth with behavioural and neurodevelopmental disorders. Within these populations, she is also interested in exploring abnormalities in emotion perception and expression.
Jesse Lee Wilde, graduate student
Graduate studies: PhD 3 (in progress) Clinical Psychology, Western University
Undergraduate degree: BSc (Hons.) Psychology, University of Toronto, 2014
Jesse is finishing the third year of her PhD in the Dozois lab. Her research examines cognitive and interpersonal vulnerabilities to depression that occur within the context of romantic relationships. In particular, she is interested in examining how underlying partner-schema structures may lead to dysfunctional relationship processes that contribute to worsening depressive symptoms over time. Jesse’s doctoral program of research is investigating several of these processes as outlined in the Dyadic Partner-Schema Model of Depression and Relationship Distress (Wilde & Dozois, 2019).
Jennifer Gillies, graduate student
Graduate studies: PhD 2 (in progress) Clinical Psychology, Western University
Undergraduate degree: BA (Hons.) Psychology, Queen's University, 2014
Jennifer is completing the second year of her PhD in the Dozois lab. Her program of research aims to address methodological limitations of research on cognitive vulnerability to depression. Her master’s thesis and dissertation have specifically focused on evaluating the validity and utility of mood induction procedures (MIPs) commonly used in cognitive vulnerability research.
Li-elle Rapaport, undergraduate honours student
Li-elle is a fourth year thesis student completing her Honours Specialization in Psychology at Western University. Her goal is to pursue Adult Clinical Psychology, with key research interests in affective disorders and abnormal aging. She enjoys painting, writing, and nature hikes.
Melynda Thompson, undergraduate honours student
Melynda is a fourth year thesis student working toward her Honours Specialization in Psychology. She plans to continue in Clinical Psychology with a special interest in depression and anxiety among youth and young adults. Outside of school, she enjoys dance and going to the beach in the summer.