Current Lab Members

Daniel Machado, graduate student

Email:  dmachad2@uwo.ca

Graduate studies: PhD 5 (in progress) Clinical Psychology, Western University

Undergraduate degree: BSc (Hons.) BA (Hons.) Psychology, University of Waterloo

Daniel received his B.A. (Honours) in psychology from the University of Waterloo and his M.Sc. in clinical psychology from the University of Western Ontario, where he is currently completing his Ph.D. Daniel’s research interests centre on cognitive vulnerability to depression, particularly the predictors of relapse/recurrence in the disorder. As part of his dissertation work, Daniel is developing and validating a novel measure that assesses rumination about one's romantic partner.

Mary Ritchie, graduate student (Co-supervised with Dr. Derek Mitchell)

Email:  mritchi6@uwo.ca

Graduate studies: PhD 5 (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

Email:  jwilde3@uwo.ca

Graduate studies: PhD 5 (in progress) Clinical Psychology, Western University

Undergraduate degree: BSc (Hons.) Psychology, University of Toronto, 2014

Jesse is completing the fifth 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 lead to dysfunctional cognitions about, and behaviours towards, a romantic partner that contribute to depression over time. Jesse’s doctoral research will provide the first empirical examination of these processes as outlined in the Dyadic Partner-Schema Model of Depression and Relationship Distress (Wilde & Dozois, 2019).

Jennifer Gillies, graduate student

Email:  jgilli24@uwo.ca

Graduate studies: PhD 4 (in progress) Clinical Psychology, Western University

Undergraduate degree: BA (Hons.) Psychology, Queen's University, 2014

Jennifer is completing the fourth 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.

Owen Hicks, graduate student

Email:  ohicks@uwo.ca

Graduate studies: : MSc 1 (in progress) Clinical Psychology, Western University

Undergraduate degree: BSc (Hons.) Psychology, Queen's University, 2020

Owen is a master's student in the Dozois lab. He is primarily interested in studying cognitive and environmental risk factors of depression. Specifically, he is interested in further exploring the immediate and long-term effects of partner schemas on relationship distress and depression within the framework of the Dyadic Partner-Schema Model (Wilde & Dozois, 2019). In future work, Owen hopes to apply the theoretical underpinnings of this model to other close relationships to examine the impact of non-romantic "other-schemas" more generally.

Prajith Sivakumar, undergraduate honours student

Prajith is a fourth-year thesis student completing his Honours Specialization in Psychology. He intends to pursue Clinical Psychology with a specific interest in depression in adults, focusing on partner-schemas and cognitive behavioural therapy. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, kayaking, and travelling.