Dylan Gatner receives Dean's Convocation Medal

June 02, 2016

As one of SFU's most outstanding graduate students from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Mr. Dylan Gatner is being recognized with the award of the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal. On behalf of SFU, we congratulate Mr. Gatner on his outstanding achievements. 

Dylan Gatner is being awarded the Dean’s Convocation Medal for his Master’s work in Psychology. In his Master’s thesis, Dylan studied how we define and measure psychopathic personality disorder.

He completed his master’s degree in just 22 months, and in that time, he completed his course work and collected over 400 participants to test his hypotheses. His findings suggest that certain contemporary measures and models of psychopathy might include irrelevant diagnostic content which have implications for future assessment of the disorder.

A first-authored paper based on his master’s thesis, Investigating the Role of Boldness in the Conceptualization of Psychopathy, has already been published in a top journal and he has also held a practicum with the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission conducting forensic assessments.

His supervisor, Dr. Kevin Douglas, says, "Dylan's work challenged a theoretical position that was becoming relatively well accepted, and I am sure it will have a large impact in the field."  

Mr. Gatner was awarded a $105,000 SSHRC Doctoral Scholarship to fund his doctoral research in forensic clinical psychology at SFU under the supervision of Dr. Kevin Douglas. His proposed dissertation will estimate the cost of crime in Canada attributable to psychopathy. In the future, he hopes to hold academic and clinical positions in forensic psychology.

He adds, "I would like to thank Dr. Kevin Douglas, Dr. Stephen Hart, the SFU Forensic Psychology network, and my family for all their support."

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