Hello! My name is Danielle and I am in my first year of the doctoral program in Educational Psychology. My background is in Counselling Psychology, and I have been working as a therapist for over 8 years, primarily in the area of child and youth mental health. I am passionate about understanding social-emotional development in young children and the impact of this development on their educational experience. Over the past few years I have been developing a manualized anxiety group intervention, called “Little Champions”, for children aged 4-7 and their parents. This is the groundwork of my research during my doctoral studies at SFU.
What attracted you to come to SFU?
In searching for the right University I wanted one with a strong academic and research-based focus. I had taken a few courses at SFU during my undergraduate degree and I enjoyed the sense of community in SFU. I wanted a program that was flexible enough to tailor courses to suit my academic and career needs, yet would provide me with high calibre training.
Who is a faculty member you have enjoyed working with and in what way?
So far I have had a fantastic experience with the entire faculty I’ve worked with in the Educational Psychology program. Dr. Lucy Le Mare has been instrumental in guiding me through the program over the past year. She works closely with me as I develop my educational and research goals so I get the most of my educational experience.
What inspires you to learn and to continue your education?
In the field of counselling I am always continuing my education in some way, looking for better ways to help the children I work with. Learning has become a life-long journey and the more I learn, the more inspired I am to continue learning. I have always wanted to pursue a doctoral degree and I find the Educational Psychology program provides a complementary knowledge base to my existing skills and experience. It seems like the Educational Psychology program provides the bridge between the fields of counselling and education during my work with young children.