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Student Profile: Hira Aslam

Psychology master's student in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

February 19, 2021
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I completed my Bachelor of Science Honours degree at the University of Toronto. During this time, I held several Research Assistant positions at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, most notably in the Forensic Division. I was involved in research on motivations for violent offending, conducted violence risk assessments, and developed a nascent interest in complex psychopathology and the forensic mental health system in Canada. Following this, I completed a Master of Science degree at the University of Oxford; my thesis was on the emerging topic of psychopathy and resiliency mechanisms. Most recently, I was the lead research worker for a National Offending Study on head injury and psychological wellbeing in Scottish prisoners. This initiative was funded by the Scottish Government and National Prisoner Healthcare Network. These experiences furthered my interests in theory and intervention of mentally disordered offending broadly, with special interests in violent/sexual offending, risk assessment, criminal responsibility, and psychopathic personality disorder. I am currently a Clinical Forensic Psychology Graduate student in the Mental Health, Law, and Policy Institute with Professor Stephen Hart. Balance is important for my wellbeing and productivity, and when time permits, I enjoy hiking and exploring the outdoors. Being in nature is transformative, and helps me remain focused and inspired in my clinical and research work.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

As the only Canadian University with a forensic track clinical program, the clinical psychology program at SFU is well-matched to my interests and professional goals. Alongside developing broader clinical and research competency, the forensic concentration allows for the development of specialist skills in forensic mental health, and provides the opportunity to learn from expert faculty that are renowned for their contributions to the field.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?

It is unmatched for the breadth and depth of clinical training, and attracts students who are passionate about their areas of specialization.

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

One of the most attractive aspects of the program is the opportunity to network and collaborate with a substantial community of students and faculty with shared interests.

Contact Hira: hira_aslam@sfu.ca

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