"My career interests include working with underrepresented and underserved populations, resilience training, and research on life transitions and happiness."

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Student Profile: Tiara Cash

Psychology Student in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

December 02, 2020
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I’m a graduate student at SFU from Memphis, TN (USA) where I work with Dr. Lara Aknin in the Helping and Happiness Lab. I hold a Master’s Degree (M.S.) from Western Illinois University where I studied Sport Psychology. There, my research focused on student-athlete retirement and the psychosocial factors related to the quality of well-being post-play. Previously, I earned a B.S. at Arizona State University in Exercise and Wellness. In addition to being a graduate student and researching in the lab, I am a certified Koru Mindfulness Instructor with a 20-year personal practice in mindfulness and meditation. With this work - I own an organization focused on serving communities through the concepts of mindfulness, meta-awareness, and meaningful self-relationships and relationships with others where I conduct presentations, workshops, and consultations through an emerging framework: Equitable Mindfulness. My career interests include working with underrepresented and underserved populations, resilience training, and research on life transitions and happiness.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

There are a few reasons why I ultimately made the choice to start my PhD journey here at SFU. Dr. Aknin is a leader in the science of happiness and when I met her, I instantly knew I wanted to work with her. She has been an amazing mentor so far, and I look forward to seeing how I grow under her leadership. Also, when I visited the campus, I fell in love! It beautifully sits on top of Burnaby mountain and everyone I met was kind and helpful.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR RESEARCH AND/OR PROGRAM.

My research focuses on the intersections of life transitions and pro-social behaviors on well-being outcomes.

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

I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all of my professors, classmates, and staff within the psychology department. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a place where the spirit of the organization is based solely on collaboration and the good of all. I also feel challenged at SFU and that I will receive a well-rounded education with deep research knowledge and practical application.

HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR FUNDED AWARDS?

Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship

Contact Tiara: tac14@sfu.ca