"I came to SFU because I loved the scientist-practitioner model of the clinical psychology program. More specifically, the clinical psychology program at SFU provides fantastic training in both research and treatment. The opportunity to become immersed in both clinical and research work was very appealing."

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Student Profile: Cassandra Turner

March 17, 2022
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Psychology master's student in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

I am currently a Master’s student in the Clinical-Child stream of the Clinical Psychology program at Simon Fraser University. I completed my Honours Psychology BA at the University of Victoria, and then worked as a Lab Co-ordinator in a Research lab. I grew up in the Greater Vancouver area and love going to the beach, going for hikes, spending time outdoors, and reading.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

I came to SFU because I loved the scientist-practitioner model of the clinical psychology program. More specifically, the clinical psychology program at SFU provides fantastic training in both research and treatment. The opportunity to become immersed in both clinical and research work was very appealing. I was also incredibly excited by the opportunity to work with experts in the field, such as my senior supervisor Dr. Alex Chapman.

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

My research focuses on how early childhood experiences influence risk taking behaviours and outcomes related to borderline personality disorder and nonsuicidal self-injury throughout the lifespan. Broadly, I am interested in longitudinal research that can illuminate the etiology of self-damaging and risky behaviours and can inform prevention programs for at risk children and teens. My clinical work so far has been with children, teens, and young adults.

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

I love the variety of my activities in the clinical program from day to day! On one day I might be conducting psychoeducational assessments at my practicum, the next I might see a therapy client or be in a seminar or doing my own research work. It's fantastic to get to wear so many hats and I am loving everything I am involved in! My cohort has also been so supportive and it's been fantastic to meet other people who also enjoy research and clinical work.

HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR-FUNDED AWARDS? IF SO, PLEASE TELL US WHICH ONES AND A LITTLE ABOUT HOW THE AWARDS HAVE IMPACTED YOUR STUDIES AND/OR RESEARCH.

I feel very lucky to have been awarded a Canadian Graduate Scholarship at the Masters level to fund the second year of my MA. This funding has permitted me to focus more on getting involved in my thesis and other research projects in my lab!

 

Contact : cassandra_turner@sfu.ca