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"I have been incredibly fortunate in my supervision and mentorship experiences at Simon Fraser University, and feel that I have received unparalleled theoretical and applied forensic training within the program."
Student Profile: Katherine Hanniball
Clinical Psychology graduate certificate student in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
I'm a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program specializing in forensic psychology. My research interests pertain to the study of psychopathic personality disorder, violence and risk assessment. I feel strongly that, through research, we have the power to influence policy and enact meaningful applied clinical change.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?
I began my studies at SFU with a Masters in the Experimental Psychology Program where I developed a passion for research. After completing my MA, I realized my work felt incomplete without clinical practice. I made the decision to change course, and elected to stay at SFU for my doctorate in Clinical Psychology due to the program's excellence in Forensic Psychology training.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?
My research focuses on issues germane to forensic psychology. I have published several papers on factors that protect against the development of antisocial and criminal behaviour, and have explored relationships between personality dysfunction, violence, and culture in more recent empirical work. My dissertation is focused on the study of psychopathic personality, with particular attention paid to accuracy in assessment.
WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?
I have been incredibly fortunate in my supervision and mentorship experiences at Simon Fraser University, and feel that I have received unparalleled theoretical and applied forensic training within the program.
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 was lucky to be afforded a Vanier CGS Doctoral Award to fund my doctoral research on Psychopathic Personality Disorder. This body of work explores conceptual questions pertaining to the assessment of psychopathy and evaluates the role of culture, gender, and age in the formal evaluation of the disorder.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PROGRAM/POSTDOC POSITION TO SOMEONE STILL SEARCHING FOR A PROGRAM OR POSTDOC POSITION?
SFU is a wonderful place to continue learning and growing as a scholar and practitioner. The faculty make this program what it is, and those who study here benefit from world class mentorship and training.
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