Congratulations to this year's Canada Graduate Scholarship winners from the Department of Psychology!

November 28, 2022

Congratulations to Department of Psychology PhD students Julia Vernon and Maitland Waddell on receiving Canada Graduate Scholarship awards this year! The Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral Program (CGS-D) provides support and recognition to doctoral students who demonstrate excellence in their field of research.

Julia Vernon

Award: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Research Award: Canada Graduate Scholarship-Doctoral (2022-2025)

Project Title: Reducing adolescent psychopathology through improvements in parent emotion regulation and adolescent attachment security

Julia Vernon is a PhD student studying Clinical Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Marlene Moretti. In her dissertation, she is investigating whether parents of pre-adolescents and adolescents participating in a trauma-informed and attachment-focused intervention report increases in mindful parenting and reductions in emotion regulation difficulties in the context of their relationship with their child. She is also exploring how changes in parent emotion regulation and mindful parenting relate to changes in youth-parent attachment security and internalizing and externalizing symptoms over the course of the program. 

Maitland Waddell

Award: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Canada Graduate Scholarship-Doctoral (2021-2022)

Project Title: They had it coming! Examining the psychological antecedents of support for collective harm

The focus of Maitland Waddell's research is understanding when and why people support acts of collective harm: actions committed by their own group and intended to cause harm to another group. Support is an important piece of collective harm to consider, as group support often signals that collective harm is desired and/or necessary, thereby increasing the likelihood it will occur. Waddell's work examines a range of topical social contexts⁠—including the Canadian environmental movement, the US pro-life/pro-choice debate, and Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement⁠—to identify the common psychological processes which underlie support for collective harm taken in the real world.