People


Post Doctoral Fellows

Olga Santesteban EcharriOlga Santesteban-Echarri, PhD, D. Clin. Psy.

I am a PostDoctoral Fellow and Clinical Psychologist. I received my BA degree in Psychology from the University of Deusto; my MSc degree in Psychology and Ph.D. from the Universitat Rovira i Virgili; and I did my clinical psychology training at the Institut Pere Mata Hospital, all in Spain. From 2012-2014, I was awarded an Alicia Koplowitz Research Fellowship to research at the Columbia University Medical Center (NY, USA); and from 2015-2017 an Endeavour Research Fellowship to research at Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health (Melbourne, Australia). I moved to Calgary in 2017 to start my Postdoctoral training in Dr. Jean Addington’s lab, where I was awarded a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship.

My research interests involve youth mental health, clinical risk of serious mental health disorders in relation to social and role functioning outcomes, and the use of new technologies (eMental health).


Paul MetzakPaul Metzak, BA, MSc, PhD

I am a third year postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Jean Addington’s lab. I completed my PhD and MSc in Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Dr. Todd Woodward, and I received a BA with a dual major in Psychology and Philosophy from Simon Fraser University.

The goal of my research in Dr. Addington’s lab is to examine the structural and functional brain changes that accompany the development of serious mental illness in youth.



Research Staff

Alexa Desjarlais, BSc

I am a Research Coordinator in Dr. Jean Addington’s Lab. I have worked in research for the last five years and have been responsible for recruitment, program development and administration. I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Health Science from Mount Royal University in 2015. I am committed to life-long learning and creating a positive impact in the fields of health and wellness.


Liu 2015

Lu Liu, MSc

I am a data manager in Dr. Jean Addington’s lab. I have more than ten years work experience in performing data management and statistical analyses for funded studies. I obtained my MSc at the University of Zhejiang (P.R.CHINA).


Megan Farris

Megan Farris, BSc, MSc

I am a Research Associate in Dr. Jean Addington’s lab, primarily supporting data analytics, epidemiology methods and medical writing for various research projects. I received a BSc in Health Sciences (minor Psychology) from California State University, Fullerton in 2013 and more recently a MSc from the Department of Community Health Sciences emphasizing in epidemiology from the University of Calgary in 2016.  My research interests include understanding etiology, early prevention and management of serious mental illness.



Undergraduate Students

Braun 2019

Amy Braun

I am an undergraduate psychology student at the University of Calgary. I had volunteered in Dr. Addington's lab in my second year of study and then worked during the summer on a project about the correlates of metacognition in high risk for psychosis youth. My work has also involved helping with a meta-analysis on symptoms and various variables in this high risk population. My experience at Mathison Centre will help me determine what areas of psychology I am interested in studying in future academic endeavours.


Thea Placsko

I am a second year student in the Bachelor’s of Health Sciences Program at the University of Calgary. This past summer I was a summer student working to analyze fMRI data for the PROCAN study. After completing my degree, I plan to go to either continue in research in the mental health field or go to medical school.