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 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

Cari 2021

Cari Jahraus, BSc, MSc

I am a Research Coordinator in Dr. Jean Addington’s lab with the Department of Psychiatry. I obtained both my BSc and MSc in Psychology from the University of Calgary, and have worked as a research coordinator at the University of Calgary for about 8 years. My research interests are in the area of youth mental health.


Michael 2021

Michael W. Rowell, BSc, MPsych

I am a Clinical Rater/Therapist in Dr. Jean Addington’s Lab. I obtained both my BSc and MPsych in Psychology from the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom under the supervision of Dr. Dave Rose. I have multiple years of experience carrying out therapy with clinical populations. I moved to Calgary and began being supervised by Dr. Addington in 2020.
My research interests involve youth mental health, and early intervention in the transition to serious mental disorders.


Erin 2022

Erin Jones, MSc

I am currently working as a Clinical Rater/Therapist in Dr. Addington's lab. I completed a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a MSc in Clinical and Developmental Neuropsychology. I have over eight years of experience working with psychiatric populations in a research capacity in both Canada and the UK. My research interests are wide and include neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative conditions, personality disorders, psychopathy, and early intervention applications in the treatment of psychosis.


Emma 2022

Emma Truscott, MSW, RSW

I am a Clinical Rater/Therapist in Dr. Jean Addington's lab. I am a Registered Social Worker, and have completed my Bachelor's and Master's of Social Work. I have multiple years of experience working as a mental health therapist, where I worked with individuals with various mental health concerns. I previously worked in Dr. Addington's lab as a research student from 2016-2018. My interests include youth mental health and mental illness prevention.


Chao 2022

Amanda Chao, BSc (Hons)

I am a Research Assistant in Dr. Jean Addington’s lab. I obtained my BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Alberta in 2020. My research interests are broadly in mental illness intervention and prevention.


Brummitt 2022

Kali Brummitt, BComn, BA (Hons), MEd

I am a Registered Provisional Psychologist working under Dr. Addington’s supervision. I recently graduated with an MEd in School and Applied Child Psychology from the University of Calgary. Over my years in Dr. Addington’s lab, I have worked as an honours student, a research coordinator and now as a therapist and clinical rater. I work with our participants to provide clinical assessments as well as individual, family and group therapy. I am dedicated to early intervention in mental health and l love working with young people and their families.


Stowkowy 2022

Jacqueline Stowkowy, MSc, MEd

I am currently working under the supervision of Dr. Jean Addington as a Registered Provisional Psychologist. I have completed a MSc degree in Medical Sciences, as well as a MEd in School and Applied Child Psychology. Since 2008 I have been involved in various capacities in the area of psychosis risk (including assessment, intervention and research). I am currently working in the lab as a research therapist and clinical rater. I complete clinical assessments, as well as facilitate individual and group therapy for those at risk of developing psychosis. I am passionate about working with youth and their families to better understand and treat various behavioural and emotional issues.


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).


Monica Chu, BComm

I am a Research Coordinator in Dr. Jean Addington’s lab which I joined in 2015. An alumna of the University of Calgary, my experience has been in program evaluations and data management.


Braun 2022

Amy Braun, BA (Hons)

I am a Research Assistant in Dr. Jean Addington’s lab. I obtained my BA (Hons) in psychology from the University of Calgary in 2022. My honours thesis, which involved a longitudinal investigation of the impact of bullying among youth who are at risk for psychosis, was supervised by Dr. Addington. My research interests include youth mental health, trauma, and stress.



Graduate Students

Sara 2022

Sara Jalali, BSc (Hons)

I am a Master’s student in Dr. Jean Addington’s lab. I finished my BSc (Hons) in Neuroscience from the University of Alberta in 2020. My thesis will focus on the data from the PROCAN study investigating predictors of serious mental illness in youth. After finishing my degree, I hope to pursue a career in psychiatry.



Undergraduate Students

Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller

I am a second year Bachelor’s of Health Sciences student at the University of Calgary. This summer, I have been working on a project about cannabis use in youth at clinical high risk for psychosis as a summer student in Dr. Addington’s lab. This experience has provided me with valuable knowledge and skills in mental-health related research, which will help me in my education and future career ambitions.