People

 

Piskulic 2015Danijela Piskulic, BSc, PhD

I am an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and a Research Associate at Dr. Jean Addington’s lab and The Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education at the University of Calgary. I received my Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Psychology/Psychophysiology from Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia and my PhD from the University of Melbourne, Australia. From 2009-2012, I was a PostDoctoral Research Fellow in Prof. Addington’s lab researching ways to remediate cognitive function and improve psychosocial functioning of youth at clinical high risk of psychosis (CHR). At that time, I led one of the first studies of computerized cognitive remediation therapies in the CHR cohort. Following my post-doctoral training, I returned to Melbourne, Australia to commence research at Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health under the mentorship of Prof. Patrick McGorry and A/Prof Barnaby Nelson. During that time, my research involvement was in the area of youth depression and ultra-high risk of psychosis (UHR) as well as clinical staging of serious mental health disorders.

My research interests involve youth mental health broadly, and clinical risk of serious mental health disorders in relation to cognitive functioning and psychosocial outcomes specifically.

Post Doctoral Fellows

Lisa Buchy, PhD

I am a second year PostDoctoral Fellow in Jean Addington’s lab. I hold a CIHR PostDoctoral Fellowship and a Mathison Centre Fellowship. In completed a PhD in Neuroscience at McGill with Drs. Martin Lepage and Ashok Malla, and a BA at Simon Fraser university with Drs. Todd Woodward and Mario Liotti.

The goal of my research is to understand and treat symptoms and cognitive deficits in people with first-episode psychosis (FEP). A first stream of my research is focused on applying behavioral interventions that target cognitive impairments in people with a FEP, and examining the effect of these treatments on the brain. This research allows us to gain an understanding of how changes in cognition align with neuroplastic changes in the brain, and can inform the development of interventions to promote cognition in this population. A second aspect of my research focuses on understanding the neural systems that underlie clinical insight and cognitive insight (ability to critically reflect on errors in thinking) in people with a FEP. This research has the long-term potential to inform the development of pharmacological and psychological interventions to promote insight in people with a FEP.



Research Staff

MarshallCatherine Marshall, BSc, MSc

I obtained my BSc with Honours in Psychology and my MSc in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary. I have worked in the area of psychosis-risk syndromes since 2008 and I am the Research Coordinator for the At-Risk for Mental Illness Studies including NAPLS 3, PROCAN, and ReGroup. I am also a provisional psychologist and I am interested in working with individuals who are at-risk of psychosis and other serious mental illnesses. My research interests include exploring the content of positive symptoms and treatment outcomes. Most recently I helped relaunch the PRIME clinic at CAMH in Toronto under the new name, Focus on Youth Psychosis Prevention clinic.


Daniel Devoe, BA, MSc

I am a PhD student in medical science in Dr. Jean Addington’s lab. I am studying negative symptoms in clinical high-risk individuals. I obtained my BA with Honours in Psychology at the University of Regina and my MSc in Health Services Research from the University of Calgary. I am a clinical rater and therapist with the At Risk for Mental Illness Studies including NAPLS 3, PROCAN, and ReGroup.


Carly Hylton, BA

I am a recent graduate of York University, Glendon College’s Trilingual Hons. iBA in Psychology program and a Clinical Rater with the At Risk for Mental Illness group. I am broadly interested in the Schizophrenia Spectrum. Previously, I worked as a volunteer research assistant, research trainee and hons. thesis student for 3 years at CAMH in Toronto with clients across the spectrum from CHR to geriatric clients with longstanding schizophrenia. In my position with Dr. Addington, I administer clinical assessments and assist the data management team with the management of clinical assessment data.


Charlotte Kimber, BA, MSc

I obtained my Specialized Honors degree in Psychology from York University and my Bachelor of Social Work and Master’s degree of Clinical Social Work from the University of Calgary. In Ontario I worked with adults with mental health concerns at the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario. After moving to Alberta, I began working with at-risk youth. Currently, I am a registered social worker and Clinical Rater/Therapist with the At-Risk for Mental Illness Studies including NAPLS 3, PROCAN and Re-Group.


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).


McAusland 2015

Laina McAusland, RN, BN, MSc

I am a Registered Nurse and completed my MSc and BN at the University of Calgary. I have worked in the area of psychosis-risk syndromes since 2011 and currently work in the At-Risk for Mental Illness Studies completing mental health assessments, clinical ratings, and facilitating therapeutic groups. Prior to working on Dr. Addington's research projects, I worked primarily in emergency child and adolescent mental health.


Liu 2015

K Nyman, BSc

I completed my BSc with Honours in Neuroscience at the University of Calgary. I worked on several of Dr. Addington’s projects as an undergraduate student, including my Honours thesis. I am a cognitive rater for the At Risk for Mental Illness Studies.


Jacque Stowkowy BA, MSc

I completed my Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Calgary and in 2012 completed my MSc degree in Medical Sciences under the supervision of Dr. Jean Addington. I have worked in the area of psychosis risk syndromes since 2008, and my research and interests focus around the role of risk factors for developing psychosis in young people with a family history of psychosis. My main role in the lab has largely been the coordination of the NAPLS2 project. Then, I worked on a part time basis analyzing various data sets for publication as well as completing clinical assessments for the At Risk for Mental Illness Studies. I am currently on Maternity Leave.



Graduate Students

Sylvia Romanowska, BSc

I am a MSc Candidate in Dr. Addington’s Lab. I completed a BSc Specialization in Psychology from the University of Alberta, and made my way to Calgary to study neurocognition and psychosocial functioning in youth at risk of serious mental illness. I am interested in preventative mental health research, with a focus on psychotic disorders, as well as the intersection between neuroscience and mental health.


Lu 2015

Yun Lu, MD

I am a PhD candidate in neuroscience in Dr. Jean Addington’s lab. I am studying perceptual abnormalities in clinical high-risk individuals. I am interested in integrating phenomenology and cognitive neuroscience.  I graduated from Peking Union Medical College, Tsinghua University in 2009 with a MD degree. After that I did my residency training in Psychiatry in Shanghai Mental Health Center.


Undergraduate Students

S.A. Erem 2015Grace Georgopoulos (Summer Student)

I am a third year Biological Sciences student at the University of Calgary. I am currently working part time at The Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education, as well as being a full time student. This summer, I am taking on a project of my own with the help of Dr. Addington and various other individuals within the lab. After my undergrad I plan to pursue my dream of becoming a medical student and ultimately a medical doctor.


Kristina Kim Lyngberg (Summer Student)

I am a fourth year student in the BSc honours neuroscience program at the University of Calgary. I have been both a summer student and volunteer at the Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education for the past three years. I am interested in further understanding the development of mental illnesses. After graduating I hope to attend medical school with the goal of becoming a psychiatrist.

Corin Kuang (Summer Student)

I am a second year undergraduate student pursuing a honours BSs  in neuroscience at University of Calgary. During the past summer, I was excited to have learned about fMRI analysis for a study on neural changes in people with psychosis with the guidance of Drs. Lisa Buchy and Signe Bray. I am happy to come back this summer to get involved in some more mental health research.

Townes 2015Parker Townes (Summer Student)

I am currently a first year student at the University of Ottawa, taking an honors undergraduate degree in Health Sciences. I have been a part of The Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education as a summer student and volunteer for the past two years. Through this opportunity, I hope to find a specific area of study that interests me in regards to a career path later on.