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 recently 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 first year postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Jean Addington’s lab, and I am co-supervised by Dr. Glenda MacQueen. 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.


Shakeel KalathilMohammed Shakeel Kalathil, PhD

I have a PhD in cognitive science and my research has involved investigating symptoms of psychosis as well as the biological basis of cognitive dysfunction (using structural neuroimaging).

I am currently investigating the neurocognitive characteristics of clinical high risk individuals and predictors of conversion to psychosis.


Research Staff

Julien DonnelierJulien Donnelier, BSc, MSc

I am one of the Research Coordinators in Dr. Jean Addington’s lab for the At-Risk for Mental Illness Studies including NAPLS 3, PROCAN, and ReGroup in the Department of Psychiatry and The Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education at the University of Calgary. I have received my Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular Biology and Physiology from Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France and my Masters of Science in Medical Science (Neuroscience) from University of Calgary studying the involvement of lysosomes in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Kuf’s disease. I am a passionate advocate for mental health, its destigmatization and support to individuals suffering from it. I have over 4 years of experience in the development and management of clinical and basic research projects.



Jacque StowkowyJacque Stowkowy, BA, MSc

I completed my Bachelor’s 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 am currently completing a MEd graduate degree in School and Applied Child Psychology. I have worked in the area of psychosis risk syndromes since 2008. My main role in the lab has largely been the coordination of the NAPLS2 project. More recently, I work 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.


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).


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.



Graduate Students

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.



Undergraduate Students

Townes 2015

Parker Townes (Summer Student)

I am currently a third year undergraduate student at the University of Ottawa, taking an Honours degree in Health Sciences. I have been part of The Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education as both a volunteer and summer student for the past four years. My experience in the lab will help me determine which area of research I would like to focus on after my undergraduate degree.


Amelia SrajerAmelia Srajer (Summer Student)

I am a third-year student in the Honours B.Sc. Neuroscience Specialist Program at the University of Toronto. I have worked in Dr. Addington’s lab the past two summers primarily working on manual hippocampal segmentation of MRI images. In the future, I hope to attend medical school and pursue a medical career with a focus in mental health..

Jacky TangJacky Tang (Summer Student)

Currently completing an after degree in Computer Science. Received an HBI fellowship with the Mathison Centre to help develop a mobile app for a pilot study to determine whether it could be a useful prevention tool for youth at risk for psychosis. I am working on the front-end implementation to help make the app as engaging as possible.

Jaydon FernandesJaydon Fernandes (Summer Student)

I am a Computer Science undergrad and I am here as summer student working with the Mathison Center. My role here is to build a mobile app that will help get a better understanding of what methods can track psychosis and those who are at risk for it. I focus on information security and database design.