Graduate Student Spotlight

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Olivia Dobson: Autism, Needles and Managing Pain

Olivia Dobson is a master’s student in the Department of Psychology’s Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (CCAP)program. Olivia’s research, under her supervisor Dr. Meghan McMurtry examines needle pain management strategies that assist those with autism.

Olivia recently received the 2021 Autism Scholars Award – an $18,000 prize – for her “leading edge scholarship into autism."

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Justine Townsend: Reconciliation is Not a Metaphor

Justine Townsend is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics. Her research interrogates the possibilities for reconciliation in the Canadian conservation sector, particularly by supporting the current surge in Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas.

Briana Renda: The Epidemic of Vaping

Animal researcher, doctoral student, and winner of CSAHS 3MT People's Choice Award (2021), Briana Renda, from the Department of Psychology investigates the epidemic of teen vaping and its impact on the adolescent brain.

Lindsay Bryant and Kaytlin Constantin: Self-Compassion and Resilience

Bryant and Constantin, doctoral students in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, developed and facilitated a self-compassion webinar to support fellow graduate students in learning how to relieve stress, develop coping skills, and to explore the benefits of self-compassion.

Abhilash Kantamneni: The "Guelph Maps Guy"

Abhilash Kantamneni, a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography, Environment & Geomatics, creates interactive maps to foster a sense of belonging with mapping the things that matter.

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