Lab Members

Postdoctoral Students

Marlise Hofer

Marlise received her PhD from the University of British Columbia in 2020 and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at UVic. Her current research focuses on communication within close relationships (both parental and romantic) as well as how these close relationships influence health and wellbeing. Marlise is interested in discovering the avenues by which relationship partners improve health, such as via social odours or improved sleep.

 

 

 


Graduate Students

Julie Prud’homme

Julie completed her MSc in Psychiatry at McGill University and joined the Clinical Psychology graduate program at the University of Victoria in the fall of 2017. Her research focuses on mental health risk and resilience in LGBTQ+ young adults and the use of micro-longitudinal methodologies. Notably, she is interested in better understanding why LGBTQ+ young adults engage in risky health behaviours, including disordered eating, substance use, and self-injurious thoughts and behaviours, and how we can bolster resilience and prevent these behaviours from occurring. Her current work also includes knowledge mobilization of LGBTQ+ research, intending to improve mental health care access and provision for underserved LGBTQ+ communities in Canada and internationally.

 

 

Nicole Legg

Nicole is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Lifespan stream of the UVic Clinical Psychology program. Nicole competed her M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology at UVic and her Honours B.Sc. in Psychology at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Nicole’s Masters research investigated how personality traits are related to disordered eating among first-year undergraduate students using longitudinal methods. Moving forward, Nicole hopes to investigate the functions and varying trajectories of disordered eating, along with patterns of comorbidity between disordered eating and other risky behaviours, among young adults using ecological momentary assessment research techniques. Nicole is a passionate advocate of mental health awareness and community knowledge translation of research. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys skiing, hiking, traveling, and yoga.

 

 

Carolyn Helps

Carolyn is a second-year Masters student in the Clinical Lifespan Psychology program. She previously completed her Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Psychology at UVic, and she subsequently worked as the Lab Coordinator of the Risky Behaviour Lab before transitioning to the role of a grad student. Her research interests focus on understanding when, how, and why individuals can manage, reduce, or cease engaging in self-damaging behaviours (especially nonsuicidal self-injury and suicidal thoughts and behaviours) and how this subsequently affects mental health and wellbeing. She also has a strong interest in involving people with lived experience in the research process.

 

 

Christina Robillard

Christina is a Ph.D. candidate in the Lifespan stream of the Clinical Psychology program at UVic. Christina completed her M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology at UVic and her Honours B.Sc. in Psychology at McGill University. Christina’s research applies a developmental framework to understand when and why some adolescents engage in self-damaging behaviours, including self-injury, disordered eating, and substance misuse. In particular, Christina is interested in combining longitudinal and microlongitudinal designs with multi-informant methods to examine how these behaviours develop within family systems. For instance, her dissertation integrates parent- and adolescent-reports to investigate how families navigate the disclosure of a youth’s self-injury, including how dynamic parent-child interactions support or hinder recovery. The goal of Christina’s research is to produce knowledge that can refine developmental models of self-damaging behaviours, foster empathy for individuals who engage in these behaviours, and improve therapeutic interventions.

 

 

Andrew Switzer 

Andrew is a first-year PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program (Lifespan specialization) at the University of Victoria. Before coming to UVic, Andrew completed a M.A. in psychology at Concordia University in Montreal, where he studied the role of heart-rate variability, a biomarker of self-regulatory capabilities, in parents’ ability to cope with stress associated with raising a young child. As a member of the Risky Behaviour Lab, Andrew is most interested in studying non-suicidal self-injury and suicide-related thoughts and behaviours. Andrew is interested in applying novel methodologies (e.g., psychophysiology, wearables, EMA, etc.)  to better understand when and why individuals engage in these behaviours, as well as identifying individual differences or contexts associated with higher risk. Andrew is also working on applying natural language processing techniques to text data collected from online peer-support forums for at-risk individuals, with the aim of identifying which thoughts, feelings, or themes are most commonly expressed in social support interactions online.

 

Alice Shen

Alice is a first year Masters student in the Lifespan stream of the Clinical Psychology program at UVic. Alice completed her Bachelor of Arts with an Honours Specialization in Psychology at Western University and worked as a Research Coordinator for an addictions medicine project at Fraser Health Authority. Her research interest involves biopsychosocial risk and protective factors underlying risky behaviours such as substance use and behavioural addictions, disordered eating, and non-suicidal self-injury. She is also interested in exploring how adult ADHD influences risky behaviours through factors such as emotion regulation, impulse control, and distress tolerance. Alice plans on taking a transdiagnostic and mixed-method approach to identify qualitative contextual gaps in the current literature and give a voice to people who are often overlooked in research and clinical settings. Her goal in research is to help implement effective primary prevention interventions that promote knowledge and skill-building to bolster resilience against common mental health issues.

 

 


Lab Manager

Emily Spargo

Emily recently completed her BSc (Hons) in psychology under the supervision of Dr. Erica Woodin, and is now the Lab Coordinator for the Risky Behaviour Lab and Healthy Relationships Lab. After joining both labs as a Research Assistant in 2020, she found a passion for clinical research in psychology and hopes to pursue this further in graduate school. Her overarching interests surround the impact of psychopathology and distress on relationships. Emily’s honours thesis examined partner empathy as a buffer for relationship stress during the transition to parenthood. 

 

 


Honours Student

Lina Losier

Lina has been a research assistant in the Risky Behaviour Lab since the summer of 2021, and she is also very grateful to be Dr. Turner’s honours student this year! Lina’s proposed thesis research examines whether engaging in self-damaging behaviours as a means of gender performance leads individuals to conform better to gender norms that are often conditioned as acceptable and admirable by society. The thesis also examines how people perceive individuals who have experienced non-suicidal self-injury, disordered eating, or substance abuse. Lina intends that her future research (which she hopes will happen one day!) will examine gender as a spectrum (i.e., how do people experience and relate to their gender) and the intersections of self-damaging behaviours, gender, sexuality, immigration history, socio-economic status and neurodivergence (especially female-presenting people’s experiences)). Lina has worked and volunteered within various community-based settings where she has met countless people who have showed her the critical need for compassionate research. One day, she hopes to be a practicing clinical psychologist and engage in community-based research. When Lina is not studying or working, she enjoys spending time with the people she cares about, listening to podcasts on her commute and spending time near the ocean. Lina hopes to continue contributing to psychological research rooted in kindness to help others find their lives worth living.

 

 


Research Assistants

Marina Low

Marina is a senior undergraduate student majoring in psychology at UVIC and has been with the Risky Behaviour Lab since 2021. Her research interests involve an intersectional feminist approach to clinical and social psychological topics, including trauma in the family system context, the experiences of people subjected to social marginalization, and addictions. Her involvement with the community organization Bridges for Women has influenced her trauma-informed approach, and she prefers to include people with lived experience in the research process.

 

 

 

 

Zoe Dawson

Zoë completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in April 2021 and joined the RBL in August 2021 as a research assistant. Zoë focused on childhood development and clinical psychology during her degree and has enjoyed the opportunity to continue psychological research within the lab. Her main interests in psychology include mental disorders within children and how they affect their development across their lifespan. She hopes to continue to work with children in her career and continue to study these subjects in a master’s program when she returns to school.

 

 

 

 

Sara Blais

Sara is in her third year at UVic, studying neuro-biopsychology, and has a passion for reducing the stigma surrounding psychological conditions. As an aspiring psychiatrist, Sara understands the importance of removing mental health stigma in healthcare to make treatment more accessible. Sara is particularly interested in self-harm behaviours and suicidal thoughts that present alongside psychological conditions, such as anxiety disorders, depression, and body-focused repetitive behaviour disorders (BFRBs). In the future, she hopes to contribute to the research on BFRBs.

 

 

Sydney Waddington

Syd is a 4th-year NeuroBio-Psych major at UVic, and is honoured to be a new RA in the Risky Behaviour Lab. As a psychiatrist in the making, Syd is very passionate about mental health in terms of education, research, and advocacy. Outside of school, Syd enjoys her time on campus, as President of both UVic Women in Science and Students Above Stigma, and off campus as the Program Coordinator at the Victoria Brain Injury Society!

 

 

Monica Crawford

Monica graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from UVIC in 2016 and recently returned as a continuing studies student. After graduating, Monica spent several years in commercial banking, and chose to leave this sector to shift down a new career path. Monica now works in mental health alongside her courses at UVIC and research assistant position at the Risky Behaviour Lab. She plans to pursue a Master’s in Counselling Psychology in the near future. 

 

 

 

Olivia Proud

Olivia is a fourth-year psychology major at UVic and is excited to join the Risky Behaviour Lab. Her main interests in psychology include mental disorders within childhood and adolescence and how that impacts their development across the lifespan. She hopes to continue her studies after her undergrad and pursue a degree in counselling psychology, as well as continue to work with youth in the community. 

 

 

 

 


Lab Alumni

  • Fionna Lambert – 2016-2017
  • Breanne Bonhert – 2016-2018
  • Tom Spence – 2017
  • Emily Raymond – 2018
  • Corrina Parent – 2018
  • Leah de Zeeuw – 2018
  • Cora Bell – 2016-2018
  • Abigail Owens 2017-2018
  • Leah Feltham 2017-2018
  • Holly Pellatt – Honours Student 2017/2018
  • Anthony Dean-Boucher – Honours Student 2017/2018
  • Carolyn Helps – Lab Manager 2017/2018
  • Matt Treble – 2017-2020
  • Kirsten Milligan – 2018-2020
  • Si Ning Yeo – Lab Manager 2018/2019
  • Reina Stewart – 2018-2021
  • Rachel Naiberg – 2019
  • Emily Mann – 2019
  • Cassandra Turner – Lab Manager 2019/2020
  • Chitra Balakrishnan – Honours Student 2020/2021
  • Alayna Gretton – Honours Student 2020/2021
  • Tristen Lozinkski – 2017-2022
  • Zack Senay – Honours Student, Lab Manager 2018-2022
  • Thea Hoemberg – Work Study Student 2021-2022
  • Jack Shaver – 2022
  • Darian Colpitts – 2022