Lab Team

Beheshta Jaghori is a Ph.D. Candidate in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. She received her Honours B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and her M.A. in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia. Beheshta’s research interests focus on the impact of war trauma on individuals and communities. Her doctoral research, funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, examines the intergenerational effects of war among Afghan-Canadian youth. Beheshta recently completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, a CPA-accredited institution. She has formal training in several evidence-based psychotherapy approaches, and possesses considerable experience dealing with a range of psychological difficulties and diverse clientele. Beheshta is currently a clinical associate at private psychotherapy clinics in Milton, Markham, and Toronto. Her non-academic pursuits include working with charitable organizations on mental helth awareness and human rights issues. Beheshta serves as Vice President of Afghan Women's Organization in Toronto. 

Jennifer Titus is a Ph.D. Candidate in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. She completed a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts, and a second Bachelors degree in Psychology. She also earned a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. Her Masters thesis explored the role of art-making in promoting the well-being of a variety of young adult women artists. Her current research, funded by FQRSC, examines art-making in every day life and the process of how individuals with physical impairments develop and manage various intersecting identities through art-making, as well as contextual factors that influence the process of negotiating identities. In addition to her research, Jennifer has provided counselling to university students, worked with inpatients and outpatients in a hospital setting, and provided counselling to individuals with cancer and caregivers in a community mental health setting. Furthermore, she enjoys supervising students' clinical work and working as a teaching assistant. Jennifer recently completed her pre-doctoral internship at Memorial University's Counselling Centre.

Laura Copeland is a Ph.D. Candidate in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. She has completed two B.A.s in Anthropology and Psychology at Concordia University. She has also earned an M.Sc. in Communication Sciences and Disorders at McGill University, as well as an M.A. in Counselling Psychology (under the supervision of Dr. Nathan Smith), also at McGill. Her M.A. research project examined how APA-accredited clinical and counselling psychology programs train students to work with LGBTQ clients. Her doctoral research, funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, explores how identities and familial relationships are influenced by a change, or shifting, in the gender of one family member. In addition to her research, Laura has completed doctoral level practicums at the McGill Counselling Service, and at the McGill University Sexual Identity Centre at the Montreal General Hospital. She also recently finished her pre-doctoral internship at the Argyle Institute and at the Sex and Couple Therapy Service. 

Jennifer (Shin-Pei) Ho is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Counselling Psychology program at McGill University. She received both her B.Sc. in Psychology, and her M.A. in Gender Studies at Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan. Her research interests include: feminist pedagogy, social justice theory, and multicultural clinical supervision in counselling and psychotherapy. Currently, Jennifer is working on her own project pertaining to Taiwanese students’ understandings of gender, sexual orientation, and multiculturalism. In addition, she is involved in the lab project entitled “The Implementation of Gender Equity Education and Bullying Policies in Taiwan.” Jennifer has received the Jackie Kirk Fellowship for outstanding graduate students in the Faculty of Education. She completed her doctoral practicum at McGill Counselling Services, Concordia Counselling and Psychological Services, and Centre for Interpersonal Relationships (Toronto). She is pursuing her thesis research focused on applying social justice theory in clinical supervision for counselling and psychotherapy. Additionally, Jennifer is currently completing her pre-doctoral internship in Counseling and Psychological Services at University at Albany - SUNY.

Shakib Nasrullah is a Ph.D. Candidate in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. He completed his B.A. in Psychology and Social Sciences at the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE) in Iran. He then moved to Montreal to finish his M.A. in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. After earning his Masters degree, Shakib went back to Iran to start his practice as a counselling psychologist, and was also a member of the BIHE Department of Psychology, in which he developed and taught courses and curriculums at the undergraduate and graduate level. In 2013, Shakib began his doctoral studies in Counselling Psychology at McGill. His areas of interest in research include immigration and intersection of identities, higher education, gender, and social justice studies in the lifespan of women, men and families. He recently completed his doctoral practicum at Concordia University Counselling and Development Centre and is pursuing his thesis research focused on the intersection of Iranian immigrants’ identities. Currently, Shakib is completing his pre-doctoral internship at the Couple and Family Therapy Service at the Jewish General Hospital.

Samir Durrani is a Ph.D. student in Human Development at McGill University. Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, he completed his B.Sc. degree (Honours) in Psychology at York University, as well as his M.A. degree in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. His Master’s thesis explored South Asian-Canadian gay and bisexual men's health promoting behaviours. Currently, Samir is interested in coping, resilience, and wellbeing, among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities, which will be the focus of his doctoral research. Samir’s research interests also include topics relating to gender, sexuality, and sexual health promotion. 

Shaofan Bu is a Ph.D. Candidate in Counselling Psychology at McGill University.  He completed his B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Educational Counselling at the University of Ottawa. His Master’s thesis explored the practice of acceptance of clients by counsellors experienced in mindfulness, and also examined the intrapersonal and interpersonal process of acceptance. Shaofan’s research interests include social justice theories, addictions, immigration, and mindfulness. Currently, Shaofan is completing his doctoral practicum at the Emotional Health CBT Clinic.

Asra Milani is a Ph.D. student in the Counselling Psychology Program at McGill University. She received her B.A. Honours in Psychology at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad in Iran and her M.A. in Counselling Psychology at the University of Western Ontario. Asra has been also a research assistant at the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children, where she was engaged in violence prevention and intervention research projects promoting evidence-based education. Her Master’s thesis examined intimate partner violence in the culturally diverse populations with a particular focus on Muslim women. Asra’s research interests include intersectional analysis of domestic violence as it relates to developing culturally informed services, as well as implementing multicultural and social justice competencies into counselling theories, practices, and research. 

Justin Buchanan is a Ph.D. student in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. He completed his B.A. in Psychology at the University of Connecticut and his M.A. in Psychology with an emphasis in Counselling at Webster University in Leiden, The Netherlands. His Master’s thesis explored the topic of the acceptance of false beliefs about the male victims of sexual violence, from a cross-cultural perspective. Since completing his M.A., Justin has been involved with organizations, such as the Positive Psychology Program and Art With Impact. His current research interests involve sexual violence prevention programs and men’s issues. 

Jann Tomaro is a Ph.D. student in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. She completed a B.A. in Psychology at Concordia University, as well as an M.A. in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. Her research interests include: social justice theory, developing multiculturalism in psychotherapy and organizations, and accessible mental health services. Jann has completed a masters level practicum at the Argyle Institute and continues to be involved with the Argyle Pride Team, serving the LGBTQ* community in Montreal. Currently, she is completing her doctoral practicum at the Sex and Couple Therapy Clinic. In her spare time, Jann facilitates a monthly meditation using the psychoacoustic properties of sound to guide meditations. 

Ibukunoluwa Adekoya is a Ph.D. student in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. She completed her B.A. Honours in Psychology with Thesis at the University of Windsor and her her M.A. in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. Her master's research project explored the experiences of recent Nigerian economic immigrants in their pursuit of fulfilling careers in Canada. She used an intersectional epistemology and phenomenological method in the study. Her research interests include career development and cultural transitioning among immigrants in Canada, mental health attitudes among people in Nigeria, and international students' experiences in Canadian universities. She recently completed a master's practicum at the McGill Psychoeducational and Counselling Clinic. Her non-academic pursuits include poetry, vocal performances, and Christian community engagement through volunteering

Polly Cheng is a Ph.D. student in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. She completed two Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Psychology at McMaster University. She then went on to complete her M.A. in Counselling Psychology at Western University and an M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Waterloo. Her SSHRC funded Masters in Counselling Psychology examined depression as a risk factor of domestic homicide. Polly then expanded her interests and studied how personal endorsement of sexism influenced career outcomes, such as income and satisfaction. Her current research interests include gender-based violence and social justice theories.
Xinyue Shu is a Masters student in Counselling Psychology (Project Concentration) at McGill University. She completed a B.Sc. in Applied Psychology at East China Normal University. During undergraduate study, she conducted research about the experiences of Chinese psychoanalysts receiving cross-cultural psychoanalysis and supervision via Internet. Her Bachelor’s thesis explored consumers’ attribution tendencies to negative news about a company, and how the attributions affect consumers’ responsibility, judgement, emotions, and consumption intention. Her current research project explores the experiences of Chinese international LGBT students in Canada, as well as how they seek social support.