Lab Team

Jennifer Acheson (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 master’s thesis explored the experience of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual clients in counseling at mental health counseling centers in Taiwan. She is pursuing her doctoral research focused on the experiences of non-native English speaking international students in clinical supervision in Canada and the U.S. In addition to her dissertation research, Jennifer is working on her side project pertaining to Taiwanese students’ understandings of gender, sexual orientation, and multiculturalism. Jennifer has received the Jackie Kirk Fellowship for outstanding graduate students in the Faculty of Education at McGill University. Her current research interests include feminist pedagogy, social justice theory, international students, and multicultural clinical supervision.

In terms of clinical training, Jennifer has completed her doctoral practicum at McGill Counselling Services, Concordia Counselling and Psychological Services, and Centre for Interpersonal Relationships (Toronto).  Jennifer is currently completing her pre-doctoral internship at University at Albany, SUNY Counseling and Psychological Services (APA-accredited), where she recently secured a position as a staff psychologist.

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 completed her B.A. Honours in Psychology in Iran and her M.A. in Counselling Psychology at the University of Western Ontario. Thus far, Asra has been involved in several 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 understanding and conceptualizing interpersonal violence from social justice and multicultural frameworks. She is specifically interested in examining current anti-violence service delivery and reimagining practice models that enhance survivors’ experiences of service utilization. Asra is completing her doctoral practicum at the Calgary Family Therapy Centre.

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 McGill University Counselling Psychology

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 focuses on using community-based research methods with underrepresented populations, and she has particular interest in improving mental health care provision for underserved communities. Jann has completed a masters level practicum at the Argyle Institute and a doctoral level practicum at the Sex and Couple Therapy Clinic. She is a member of the Pride Therapy Network of Montreal, a collective serving the LGBTQ+ communities in Montreal. 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 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.
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