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2018/2019 Internship & Practicum Students

Meet previous intern and practicum students for the 2018-2019 training year

Fannie Carrier Edmond

University of Montreal

Fannie Carrier Emond is a Ph.D. candidate in clinical psychology at the University of Montreal. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from McGill University. Her current research activities focus on impulsivity as a risk factor for coercive sexual behaviours. She has acquired solid clinical experience with people suffering from anxiety, such as social anxiety and specific phobias, and now specializes in sex and couple therapy. She is currently completing her second year of training at the Sex and Couple Therapy Service of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). She works with couples and individuals suffering from anxiety, conjugal or interpersonal difficulties, genito-pelvic pain, sexual dysfunctions, and sexual interests causing distress. She has also developed a special interest in the treatment of tocophobia, an excessive fear of pregnancy and childbirth. Initially trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, Fannie now incorporates Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFCT) in her therapeutic work. Beyond specific therapy techniques, scientific research shows that a strong relationship between therapist is essential for therapeutic effectiveness. Fannie makes it a priority to build strong relationships with her clients by demonstrating authenticity, humor, and flexibility.

Caroline Dugal

University of Quebec in Montreal

Caroline Dugal is a Ph.D. candidate in psychology at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) and holds a BA in psychology (Honours program) from Université Laval. Her doctoral research focuses on the emotional and relational repercussions of childhood interpersonal trauma and the variables related to the experience of violence within intimate relationships. Caroline is currently in her second year of internship training at the Sex and Couple Therapy Service where she works with adult individuals and couples who present with sexual dysfunctions, relational and emotional difficulties.

Noémie Bigras

Université du Québec à Montréal

Noémie is a 5th year Ph.D student in Clinical Psychology at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She holds a Bachelors in Psychology from Université du Québec en Ouataouais as well as a Masters Degree in Sexology (research-intervention profile) from UQAM. Her dissertation focuses on the complex mechanisms involved in the relationship between childhood cumulative trauma and sexual satisfaction in adulthood. Initially trained in Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (CBT) during her first practica, she then had completed a first clinical internship at the Couple Intervention Unit at Université Laval where she developed individual and couples therapy skills using a psychodynamic-based approach. Noémie aims to use an integrative approach well-suited to the person’s needs. She has worked with multiple difficulties including identity diffusion, interpersonal and sexual issues, infidelity, and long-term effects of childhood abuse and neglect.

Marissa Mercuri

Concordia University

Marisa Mercuri is currently completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Concordia University. She obtained a B.A. in Honours Psychology and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Concordia University. Her doctoral research is centered around touch within the context of familial and romantic relationships, and considers how tactile communication strategies contribute to the reciprocal and dynamic influences among members in both typically developing and at-risk dyads. Her clinical interests include working with couples and adults presenting with symptoms relating to interpersonal difficulties, sexual dysfunctions, and comorbid symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Kayleigh-Ann Clegg

McGill University

Kayleigh is a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology and holds a B.A.& Sc. in Psychology from McGill University. Her research focuses on the relationship between behavior, loneliness, and reduced well-being, with an emphasis on research methods that allow within-person processes to be studied in individuals’ daily lives. She has received training in brief psychodynamic therapy in In-Patient Psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in the Mood Disorders Program at the McGill University Healthcare Centre, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and meaning-based existential approaches in the Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care Program at the McGill University Healthcare Centre. Her clinical interests include sexual health and identity, personal and interpersonal well-being in romantic and family relationships, bereavement, existential issues, and coping with chronic or life-threatening illness.

Andrea Reyes

McGill University

Andrea is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. She holds a Masters degree in Psychiatry from McGill University and a bachelors in Psychology from Concordia University. Andrea’s research interests include evidence-based practice guidelines and other knowledge exchange tools aimed at facilitating the dialogue between researchers and practitioners. Her secondary interests lie in the interface between mental health and law, specifically in establishing the determinants of violent and criminal behaviour among vulnerable populations. Andrea has completed her clinical practica at the Psychoeducational and Counselling Clinic at McGill University, Ometz Agency Counselling Services and the Emotional Health Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Clinic at the Queen Elizabeth Health Complex. She has received training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She has also been exposed to using an integrative approach that draws from other therapy approaches to suit the specific needs of her clientele. She offers services in English, French and Spanish.

Thomas Khullar

McGill University

Thomas is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at McGill. His research examines social support interactions in the context of university students' friendships, and the ways in which different types of support influence students' mental health. He is especially interested in the way people communicate non-verbally when offering and receiving social support. He has previously trained at McGill's Counselling Services, where he helped undergraduate students who faced difficulties with mood, anxiety, family, and relationship problems. Thomas is thrilled to be joining the Sex and Couple Therapy Service this year

Louisia Starnino

Université du Québec à Montréal

Louisia holds a B.Sc. in psychology with a minor in biology from the Université de Montreal. She is currently a psychology Ph.D candidate at UQÀM, and has been involved in health psychology research at the Montreal Heart Institute since 2012. Her dissertation focuses on personality traits associated with premature aging in men and women with and without coronary artery disease, and the effects of a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. She has been trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT), and continues to integrate an emotion-focused and existential approach to her clinical practice. Her clinical interests include anxiety and mood disorders, interpersonal and couple conflicts, trauma, sexual pain disorders, as well as psychological distress associated with a physical illness.

Jann Tomaro

McGill University

Jann Tomaro is a Ph.D. student in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. She completed a B.A. in Honours Psychology at Concordia University, as well as an M.A. in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. Her research interests include participatory qualitative research methods, community and connection, creating space, multiculturalism, intersectionality, social equity, organizational structures, and mental health services for specific populations. Jann has completed a masters level practicum at the Argyle Institute and continues to be involved with the Argyle Pride Team, serving the sexual and gender diverse communities in Montreal. 

Mallory Frayn

McGill University

Mallory Frayn is a fourth year PhD candidate in Clinical Psychology at McGill University and intern at the Sex and Couple Therapy training program. Her research in the Health Psychology Laboratory is related to studying and understanding peoples’ relationships with food, specifically the construct of emotional eating. Clinically, her interests include eating, weight, and body image concerns, as well as sex and couple therapy. She has previous clinical experience in one-on-one therapy, as well as running groups.

Christopher Kalogeropoulos

McGill University

Christopher Kalogeropoulos is a Ph.D. student in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. He completed his M.A. in Counselling Psychology at McGill University and his B.A. in Honours Psychology at Concordia University. His doctoral research focuses on how relationship factors among first-time parents impact their sleep quality and mental health. His clinical interests include sleep disorders, relationship and sexual functioning difficulties, as well anxiety and mood disorders.

Marie-Catherine Mignault

McGill University

I am a third-year Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology at McGill, currently doing a practicum at the Sex & Couples Clinic of the Allan Memorial for the academic year 2018-2019. My clinical experience thus far includes the McGill Counselling center, where I have worked as a therapist with young adults experiencing anxiety, depression, and relational problems, as well as the Eating Disorders program of the Douglas Mental Health Institute. In parallel, I conduct research on predictors of accurately perceiving others’ personalities, feelings, and intentions in interpersonal relationships. I like to spend my free time in second-hand bookstores, at Jean-Talon market, in cozy cafés, and in nature, casually hiking and looking around.

Isabelle Almgren-Dore

l'Université du Québéc à Montréal

I am a 5th-year graduate student in psychology at l’Université du Québec à Montréal. Ever since my first class in developmental psychology, I’ve been attracted to everything related to human relationships and attachment. Though initially trained in CBT, I am also very interested in existential and humanistic therapy (such as Emotionally Focused Therapy), and have had the opportunity to do both individual and couple’s therapy in the past. Also, I am currently writing a doctoral thesis on the beneficial effects of self-compassion.

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