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PAA Campus Representatives

Being a Campus Representative is a great way to cultivate a better understanding of PAA and the role of the association as well as gain leadership experience while connecting with other students in psychology. These positions are also very rewarding, as they provide the opportunity to network with psychologists working in a variety of capacities within Alberta as well as establish a foundation within the profession of psychology prior to the completion of your degree. The PAA Campus Representative positions are open to students who are:

  1. PAA Student Members. If an applicant is not already a PAA Student member, they must complete the online membership application to become a student member prior to applying to fill the role of PAA Campus Representative.
  2. Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate psychology or psychology-related (e.g., educational psychology) program at a college/university within Alberta.
  3. Available to volunteer for a one-year term (May-April), work in collaboration with other PAA Campus representations and the Student Director on PAA’s Board of Directors, and promote the PAA, including the association’s services and benefits.

Download the full position description here. To apply, send your updated Curriculum Vitae, and a 250-word paragraph identifying why you would be a great PAA Campus Representative to Ada, PAA Governance Officer.

Graduate Campus Representatives

Athabasca University – Josée Kykkanen
University of Calgary – Julie Gorenko
University of Alberta – Richelle Wagner
University of Lethbridge – William Fraser

Undergraduate Campus Representatives

Mount Royal University – Toria Violo
University of Alberta – Adam Beedy & Alyssa Ma
University of Calgary – Athina Spiropoulos & Abigail Marsh

  Campus Representative positions available for the 2021-2022 academic year:

Graduate programs

  • Concordia University
  • Mary’s University
  • Gonzaga University – Canada
  • University of Alberta
  • Athabasca University

Undergraduate programs

  • Ambrose University
  • Athabasca University
  • Burman University
  • Concordia University
  • Grand Prairie Regional College
  • MacEwan University
  • Mount Royal University
  • Red Deer College
  • St. Mary’s University
  • The Kings University
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Lethbridge
  • City University of Seattle

University of Alberta 

Richelle Wagner

Richelle is a second-year doctoral student in the School and Clinical Child Psychology (SCCP) program at the University of Alberta (UofA). Graduating the UofA, Faculty of Augustana in 2016, Richelle majored in Psychology and played for the Women’s basketball team for 4 years. Currently, Richelle’s primary academic and professional interests are in Sport-Related Concussion (SRC) and Trauma assessment, intervention, and consultation. As PAA Campus representative, she plans to support students at the UofA in their knowledge and pursuit of psychological practice. To accomplish this, Richelle will be hosting information nights, community meet-ups (online or *fingers crossed* in-person), posting on UofA social media sites, and filling your email in-boxes with important information. She is a licensed skydiver, fantasy novel enthusiast, and an avid mid-afternoon speed walker.

 

University of Calgary

Julie Gorenko

Julie is currently a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Calgary. Broadly, Julie’s research interests include life course influences of health and well-being in older adulthood. Her dissertation research focuses on gambling among older adults in relation to factors including social networks and life events, such as retirement. In her role as a PAA Campus Representative, Julie seeks to encourage student engagement, both locally and across campuses in Alberta, by helping to facilitate and promote professional development and networking opportunities for students in psychology.

 

 

University of Lethbridge

William Fraser

William is a second-year Masters of Counselling student at the University of Lethbridge. His research interests are in the application of philosophy to counselling, addictions psychology, sports psychology, and joy. As a PAA Campus Representative, William hopes to better inform people on the value of a PAA membership and strengthen the PAA community. Before pursuing counselling, William was an amateur snowboarder, and he continues to stay in the industry as a writer.

 

 

 

 

Athabasca University

Josée Kykkanen

Josée is in her second year of the Master of Counselling program at Athabasca University. She is interested in working with children and youth from an attachment-based and neurobiological perspective. As a PAA campus representative, Josée hopes to connect with students at her university while increasing awareness of the PAA and everything that it has to offer. When she is not studying, Josée enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids. 

Mount Royal University

Toria Violo

Toria is an undergraduate student completing her final year of Honours Psychology at Mount Royal University. Toria is currently a Research Assistant for two professors. Her research interests include gambling fallacies, gender equality within academia, and biases within student evaluations of teaching (SET’s). As Vice-President of the Psychology Student Society at her university, Toria enjoys fostering an open line of communication among her peers. In the upcoming year, Toria plans on pursuing graduate school for either clinical or counselling psychology. Toria enjoys living an active lifestyle, and you can find her on the weekends making her backyard as bee-friendly as possible. Also, she is a certified Rescue Diver, who loves traveling around the world to find the best scuba diving spots with her partner.

 

 

University of Alberta

Adam Beeby

Adam is an undergraduate student in the Honors Psychology program at the University of Alberta. His research interests include motivation, emotion, anxiety and stress in educational and sporting contexts. He is currently exploring research on motivation for athletes in sports. Adam is an avid soccer player and has previously mentored and coached kids playing soccer.

 

 

 

Alyssa Ma

Alyssa is an undergraduate student completing an Honours Psychology program at the University of Alberta. Her research interests lie in emotional regulation in adolescents and children. As a PAA undergraduate representative, Alyssa hopes to bring awareness to psychology communities that undergraduate students can connect with and to foster relationships with these students. In her free time, Alyssa tries to be healthy by going on daily walks but mostly ends up watching Netflix with her cats.

 

University of Calgary

Athina Spiropoulos 

Athina is currently enrolled in a combined degree with a BSc in Psychology and BCR in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies at the University of Calgary, graduating in June 2023. Currently working on her honours thesis in psychosocial oncology, Athina is interested in pursuing Clinical Psychology in graduate school with the goal of researching and utilizing emerging psychotherapy techniques to improve the lives of people living with mental illness and cognitive disability. She hopes to provide people with tools they can use to reach their goals and help them develop a sense of personal autonomy and competency through holistic and mindful practice. As a PAA Campus Representative, Athina aims to foster a welcoming, engaging, and honest space for students to explore career paths and develop a deeper understanding of the field of psychology. Athina’s hobbies include jiu jitsu, bird watching, and reading.

 

 

Abigail Marsh 

Abigail is a third-year Psychology co-op student at the University of Calgary. Abigail is excited to help build the PAA community on her campus while making connections with her peers. In her free time, you will find her working in the garden, listening to a podcast, or heading to the Rocky Mountains. She looks forward to traveling again with her young family.