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
University of Alberta – Adam Beeby & Alyssa Ma
University of Calgary – Athina Spiropoulos & Abigail Marsh
University of Alberta
Richelle is a second-year doctoral student in the School and Clinical Child Psychology (SCCP) program at the University of Alberta (UofA). Graduating from 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 inboxes with important information. She is a licensed skydiver, fantasy novel enthusiast, and an avid mid-afternoon speed walker.
University of Calgary
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 is a second-year Master 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 about 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.
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.
University of Alberta
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 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 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 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.
“The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is the national home for Canada’s researchers, educators and practitioners in psychology. It is an organization and profession that respects the dignity of persons and peoples among its core principles. The military invasion of Ukraine contravenes the values of all people of conscience. Military aggression, and its threats to human life and well being, have no place in a civilized society. The CPA’s Code of Ethics for psychologists prohibits psychologists from any research or activity that contravenes international humanitarian law, such as the development of methods intended for use in the torture, punishment or degrading treatment of persons, destruction of the environment, or activities that violate human rights. The CPA joins its international partners on the Global Psychology Alliance in supporting the National Psychological Association of Ukraine, and the people of Ukraine, in decrying this act of aggression. Military aggression brings no benefit to humanity but exacts tremendous human costs. These costs are immediate in the loss of life, and long term in the psychological, social, economic, and environmental impacts on people, families and societies. This is an action in which nobody wins. The CPA stands in solidarity with Ukraine, and all people of conscience, who are committed to living in peace, with respect for the dignity of all the world’s peoples.” (CPA, 2022)
PAA stands with American Psychological Associaton’s (APA) statement
“APA motion on Ukraine conflict
Adopted by APA Council of Representatives in February 2022
The American Psychological Association is an organization that stands for human rights and the psychological and physical health and well-being of all people worldwide. The recent military invasion of Ukraine threatens the life, liberty, physical, and psychological well-being of people in Ukraine and surrounding nations.
The American Psychological Association stands in solidarity with the National Psychological Association of Ukraine, the Ukrainian people, and colleagues in the Eastern European region, as the Ukrainian nation defends itself against military invasion. We are gravely concerned about the immediate and long-term trauma and psychological impacts on people of all ages, families, communities, and the environment. We deplore the human cost of such aggression, including violations of human rights, adverse humanitarian consequences, deep psychological distress, and the loss of dignity and freedom. We stand in solidarity with all who are raising their voices and working tirelessly to protect and safeguard human life.” (APA, 2022)