Graduate Students


Gillian is in the Clinical Developmental Psychology program. She graduated from Western University in 2020 with an Honours Specialization in Psychology. She is interested in early life adversity and mental health with the goal of promoting resilience and positive functioning in youth and families. Gillian has worked with youth in various roles, including as a camp counsellor, behavioural therapist for children with autism spectrum disorder, and social skills group facilitator for youth with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. 

Gillian Shoychet, MA1

Undergraduate Students

Katherine is an undergraduate psychology student in the Specialized Honours Program. She is hoping to pursue graduate studies in Clinical Psychology with the intention of working in communities to promote resilience and increase access to mental health care. In the Prime Family Lab, she hopes to better understand the ways mothers can be supported through various parenting interventions and how this can result in improvements in children’s mental health and future success. 

Katherine Mcguire, IRP (F/W) 


Kathleen Roller is a fifth year Honours Thesis student pursuing her Specialized Honours degree in Psychology at York University. Kathleen joined the Prime Lab with the aim of combining her interest in the impact of cultural norms on mental health with the lab's research on the biopsychosocial predictors of mental health in children. 

Kathleen Roller, Thesis Student


Negar is an Honors Psychology major and Biology minor. She is interested in cognition and neuropsychology. Negar is interested in how the family environment impacts neuroplasticity in children. She is hoping to continue her studies in neuropsychology or neurology.

Negar Shavandi, IRP (F/W)