Graduate Students


Stefanie Ciszewski

BA Honours, University of Ottawa 
MA, University of New Brunswick

Stefanie is a second year PhD student in the clinical psychology graduate program at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan. Her research interests are within the field of health psychology and behavioural medicine with a specific focus on behavioural intervention and prevention programs for healthy weight management.


Carmela White

BA Honours, Mount Royal University  
MA, University of British Columbia Okanagan 

Carmela is a third year PhD student in the clinical psychology graduate program at the University of British Columbia - Okanagan. Carmela's area of interest is in positive psychology, specifically, well-being. She is interested in learning what factors contribute to well-being, and how this information can be used in combination with traditional psychology interventions to overcome the ‘tougher times’. Furthermore, she is interested in learning about how well-being interventions can play a role in health psychology contexts (e.g., working with individuals with chronic illnesses).


Megumi M. Iyar, MA

Doctoral student in Clinical psychology

Chair, Student section – Eating Disorders Association of Canada

Megumi is interested in collaborative care and factors that promote change with the aim of improving adherence to treatment across the weight spectrum.



Jaquelyn Kerr B.A.

Jaquelyn has research interests in nutrition, weight management, wellness, positive psychology, mood, anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and stigma.

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Chloe Briggs, BSc. 

Chloe is pursuing a doctoral degree in the Clinical Psychology program at UBCO. Her research interests are in the area of positive psychology; specifically, mindfulness, self-compassion, emotion-regulation, and subjective and psychological well-being. 

Project COOrdinator


Danika A. Quesnel 
Bachelors of Human Kinetics
Master’s of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology & Health Sciences) 
Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology, Certified Personal Trainer 

Danika has research interests in eating disorders, dysfunctional exercise, health promotion, healthy weight management, and mental health and exercise interventions

UnderGraduate Students

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Brooke Dudley

Brooke is a 5th year Bachelor of Science undergraduate student who is currently completing her honours thesis under the supervision of Dr. Lesley Lutes. Her research interests include obesity, obesity and mental health, health promotion, weight management, and modified dietary monitoring, specifically in young adults.

Ali Caldwell

Ali is a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in psychology. Ali’s research interests include eating disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, suicide, and the impact of stigma associated with mental health disorders. Ali is currently completing her honours thesis under the supervision of Dr. Carolyn Szostak.

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Joanna Garcia

Joanna is a fourth year Psychology Major completing her Bachelor’s of Science degree at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus. She is currently conducting research for her honours thesis about the relationship between social media and well-being. Her areas of interest are within psychology include well-being, as well as forensics, and psychopathology.


Liam R. King

Bachelor of Science – Major in Psychology

Liam R. King is a 5thyear bachelor of science student majoring in Psychology. Mr. King was awarded a NSERC USRA in the summer of 2018, where he was co-supervised by Drs. McManus & Lutes, and helped coordinate the Tree of Hope research grant. In 2016 & 2017, Mr. King was also awarded the Aboriginal Mentorship program naming Dr. Lutes as his mentor. He also completed a Directed Studies under the supervision of Dr. Wirtz in the fall of 2017, where he investigated the effects of self-compassion and implicit biases on well-being. Mr. King has interests in working with community youth to promote well-being, investigating factors that contribute to health and well-being in indigenous communities, and promoting awareness around the discrimination faced by indigenous individuals in modern society.


Taylor McCreary

Taylor is a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in psychology. Taylor’s research interests include the relationship between exercise and stress/ mood disorders, health promotion, and childhood development in regards to issues with language acquisition. 

Volunteer Research Assistants

Mercedes Yeast

Alex Fountaine

Jagardip Sidhu

Nathaniel Grinham

Alexa Rysen

Emily Bisonette

Paul Lutz

Kaylee Cunningham

Emily-Rose Bonthoux

Clerissa Copeland

Emily Avey

Denika Widmer

Sherry Hannah

Isabella Panagos

Karen Coppock

affliated Students


Drew Declerk


Marina Le, M.A. 
Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student

Although Marina’s primary research interests are in the field of forensic psychology, she is collaborating with Dr. Lutes on a manuscript about a project that investigated health and psychosocial outcomes of insulin dependent type 2 diabetic patients after a behavioural health intervention. 


Damian Leitner

BSc Honours, University of British Columbia Okanagan, Biopsychology Specialization
MA, University of British Columbia Okanagan