Research Team

Paula Barata

Dr. Paula Barata

My research deals with the psychosocial determinants that influence women’s health and wellbeing. In particular, I am interested in how women are broadly impacted by sexual and physical violence, and what we can do to ameliorate that violence.  Currently, I am working on projects dealing with the evaluation and implementation of a sexual assault prevention program, housing discrimination against battered women, and the evaluation of a program for children who have witnessed intimate partner violence.  I have also done work on the incorporation of HPV technologies into cervical cancer prevention.

https://www.uoguelph.ca/psychology/users/paula-barata

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Sarah Cahill

Sarah Cahill

Sarah is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of Guelph. Her research focuses on feminism, criminology, violence against women, and women’s wellbeing. She is currently working on her PhD, which is going to explore university women’s experiences with unwanted consensual hookups. For her MA thesis, she used quantitative analyses to uncover gender differences in homicide sentences. Sarah is a Research Assistant for the VP and Dean of Graduate Studies and is examining best professional development practices for graduate students at Universities in Canada.  

Sara Crann

Sara Crann

Sara is a PhD Candidate in Applied Social Psychology at the University of Guelph. Her research address girls' and women's health and wellbeing, with focuses in violence against women and girlhood.  Her Master's thesis research examined the lived experience of resilience among adult female survivors of intimate partner violence.  She is currently writing her dissertation, which was conducted in collaboration with a girls' empowerment camp and examines subjectivities of rural girlhood among girls and young women who attended the empowerment camp.  Sara works as a Graduate Research Assistant with Dr. Kieran O'Doherty (www.dsp.uoguelph.ca/psychology) studying women's vaginal heath and hygiene practices, and Dr. Mavis Morton on a project documenting femicide in Ontario.  Sara is also a co-author on the Women's Safety PhotoVoice project conducted with the Women's Health and Wellbeing Research Team. 

Brittany Danishevsky

Brittany Danishevsky

Brittany recently graduated with a Honours degree is Psychology: Brain and Cognition student with a minor in Neuroscience. During her time at Guelph, she worked on mental health advocacy with Jack.org, dance and theatre with Curtain Call Productions, and peer support with the Student Support Network. This past year, Brittany completed her Psychology Honours Thesis in Dr. Barata's lab. 

Sandy Erb

Sandy Erb

Sandy is a PhD student in the Clinical Psychology: Applied Developmental Emphasis program at the University of Guelph. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo where she examined the experience of mature students in higher education. This research was disseminated in a conference poster presentation and is currently under review for publication.  Sandy's master's thesis research at the University of Guelph focused on the relationship between self-compassion, shame, and self-blame in survivors of intimate partner violence. She is excited to expand on this research in her PhD, where she hopes to investigate the effects of self-compassion training on shame and self-blame reduction, as well as on IPV disclosure and help-seeking. Sandy has also collaborated in the PhotoVoice research project in Dr. Paula Barata's lab. 

Alexis Fabricius

Alexis Fabricius

Alexis Fabricius is in the Applied Social Psychology program working toward her second MA after having completed two Honours BAs (one in history and one in psychology) at York University in Toronto. Her undergraduate research focused on gendered violence; specifically, she examined how the experiences of blind and partially sighted women can be used to develop relevant violence prevention programming for them. Her research was awarded the Originality Prize in memory of Paul Jeffrey Kuszyszyn. More recently, her applied work is examining how sex and gender impact the severity and outcomes of traumatic brain injury with Dr. Angela Colantonio in the Acquired Brain Injuries lab at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. Presently, her research is focused on using qualitative methods and critical theory to challenge traditional approaches to interventions, programming and policy. Her research interests include feminist and critical theory, post-modern approaches to psychology, sex and gender, sexual assault/IPV prevention, health research, and women's experiences in the healthcare system. Alexis Fabricius also owns and operates a feminist women's self-defense company, Invicta Self-Defense. 

 Sarah Feige

Sarah Feige

Sarah is currently in her final year of the Psychology Honours (BA) program at the University of Guelph. She has been volunteering with Dr. Barata’s lab since the Spring of 2017, during which time she has coded data for a study about women’s experiences in a subsidized housing program for survivors of intimate partner violence, and completed a comprehensive literature search about parental leave in academic settings. Currently, she is collaborating with Sandra Erb (PhD 3) in her scale development research about self-conscious emotions post-trauma, and assisting with the planning of the Guelph International Women’s Day conference of 2018. She hopes to pursue a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology. 

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Brianne Gayfer

Brianne is a recent graduate of the University of Guelph and has been volunteering in Dr. Barata’s lab since the Summer 2016 semester. Currently, she is the volunteer transcriber on Nicole’s PhD dissertation, focusing on men’s thoughts about steady dating relationships and sexual communication, although she also enjoys helping with other projects as needs arise. In the future, Brianne plans to pursue a career as a clinical psychologist, working with children and youth. 

Rima Hanna

Rima Hanna

Rima Hanna is a graduate student in the Applied Social Psychology Program at the University of Guelph. She is native to Orlando, Florida. She completed her undergraduate degree in Honors Psychology w. Thesis with a minor in Women’s Studies at the University of Windsor. She has worked as a Research Assistant in the areas of sexual assault prevention and bystander intervention under the supervision of Dr. Charlene Senn. Her undergraduate thesis in Psychology, also under the supervision of Dr. Charlene Senn, was composed of an experimental quantitative study that explored the effects of street harassment on women’s mood and cognitions. Rima has extensive experience engaging LGBTQ+ communities as an activist and community educator, including her service on the Executive Board of Out on Campus, and also as a volunteer for the Welcome Centre Shelter for Women. For her graduate work under the supervision of Dr. Paula Barata, she looks to extend her work on the impact, effects, and implications of street harassment. If she’s not in her office doing research work, look for her at protests, poetry slams, or the basketball court.

 

Rima Hanna

Rima Hanna

Rima Hanna is a graduate student in the Applied Social Psychology Program at the University of Guelph. She is native to Orlando, Florida. She completed her undergraduate degree in Honors Psychology w. Thesis with a minor in Women’s Studies at the University of Windsor. She has worked as a Research Assistant in the areas of sexual assault prevention and bystander intervention under the supervision of Dr. Charlene Senn. Her undergraduate thesis in Psychology, also under the supervision of Dr. Charlene Senn, was composed of an experimental quantitative study that explored the effects of street harassment on women’s mood and cognitions. Rima has extensive experience engaging LGBTQ+ communities as an activist and community educator, including her service on the Executive Board of Out on Campus, and also as a volunteer for the Welcome Centre Shelter for Women. For her graduate work under the supervision of Dr. Paula Barata, she looks to extend her work on the impact, effects, and implications of street harassment. If she’s not in her office doing research work, look for her at protests, poetry slams, or the basketball court.

 

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Rima Hanna

Nicole Jeffrey

Nicole Jeffrey

Nicole Jeffrey is a PhD candidate in Applied Social Psychology at the University of Guelph. Her research has mainly focused on issues of violence against women, including sexual and intimate partner violence. For her MA thesis, she used qualitative interview data to examine university women’s subjective experiences of sexual coercion victimization in intimate relationships with men. For her PhD dissertation, Nicole intends to extend her MA research by examining men’s subjective experiences perpetrating sexual coercion in intimate relationships and the ways in which men talk about sex, dating, and sexual coercion with other men. She is currently leading a PhotoVoice research project on women’s safety in Dr. Paula Barata’s lab and is working as a research assistant for Dr. Myrna Dawson for the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative for Vulnerable Populations.

Sara Kohtala

Sara Kohtala

Sara recently is a recent graduate of the Honours Psychology program with a minor in Family and Children’s studies. Upon graduation, Sara hopes to continue her education in clinical or counseling psychology. Sara's research interests include public discourse surrounding social justice movements, community support and resilience in victims of sexual assault, and the feminization of poverty across the globe.

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Julia Manzini-Alary

 

Julia is in the Psychology: Brain and Cognition undergraduate program, obtaining a minor in Statistics. This year she is completing her Honours Thesis in Dr. Barata’s lab. She is also involved with the Student Support Network (SSN) as a peer support volunteer. Julia hopes to pursue her education in clinical psychology, specifically focusing on gender and sexuality.

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Jessica March

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Katie McLaren

Katie is a fourth year Honours Psychology student. During her time at Guelph, she has worked on student advocacy through Interhall Council, the Orientation Team and sitting on various committees such as the Sexual Violence committee. This year she will be working on her Honours Thesis on the impact of sexual violence poster campaigns on campus.

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Kaylie Quinlan

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Ishnoor Rakhra

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Bianka Safian

Teresa Smith

Teresa Smith

Teresa is currently completing her Honours Thesis Project under Dr. Barata. Her thesis project will focus on the state of rape culture on the University of Guelph’s campus. Teresa has been involved in the Lab for Women’s Health and Wellbeing since June 2016, completing an internship focused on the evaluation of a ECE program at a woman’s shelter, as well as managing the website. Upon graduation, Teresa hopes to pursue a graduate degree in Couple & Family Therapy.

Linda-Paola

Linda-Paola Sosa Hernandez

Linda recently graduated with Honours Bachelor of Science and has returned to the University and completed an internship in the Women's Health and Wellbeing Lab in Fall 2017. For her internship, Linda primarily worked on an evaluation of an early childhood support and educational program at a women’s shelter. She has also worked with data from a second study on subsidized housing for survivors of intimate partner violence. In the future, Linda plans to pursue a career as a scientist-practitioner in the field of Clinical Psychology. 

Mallory Terry

Mallory Terry

Mallory is a recent graduate from the University of Guelph’s B.Sc. Honours Psychology: Brain and Cognition program, obtaining a minor in Neuroscience. She completed her Honours Thesis last year in Dr. Lana M. Trick’s visual attention lab, and is a volunteer collective member for the Guelph Resource Centre for Gender Empowerment and Diversity (GRCGED). Currently in our lab, Mallory is assisting with a study regarding women’s experiences using priority subsidized housing programs for survivors of intimate partner violence.

Jessica White

Jessica White

Jessica is a third year Honours Psychology BA student working in Dr. Barata’s lab for her psychology internship. Jessica has spent her time at Guelph as a Residence Assistant with Student Housing Services, and as a Volunteer and Collective Member at the Guelph Resource Centre for Gender Empowerment and Diversity (GRCGED). For her internship, Jessica will be looking at secondary data from the Sexual Assault Resistance Education (SARE) project, specifically looking at intimate partner violence and date rape drug data.