Research Group

Consultants (GTA)

  • Alison Bury, Ph. D., (Psychologist, Psychological Trauma Program, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)
  • Jim Parker, Ph.D. (Professor, Department of Psychology, Trent University)
  • Lena Quilty, Ph.D., C.Psych. (Senior Scientist, Clinical Research Department, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)
  • Neil Rector, Ph.D., C.Psych., (Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Sunnybrook Hospital)
  • Graeme Taylor, MD (Department of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai Hospital)
  • Romina Mizrahi, MD, Ph.D. (Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Senior Scientist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)
  • Jeff Meyer, MD, Ph.D. (Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Senior Scientist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)
  • Christian Hendershot, Ph.D. (Senior Scientist, Clinical Research Department, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)

External Collaborators

  • Yossef Ben-Porath, Ph.D. (Department of Psychology, Kent State University)
  • Michael Chimielewski, Ph.D. (Department of Psychology, Southern Methodist University)
  • Piero Porcelli, Ph.D. (Department of Psychology, University of Chieti)
  • Andrew Ryder, Ph. D. (Department of Psychology, Concordia University)
  • Martin Sellbom, Ph.D. (Department of Psychology, University of Otago)
  • Lee Anna Clark, Ph.D. (Department of Psychology, University of Notre Dame)
  • David Watson, Ph.D. (Departments of Psychology, University of Notre Dame)

Current Graduate Students

Matthew McPhee (M.A., University of Toronto), Ph.D. 5 (Co-Supervised with Dr. Christian Hendershot)

Matt is a Ph.D student in the Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science at UTSC, co-supervised by Dr. R. Michael Bagby and Dr. Christian Hendershot (primary). Matt’s research interests are broad and often overlap with his clinical endeavours; his dissertation focuses on the intersection of cognition (e.g., response inhibition) and alcohol use. Clinically, Matt is interested in both assessment and intervention focused work and will be completing his pre-doctoral internship in clinical neuropsychology at Baycrest. Matt’s graduate work is funded in part by the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Discovery Fund Graduate Studentship at CAMH.

Thulasi Thiruchselvam (M.Sc., University of Toronto), Ph.D. 5 (Co-Supervised with Dr. Lena Quilty)

Thulasi’s research interests include the intersection of reinforcement learning and stress in affective disorders, transdiagnostic cognitive processes involved in the maintenance of psychopathology, and the relevance of these processes in psychological interventions. Her graduate work is conducted at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and is funded in part by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, and the Discovery Fund Graduate Studentship at CAMH.

Ilona Gorbovskaya, (M.Sc., Kings College London), Ph.D. 3 (IMS)

Ilona’s forces on trait-based biomarkers for personality psychopathology with a primary focus on those dimensional traits that capture the phenotypic expression of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Antisocial Personality Disorders (ASPD). Her research is specifically dedicated to discovering the genetic components associated with dimensional pathological personality traits associated with DSM-5 personality disorders (PDs) and the creation of Polygenic Risk Scores of DSM-5 PDs as characterized by specific and unique dimensional traits not shared by related disorders and other co-morbid PDs. Her ultimate goal is to attempt to establish the genetic components associated with these traits to inform and contribute to a biomarker-based personality disorder classification system.

Prisca Obierefu, (M.Sc., London Metropolitan University), Ph.D 1

Prisca’s primary research interests lie in examining the effects of racialized experiences of Black Canadians on the assessment of personality psychopathology. More specifically, she is interested in the measurement invariance of psychopathological assessments across samples of “Racialized Blacks” (i.e., those who self-identify as Black and raised in predominantly White societies/cultures – [e.g., Canada, the E.U., U.K., U.S]), and “Non-racialized Blacks” (i.e., those who self-identify as Black who were raised in predominantly Black societies/cultures [e.g., Sub-Saharan African or the Caribbean]). Her main goal is to unpack the effect of race and racism in the measurement of psychopathology.

Laboratory Manager and Research Coordinator

  • Aqsa Zahid

Undergraduate Thesis Student

  • Sharlane Lau

Work-Study Student

  • Suddene Stone

Research Assistant

  • Sally Park

Previous Graduates

  • Lauren Drvaric, Ph.D. (Clear Path Solutions)
  • Allison Eades Ph.D. (St. Joseph’s Hospital, Western University)
  • Michael Carnovale, M.A.
  • Alina Patel, M.A.
  • Shauna Kushner, Ph.D. (City of Toronto)
  • Carolyne Watters, Ph.D. (Trent University)

Previous Laboratory Managers

  • Ardeshir Mortezaei
  • Karin Onno
  • Nayani Ramakrishnan
  • Nicole Schoer
  • Jennifer Sommerville
  • Sonya Dhillon
  • Lindsay Ayearst

Previous Undergraduate Thesis Students

  • Ilona Gorboyskaya
  • Danielle Uy
  • Abanti Tagore
  • Gausiha Rathitharan
  • Kristen Pring-Mill
  • Zahra Nasser

Previous Work-Study Students

  • Vinitaa Rajasingaam
  • Rabia Zaheer
  • Nayani Ramakrishnan
  • Sandi Johnson
  • Madiha Qureshi
  • Gausiha Rathitharan
  • Nicole Schoer
  • Jonathon Tay
  • Jessica D’Arcey

Previous Research Assistants 

  • Brittney Hatton
  • Pamela Esguerra
  • Hareem Ashraf
  • Ardeshir Mortezaei
  • Flavia Melcop
  • Poorva Patel
  • Aubrey Aguilar
  • Alyssa Di Bartolomeo
  • Karan Mourya
  • Gajathree Ananthathurai
  • Maleeha Khan
  • Emily Chan
  • Noelle Douitsis
  • Nicole Chow
  • Kristen Cain
  • Muhammad Zia
  • Christina Pereira
  • Ridda Ahmed
  • Amy Obssi
  • Daniela Plascencia
  • Julia DeSantis
  • Lahmea Navaratnerajah
  • Jessica Ng
  • Karin Onno
  • Vinitaa Rajasingaam
  • Frankie Chan
  • Brandon Eno
  • Rogges Anandarajah
  • Maneesh Singh
  • Mariam Hussain
  • Duncan Green
  • Ramish Shahab
  • Nayani Ramakrishnan
  • Abanti Tagore
  • Hasan Shafqat
  • Kamrun Nahar
  • Aperame-Aru Balasingam
  • Patrick Ng
  • Saad Muhammad
  • Akshayan Vimalanathan
  • Saad Khan
  • Manu Sharma
  • Nicole Schoer
  • Gausiha Rathitharan
  • Kathleen Stewart
  • Katrina Po
  • Elisabeth Lam
  • Abigail Muere
  • Taro Yamashita
  • Bryanna Graves
  • Charmalee Harris
  • Raluca Morariu
  • Muhaimen Siddiqui