Graduate Students

Sarah Cabecinha-Alati

Sarah Cabecinha-Alati is a Doctoral Candidate in the Counselling Psychology program at McGill University. Her research focuses on the relationship between childhood adversity and parental emotion regulation. Her primary goal is to determine whether parents’ experiences of childhood adversity (e.g. abuse or neglect) impact their emotion regulation skills and subsequently, their parenting behaviours related to the process of emotion socialization.


Carley Marshall

Carley Marshall is a PhD student in the School/Applied Child Psychology program at McGill University. She is interested in child trauma and resilience, more specifically intergenerational trauma. Her research focuses on the intergenerational continuity of child sexual abuse, which entails conducting a mixed method study to identify psychosocial risk and protective factors.

Sereena Pigeon

Sereena Pigeon is a Doctoral student in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. She is interested in studying both individual and interpersonal risk factors that maintain intergenerational cycles of child maltreatment. She previously completed a Master of Science in Psychiatry at McGill University, during which she studied the feasibility of incorporating a prediction error into Reconsolidation TherapyTM with propranolol to treat the adjustment disorder stemming from romantic betrayal. 

Polly Cheng

Polly Cheng is a PhD Candidate in the Counselling Psychology Program A McGill University. She is interested in understanding the mechanisms between childhood trauma, emotion regulation processes and post-traumatic stress symptoms. Her research is focused on unpacking how different types of childhood trauma may impact different aspects of emotion regulation and how intergenerational continuity may influence these relationships.

Audrey Kern

Audrey is completing her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at McGill University and will be starting her PhD in Counselling Psychology in September 2021. She is interested in understanding the mechanisms that are sustaining cycles of abuse. She is currently researching the early risk and protective factors associated with child maltreatment in young mothers. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Neuroscience at McMaster University. Her undergraduate thesis examined the neuroscience of social power. 

Marie-Emma Gagné

Marie-Emma completed her B.A. Honours in Psychology at Concordia University and is now completing her her M.A. in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. She will start her PhD in Counselling Psychology in September 2021. Her research interests are varied, but having worked with disadvantaged, vulnerable adolescents, she has developed a strong interest for trauma-related disorders and the intergenerational transfer of risk. She is looking forward to helping develop research projects in the ReACT Lab, and becoming more insightful about how to help individuals who are trying to overcome adversity.

Alesha Frederickson

Alesha Frederickson is a Master’s student in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. She is interested in investigating how childhood sexual abuse impacts individuals during pregnancy, labour and future parent-child attachment. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Winnipeg, where her thesis explored women’s feelings of threat and belonging in gym environments.

Aimée Wallace

Aimée recently completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology at McGill University with minors in Behavioural Science and Education. She is now in the process of completing her Masters in Sexology at UQAM and is co-supervised by Dr. Langevin. Her research focuses on the risk factors associated with cyber-victimization in the dating relationships of sexually abused teenage girls. She plans to pursue a Doctorate of Psychology with a focus on sexual abuse intervention and prevention.

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