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. 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. 

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.

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