What are your main responsibilities or activities in your current position?
As a clinical child psychologist and research lead of the Provincial ADHD Program of BC Children's Hospital, I have both clinical and research responsibilities. Clinically, I conduct diagnostic assessments, behavioural parent training interventions, and public psychoeducation for children, youth, and families with complex symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. I work within a multi-disciplinary team, and am involved with training psychology and medical students. My clinical and translational research focuses on innovative psychosocial interventions for ADHD, social-cognitions related to engagement and adherence, and mental health literacy and stigma among cultural groups.
How does your current work relate to your graduate degree?
My current work is directly related to my graduate training which included both clinical and research skills and knowledge. Foundational knowledge and critical analysis about evidence-based approaches were established throughout coursework, clinical skills were developed throughout a variety of practicum placements and internship/residency, and research design, analysis, and dissemination were cultivated through my thesis, dissertation, and additional projects. One key factor associated with my success and enjoyment of graduate school is having a good match in a research supervisor.
What motivated you to pursue graduate work at UBC?
The UBC clinical psychology program is well-established for clinical research with a focus on the evidence-based approach of cognitive-behavioural interventions, which was well-suited for my interests. In particular, the expertise and international reputation of my research supervisor was a good match for my areas of interest.
What key things did you do, or what attitudes or approaches did you have, that contributed to your success?
Prioritize a healthy work-life balance to prevent burn-out.
What is your best piece of advice for current graduate students preparing for their future careers?
Although it is wise to successfully complete graduate school by focusing on the default requirements and choosing feasible research projects, I would highly recommend seeking out additional opportunities and experiences (both clinical and research) that directly relate to your future career interests in order to maximize the relevance of your training.