Lab Trainees and Staff


Delaine Ammaturo

Delaine Ammaturo is a doctoral student in clinical psychology.  She was admitted into our  graduate program after completing her honours psychology degree at the University of Calgary. The focus of her undergraduate research was health psychology. Continuing within the same broad area of investigation as a graduate student she completed her Master's thesis by investigating the ability of informal caregivers to systematically evaluate the pain experience of older adults with and without dementia. As one of her hobbies, Ms. Ammaturo developed a healthy foods blog that was featured in the Huffington Post.


Erin Browne

Erin Browne is a doctoral student in clinical psychology.  She completed her M.Sc. in Health Psychology at the University of Northern British Columbia where she worked with Dr. Kenneth Prkachin who is a widely recognized authority in non-verbal pain expressions. Her graduate work has been supported, in part, through a national fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.  Ms. Browne has published in this area and has taught university level Health Psychology.  During the summer of 2016 she represented our lab at the national workshop on innovation (organised by the AGE WELL Network of National Centres of Excellence) where she won first prize in the one-minute pitch competition.  An avid snowboarder, Ms. Browne, is keen to try kite-snowboarding at the Canadian Plains.


Natasha Louise Gallant

Natasha Gallant, a fluently bilingual student, is enrolled into our doctoral program in clinical psychology.  She was admitted into our clinical psychology graduate program after completing her honours psychology degree at Huron College, University of Western Ontario. As an undergaduate student, Ms. Gallant pursued research on pain phenomena which provided excellent preparation for her graduate work at the Health Psychology Laboratory. She completed her Master's theis while investigating the role of social support in the pain experience of older adults. Her Master's work is being funded, in part, by a Fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.  In her spare time Ms. Gallant enjoys playing piano and the guitar.


Amy Hampton

Amy Hampton was accepted into the clinical psychology program following the completion of her honours degree at the University of Calgary. She is interested in the role of emotional regulation in the pain experience. Her work has been published in the peer reviewed literature and has been presented at a variety of conferences. Ms. Hampton is an avid runner (5 km in 22 minutes) and the undisputed winner of the 2014 fundraiser run to fight depression that was organized by graduate students in our department. She an active lifestyle role model for all of us in the lab.


Ainsley MacIntyre

Ainsley MacIntyre was admitted into the graduate program in Gerontology following an exceptionally strong undergraduate record of at Dalhousie University (B.Sc. in Neuroscience).  A high performance athlete, Ms. MacIntyre played basketball for the Dalhousie Tigers varsity basketball team for 4 years. During the 2016-2017 year, she will be playing for the University of Regina Cougars varsity team.  She is interested in pursuing a health sciences career.

Rhonda Stopyn

Rhonda Stopyn is a graduate student in gerontology at the Health Psychology Laboratory. She joined our lab after completing her undergraduate degree at Victoria College, University of Toronto.  She is an avid pianist and a kickboxing enthusiast!

Noor Zahid

Noor Zahid is an Honours Psychology student. Her research is focused on applications of technology in long-term care environments.


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  • Older Adults Needed for Research on Pain Self-Management

    26 Feb 2018

    We are looking for volunteers who are at least 65 years old to enroll in a remotely delivered pain self-management program over a 3-month period. The course involves working through 5 lessons and homework tasks over a 2-month period. As a participant in this study, you would be asked to complete a telephone assessment and complete questionnaires at pre-treatment, post-treatment, and 4-week follow-up. Potential participants must be suffering from chronic pain, which is pain lasting for more than 3 months. For more information about this study, or to volunteer for this study, please contact: Ainsley MacIntyre (306) 585-4428