Lab Trainees and Staff


Kylie Arsenault

After completing her BA Honours degree with High Distinction at Carleton University, Ms. Arsenault joined the Health Psychology Lab and our Clinical Psychology Graduate Program. She has research experience in health psychology and has presented her undergraduate work at scientific conferences.


Louise Castillo

After completing her honours thesis at the Health Psychology Laboratory, Ms. Castillo joined our lab as graduate student in clinical psychology funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.  Her award winning (AGE WELL Network of Centres of Excellence HQP Knowledge Mobilization National Video Competition ) work, focusing on pain in older adults as well as knowledge mobilization using social media, has been presented at national conferences. She has also published her work in the peer reviewed literature.


Andy McLennan

Andy McLennan joined the Health Psychology Lab, as a graduate student, after completing his Honours BA at the University of Calgary. While at the University of Calgary, Mr. McLennan worked closely with Dr. Linda Carlson and co-authored several published health psychology papers. His graduate studies are supported, in part, through a Canada Master's Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He is a former competive junior hockey player contributing to our lab's appreciation of sport and exercise.

Rhonda Stopyn

Rhonda Stopyn is a doctoral psychology student at the Health Psychology Laboratory. She joined our lab after completing her undergraduate degree at Victoria College, University of Toronto.  Her work has been published in the peer reviewed literature and has been presented at major conferences. She is an avid pianist and a kickboxing enthusiast!

Vivian Tran

Ms. Tran joined the Health Psychology Lab after completing her Honours Degree at the University of Alberta. She also completed specific training in long-term care and has conducted research with older adults for almost two years.


Emily Winters

Ms. Winters (Inuk-Settler, she/her) joined our laboratory after completing a Master's degree in Experimental Psychology at Memorial University where she was funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Fellowship. Her previous work has been presented at a variety of conferences. Her research interests include Indigenous health psychology and substance use.


Laney Yarycky

Laney Yarycky joined the Health Psychology Lab as an Honours student with an extremely strong academic record. She is working on a systematic review using the PRISMA guidelines. Her goal is to pursue a career in clinical psychology.



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  • Family Caregivers of People Living with Dementia Needed for a Study of Caregiver Stress

    31 Jan 2022

    Are you caring for a family member living with dementia? Do you live in Canada or the US? We need your help for a study examining the effectiveness of mobile apps created for caregivers in improving stress and burden! In appreciation of your time, you will receive up to $75 CAD. For more information, please contact: Louise Castillo, or (306) 337-2537. To volunteer, follow the link to confirm your eligibility:

  • Help Us Spread Information About Pain in Dementia (#SeePainMoreClearly)

    27 Sep 2019

    With the support of organizations such as the AGE-WELL NCE and stakeholders, we launched a large-scale social media campaign #SeePainMoreClearly on October 1, 2019, the International Day of Older Persons. Help our knowledge mobilization effort by viewing our 2-minute informational video on YouTube which addresses the problem of pain under-management/underassessment in older adults with dementia, along with evidence-based solutions. We also encourage you to fill out our brief video evaluation questionnaire Resources can be accessed through Join our conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #SeePainMoreClearly! If you have other ways of helping with this initiative, please contact Louise Castillo (