Jennifer L. Gordon, PhD, R Psych
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
PhD, Clinical Psychology, McGill University, QC
BSc (Honours), Psychology, McGill University, QC
Dr. Jennifer Gordon is a Clinical Psychologist, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Regina, and director of the Women’s Mental Health Research Unit. Currently a Tier II Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Canada Research Chair in the Biopsychosocial Determinants of Women’s Mental Health, Dr. Gordon is dedicated to advancing the identification, prevention, and treatment of mental health conditions uniquely affecting women. Dr. Gordon is published as first author in some of the world’s top mental health journals, including JAMA Psychiatry and the American Journal of Psychiatry and her research is well-funded by CIHR, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation and the Saskatchewan Center for Patient-Oriented Research. As a Clinical Psychologist, she maintains a small private practice focusing on treating postpartum depression and distress related to infertility.
Dr. Gordon is always on the lookout for bright trainees with a variety of training backgrounds – nursing, social work, and psychology – who are passionate about advancing women’s mental health research. She welcomes prospective students and postdocs to contact her about opportunities available in the lab!
Ashley Balsom (2018 - Present)
B.Sc. in Psychology (Honours) – Memorial University of Newfoundland (2017)
Masters Student in Clinical Psychology – University of Regina (2021)
PhD Student in Clinical Psychology - University of Regina (in progress)
Ashley Balsom is a current PhD student in Clinical Psychology. Previously, Ashley was a graduate student and researcher in the Family Resilience Laboratory working on an experimental masters when she decided to switch to clinical psychology. She graduated with honours from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Ashley was involved in various mental health initiatives in her home province of Newfoundland and Labrador such as the Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre, Jack.org, and Intersections: The Centre for Marginalized Genders. Ashley continues to be involved through her work with the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Coordinator at the University of Regina. Ashley is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness and is an intersectional feminist. She has always been interested in the unique experiences of women, specifically mothers and hopes to explore this further in her graduate studies. In her free time, you can catch Ashley taking photos, hanging out with cats or watching The Office.
Megan Poulter (2022 - Present)
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (Honours) - University of British Columbia
Masters Student in Clinical Psychology - University of Regina (in progress)
Megan is currently in the first year of her Masters program in Clinical Psychology. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia, graduation with a Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Psychology in May 2022. Her undergraduate thesis looked at social cooperation and depression in adolescents assigned female at birth. Megan is expanding on this work in her Masters thesis to see how challenges surrounding fertility may exacerbate women's already increased risk for depression and the effect that short-term cognitive-behavioural interventions can have on mental health outcomes and relationship satisfaction in women experiencing infertility. If you want to start a conversation with Megan, ask her about her cat (J.R.R. Tolkitten), what book she's reading, or what she's knitting!
Bethany Sander (2019 – Present)
B.Sc. in Psychology (Honours) - University of Regina (in progress)
M.Sc in Clinical Psychology - University of Regina (in progress)
Bethany is currently completing her Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology at the University of Regina. In her current research, she aims to uncover the hormonal mechanisms contributing to mood disorders during reproductive transitions. In particular, she is studying the role of several reproductive hormones in the etiology of perimenopausal depression. She previously completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the U of R and began as an honours student in Dr. Gordon's lab. As an honours student, Bethany researched the correlates of estradiol-related affect change in reproductive-aged women, with a focus on sensitivity to stress, social rejection, and changes in emotion-related perception. Bethany also has some previous experience working in the research area of mathematical cognition and executive function in both children and adults. Her studies have been funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR), and the Guiding interdisciplinary Research On Women’s and girl’s health and Well-being (GROWW) program through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
Anas Arwini (2022 – Present)
B.Sc. in Psychology (Honours) - University of Regina (in progress)
Anas is currently an undergraduate student completing a B.Sc. Honours degree in Psychology under Dr. Gordon. His research thesis focuses on exploring the factors that influence family planning among women studying clinical psychology, such as mental well-being and perceived support by their social circle and academic institution. He hopes to pursue medicine at USask and take what he learns from his experience here and apply it in the future. His favourite pastime is reading books (The Count of Monte Cristo is his personal favourite!).
Julia Grummisch (2016 - 2021)
B.Sc. in Psychology (Honours, cum laude) - University of Ottawa (2013)
M.Sc. in Neuroscience - Carleton University (2015)
Ph.D. Student in Clinical Psychology - University of Regina (in progress)
Julia Grummisch is a Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology. Her research investigating the relationship between reproductive hormones and cognitive abilities in the menopause transition is funded by a CIHR Doctoral Award (Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship) and the Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research. Clinically, Julia is interested in neuropsychological assessment, rehabilitation, and evidence-based psychological treatment of mood, anxiety, and psychotic disorders. She has completed clinical placements at The Ottawa Hospital, Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital, Saskatchewan Health Authority, and the University of Regina. She has been recognized for her research and clinical work through her receipt of several awards, including the C. Jillings Award for Excellence in Clinical Psychology. In her free time, Julia enjoys taking photos, playing tennis and eating good food.
Loveness Dube (2019 - Present)
PhD, Public Health Sciences - Catholic University of Louvain
Master of Public Health (Health Promotion) - University of Pretoria
Bachelor of Social Work (Honours, Cum Laude) - University of Fort Hare
Dr Dube is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Women’s Mental Health Research Unit and she is a holder of a doctoral degree in Public Health Sciences from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. Dr Dube’s doctoral project focused on self-management education for patients with chronic diseases, particularly diabetes. Her thesis consists of a series of research papers investigating the status of diabetes self-management education (DSME) in developing countries, the characteristics of existing DSME programs in South Africa, the perceived needs for self-management among patients, health service providers and experts (whose feedback led to the development of a contextually adapted self-management support tool), and the feasibility and acceptability of this contextually adapted self-management support tool. Dr Dube has worked in various settings as a social worker and a public health researcher. Her work is published in several international peer-reviewed scientific journals. Her research interests include patient-oriented research, patient education, and health promotion.
Andie Chernoff (2017 - 2019)
B.Sc. in Psychology (Honours, with high distinction) - University of Regina (2019)
Andie is an undergraduate student completing an Honours BSc in Psychology, with research focusing on the daily experiences of women struggling with infertility. Previously, Andie conducted microbiology research as an NSERC USRA scholarship holder, and she currently volunteers for the Regina Immigrant Women Centre. She plans to pursue medicine, with the intention of opening obstetrics/gynecology clinic that provides free mental health resources and support. Her passions include health, feminism, and accessibility.
Michaela Flaman (2019 - 2020)
B.Sc. in Psychology (Honours) - University of Regina
Michaela is currently completing her Honours BSc in Psychology and will be pursuing a summer undergraduate research fellowship with Dr. Jennifer Gordon. Her research includes assessing the emotional challenges of women experiencing infertility, to assist in the development of an infertility-focused psychological intervention. Her research also involves the psychosocial correlates of elevated stress hormones in women struggling with infertility. She aspires to pursue medicine or experimental psychology.
Tianna Sauer (2017 - 2018)
B.Sc. in Psychology (Honours, with high distinction) - University of Regina (2018)
Tianna is currently the lab coordinator for the Women’s Mental Health Research Unit. She completed her honours degree under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Gordon in 2018. Her honours thesis examined perimenopausal women and the effects of hot flashes on the primary stress hormone, cortisol. She hopes to become a doctor, specializing in pediatrics. She hopes to implement her knowledge of mental health into her practice, focusing on patient-centered care.