Vanier Scholar - PhD Clinical Psychology
The links between childhood trauma and difficulties adjusting socially later in life
Sasha MacNeil, a PhD candidate in clinical psychology, is studying how adolescents who have experienced trauma or abuse in childhood can have difficulty adjusting and integrating socially.
The aim of her work is to pinpoint which adolescents are most at risk and find solutions to help them. Studies have shown that there can be actual physical symptoms linked to chronic anxiety in teenagers.
With the help of clinical trials, MacNeil hopes to develop therapeutic interventions to improve social relationships and bolster resilience to early life adversity.