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Kelly McShane

2007, PhD Psychology (Research and Clinical Training Option) (Supervisor: Paul Hastings)
2003, MA Psychology

Associate Professor (Department of Psychology at Ryerson University)
Clinical Psychologist (Renascent, Addiction Treatment Centre)
Principal (Coperitia)
Kelly McShane

1.     How are you applying your degree in Psychology from Concordia?

When I was based at the Centre for Research in Human Development (CRDH), I had incredible support to pursue community-based research with a multidisciplinary team. I continue to work in collaboration with community organizations, particularly Renascent and Progress Place, to support evidence-based practice and social change.

2.     What do you value most from your experience in the Psychology program?

The flexibility of course offerings and the openness to pursuing unique dissertation topics. My thesis was jointly supervised by Paul Hastings, a developmental researcher, and a physician with training in public health from outside of Concordia. Through this, I was consistently supported to pursue my community-based work in Indigenous health. I am also grateful for the comprehensive training I got in clinical psychology, as it has allowed me to have a broader clinical practice with both children and adults.

3.     Is there a particular memory that stands out from your time at Concordia?

My PhD dissertation defense was attended by community members and Inuit staff from the Tungasuvvingat Inuit Family Resource Centre in Ottawa. It was a privilege to speak about the work we completed together and present it for scholarly review by the examination committee.

4.     What advice would you give to someone considering graduate studies in a Psychology program?

Being open to expanding your research interests and career possibilities is such a strength and can ensure that you have a fulfilling experience as a graduate student.

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