Kirsten Neprily completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Hons) at McGill University and her MSc in School and Applied Child Psychology at the University of Calgary. She is currently Doctoral student in School and Applied Child Psychology within the Werklund School of Education. Kirsten is a student in the Strengths in ADHD Lab at the University of Calgary under the expert supervision of Dr. Emma Climie. Kirsten's research interest involves the investigation of social skills intervention programs for children and adolescents with ADHD. Broadly, Kirsten's research interests include developmental psychopathology, social competence, emotion regulation, and resilience associated with mental illness.
Kirsten has been an active member of student government since high school. During undergrad, she served as a co-president of the McGill Psychology Student Association and McGill Association for Collaborative Mental Health Care pioneering a psychology research competition, undergraduate psychology conference, and Mental Health Care Symposium. Over that last two years, Kirsten has fostered a strong sense of community through her role as the president of the Graduate Programs in Education Student Association (GPESA). She has shown tremendous leadership in co-creating the Tapestries of Learning Symposium, organizing mental health and academic initiatives, and growing the GPESA peer mentorship program. This past year, Kirsten has joined the Graduate Student Association (GSA) senior leadership team as the graduate representative council speaker and judicial board chair. Kirsten currently serves as the Vice President External of the GSA. As the Vice President External, Kirsten is focused on advocating for graduate student needs to the university, municipal, provincial, and federal government.
Prior to graduate studies, Kirsten worked at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto (CAMH) as a research coordinator on an integrated care pathway for youth with depression and interned at the Child Study Centre at New York University.
When not at school, you can find Kirsten travelling, hiking in the mountains, or on her yoga mat!
Kirsten is looking forward to representing the graduate student voice on the Senate this year!