Lab Alumnae/Alumni

Alumnae/alumni from the Eating Behaviours Laboratory are pursuing a multitude of vibrant careers that include the fields of clinical psychology, counselling psychology, medicine, and law.

Leah Tobin

2019

Leah Tobin completed her MSc and PhD in Clinical Psychology under the supervision of Dr. von Ranson between 2013-2019. Her dissertation project was entitled “Dissonance-Based Eating Disorder Preventive Intervention and Attention in Body-Dissatisfied University Women: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial”.

Carley Paterson

2019

Carley Paterson completed her honours thesis under the supervision of Dr. von Ranson in 2016-2017, and was a research assistant and lab coordinator in 2017-2019. 

Karmpaul Singh

2018

Karmpaul Singh completed an Eyes High Postdoctoral Fellowship under the supervision of Dr. von Ranson between 2016-2018.

Samantha Withnell

2018

Samantha Withnell completed her honours thesis under the supervision of Dr. von Ranson in 2016-2017, and was a research assistant in 2017-2018. 

Courtney Charnock

2018

Courtney Charnock was a research assistant for Dr. von Ranson in 2017-2018.

Brianne Collyer 

2018

Brianne Collyer was a PSYC 499 student and helped Leah Tobin with her PhD research in 2017-2018.

Nina Frampton

2017

Nina Frampton was Dr. von Ranson's lab coordinator in 2016-2017.

Angela Alberga

2016

Angela Alberga completed an Eyes High Postdoctoral Fellowship and a Banting CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship under the supervision of Dr. von Ranson between 2013-2016. 

In 2017, she started as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise Science at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

Laurel Wallace

2015

Laurel Wallace completed her MSc and PhD in Clinical Psychology under the supervision of Dr. von Ranson between 2009-2015. Her dissertation project was entitled, “Eating Pathology and Perceptions of the Parent-Child Relationship across Adolescence: Exploring Longitudinal Associations within a Monozygotic Twin Differences Design.” 

She currently works for the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary.

Melissa King-Hope

2015

Melissa King-Hope completed her Honours thesis under the supervision of Dr. von Ranson in 2015.

Mallory Frayn

2015

Mallory Frayn completed her Honours thesis under the supervision of Dr. von Ranson and Dr. Sears in 2015, and in 2015 entered a clinical psychology graduate program at McGill University.

Alicia Zumbusch

2015

Alicia Zumbusch was a research assistant with Leah Tobin from 2014-2015. She recently received her MSc in Behavioural Neuroscience from the University of Calgary, and is currently a PhD student at McGill University.

Laura McGeown

2015

Laura McGeown was a volunteer lab coordinator from 2014-2015, and is currently completing a clinical psychology graduate degree at Lakehead University.

Lisa Bilston

2014

Lisa Bilston worked as a research assistant in the lab in 2014.

Philip Masson 

2013

Philip Masson completed his PhD and Master's degree in Clinical Psychology under the supervision of Dr. von Ranson from 2007-2013. His doctoral dissertation examined the efficacy of implementing a new, guided self-help treatment approach for binge eating disorder.

Philip is now a psychologist and works at the Adult Eating Disorders Service at the London Health Sciences Centre.

Raveena Kau

2013

Raveena Kaur completed her Honours thesis under the supervision of Dr. von Ranson and entered law school in 2013.

2013

Matthew Wilkins worked as a volunteer lab coordinator in the lab from 2011-2013 and entered law school at the University of British Columbia following graduation.

Erin Moss

2012

Erin Moss completed her PhD under the supervision of Dr. von Ranson in April 2012. Erin’s dissertation project was a randomized controlled trial examining the effectiveness of motivational interviewing in the treatment of obesity. Erin also completed both her Masters degree and her BA Psychology Honours degree under the supervision of Dr. von Ranson.

She is currently working for Alberta Health Services in Calgary.

Meghan McKay

2011

Meghan McKay was a research assistant and lab coordinator in the Eating Behaviours Lab from fall 2009 until summer 2011. She graduated with an honours degree in Psychology from U of C in 2011.

Renee Pede

2011

Renee Pede worked as a volunteer research assistant in the lab from summer 2009 until summer 2011, working on a project examining outcomes of an eating disorders treatment program. She received an honours degree in psychology from U of C in 2011.

Candace Schultz

2010

Candace Schultz graduated from the University of Calgary in 2007 with a BA in psychology. She currently works in a school for children with autism. She volunteered as laboratory coordinator for the the Eating Behaviours Lab from September 2006 until March 2010.

Amy Wojtowicz

2009

Amy Wojtowicz completed her M.Sc. and Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. von Ranson, and defended her dissertation in 2009. Her dissertation study tested whether a set of sociocultural, biological, and individual factors predicted changes in body dissatisfaction over time in adolescent girls.

She is now working as a psychologist in Ontario.

Amy McKendrick

2009

Amy McKendrick was a research assistant in the lab from April 2008 until September 2009.

Sarah Hines

2009

Sarah Hines completed her B.A. (Hons) in Psychology under the supervision of Dr. von Ranson in 2009. Her honours thesis examined eating disorder behaviours in women with alcohol dependence.

She is currently a clinical psychology graduate student at Concordia University.

Carla Wagar

2009

Carla Wagar completed her B.A. (Hons) in Psychology under the supervision of Dr. von Ranson in 2009. Her honours thesis examined individual differences amongst individuals enrolled in a weight loss program.

Novjyot (Joti) Brar

2008

Novjyot (Joti) Brar was a research assistant with the Eating Behaviours Laboratory from March 2005 through August 2008. She assisted Dr. von Ranson and her graduate students with data collection for several projects. 

Joti completed a doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of Alberta. 

Stephanie Cassin

2007

Stephanie Cassin completed her M.Sc. and Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. von Ranson, and defended her dissertation in 2007. Her dissertation developed and examined the effectiveness of a brief motivational enhancement intervention designed to reduce binge eating. Stephanie was a postdoctoral fellow at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto (2007-2011) and began work as an assistant professor of clinical psychology at Ryerson University in 2011.

Andrea Stevenson

2006

Andrea Stevenson completed her B.A. (Hons) in Psychology in 2006 under the supervision of Dr. von Ranson. She also worked as a research assistant in the Eating Behaviours Lab on a research project surveying psychotherapy use among eating disorder practitioners across Alberta. She completed a M.Sc. in clinical psychology at U of C under the mentorship of Dr. Tavis Campbell (2007-2009).

Caroline Schnitzler

2006

Caroline Schnitzler received her Ph.D. under Dr. von Ranson's supervision in 2006. Her thesis tested longitudinal models of changes in eating attitudes and behaviours in university women. 

Caroline is currently the Training Director for the Calgary Clinical Psychology Residency. 

Kenneth Heng

2006

Kenneth Heng was a research assistant in the lab from May 2004 to August 2006. He graduated with a B.A. (Hons) in psychology and a B.Sc. in cell biology in 2005. He began medical school in September 2006 at the University of Calgary and is now a psychiatrist located in Vancouver.

Simone (McCreary) Whiteford

2005

Simone (McCreary) Whiteford completed a B.A. (Hons) in psychology in June 2005 under the supervision of Dr. von Ranson. Her honours thesis examined the cognitive effects of media on body dissatisfaction. In fall 2008 she entered the Applied Psychology graduate program at U of C.

Carly McMorris

2005

Carly McMorris conducted research under Dr. von Ranson's supervision examining the underlying gender differences in body image in 2004-2005. She graduated with a B.A. (Hons) in psychology in 2006 under the supervision of Dr. Suzanne Hala. Carly completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology from York University in 2015, and is currently a faculty member at the Werklund School of Education in the School and Applied Child Psychology program at U of C.

Liz Nosen

2004

Liz Nosen was a research assistant in the Eating Behaviours Lab from October 2002-August 2004. She received a B.A. (Hons) in Psychology in June 2003, and entered the University of British Columbia's doctoral program in clinical psychology in September 2004.

Karen McDowall

2004

Karen McDowall was a master's student in clinical psychology supervised by Dr. von Ranson between 2001-2004. Her thesis involved examining psychological correlates of bulimic symptoms. The major goal of this project was to determine how multiple factors interact to contribute to disordered eating in university women.

Kathleen Robinson

2003

Kathleen Robinson was an undergraduate honours student supervised by Dr. von Ranson in 2002-2003. She received a B.A. (Hons) in Psychology in June 2003. Her honours research project involved surveying Calgary area clinicians who treat individuals with eating disorders. Kathleen has since completed a master's degree in Applied Psychology at the University of Calgary.