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Research Assistants

Kaylie Papa



Kaylie is an undergraduate student in the specialization in psychology program at Concordia University. Her research initiatives are centered on evaluating the effectiveness of interventions with the hopes of improving physical and mental health outcomes in youth populations. Specifically, she is interested in evidence-based treatments, early-life interventions, and holistic approaches. Valuing diversity and inclusion within research, she seeks to advance knowledge in these domains in order to promote the wellbeing of individuals from all backgrounds. Kaylie is committed to making a positive impact and hopes to do so through the pursuit of a graduate degree.

Dimitri Ly



Dimitri is an undergraduate student in the psychology honours program at Concordia University. His research interests include the impact of childhood trauma, both in terms of seeking and receiving aid, as well as implementation solutions to help parents of struggling children better understand the benefits of mental health interventions and play an active role in treatment strategies. Dimitri hopes to pursue these interests in his graduate studies. For all matters in life, he adheres to the following quote by Rainer Maria Rilke: “Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final.”

Ellfie Chen


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Ellfie is an undergraduate student in the psychology honours program at Concordia University. Her research interests center around improving prevention measures and treatments of psychopathology in youth, with a focus on intersectionality, specifically gender, sociocultural influences, and parental involvement. With aspirations to pursue a career in teaching after her graduate studies, she is also interested in school-based interventions to address learning disorders and disruptive behavioural issues in children and adolescents.


Chelsea Cuffaro



Chelsea is an honours psychology student who just completed her honours thesis. Her main research interests include evaluating intervention or treatment outcomes and effectiveness; and, more broadly, development from infancy to emerging adulthood with a specific focus on psychopathology. For two consecutive years, she has been the recipient of both an NSERC and CUSRA research award. Chelsea is committed to confronting the stigma and changing the narrative surrounding Borderline Personality Disorder and other underrepresented mental health disorders. She hopes to pursue graduate studies in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

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