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We're happy to answer any questions about what we do and how we can help you through your undergraduate career. We swear we won't bite!

Our Mission

The Psychology Students’ Association (PSA) is a federated body of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) with the mandate to offer information to all its members about subjects related to the field of psychology and student life.

Our team

The Psychology Student Association is comprised of several members which all have the role of representing psychology students at the University of Ottawa at the undergraduate level. 


Your President - Camille Le Gall

I’m from: Ottawa, ON
Year: 5th
B.A. or B.Sc.?: B.Sc.
Pronouns: She/Her

What do I do?: I ensure that PSA fulfills its mandate of student empowerment and social/academic events. I also act as a liaison between the SFUO and the PSA.. 
When I'm down my go-to pick me up is: baking pastries, folk dancing, going on nature walks/hikes and meeting up with friends
Advice for students: get a good studying method and study efficiently to reduce procrastination. Also, remember to join sports teams or student clubs - make connections not only with other students but also establish good contact with your professors. It will not only pay off academically but also socially.
Academic Interests: Neuropsychology and Social Psychology
Language Proficiency: fluent in French and English, intermediate Polish and Spanish
Contact me: president@psaep.ca


Your Vice President of Philanthropy - Shaianne Young

I’m from: 
Year: 4th
B.A. or B.Sc.?: BA minoring in Marketing in French Immersion
Pronouns: She/Her 

What do I do? By creating partnerships and coordinating with other VPs, I organize events in order to fundraise for causes such as Shinerama, Relay for Life and others.                                                                                                                                                                                When I'm down my go-to pick-me-up is: Listen to music, swim, dance, or just talk to/spend time with people that make me happy   Advice for students:  Get involved on campus. There’s more to university than just classes. Becoming engaged in various clubs, activities, or volunteer opportunities is a great way to meet new people, discover your passions, distress and build your resume. It’ll give you a bigger role in the school community and enrich your university experience as a whole. Our campus offers endless opportunities to get involved; you’ll surely find something of your interest.                                                                                                                                                Contact me : philanthropic@psaep.ca


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Your Vice Presidents of Internal Affairs - Erika Copeland

I’m from: Ottawa, ON
Year: 3rd
B.A. or B.Sc.?: B.A.
Pronouns: She/Her

What do I do?: As VP Internal, I am responsible for maintaining an accessible and welcoming office in FSS. I also order the PSYCHWEAR every semester, which allows students to represent their program and show their faculty spirit. I organize volunteer opportunities and I book all the event locations throughout year for events. I take notes at the weekly Psychology meetings to keep students informed.  
When I'm down my go-to pick me up is: I love to listen to music to destress and a walk is perfect when I’m overwhelmed by something. Sometimes, you need to walk away for a bit to see the big picture and then you can succeed.
Advice for students: I believe it’s important to reward yourself when you achieve your goals, and this can be done in your own way. After an exam or a paper, I like to watch a movie or treat myself to ice cream. It’s great to set your goals, so that you can look forward to achieving them
Academic Interests: Cognition, languages, development and motivation for language learning, relationships
Language Proficiency: English and French
Contact me: internal@psaep.ca


Your Vice President of Financial Affairs - Stephanie Norlock

I’m from: Ottawa
Year: 4th
B.A. or B.Sc.?: BSc, minor in Life Sciences
Pronouns: She/Her

What do I do?: I set the annual budget and manage the PSA funds to ensure that our organization remains financially stable. I also manage the PSA bank account and handle reimbursements and invoices to and from members of the executive committee and to third party organizations. My work as the VP Finance is evaluated by the Comptroller General of the SFUO via 3 audits, which includes detailed descriptions of how PSA funds are being managed and spent. 
When I'm down my go-to pick-me-up is: Spending time with dogs of any kind, hiking in Gatineau Park, cycling, reading historical fiction, and baking. 
Advice for students: Don't be afraid to ask for help. Building a network of colleagues and friends that you can learn from is a priceless investment of time that will pay for itself time and time again. Stay humble – you always have something to learn from someone else.
Academic Interests: General Neuroscience, Introductory Computational Neuroscience, Biological Systems, Research Design
Language Proficiency: English and French

Contact me: finance@psaep.ca


Your Vice President of Social Affairs - Stephanie Sorokan

I’m from: Caledon, ON
Year: 3rd
B.A. or B.Sc.?: BA
Pronouns: She/Her

What do I do?: As VP Social I’m in charge of 101 Week for all the new Psychology Students. During the school year I plan and host awesome social events that bring students together, such as bar nights, and other outings. Our most popular events include Naughty 90s, Middle School Dance, and Saunders Farm for Halloween!
When I’m down, my go to pick me up is: Spending time with my rabbit Bugsy a.k.a. the love of my life! Animal companions are such a wonderful part of life and can relieve so much stress!
Advice for Students: Laugh at yourself! Laughter is the best medicine and laughing at yourself can help you distress
Acadmic Interests:
Language Proficiency:
English, French, and a little German.
Contact me: social@psaep.ca


Your Vice President of Communications - Sierra Kerr

I’m from: Thorold, ON (outside of Niagara Falls)
Year: 4th
B.A. or B.Sc.?: B.A. with a minor in History
Pronouns: She/Her

What do I do?: As VP Communications, I am in charge of maintaining the PSAEP website and maintaining our email newsletter.
When I’m down, my go to pick me up is: Broadway musicals always lift my mood! Movie or game nights with friends are also a great way to wind down and relax!
Advice for students: Get involved in clubs and activities on campus! It’s a great way to make friends and build connections and skills! The university is full of different activities and clubs no matter your interest!
Academic Interests: Applied Behavioural Analysis, Disability Studies, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Child Psychology, Executive Function
Language Proficiency: English and French
Extracurricular Involvement: Ausome Ottawa, Model Parliament, Lab Volunteer
Contact me: communications@psaep.ca


Your Vice President of University Affairs - Madison MacLachlan

I’m from: Sault St. Marie, ON (aka The Great White North)
Year: 4th
B.A. or B.Sc.?: B.Sc
Pronouns: She/Her

What do I do?: My job in the PSA is to help students navigate through our program by accessing academic support and opportunities on campus. I can be a first step to help you with your academic questions or concerns and I am also in charge of organizing the PSA's academic events such as our Wine and Cheese each semester, scholarships, and Psych Week.
When I'm down my go-to pick-me-up is: yoga and meditation, running on the canal, long walks and coffee shop talks with great friends, Bollywood movies, dance     
Last spotted:
at every philanthropic event on campus! Also, forever in the Vanier 6th floor child development labs and helping students at the French Immersion office
Advice for students: The best way to make the most of your university experience is to get involved! Although it is super nerve-wracking to put yourself out there at first, (take it from someone who went to their first wine and cheese alone!), you will meet the most incredible and supportive people to share your adventures with. Also, if you ever need support do not be afraid to reach out- we are here for you!

Contact me: universityaffairs@psaep.ca



Your Director of Bilingualism and Translation - Magmiche Simon

I’m from: Montreal, QC
Year: 4th
B.A. or B.Sc.?: BA
Pronouns: She/Her

What do I do?: As the Director of bilingualism and translation, I make sure that every initiative and communication from the PSA are available in both French and English, the two official languages of the university. I also assist the other executives in the translation/editing of any documents and messages.
When I'm down my go-to pick me up is: Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and junk food!
Advice for students: Don’t forget to take time for yourself. It’s so important to take a break from school work from time to time and do things that you love and that can help you relax. It can go from a skincare routine or watching your favourite movie to mountain climbing. Just find something that can help you get your mind off things for a while. Also remember that it’s okay to fall as long as you get back up.
Extracurricular Involvement: Black Student Leaders Association (BSLA) and Lighthouse Adventist Christian Fellowship (ACF)
Academic Interests: Human Sexuality and Developmental/Child Psychology
Language Proficiency: French, Haitian Creole, English and Spanish
Contact me: bilingualism@psaep.ca


Your Director of Logistics - Mikayla Kendrick

I’m from: London, ON
Year: 4th
B.A. or B.Sc.?: B.A.,
Pronouns: She/Her

What do I do? I am the 101 Week Coordinator. I assist the VP Social with everything and anything 101 Week related!
When I’m down, my go to pick me up is: Reading. When it’s nice outside, I like to go to Major’s Hill Park with a blanket and a book to enjoy the outdoors! Also puppies hiking. Hiking with puppies.
Advice for students: Develop good study habits right off the bat and try your best not to procrastinate! Try to get involved with anything on campus that you think you might enjoy, no matter if your friends are doing it or not. Above all, prioritize your health - mental and physical - and get sleep, especially around exam times. It’s not worth sacrificing sleep to stay up all night studying (trust me!).
Academic Interests: Child and Developmental Psychology
Language Proficiency: English and beginner French

Contact me: TBA

Your Director of Marketing and Promotions - Paola M. Garcia M


Im from: Tegucigalpa, Honduras (Living in: Gatineau, QC)

Year: 5th

B.A or B.Sc? B.A

Pronouns: She/Her

What do I do?: As a Director of Marketing and Promotion, I am in charge of creating promotional materials for PSA initiatives and maintaining the PSA social media accounts.

When I'm down my go-to pick me up is: Reading, yoga, meditation, hiking, listen to music, and spending time with my loved ones (friends, family and pets)

Advice for students: Get involved on campus as much as possible! This is an amazing way of meeting new people, getting to know who you are and developing new skills.

Academic Interests: Child Development, Human Sexual Behaviour, Women Psychology, Social Psychology, Languages,and Health Sciences

Language Proficiency: English, French and Spanish

Contact me: promo@psaep.ca

Your Council Members

Contact Them: council@psaep.ca


Kinsey Church

I’m from: Surrey, BC

Year: 4th

B.A. or B.Sc.?  B.Sc.

Pronouns: She/Her

What do I do?  I am one of the three PSA council members.  We are the line of communication between the PSA and uOttawa’s School of Psychology.  I listen to student’s needs and wants and communicate them with the student association and the School of Psychology.  I sit in on the monthly meetings and help pass motions to do with the undergraduate program and keep exec members updated.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or ideas!

When I’m down, my go-to pick-me-ups are: Kickboxing, cooking, and late-night walks with friends! 

Advice for students: Having a good support system makes a huge difference in university, especially if you don’t get to visit home often.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help and talk through your problems rationally with friends. 

Academic Interests: Cognition, Machine learning, Perception, Social Psychology.

Language Proficiency: English and French


Julia Iannace

I’m from: Toronto, ON

Year: 2nd

B.A or B.Sc? B.A, with a minor in criminology

Pronouns: She/her

What do I do?: As a council member for PSAÉP, I represent the needs of the undergraduate students in our program; I will be discussing and advocating for student concerns at meetings with the School of Psychology. I will also be participating in the passing of motions that will aid in the improvement of academic life at the undergraduate level

When I’m down my pick me up is: spending time outside with friends! I love siting on Tabaret Lawn or in the park and just talking things out with those who are close to me. Also cookie dough icecream makes everything better.

Advice for students: Remember that education is more than just a degree; take the time to get involved, whether that be through volunteering, clubs, or by getting to know your professors and fellow students. University is truly what you make of it, so don’t let the fear of failure stop you from setting goals! I guarantee that more often than not you will succeed.

Academic interests: Forensic psychology, psychopathology

Language Proficiency: English and beginner French


Montana Rynda

From: Toronto, ON

Year: Fourth year

B.A. or B.Sc.?: B.A

Pronouns: She/ Her

What do I do?: (position wise) I am one of the PSA's council members. Council members are the middlemen between the psychology undergraduate student body and key members of uOttawa's School of Psychology. I communicate the student body's needs and wants to the School's administration, and help pass motions that will improve academic life at the undergraduate level. 

When I'm down my go-to pick-me-up is: My go-to pick me up is involves curling up with a warm cup of tea or coffee and watching Netflix. As well as checking in with my friends and family to share a good laugh or two.

Advice for students: It’s normal to feel stressed or sad. But when these feelings get overwhelming it’s important to ask for help and not hold these feelings in. When things become too much, take a step back, breathe, and try to look at it with a different point of view. Remember you are never alone, and even though it may not feel like nothing good can happen, it will get better. School is important, but so are you.

Academic Interests: Child Development, Clinical psychology, Education, Child/ Adult psychopathology.

Language Proficiency: English and French

Direct contact for questions and concerns: mrynd050@uottawa.ca