People in the Lab

Lab Director: Andrea Howard

Andrea earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Science at the University of Alberta in 2010. She then worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar and Research Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In July, 2013 she joined the Department of Psychology at Carleton University as a Developmental and Quantitative Psychologist. Her research focuses on mental health and health-related behavioural development through adolescence and the transition to adulthood, with a focus on developing and applying innovative statistical methods for measurement and longitudinal data analysis.

Click here to view Andrea’s Carleton faculty profile
Click here to view Andrea’s CV (May 2017)
Contact Andrea: andrea.howard@carleton.ca

Grad Students:

Sean Alexander
Master’s thesis student, September 2016-present

I am a first year MA student here at Carleton University. I received my Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology from Dalhousie University in 2013. My research interests mainly focus on how motivations to use substances, such as alcohol, develop over late adolescence and result in particular negative outcomes, and how these motivations can be targeted for interventions. My other interests include other factors that may play a role in the development of substance use disorders, such as personality, genetic and epigenetic traits.


Tyler Pritchard
Master’s thesis student, September 2015-present

Tyler completed his BA (Hons) in Psychology at Memorial University in 2015.  He is currently a MA in Psychology student working in Dr. Howard’s Adolescent Development and Methodology Studies Lab at Carleton University.  His research interest include describing, explaining, and optimizing development and functioning following trauma and traumatic loss such as suicide.  Feel free to contact Tyler to discuss research or to obtain a copy of his current CV.

Contact Tylertyler.pritchard@carleton.ca

Thesis, Independent Study, and Volunteer Students:

Cecilia Jorgenson (Graduate Independent study student 2014-present)

Lab Alumni:

Emily Beaudoin (Honours thesis student, 2015-2016)
Kelsey Marshall (Honours thesis student, 2015-2016)
Ruth Mussar (Honours thesis student, 2015-2016)

Casandra Boushey

Honours Thesis student, 2014-2015
Thesis title: Anxiety symptoms and the efficacy of ADHD treatment on academic performance
TOP TEN finalist at PURE 2015

Fall 2015: M.Sc. student in Occupational Therapy, Queen’s University


Alana Spadaccini

Honours Thesis student, 2014-2015
Thesis title: Effects of depressive symptoms on heavy drinking in university students
TOP TEN finalist at PURE 2015

Fall 2015: M.A. student in Counselling Psychology, University of Ottawa


Kimberly Parsons

Honours Thesis student, 2013-2014
Thesis title: Parenting, affect, and adolescent sexual behaviour: Testing a mediating mechanism

Current: Human Resources Management Program, Algonquin College