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Congratulations to our new executive team for the 2018-2019 year!


2018-2019

President: Anna Chu

Hi everyone! My name is Anna Chu and I’m this year’s president! With this upcoming year, I hope to provide our community with more resources and opportunities to expand their knowledge and collaborate with other course unions to show students that there is more to psychology than research and clinical application. As the president of PSA, I hope to create a place where all students can share their knowledge and passion for psychology and a place where everyone feels welcome.

Programs: Psychology and Neuroscience Double Major, with a Minor in Physiology

Where You Were Born: Toronto, ON

Hobbies: Reading, Taking Naps

Favourite Food: French Fries

Favourite Song: Dependent on Mood

Fun Fact: I’m a Christmas baby! 😀

Vice-President: Betty Luo

Hello! My name is Betty (Yiqi) Luo and I am the vice president for this year! I will assist the president and promote more academic and social opportunities for students who are interested in Psychology. I will also be responsible for internal affairs and make sure that the PSA team is working together to provide meaningful experiences for you! I hope that PSA will become another home for you where you can share your feelings and thoughts.

Programs: Specialize in Psychology, Minor in Education & Society

Where I was born: Foshan, Guangdong, China

Hobbies: Play Guzheng, Distance run

Secretary: Maureen Huang 

Hey everyone! I’m Maureen and I’m one of your secretaries this year. My goal for this school year is to expand the amount of exposure PSA has, so more students (especially first years) will know what resources and opportunities are available to them! This past year I found the PSA to be a super supportive and welcoming community, and I wish to pass that on to other students who may also be looking for psychology fanatics. Events put on by the PSA are also super helpful, and I want first-year students who may be unsure about what the program is about to gain an insight through PSA events and psychology students that are involved with the PSA. I’m so excited to be a part of this team so we can do more for this student body, and I’m looking forward to meeting all of you!

Programs: Psychology Specialist and Education and Society Minor

Where You Were Born: Taipei, Taiwan

Hobbies: Watching Netflix, Reading, idk?????

Favourite Food: Chocolate!!

Favourite Song: Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen and I’m Still Standing from the SING soundtrack

Fun Fact: I love styling hair!

Secretary: Christina Wang

Hi friends! My name is Christina Wang and I’m one of this year’s secretaries. For this upcoming school year, I hope to expand the Psychology Students’ Association’s reach in order to get information out to a greater number of students! There are honestly so many wonderful events that the PSA has to offer, as well as opportunities that are available to you (the student body) that not all people know about. My goal this year is to get all of this information to you, the students! Any information that the PSA has to offer, I aim to promote and communicate in a timely manner through our various social media handles. In this way, I hope that the PSAs presence will be more prominent on campus at UofT. I’m excited for this new school year, and I’m looking forward to meeting you when you drop by our PSA hub!

Programs: Psychology and Human Biology Double Major

Where You Were Born: Toronto, ON

Hobbies: Playing board games and watching Netflix

Favourite Food: Salmon sushi

Favourite Song: Honestly, it keeps changing all the time but right now at this moment, it’s Rewrite the Stars

Fun Fact: I love turtles!

Treasurer: Jonathan-Tavares Howard

Academic Coordinator: Thomas Russell

My name is Thomas Russell. I’m going into my fourth year majoring in neuroscience and minoring in psychology and biology. My areas of interest are CBT and neuropsychiatry, specifically looking for treatments for IED patients. Outside of school I enjoy yoga, boxing, snowboarding, playing piano, and reading. This year I am one of the academic committee execus and I’m very excited for another great year with the PSA! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at psa.academiccommittee@gmail.com

Academic Coordinator: Winston Tran

Bonjour tout le monde! My name is Winston and I’m one of your academic coordinators for the 2018-2019 year. With this upcoming year, I hope to be able to facilitate an environment where students strive to not just be involved with research and academics but to actively pursue opportunities for leadership and personal development. I know that it seems a bit counterintuitive given my role, but I strongly believe that the most successful students get the best of both worlds!

Programs: Cognitive Science Major, Psychology and English Double Minor

Hobbies: Trying new things. I recently started Muay Thai Kickboxing and I’ve been sore since.

Favourite Song: I don’t really have one, but I always try to sing Lose Yourself by Eminem at karaoke — it never goes well.

Favourite Class: PSY270 – Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

Favourite Fun Fact: Vikings used the bones of slain animals to make their weapons as they believed this would bestow the weapon with the animal’s spirit. Ironically, this made the weapons stronger because the carbon in the bones in conjunction with the iron they used created a steel-like metal.

Seminar Coordinator: Hazel Kang 

Seminar Coordinator: Isabel (Breana) Bowman

Program(s): Cognitive science and psychology
Born: Ottawa
Hobbies: I often read books and watch shows within the realms of sci-fi and fantasy, and occasionally attempt to write — I’m also developing an interest towards cognitive scientific approaches to fiction and storytelling!
Food: Turnip cake and congee
Song: Presently and for the past while, The Suburbs by Arcade Fire

Social Coordinator: Shannon Meikle 

I was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. My favorite food is ramen and my favorite musician is Bleachers. I spend my weekends trying to find the best bubbletea in Toronto (so far it’s coco).

I’m a third year student studying psychology and neuroscience. My favorite professors are EAS100’s Prof. Wang and PSY220’s Prof. Waggoner-Denton thanks to their engaging lectures and approachability. My favorite psychology experiment is Arthur Arons 36 questions that lead to love.

Social Coordinator: Laura Lyn

My goal for this year as co-social coordinator of PSA is to plan and host fun social events (semi-formal, pub night, board game night, etc) to foster the psychology student community here at uoft! I look forward to meeting and getting to know other psychology students, especially the new office holder volunteers!

Program: Cognitive Science and Psychology double major

Where I was born: Jamaica

Hobbies: travelling and reading

Favourite food: Chirashi/Sushi

Favourite song: Only Time by Enya

Volunteer Coordinator: Sunny (Songyi) Kim

Hi friends! My name is Sunny Kim and I am one half of your volunteer coordinators! I recently transferred into Arts and Science from Kinesiology. My job as a volunteer coordinator is to make sure that our office is always filled with welcoming people who are eager to help you! As part of the executive team, I hope to make everyone’s year the best one yet! You can catch me on the 11th floor at Robarts so feel free to say hi!

Programs: Double Major in Sociology and History, with a Minor in Psychology (but who knows! I might change it again)

Where You Were Born: South Korea

Favourite Food: Sushi (of course!)

Favourite Song: I don’t discriminate, I love all songs

Fun Fact: I’m fluent in Korean and take zodiac signs very seriously

Volunteer Coordinator:  Tina (Yu-Hsuan) Lin

Hello everyone! This is from Tina Lin and I am the other half of the lovely Volunteer Coordinators (hee). As part of the executive team, my goal is to ensure everyone that comes into the office feels welcomed and involved while they are here. Throughout the year, I also hope to bring more events and activities for students to engage in. Come and visit us to find out more, the office is opened for opportunities, belonging and laughter!
p.s. If I get too talkative, you have probably opened the Pandora’s Box (jk)


2017-2018

President: Anh-Thu Ha

My name is Anh-Thu Ha, and I am a fourth year Psychology Student. Why I wanted to be involved with the PSA and my goals as this school years President is to ensure students are able to obtain all the resources and events provided by the PSA in the most accessible, inclusive, and informative way. My objective is to reinvigorate the Psychology Students’ Association so that it will continue to engage the active participation of its constituents, and work towards creating a community of supportive academic peers.

Vice President: Barron Pan

My name is Barron Pan and I’m in my fourth year majoring in Psychology and Employment Relations. I fell in love with PSA at the end of my second year when I discovered that there were a group of individuals who shared similar passion for psychology and soon became the Seminar Coordinator. In that position, I achieved my goal of contributing to building a sense of community by helping other students with their academic success and career planning. This year, I will continue my effort through supporting the execs and make PSA a more efficient and organized course union to better serve the U of T community.

Secretary: Anna Chu

Hello there! My name is Anna and I’m a fourth year Psychology and Neuroscience double major. I’m incredibly excited to be a part of this year’s PSA executive team and I can’t wait to be involved. I wanted to be a part of PSA to meet and learn as much as I can from others who share the same passion. I was involved in the presidential subcommittee last year, and I loved working closely with the exec team then. As one of PSA’s secretaries, it’s my responsibility to help the other members of this team reach out to all of you and share all the opportunities available for all students. I believe that this year’s executive team is made up of individuals who are willing to work hard for the benefit of psychology students and I look forward to this upcoming year with everyone.

Secretary: Cheryl Quan

Hi, friends! My name is Cheryl and I double-major in Psychology, Biology, and Evolutionary Anthropology. I’m currently in my third year and so excited to be a part of the PSA executive team. As soon as I enrolled in the Psychology program at the end of my first year, I knew I wanted to get involved with the community. I was a volunteer in my second year, holding office hours at the PSA hub (it’s super cool, come visit us at SS 509). I believe that PSA has so much potential to reach out to and support students at U of T. Part of my role is to aid the other executive members in achieving our goals, some of which are enhancing the experiences of Psychology (and other) students, creating a welcoming atmosphere, and fostering a love of science and education. All of us here at PSA are here for you. If you are in need of support or help in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We value your ideas, questions, and concerns immensely and promise to do everything we can to continue serving our U of T community and its students.

Treasurer: Cassandra Wang

Hello everyone! My name is Cassandra and I am currently in my fourth year studying to complete a double major in psychology and criminology. I discovered the PSA community in my second year and had an unforgettable time volunteering as an office hour holder. I was able to make friends with a wide variety of people whether they were younger or older, pursuing the same degree as me or studying something completely different. They shared with me their seemingly endless wealth of knowledge about anything ranging from academics to philosophy to life experiences in general. Office hours became not just a place for me to meet new people but a place where I could continue building on these bonds and getting to know better my fellow undergraduate peers – something that is extremely hard to do given the sheer size of our classes. I hope to continue lending my support to the PSA this year as Treasurer. Together, let’s continue making PSA a safe and welcoming community for all.

Academic Coordinator: Betty Luo

Hello! My name is Yiqi Luo (Betty) and I am entering my second year in UofT. I specialize in Psychology and minor in Education. Last year, PSA helped me gain a lot of resources on courses, career and research, and I am super excited to be part of the PSA executive team this year and to support other students. I am working to improve the traditional Dr. Freud event for the first-year class, connect second-year students with more on-campus and off-campus opportunities, and support upper-year students with further research and career resources. Can’t wait to work with you all!

Academic Coordinator: Harrison Duong

Hello everyone! My name is Harrison and I am currently in third year, double majoring in psychology and neuroscience.In my second year I was part of the academic subcommittee, and it was through this experience that I realized how much fun it was working behind the scenes to ultimately give back to the psychology community. As part of the PSA executive team, I wish to continue to have fun while supporting students with all the academic resources they will need to succeed in their future endeavours. There is no doubt in my mind that this year will be just as amazing!

Seminar Coordinator: Becky Gross

Hello! My name is Becky Gross, entering my third year in UofT, studying a double major in psychology and neuroscience. My involvement with the PSA began last year, I entered the mentorship program and became an office hour holder. When deciding on the path I wanted to take in university I relied heavily on the PSA for support, the welcoming community full of interesting opportunities and people helped me a lot. As a seminar coordinator I would like to help provide students with some of the interesting opportunities that helped me decide to get involved. We are currently planning a number of seminars on a variety of aspects pertaining to a career in a psychology related field, including both a deeper understanding of the field academically and the logistics behind continuing forward in undergrad and beyond. If you have any suggestions, or would like to see a talk regarding any topic at all please don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know!

Seminar Coordinator: Thomas Russell

My name is Thomas Russell and I’m a third year student doing a major in neuroscience, a minor in psychology and a minor in biology. I started volunteering in the PSA in my second year, and jumped at the opportunity to become more involved in the community! I am very excited to be one of the seminar coordinators, and hope to provide other students with helpful sessions to ensure their academic success! I plan to orchestrate many great showcases of current psychology research taking place at UofT, allowing students to be exposed to tons of new ideas. I’m super excited for a great year!

Social Coordinator: Audrey David

Hi, everyone! My name is Audrey and I’m a third year student studying a double major in Psychology and Neuroscience. As a student, I was looking for opportunities that will help me meet more people in my program and to become more involved with student groups that align with my interests. I first got involved with PSA as an office hour volunteer in my second year and through this, I met many awesome students who I shared common interests and goals with. Now as the Social Coordinator of PSA, I aim to arrange social gatherings and opportunities that will provide psychology students the platform they need to meet and bond with fellow students alike. I hope that through PSA, psychology students get the academic and social support that will help make their stay at UofT the best it can be.

Social Coordinator: Danielle Lim

Hello!! My name is Danielle, and I am a Psychology Research Specialist and English Literature Minor. This is my fourth and final year as an undergraduate student here at UofT, and I could not be more thankful for all that the PSA has offered me within these past few years. Not only have I gained academic resources, invaluable insights, and lasting friendships through the PSA, but this organization was also what provided me with a sense of home when I needed it most. I remember spending much of first year feeling like a number, feeling lost, wandering aimlessly. I was lucky enough to stumble upon the PSA in my second year, quickly realizing that this was a place where I was known by my name and not by my number. Now, as a PSA executive member, it has been my overarching goal to ensure that more students within the undergraduate collective are able to find their name, to find their individual voice, to find the PSA’s potential in also becoming their safe and supportive home. Visiting our office is the first step in recognizing its potential, so feel free introduce yourself in person — we will welcome you with open minds, open hearts, and endless thanks!!

Volunteer Coordinator: Alec Stirbisky

Hello! My name is Alec and I am a third year Psychology, and Molecular Genetics & Microbiology double major. I am excited to be a member of this year’s Psychology Students’ Association executive team. I became involved with the PSA in my second year as a volunteer office hour holder. Being a volunteer was an important step forward in becoming involved with my peers both in and outside of academics. Through joining, I gained access to the many resources and insights that my friends in the PSA community had to share. As one of this year’s volunteer coordinators I hope to help build meaningful connections in the undergraduate community at U of T to the PSA so that more can benefit from what we have to offer. This year we will continue to make the PSA an accepting, helpful, and fun community for all to visit and be a part of.

Volunteer Coordinator: Jonathan Tavares

Hello, my name is Jonathan Tavares and I am second year Psychology specialist and Sociology major. I will be one of your volunteer coordinators for the 2017-2018 school year. I was inspired to join the Psychology Student Association when I saw the great bond they had both among themselves and with psychology professors.


2016-2017

President: Victoria Antinucci

This year I hope to increase the presence of the PSA among the psychology student body. I also hope to maintain and enhance the great work that is being conducted by the PSA. I can’t wait to get started and work with this year’s amazing executive team!

Vice President: Jenny Shao

Secretary: Anh-Thu Ha

This year, I hope to strengthen the communication between the Psychology student population to the PSA, and to the Psychology department as a whole body. My goal is to increase PSA visibility and to create an environment that supports the accessibility to resources and opportunities available to the Psychology Student body.

Secretary: Eileen Wu

Treasurer: Thomas Tan

My goal is to maintain the financial stability of PSA and able to cater towards more activities and events, which are essential and helpful to psychology student needs. Also, I want to provide more opportunities for first and second psychology students to connect with PSA and learn more about the psychology through events within the University of Toronto campus.

Academic Coordinator: Elizabeth Ko

Academic Coordinator: Ibrahim Hamid

Seminar Coordinator: Barron Pan

My goals in the coming year are to bridge the gap between students and access to academic resources in Psychology and help increase PSA’s publicity amongst psychology students as well as students with interests in psychology in other departments to contribute to building a more scholarly and interactive environment in the student community.

Seminar Coordinator: Freda Jian

Social Coordinator: Stephanie Choi

Social Coordinator: Valentina Mihajlovic

Volunteer Coordinator: Cassandra Wang

Goals: 1) To vigorously promote our union and recruit as many individuals as possible; 2) To get to know all volunteers by name and retain one interesting fact about each of them by the end of the semester; 3) To make PSA a place where you feel mattered and included – a place where you genuinely look forward to coming to.

Volunteer Coordinator: Danielle Lim

My main goal this year, will be to increase awareness and visibility of the PSA in order to promote and encourage more volunteer involvement within the group. The vastness of our program often lends its way to feelings of being lost within the collective, and we hope that by giving more students the opportunity to interact with one another, more and more students will be able to find a home where they belong, where they are known by their name and not by their number. Please feel free to contact either one of us if you have any questions or suggestions! Wishing you all the best for the 2016/2017 school year!


2015-2016

President: Valentina Mihajlovic

Vice President: K. Chiyung Wong

Secretary: Jenny Shao

Treasurer: Ai Nguyen

Academic Coordinator: Freda Jian

Academic Coordinator: Victoria Antinucci

Seminar Coordinator: Aaron Wang

Seminar Coordinator: Katrina Thomson

Social Coordinator: Justin Kwok

Social Coordinator: Aaron Switzer

Volunteer Coordinator: Seema Satish

Volunteer Coordinator: Eileen Wu


2014-2015

Co-president: Brian Pereira

Co-president: Julian Perinetti

Treasurer: Stephanie Tran

Academic Coordinator: Natasha Elena

Seminar Coordinator: Valentina Mihajlovic

Seminar Coordinator: Nalian Youmer

Social Coordinator: Yoon Woo Park

Social Coordinator: K. Chiyung Wong

Volunteer Coordinator: Alexandra Martinez-Cazonieri

Volunteer Coordinator: Aaron Wang