Our Current Executive Team

President: Winston Tran

Hi all! My name is Winston and I’ll be the president this year. I really love to do things on the spur of the moment. I’ll wake up in the morning and think to myself “I want to be able to do the splits” and start working on it. Still working on those splits though…

Program: Cognitive Science major, Psychology and English double minor

Favorite PSY course: PSY270. It started my love of Cognitive Psychology!

If you were to have a meal with someone related to the field of psychology (living or dead), who would it be and why?:

Sigmund Freud… So I can also ask him “why???”

 

Vice-President: Tina Lin

Hi there! This is Tina and I’m your Vice President this year! I hope to introduce more opportunities for students to engage with and get to know the PSA better. Something else about me: I have minor iced coffee addiction.

Program: Double major in Psychology and Linguistics

Favorite PSY course: PSY230 Introductions to Personality

If you were to have a meal with someone related to the field of psychology (living or dead), who would it be and why?:

Anyone from the field of Forensic Psychology and/or Linguistics! I like to read crime-related documentaries/stories and would love to chat about them.

 

Secretaries: Isabella Kuo and Serena Tan

Hello! I’m Isabella and I’m one of the secretaries for this year. I have noisy joints that make me question my age and do Muay Thai in my free time. (I then counterbalance that by eating my weight in chicken nuggets.) Say hi if you come to our PSA events or see me at the office (SS 509)!

Program: Psychology Specialist

Favorite PSY course: PSY328 (Psychology and the Law) and PSY424 (Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships)

If you were to have a meal with someone related to the field of psychology (living or dead), who would it be and why?:

John B. Watson! I have so many questions about the Little Albert experiment (where a little infant boy was conditioned to be scared of furry objects). I’d also want to hear his take on modern-day parenting, given how his previously influential childrearing practices are now defunct and his own two children became the biggest critics of his parenting.

 

Hey everyone! I’m Serena, one of the secretaries for this year. I complain a lot about not having enough free time for new hobbies but when I do have free time I’m probably just playing video games anyway (I’ve recently been playing FE3H, Undertale and Untitled Goose Game!) Hope to see you all at future events!

Program: Linguistics major, double minor in psychology and semiotics

Favorite PSY course: PSY210 or PSY270

If you were to have a meal with someone related to the field of psychology (living or dead), who would it be and why?:

Probably an expert in the fields of psycholinguistics or positive psychology like Jean Berko Gleason or Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. I’m fascinated by Csikzentmihalyi’s concept of flow and I’m especially interested in language acquisition and the childhood development of bi-/multilingualism!

 

Treasurer: John Bao

Hey, I’m John and I’m the treasurer for this year. I like all kinds of music but I lean more into jazz and funk and also play the bass and guitar (can also slap dat). Hope to see y’all at our events!

Program: Cognitive Science Major and Psychology Major

Favorite PSY course: PSY100 (only took 2 PSY courses so far lmao)

If you were to have a meal with someone related to the field of psychology (living or dead), who would it be and why?:

Carl Rogers for his humanist approach in psychology; I’m interested in his studies and sometimes you just need to see the good in people :))

 

Academic Coordinators: Sophia Qiu and Sophia Zhao

Hi there! I’m Sophia (Qiu – or you can call me Sophie) and I am one of the academic coordinator here at PSA with Sophia (yes that’s right we are both Sophia). I enjoy chilling with my cats and wandering around Toronto to find yummy food! I am pretty excited about the coming academic year, can’t wait to see you at the events!

Program: Psychology specialist, cognitive science major, statistics minor

Favorite PSY course: PSY270

If you were to have a meal with someone related to the field of psychology (living or dead), who would it be and why?:

Carl Jung, and why not?

 

Hi! My name is Sophia (Zhao) and I’m one of the academic coordinators. During my spare time I like to explore around the city and discover good restaurants. I also like listening to music and my favorite artist is Bruno Mars. Look forward to meeting everyone at PSA events this year!

Program: Psychology and physiology double major

Favorite PSY course: PSY240 – Intro to Abnormal Psychology

If you were to have a meal with someone related to the field of psychology (living or dead), who would it be and why?:

Carl Jung, because I remember learning about him in PSY230 and many of his ideas like the collective unconscious was very interesting

 

Seminar Coordinators: Shannon Meikle and Kathy Sun

Hello! I’m Shannon, one of the seminar coordinators. My goal is to provide new seminars that meet the needs of psych students academically and professionally. I like mystery novels, bubble tea, and 80s pop songs. If you see me at any events, come chat with me! I’d love to meet you.

Program: Neuroscience and Psychology

Favorite PSY course: PSY270

If you were to have a meal with someone related to the field of psychology (living or dead), who would it be and why?:

Mary Ainsworth!

 

Heyo, I’m Kathy, one of the seminar coordinators for this year. I like to swing dance and I love everything about Cantonese cuisine. I’m looking forward to organizing lots of cool psychology specific presentations. This year, seminars will be focused on facilitating a dialogue between the presenter and the audience. The conversation is bound to be interesting and I hope to see you there!

Program: Psychology specialist, criminology and sociolegal studies major, sexual diversity studies minor

Favorite PSY course: Not sure yet but I’m planning to take PSY323, Sex Roles and Behaviour and I’m super excited for it

If you were to have a meal with someone related to the field of psychology (living or dead), who would it be and why?:

I would like to have a lovely dinner with Alfred Kinsey. He’s not strictly a psychologist but he made important contributions to human sexual behaviour, challenging the conservative views on sex and sexual behaviour at the time. I would like to hear his opinion and insights on human sexual behaviour relative to the current attitudes of sex, gender and sexuality. I certainly want to see his reaction to how society views have changed.

 

Social Coordinators: Layan Elfaki and Anna Yan

Hi! My name’s Layan and I’m one of the social coordinators for upcoming academic year; my goal is to organize events that will help psychology students feel more integrated within the psych department. In my free time, I enjoy mentoring and interacting with kids, watching the Blacklist and photographing artsy outfit shots. Looking forward to meeting u all at our PSA events!

Program: Double major: Psychology & Health and Disease

Favorite PSY course: PSY270

If you were to have a meal with someone related to the field of psychology (living or dead), who would it be and why?:

Freud, just to know more about his thought process when coming up with his theories of parent-child relationships because of how abstract/wrong they seem to us now.

 

Hi everyone! My name is Anna and I am one of the social coordinators for the PSA this year. I like to eat, read, and listen to musicals that make me cry. I look forward to getting to know all of you!

Program: Psychology Specialist, PoliSci Major

Favorite PSY course: Psy220

If you were to have a meal with someone related to the field of psychology (living or dead), who would it be and why?:

Freud. I want to know how he would psychoanalyze me.

 

Volunteer Coordinators: Elizabeth Chan and Janice Lee

Hey friends! I’m Elizabeth, one of your Volunteer Coordinators, and I am looking forward to interacting with this year’s volunteers (former and new!) at our events. In my free time, I love doing jigsaw puzzles and drinking bubble tea.

Program: Psychology Specialist, Education and Society Minor

Favorite PSY course: PSY100 is the only PSY course I’ve taken, but so far I’m really enjoying PSY220, intro to social psychology

If you were to have a meal with someone related to the field of psychology (living or dead), who would it be and why?:

Wilhelm Wundt, because he’s the first known psychologist! I would want to learn about his first psychology experiments and their impact on scientific research at the time.

 

Hey! This is Janice, I am the volunteer co-ordinator for this year. I am currently in my second year and it’s also my second year joining the PSA. I enjoy cafe-hopping, painting, and styling outfits in my free time. I am really excited to meet all the new faces joining the PSA this year!

Program: Pharmacology Specialist, Psychology Minor

Favorite PSY course: PSY100

If you were to have a meal with someone related to the field of psychology (living or dead), who would it be and why?:

Jean Piaget. I wonder what’s his favourite spot in Geneva to chill and work.

 

Conference Coordinator: Isabel Bowman

Hi everyone, I read books and occasionally attempt to write them. Avatar with blue people is good but Avatar with cabbage man is best. I look forward to fighting climate change together. Thanks guys.

Program: Psychology specialist, cognitive science major, philosophy minor

Favorite PSY course: NEW333

If you were to have a meal with someone related to the field of psychology (living or dead), who would it be and why?:

Plato — he was at such a pivotal point in history! I want to know the scoop on how much of a jerk Aristotle was, and whether all the stories about Diogenes are real (e.g. his demonstration of a ‘featherless biped’). I bet he’d also have a lot to say about modern society, science, psychology, etc.