Lab - Depression Cognition & Culture

Current Lab Personnel & Students

Dr. Shadi Beshai

Lab Director

Dr. Shadi Beshai is an Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology at the University of Regina. Research in the DCC Lab, as directed by Dr. Beshai, is aimed at the local and international promotion and adaptation of evidence-based psychotherapies (e.g., CBT and Mindfulness-Based Interventions). Dr. Beshai's research is funded by Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF). Research by Dr. Beshai and other gifted DCC Lab members (see below) has been published in many highly esteemed, peer-reviewed journals (e.g., Clinical Psychology Review; Mindfulness; Behavior Therapy).

Fereshteh Mehrabi

Postdoctoral Fellow

Fereshteh is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Regina. She is currently completing her Ph.D. degree in public health and health policy at the University of Montreal. Her research has focused on the impact of social isolation and loneliness on physical, mental, and cognitive health outcomes, particularly among frail older adults, and how cohort trends and social change affect later-life health profiles. She has expertise in the quantitative analysis of longitudinal data, including latent growth trajectories. As a postdoctoral fellow, she will be involved in research focused on improving the mental well-being of Indigenous communities through mindfulness-based interventions.

Mabel Yu

Doctoral Student (Clinical Psychology)

Mabel is a Doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program, University of Regina. Mabel's Doctoral Thesis is focused on a randomized trial examining the effects of a self-compassion intervention to protect from future depression episodes among people with recurrent depression.

Christine Bueno

Master’s Student (Clinical Psychology)

Christine is a Master’s student in the Clinical Psychology Program. Her Master’s thesis will look at an online mindfulness and self-compassion intervention to increase connectedness.

Saba Salimuddin

Master's Student (Clinical Psychology)

Saba graduated from Heriot-Watt University in Dubai with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Psychology with Management, and will be starting her first year as master’s student in the Clinical Psychology program. Her research interests include the implications of culture on the mental health and help-seeking behaviours of minority groups. She hopes to use this research towards the development of more inclusive practices in clinical psychology.

Lab Alumni

Anthony L Elsom

Research Coordinator (Former)

Anthony completed his B.A (Honours) in Psychology at the University of Regina. His thesis focused on determining the correlates of suicide ideation for Indigenous Peoples in Canada. He served as the research coordinator for the Depression, Cognition & Culture Lab (DCC) under the supervision of Dr. Beshai (2019-2022). He is starting his Master's in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manitoba, and his thesis will focus on modifying or adapting evidence-based psychotherapies (e.g., CTB) to meet the needs of minority groups such as the Indigenous Peoples of Canada.

Nicole Del Rosario

Former Master's Student (Clinical Psychology)

Nicole graduated from the University of Winnipeg with her B.A. (Hons.) in Psychology. She has recently successfully defended her M.A. thesis in Clinical Psychology at the University of Regina. Her Master's thesis focused on public perceptions of mindfulness-based programs, and whether brief and specific psychoeducation may improve these perceptions. This research was funded by a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Master's Scholarship. Additional research and clinical interests include exploring barriers to mental health service use and group therapy. When not in the lab, she enjoys roller skating and scrapbooking. Nicole is now completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manitoba.

Jenna Maierhoffer

Former Honours Student

Jenna completed her final year in Psychology in 2022, with an Honours in Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Beshai. Her research was focused on narrowing down the concept of mindfulness by defining the borderlines between mindfulness and the two related terms, non-attachment and equanimity in an effort to determine where each interconnect. Her research will also be testing to see if these terms exhibit a correlation between the symptoms of anxiety and depression. The results of her research project will be useful in the process of developing an operational definition of mindfulness. They will also be beneficial in indicating the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation in reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression. She is interested in continuing to do research on the mental health effects of practicing mindfulness meditation.

Shalaine (Shae) Sackman

Research Assistant (Former)

In their fourth year of pursuing a degree in philosophy and one in psychology, Shae is the former President of the Psychology Students Association at the University of Regina. They completed a Philosophy honours thesis on Hume, personal identity and Dissociative Identity Disorder while also completing an Honours in Psychology in 2021-2022.

Sarah Nakonechny

Research Assistant (Former)

Sarah is a fourth-year Undergraduate student working on a degree in both Psychology and Philosophy. Sarah is completing the Honour’s Psychology program to begin in the 2022 Fall semester.

Ali Bukhari

Former Honours Student

Ali completed his honours thesis under the supervision of Dr. Beshai (2020-2021). His research investigated the effect of an online mindfulness-based intervention (Mind-OP) on mitigating symptoms of envy. He is currently completing a Master's in Public Health.

S. Yasmin Manjegani

Former Honours Student

Yasmin finished her B.Sc (Honours) in Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Beshai. Her thesis examined social and cognitive predictors of cognitive restructuring (CR) in relation to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). She is interested in pursuing a career in medicine.

Saghar Chahar Mahali

Former Master’s Student (Applied and Experimental Psychology)

Saghar (Helia) finished her MA degree in Experimental and Applied Psychology under Dr. Beshai’s supervision at the University of Regina. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Applied Social Psychology at the University of Guelph.

Amanda (Mandy) Wuth

Former Master’s Student (Applied and Experimental Psychology)

Her research expertise is in cognitive schemas, social cognitions, risk attitudes, and life history theory. She is also interested in mindfulness and workplace mental health.

Adam Iskric

Former Master’s Student (Clinical Psychology)

Now completing Graduate Training in Clinical Psychology at Hofstra University in New York.

Sarah Bjornson

Former Honours Student

I completed my honours thesis under Dr. Beshai’s supervision on the relationship between dispositional self-compassion and physiological responses to stress. My interests have shifted since completing undergraduate studies; I am currently working as a Behaviour Technician with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I plan to complete graduate studies in Clinical Developmental Psychology with a focus on ASD.

Brooklyn Hammond

Former Honours Student

Brooklyn graduated with a BA in Honours Psychology in 2018 and is currently working as a Job Coach for Ranch Ehrlo. She is enrolled in the UofR’s Masters in Educational Psychology Program. Upon completing her studies, she hopes to be a registered psychologist with the Saskatchewan College of Psychologists