Catherine McKeown (2010 - 2014)

Catherine “Cat” holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree (Honours Developmental Psychology) from the University of Windsor where she also worked as a research assistant for 3 years conducting experimental research to test hypotheses concerning body image disturbance and eating behaviour. After graduating from the University of Windsor, Cat held several reputable positions working in the mental health field in Ontario, including working as a Children’s Services Worker for the Durham Children’s Aid Society. Cat’s undergraduate research experience and professional work with vulnerable youth and families are what confirmed her decision to pursue her graduate studies in Clinical Psychology.

Cat was a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Program at UNB under the supervision of Dr. Scott Ronis. While she was a student, Cat’s research and clinical interests were in the area of family psychology. Specifically, she worked on research in the areas of family assessment, investigating the use of family-based measures among mental health practitioners who work with youth and/or families. During her time at UNB, Cat worked on a program evaluation of assessment training for child and family mental health practitioners in Canada.

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

McKeown, C. & Ronis, S. T. (2012) Current Knowledge, Use, and Training Practices of Family-based Assessments Among Mental Health Practitioners. Symposium: Expanding the Toolbox: Using Family Assessments in Clinical Practice. National Council on Family Relations Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

McKeown, C. (2012) Family Assessment: Use of Family-Based Measures in Clinical Practice with Youth and Families. Poster presentation at Society for Research on Adolescence, Vancouver, British Columbia.

McKeown, C., Atkinson, E. A., & Ronis, S. T. (2011, March). Moving on up: To whom do students turn for post-secondary information? Poster session presented at the meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montréal, Quebec.

McKeown, C. (2010, June). The efficacy of cognitive-behavioural therapy for eating disordered populations: A meta-analysis. Paper presented at the 2010 International Conference on Eating Disorders, Salzburg, Austria.

Jarry, J. L., McKeown, C. (2010, June). Self-esteem threat combined with exposure to salient appearance information leads to reduced eating in women. Paper presented at the 2010 International Conference on Eating disorders, Salzburg, Austria.  

Jarry, J. L., McKeown, C., Leblang, K.  (2008, June). Participants are not negatively affected by ego-threatening deception when careful deception debriefing is used. Paper presented at the Canadian Psychological Association 69th Annual Convention, Halifax, NS.

McKeown, C. (2008, May). The efficacy of cognitive-behavioural therapy for eating disordered populations: A meta-analysis. Paper presented at the 38th Annual Ontario Undergraduate Thesis Conference, St. Catharines, ON.               

Honours and Awards

  • Department of Psychology Conference Travel Funding Award - University of New Brunswick (2013)
  • Department of Psychology Conference Travel Funding Award - University of New Brunswick (2012)
  • Master’s Award: Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2010-2011)
  • Board of Governor’s Merit Award - University of New Brunswick (2010-2011)
  • President’s Honour Roll Standing - University of Windsor (2008)
  • Dean’s List - University of Windsor (2006-2007, 2007-2008)
  • Academic Scholarship – University of Windsor (2006-2008)
  • Academic In-Course Bursary – University of Windsor (2007)