Graduate Students

Kaylee MisenerKaylee Misener, B.A., M.A.

Kaylee is a first year Ph.D. student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of British Columbia Okanagan supervised by Dr. Maya Libben. Her undergraduate honours thesis, completed at UBCO, investigated whether an implicit measure of disordered eating could be used to assess cognitive distortions among individuals who exhibit eating disordered symptoms as compared with post-symptomatic and control groups. Her Master’s research investigated the relationship between attentional biases and body dissatisfaction, using novel eye-tracking technology. Further, it provided a cross-cultural replication and expansion to facilitate the comparison of body image issues across cultures. Her Doctoral research continues to investigate body dissatisfaction, eating disorders, and cognitive psychology. Her dissertation will explore the potential of a novel body dissatisfaction prevent program for youth.


Jen Headshot (1)Jennifer Upshaw, B.Sc., M.A.

Jen is a third year Ph.D. student in the Clinical Psychology program at UBCO, with a particular focus in the study of Neuropsychology. She completed her undergraduate Honours degree at UBCO where she investigated the relative costs and benefits of brain hemisphere lateralization with changes in task complexity. Jen is currently working on her Doctoral degree, examining hemispatial neglect in stroke patients, with a focus on neuropsychological testing, subtypes of neglect, and their potential impact on functional outcomes for this population.



Slide1 (1)Damian Leitner, B.Sc., M.A. 

Damian is a fifth year clinical psychology student, currently working on his Ph.D. with Drs. Maya Libben and Harry Miller. He completed his M.A. in Clinical Psychology at UBC Okanagan. His master’s thesis examined the relationship between neuropsychological test performance and functional outcome of stroke inpatients at Kelowna General Hospital. Damian continues to do research and supervise undergraduate students at Kelowna General Hospital and in the PLAN lab. His research focuses on assessment and biopsychosocial aspects of brain injury. Additional research interests include cognitive neuroscience, health psychology, and positive psychology. He is currently involved in a clinical trial providing therapeutic intervention to enhance well-being in a community population. Damian has completed practicums at the rehabilitation center and psychiatric ward (McNair Unit) of Kelowna General Hospital, Bridgeway Assisted Living Residential Treatment Program for substance and alcohol abuse, and is currently enrolled in practicums at UBC Okanagan’s Interprofessional Clinic providing therapy for general mental health disorders, as well as therapy for healthy weight management. Previously, Damian completed his B.Sc. (Hons) at UBC Okanagan, worked at Connect Lake Country doing cognitive rehabilitation and case management for people living with brain injury, at Kelowna General Hospital as a psychometrist, and as a firefighter for Lake Country Fire Department.