Alanna Coady, M.A., M.Div.
Alanna is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO), supervised by Dr. Harry Miller and Dr. Jamie Piercy. Broadly, Alanna’s research examines the role of moral emotions in shaping health outcomes. Her primary area of focus is neuropsychology and her doctoral research will investigate feelings of shame and guilt in caregiving relationships for stroke survivors in order to develop targeted psychological treatments to enhance social and emotional functioning after stroke. This work builds off her Master’s study, which identified shame as a key mechanism linking social invalidation to depression among chronic pain patients. In addition, Alanna is involved with research examining the psychometric properties of the Personality Assessment Inventory Short Form in both neurological and neuropsychiatric populations to help refine psychological assessment tools. As the UBCO Campus Representative for the Canadian Psychological Association, Alanna organizes workshops and events to connect undergraduate students with psychological research opportunities. Prior to arriving at UBCO, Alanna graduated from Harvard Divinity School with an M.Div. in Religious Studies and conducted research at VA Boston on Moral Injury, a syndrome involving trauma symptoms stemming from moral violations. In her spare time, Alanna loves live music and exploring BC forests.