The Centre is happy to supervise students in the Counselling Psychology graduate program. The Centre has seen 40 students come through as graduate candidates.

PhD Candidates

Randal headshotRandal David
Randal works primarily on the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations (CDHPIVP) project with Dr. Peter Jaffe, specifically looking at two populations: immigrants/refugees and children exposed to domestic violence. He also assists Dr. Jaffe with other ongoing projects at CREVAWC.


Laura Olszowy headshotLaura Olszowy
As a research assistant for the Domestic Violence @ Work Network, Laura engages in work that supports the efforts of an international network which seeks to develop knowledge on the impact of domestic violence in the workplace. Laura is also a graduate student under the supervision of Dr. Peter Jaffe.

Katherine headshotKatherine (Kay) Reif
Katherine is a graduate student supervised by Dr. Peter Jaffe and a Research Assistant working on the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with respect to child homicides that occur in the context of domestic violence. She also assists Dr. Jaffe with other related projects at the Centre.


Mike headshotMichael Saxton
Michael is a graduate student at the Centre working under the supervision of Dr. Peter Jaffe. The majority of his work focuses on researching domestic violence and the workplace; he works on various projects through the Centre including the Domestic Violence @ Work Network.


carolyn-web.jpgCarolyn Fraser
Carolyn is a graduate student who is currently working on the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations (CDHPIVP) with Dr. Peter Jaffe as her supervisor. Her research interest and focus are on the policing sector and children who are exposed to domestic violence.

Master Candidates


Mariah KrancevichMariah Krancevich
Mariah Krancevich is from Sault Ste. Marie, ON and completed her undergraduate degree at York University in Toronto, where she played for the Varsity Women’s Hockey Team. She completed her undergraduate thesis on the Perceptions of Women Athletes. During the summers at home in SSM, she works for a clinical psychologist in private practice - dealing with a lot of individuals in relation to trauma, including veterans, first responders, those involved in motor vehicle accidents, etc. Getting the opportunity to work in this environment and with these types of clients motivated her to pursue more work and education around trauma. She is interested in military and police and DV amongst other areas.

Nicole YoungsonNicole Youngson
Nicole Youngson graduated from Brescia University College a few years ago and has been working at Western as an RA in the field of Spatial Cognition. Previously, she worked as a program coordinator at a Centre for individuals with disabilities called The Independent Living Centre London and Area. She has also volunteered at the CMHA Wait List Clinic providing one on one supportive counselling, the London District Distress Line, and the CMHA Supportive Listening Line. She is interested in many areas including victim vulnerability and help-seeking in our population.


alexis headshotAlexis Winfield
Alexis just started her first year of the Master’s in Counselling Psychology program here at Western University. Her vocational and volunteer experience thus far has been dedicated to giving back to the communities that she has been apart of. Alexis has worked as a crisis support person, mentor, and one-on-one counsellor. She is eager to apply this experience within the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children. In her spare time, she enjoys being active in the gym or trying new recipes. She really looks forward to getting to know everyone that is apart of the Centre!

saea kohtala headshotSara Kohtala
Sara Kohtala is a first year student in the Master of Arts Counselling Psychology program. She grew up in rural Northern Ontario and has spent the last two years conducting
behaviour therapy with vulnerable individuals in the North. Her undergraduate thesis focused on the evaluation of a program offered to children residing at a women’s shelter.
She is passionate about feminist informed practices and highlighting the ways in which women rely on each other in the face of adversity.

Work Study Students

Nidhi Marulappa
Nidhi Marulappa is a third year student working towards a double major in Women's Studies and Health Studies. She enjoys, and is very interested in health issues, women's issues, and working with the underrepresented population. In her free time, she likes to sing, swim, and watch a lot of Netflix! In the future, she hopes to receive her Masters in Public Health and work towards becoming either a physician or a professor. 

Karim Omar
Karim is a 4th year student working towards a double major in management and organizational studies and financial economics. He is interested in learning about women issues and enjoys playing soccer and ping pong in his free time. In the future he hopes to receive his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designations. 

Kavisha Patel
Kavisha Patel is a third year student working towards an honours specialization Political Science. She is very passionate about public policy, women’s issues, and the hit show “The Office”. In the future, she hope to receive her J.D and a Masters in Public Policy. She is also a huge hip-hop and r&b music junkie! You might also recognize Kavisha as our Scotiabank Undergraduate Award for Studies in Violence against Women and Children.

Shreeya Devnani
Shreeya.jpgShreeya is a fourth year student studying criminology and women studies. She is currently applying to law school and is hoping to specialize in either family or criminal law in her future. In her spare time, she loves to go to the movies and hangout with her friends. She also absolutely loves watching Friends and Mindy Project in her spare time. Shreeya is quite passionate about advocating for women's rights and hopes to use her degree and experiences for further research and advocacy!