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White, Carmela


Research Location: UBC Okanagan campus

Research Supervisor: Dr. Mark Holder

Carmela White student profileResearch Description:

My area of interest is in positive psychology, specifically, well-being. I am interested in learning what factors contribute to well-being and how this information can be used to overcome tougher times, particularly within the parent-child dynamic, or to further enhance well-being. From a clinical or intervention perspective, I am interested in identifying individual skills and strengths, and empowering and fostering these strengths to overcome struggles.

Home Town: Calgary, AB

Country: Canada

Faculty/School: Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences

Program: Master of Arts in Psychology

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

I chose to pursue a graduate degree to further my academic, research, and clinical skills. My long term goal is to become a registered psychologist working with children and families.

Why did you decide to study at UBC's Okanagan campus?

University of British Columbia is a well known university for both it's academic and research prestige. The Okanagan campus was an optimal choice due to the wide range of faculty research expertise and clinical experience. Furthermore, the Okanagan Valley is incredibly beautiful making my choice to attend UBC's Okanagan campus more desirable.

What impact do you hope your research will have?

Ultimately, I hope that by expanding research in positive psychology, a more balanced view (deficits and strengths) of psychology will emerge. I believe that strengths and skills can be just as influential as ailments and deficits. It is my hope that identifying the factors that contribute to well-being (e.g., happiness, life satisfaction, and resilience), specifically within families, will provide researchers, care-providers, and parents with specific, evidence-based support for understanding, creating, implementing, and testing interventions to enhance well-being within families.

What has been your most memorable Okanagan experience so far?

The scenery. The ability to sit at a bench on the beach while mesmerized simultaneously by the beauty of the lake and the mountains.


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