About Us

The Undergraduate Psychology Association is a student-run organization dedicated to all things psychology-related at the University of Alberta. We strive to provide information and opportunities to current students and those considering psychology as a possible career.


Introducing your 2023/2024 UPA Exec Team…

Kya Jackson-Leclair (she/her)

President

Email: kjackso1@ualberta.ca

Current program & year: Bachelors of Science, Biology and Psychology Double major, 4th year

Future career goal: Psychiatrist

A piece of advice for new psychology students: Ask for help when you need it! If you are struggling with academics or mental or physical health, please reach out to a support system in your life—whether it be friends, family, or a university resource. University can be overwhelming at time, but you shouldn’t have to go through it alone.

Favourite thing to do outside of academics: Outside of academics, I like to read and play sports :).

Andrei Gatchalian (he/him)

Co-Chair

Email: jahnandr@ualberta.ca

Current program & year: Bachelors of Arts with Honours, Psychology major/Sociology minor, 3rd year

Future career goal: Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, Professor

A piece of advice for new psychology students: NEVER compare your progress to others, because it’s YOUR call on how you want to tackle the rest of your degree-so have a blast picking the classes that genuinely excite you!

Favourite thing to do outside of academics: When I’m not hitting the books, you’ll usually find me sweating it out at the gym, discovering new places (especially to get a taste of their LOCAL grub), and taking in the beauty of nature with walks and hikes.

Avery Vestby (she/her)

VP Academic

Email: avestby@ualberta.ca

Current program & year: Bachelors of Science with Honours in Psychology, 4th year

Future career goal: Currently, I’m hoping to have a career in the clinical psychology field.

A piece of advice for new psychology students: A piece of advice I would give to new psychology students would be to try to map a plan to expose yourself to different streams of psychology, like counselling and peer support research, marketing etc, to gain some tools to make an informed decision about your degree!

Favourite thing to do outside of academics: My favourite thing to do outside of academics would be having girl’s movie night!

Claire In (she/her)

VP Administration

Email: cin@ualberta.ca

Current program & year: Bachelors of Science with Specialization in Psychology, 5th year.

Future career goal: Occupational therapy or speech pathology.

A piece of advice for new psychology students: It’s never too early to get involved in research, volunteering, or joining clubs! Take advantage of various opportunities to diversify your uni experience outside of school.

Favourite thing to do outside of academics: I love to read, make time to see my friends and FaceTiming my dog.

Mariane Kalliny (she/her)

VP Communications

Email: kalliny@ualberta.ca

Current program & year: Bachelors of Science with Specialization in Psychology, 4th year

Future career goal: I hope to become a licensed Psychologist in the future or pursue a field in social work!

A piece of advice for new psychology students: Don’t be afraid to speak to professors! Some of the best advice I have gotten has come from my professors, and building a strong relationship with them is so valuable.

Favourite thing to do outside of academics: Outside of academics, I enjoy travelling, listening to music, and spending time with my loved ones.

Kailyn Nottebrock (she/her)

VP Marketing

Email: nottebro@ualberta.ca

Current program & year: Bachelors of Science with Specialization in Psychology, 5th year.

Future career goal: I hope to become a Psychologist and work with vulnerable populations.

A piece of advice for new psychology students: Definitely try to get involved with clubs and research early! Also, have compassion for yourself and develop a strong self-care routine to avoid burnout.

Favourite thing to do outside of academics: Outside of school, I like to learn new songs on the ukulele and paint.

Anny Kwon (she/her)

VP Finance

Email: geumj@ualberta.ca

Current program & year: Bachelors of Arts with Honours, Psychology major/Sociology minor, 3rd year

Future career goal: I hope to be a clinical child psychologist, specialty in social interaction (specifically family relationships).

A piece of advice for new psychology students: My advice is to explore and experience all the fun events and interesting psychology the UofA offers. Don’t stress about your academic marks, as long as you tried your hardest, that’s all that matters.

Favourite thing to do outside of academics: My favourite thing to do outside of academics is to outside activities with friends and family.

Khushleen Dhindsa (she/her)

VP Social

Email: khushlee@ualberta.ca

Current program & year: Bachelors of Science with Specialization in Psychology & Biology, 3rd year

Future career goal: I hope to be a medical physician.

A piece of advice for new psychology students: Not to be too hard on yourself, university is a big change and if you are struggling, remember that a lot of people around you are going through similar struggles, and you are not alone! It’s okay if you didn’t get the mark you had hoped for, coming into university is an adjustment and a place to understand how you best learn! Take it one day at a time! University is more than academics, it’s a holistic experience!

Favourite thing to do outside of academics: Definitely hiking and going to the gym!

Sydney Monilaws (she/her)

VP Volunteers

Email: monilaws@ualberta.ca

Current program & year: Bachelors of Science with Psychology major and Sociology Minor, 3rd year.

Future career goal: I hope to be a mental health professional in the future, either a psychologist or a psychiatrist (maybe both?).

A piece of advice for new psychology students: Make use of your professor’s office hours. If you have questions or are struggling in a course, office hours are a great way to touch base with your prof in real-time and get the extra help you need.

Favourite thing to do outside of academics: I love to go for runs in the River Valley with my dog Lucky.