Here you can find lab updates, awards, and celebrations.

Lab News Spring 2022

The past year and half have seen many achievements including:
Congratulations to the entire SEA Lab on a fantastic conference at Developmental 2022! Overall we had 4 presentions, 3 mentoring lunches, and many memories!
Congrats to Sofia Segoviano Perez for presenting at SSEA 2021 in November 2021!
Congratulations to Sofia Segoviano Perez & Timothy Angelo Curtis for graduating with their Bachelor (Honours) in Psychology!
Congratulations to Julia Therrien & Mohtashim Umar for being accepted into the Psychology Honours Program for 2022/2023!
Congratulations to Dr. Hughes, collaborator Dr. Emma Climie, & Maya Carcamo Arakawa for receiving two research grants (Werklund School of Education Grant & Taylor Institute of Teaching & Learning Grant) to develop a new Child & Youth Community Project Hub!

Lab News Spring 2021

Despite a year of working from home under pandemic condition, the SEA Lab has accomplished a lot!

Congrats to Yomna Waly for being accepted to the MSc in Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Calgary!

Congrats to Morgan Davis for completing her Honours Thesis!
Congrats to Morgan Davis, Jusnoor Aujla, and Michael Alex Bednar for graduating and being in the Class of 2021!

Congrats to Jusnoor Aujla for receiving the Faculty of Arts Student Association Builder Award and for being nominated and short-listed for the UCalgary President’s Award!

Congrats to Jusnoor Aujla & Michael Alex Bednar for presenting, “ Marginalization, Coping, and Belonging as Predictors of SEL in Post-Secondary Students,” at the American Educational Research Association conference!

Congrats to Sofia Segoviano Perez and Timothy Angelo Curtis for being accepted to the Psychology Honours program!

Congrats and welcome to our newest lab members, Hannah Cohen, Maya Carcamo Arakawa, Mohtashim Umar, and Saskia Groot!

Spring 2020
Congratulations to SEA Lab Members for the following accomplishments!

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Dr. Kathleen Hughes for being awarded the Student Union Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Calgary.
Abdullah Bernier for being awarded the Social Science and Humanities Research Council Masters Fellowship for his graduate program in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary.
Jusnoor Aujla for being awarded the Canadian Federation of University Women/Calgary B. Lindley Scholarship in Biological Science.
Winston Ho for being accepted to the Masters of Science Applied Psychology of Fashion at the University of Arts London.
Rita Diaz for being accepted into the Psychiatric Nursing Diploma Program at MacEwan University.
Yomna Waly, Winston Ho, and Alicia Morris for completing the Honours program at the University of Calgary. Convocation details are to come.
Jusnoor Aujla for completing his Independent Study in Psychology at the University of Calgary.
Jusnoor Aujla for being named a South Asian Youth Mental Health Ambassador.
Morgan Davis for being accepted into the Psychology Honours program at the University of Calgary.

Fall 2019
For Halloween 2019, we were the magic school bus team! Chelsea Hart as the bus, Dr. Kathleen Hughes as Mz. Frizzle, Mica Marbil as Dorthy Ann, Yomna Waly as Wanda, and Winston Ho as Tim. Seat belts everyone!

October 2019
Congratulations to Jusnoor Aujla & Ka Wing Lai for being celebrated at the PURE Fellowship Award Night. Kai worked with Dr. Susan Graham this past summer in the Child Cognition Lab, and Jusnoor worked with Dr. Kathleen Hughes in the Sea Lab

September 2019
The SEA Lab started the semester with an Escape Room. Sorry to say, we were trapped and defeated in an Egyptian tomb. So close!

Summer 2019
Congratulations to Rita Diaz, Abdullah Bernier, and Kaitlin Roth for graduating from the University of Calgary Bachelor of Arts Program! Kaitlin & Rita also completed their Honours in Psychology, and Abdullah completed an independent study in Psychology. Also, Jusnoor Aujla, Winston Ho, Rita Diaz, and Yomna Waly presented a research poster at the Owerko Conference for Developmental Psychology Great job!

June 2019
Dr. Kathleen Hughes presented two posters at the Canadian Psychology Association (CPA) Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Jusnoor Aujla presented a poster at the Owerko Conference in Calgary, Alberta.


May 2019
We hope everyone is having an easy fast for Ramadan! The Sea Lab gathered for an Iftar together this year, enjoying shawarma, pita, and lots of baklava!

April 2019
Congratulations to Sea Lab member Abdullah Bernier for being accepted to the Masters of School & Applied Child Psychology at the Werklund School for Education!
Also Congratulations to Jusnoor Aujla for being awarded a PURE Fellowship for 2019! This is the second PURE Fellowship held by the Sea Lab in two years! With so much celebratory news, the incoming, current, and alumni members of the Sea Lab visited Cibo Pizza for an end of year dinner together. Well done everyone!

March 2019
Congratulations to Sea Lab members Alicia, Winston, and Yomna for being accepted to the UCalgary Psychology Honours Program! Yomna (who completed a PURE Fellowship & Independent Study with Dr. Hughes) will be working with Dr. Susan Graham, and Winston and Alicia will be working with Dr. Kathleen Hughes.


February 2019
Dr. Hughes has co-authored “Plenty of fish in the ocean: How do traits reflecting resiliency moderate adjustment after experiencing a romantic breakup in emerging adulthood?” in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence. 10.1007/s10964-019-00985-5

November 2018
Dr. Hughes was awarded a Teaching Activity Grant through the UCalgary Faculty of Arts to host a series of Student Poster Galas & Toy Showcases for Psyc 351 & Psyc 383. Over a 7 day period, 240 students showcased their term projects at the Taylor Institute of Teaching & Learning, and at the Faculty of Arts Student Lounge.

October 2018
Yomna Waly was celebrated at the UCalgary PURE Fellowship Award Night. Yomna presented her poster presentation as part of her work as a PURE Fellow. Congrats Yomna!


September 2018
Dr. Hughes was interviewed as part of the University of Calgary project on Anxiety. Her interview remarks were cited in an online article, in a free Anxiety EBook, and on CBC Radio.

June 2018
Dr. Hughes and her students celebrated Canada Day with a BBQ potluck party and lots of cognitive games. Have a great summer everyone!


May 2018
Dr. Hughes presented two posters at the Developmental 2018 Conference in Niagra, Ontario. This conference travel was funded by the UCalgary Faculty of Arts.




April 2018
Eden Matthews presented her Psyc 505 project at the Psychology Undergraduate Research Day. Great work Eden!


March 2018
Dr. Hughes has co-authored two newly available publications:

Byers, E. S., Sears, H., & Hughes, K. (2018). Predicting mother-adolescent sexual communication: Use of the integrative model of behavioral prediction. Journal of Family Issues, 39(5), 94-102. DOI: 10.1177/0192513X17698183

Hughes, K., & Coplan, R. J. (2018). Why classroom climate matters for anxious solitary children: A study of differential susceptibility. School Psychology Quarterly, 33(1), 94-102. DOI: 10.1037/spq0000201

The Sea Lab’s work was presented at the Open Educational Resources Conference at the Taylor Institute.


September 2017
Dr. Hughes was awarded a Teaching Activity Grant through the UCalgary Faculty of Arts to purchase experiential teaching supplies for Intro Psychology & Cognitive Development. Here’s some of the products she purchased to make large classroom learning more engaging:

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August 2017
Dr. Hughes was awarded a grant as part of the Open Educational Resources Pilot Project via the Taylor Institute of Teaching & Learning. Dr. Hughes plans to collect and curate open-access materials for Psychology with this grant.