B.Sc. Hons. with Distinction (Queen’s), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Western)
I received my Honour’s B.Sc. with Distinction from Queen’s University, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Western Ontario in 2007 and 2013, respectively. I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO).
I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Clinical Psychology. I also supervise practicum students in the Clinical Psychology graduate program. I am passionate about my role as teacher, supervisor, and mentor, and strive to help students in whatever ways I can.
PSYCH 211 - Developmental Psychology
PSYCH 336 - Introduction to Clinical Psychology
PSYCH 457 - Honours Seminar in Personality and Clinical Psychology (Topic: Depression)
PSYCH 257 - Psychopathology
PSYCH 317 - Child Psychopathology
PSYCH 718 - Psychological Assessment II
PSYCH 720B - Cognitive Practicum II
Previously, I have worked in a variety of mental health and behavioural medicine/health psychology settings working individuals ages 0 to 85, including Vanier Children’s Services, the Child and Parent Resource Institute, London Health Sciences Centre, and St. Joseph’s Health Care London. Most recently, I completed my Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology (Child and Family Track) at Hamilton Health Sciences.
I currently am involved in teaching clinical psychology graduate students psychological assessment methods and supervising students providing assessment and psychotherapy services at the uWaterloo Centre for Mental Health Research.
I also work in private practice in the community, where I conduct psychological assessments and psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and adults. Clinically, I incorporate several theoretical perspectives including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Developmental Psychopathology, Attachment/Relational Theory, and Family Systems Approaches.
My primary research interest is exploring the role of cognition and life stress in depression. My master’s thesis examined self-schema organization as a predictor of cognitive reactivity to a laboratory-based mood induction. My dissertation work examined the effect of interpretive biases on the generation of life stress in the context of depression. Other research interests include exploring diathesis-stress and stress generation models of depression using self-schema organization as a cognitive vulnerability factor, the influence of social support on the adversity, stress, and depression relationship, and the developmental origins of cognitive vulnerability to depression. I am also interested in the impact of early relationships with caregivers (i.e., attachment styles) and childhood trauma, and how these influence the subsequent experience of life stress and internalizing difficulties.
- Dozois, D. J. A., & Seeds, P. M. (2013) Psychological assessment and research methods. In D. J. A. Dozois (Ed.). Abnormal psychology: Perspectives (5th ed., pp. 65-95). Toronto, Ontario: Prentice-Hall.
- Covin, R., Dozois, D. J. A., Ogniewicz, A., & Seeds, P.M. (2011). Measuring cognitive errors: Initial development of the Cognitive Distortions Scale (CDS). International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 4, 297-322.
- Seeds, P. M., & Dozois, D. J. A. (2010). Prospective evaluations of a cognitive vulnerability-stress model for depression: The interaction of schema self-structures and negative life events. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 66, 1307-1323.
- Seeds, P. M., Harkness, K. L., & Quilty, L. C. (2010). Peer and parental victimization and adolescent depression: Evidence for the mediating role of perceived social support. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 39, 681-692.
- Dozois, D. J. A., Seeds, P. M., & Firestone, P. (2010) Psychological assessment and research methods. In D. J. A. Dozois & P. Firestone (Eds.). Abnormal psychology: Perspectives (4th ed., pp. 59-89). Toronto, Ontario: Prentice-Hall.
- Hayden, E. P., Seeds, P. M., & Dozois, D. J. A. (2009). Risk and vulnerability in adolescent depression. In C. A. Essau (Ed.), Treatment of adolescent depression (pp. 27-56). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
- Dozois, D. J. A., Seeds, P. M., Collins, K. A. (2009). Transdiagnostic approaches to the prevention of depression and anxiety. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 23, 44-59.
- Covin, R. T., Ouimet, A. J., Seeds, P. M., & Dozois, D. A. J. (2008). A meta-analysis of CBT for pathological worry among clients with GAD. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 22, 108-116.
- Member – Ontario Psychological Association (OPA)
- Member – Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
- Founding Member – Canadian Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CACBT)
- Professional Colleague – Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT)
- Member – Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
- Member – Association for Psychological Science (APS)
- Member – International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapy (IACP)
- Member – Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SSCAP)
- Member – Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP)
- Member – Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)