Jacoba Leyenhorst - Dissertation du lauréat, 2002

Jacoba Leyenhorst

My career goal is to become a child and adolescent psychologist, something I think I have always wanted to do.

I have completed an honour's bachelor?s degree in psychology (University of British Columbia) and a Master's degree in clinical child psychology (Simon Fraser University) in pursuit of this goal and, in the 2002-3 academic year, will be entering my second year in the clinical child psychology doctorate program at Simon Fraser University. In the past few years I have volunteered and worked in a number of psychology labs as a research assistant to further my experience, and have also volunteered as both a 'big sister' for disadvantaged youths (5 years) and as a facilitator for a children's bereavement group. I have also completed a practicum at an adolescent assessment facility, and have been employed (1 year) at a youth detention center, completing court-ordered psychological assessments of incarcerated youths.

During the upcoming school year, I will continue to attend courses to further my knowledge and experience in child assessment and therapy, to work with child and adolescent clients at the university clinic, and to work at completing a dissertation. The Mensa scholarship would help me to achieve my career goal by aiding me in completing my dissertation goal of creating an intervention group for children diagnosed with social phobia. In this group, I hope to help socially anxious children learn successful ways of interacting with others in order to potentially spare them from a cycle of continuing social discomfort and isolation.