Kristy Kowatch


Kristy Kowatch is a 3rd year PhD student in Clinical Psychology at Lakehead University. Her research interests include culturally relevant mental health treatments for First Nation people, substance use as a form of self-medication, resilience in childhood and adolescence, as well as responsible gambling in northern Ontario and Indigenous populations. Her dissertation research is supervised by Dr. Mushquash and examines the development, implementation, and evaluation of a transdiagnostic group intervention for First Nations children, relying on cultural skills and practices as a medium for intervention. Kristy’s work is supported by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Doctoral Award. She has published the article Resilience in Canadian Indigenous youth: A scoping review in the International Journal of Child and Adolescent Resilience. Kristy has recently received research funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Project Grant competition and the Gambling Research Exchange Ontario’s BET 15k: Community Initiatives program. Kristy is also the recipient of a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Doctoral Research Award from the Institute of Indigenous Peoples; Health. Kristy enjoys snowboarding, gardening, and spending time with her dog.


4. Mutti-Packer, S., Kowatch, K., Steadman, R., Hodgins, D. C., el-Guebaly, N., Casey, D. M., . . . Smith, G. J. (2017). A qualitative examination of factors underlying transitions in problem gambling severity: Findings from the leisure, lifestyle, & lifecycle project. Addiction Research & Theory, 25(5), 424-431. doi: 10.1080/16066359.2017.1307967

3. Toombs, E., Kowatch, K.R., & Mushquash, C.J. (2016)Resilience in Canadian Indigenous youth: A scoping review. International Journal of Child and Adolescent Resilience4(1), 4-32.

2. Kowatch, K.R., & Hodgins, D.C. (2015). Predictors of treatment-seeking for gambling disorder from the transtheoretical model perspective. International Gambling Studies, 15(9), 450-469. doi: 10.1080/14459795.2015.1078391

1. Kowatch, K., Whalen, J. M., & Pexman, P.M. (2013). Irony comprehension in action: A new test of processing for verbal irony. Discourse Processes, 50(5), 301-315doi: 10.1080/0163853X.2013.799934    

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