Kara Turcotte

PhD Candidate


Faculty of Arts

University of British Columbia, Okanagan

Kara is a PhD candidate in clinical psychology at UBC - Okanagan campus with Dr. Susan Holtzman. Her research interests include the psychosocial aspects of the experience and perception of pain, emotion regulation, attachment relationships, catastrophizing, and psychological resilience. Currently, her research investigates how psychosocial factors influence emotional and physical adjustments to chronic health conditions using longitudinal and daily process methodologies to understand the connections between stress, mood, and health over time. She currently has two main research areas. The first, cardiac surgery, is the focus of her doctoral dissertation while the second is an ongoing research interest in disparities in Aboriginal Health.

Research Keywords: pain; psychological resilience; pain catastrophizing; affect

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