“I am deeply grateful to the Killam Postdoctoral Fellowships Committee for the opportunity to receive world-class postdoctoral training at UBC. This award will allow me to conduct research I am passionate about, with the aim to not only help us better understand the mechanisms underlying depression, but also, to develop a scalable intervention for this debilitating disorder that will improve the mental health of Canadians.”
This award honours those who have made significant contributions and outstanding research achievements. Dr. Rnic will use this fellowship to conduct a randomized controlled trial for a Cognitive Control Intervention (CCI) for major depression. She will work with Drs. Joelle LeMoult and Raymond Lam to test the efficacy of CCI and will assess cognitive, emotional, and biological mechanisms of treatment outcome. CCI has the potential to be an easily disseminated and remotely delivered alternative to first line interventions and findings will have key implications for models of depression.
“I am incredibly grateful to the UBC Killam Postdoctoral Fellowships and Prizes Committee for recognizing Dr. Rnic's accomplishments and potential. This fellowship will enable Dr. Rnic the opportunity to further her innovative and timely research project and to disseminate findings to the community.”
Join us in congratulating Dr. Katerina Rnic on this recognition!
Dr. Katerina Rnic is a postdoctoral fellow in the Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Lab(PI: LeMoult) in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Western Ontario in 2020 and completed her clinical internship at the Calgary Clinical Psychology Residency.
Katerina’s research focuses on factors, such as cognitive control, associated with biological, emotional, and cognitive responses to stress in the context of unipolar depression. She is also interested in how cognitive vulnerability, personality, and emotion regulation strategies predispose individuals to generate stress over time, and how this process causes, maintains, or exacerbates depression.