SCPS Doctoral Student Joins the Public Scholars Initiative (2016/17)



In its second year, UBC’s Public Scholars Initiative (PSI) has doubled in size!

This initiative now has 79 doctoral students that are engaged in the innovative pilot program that explores how a top-tier university can support doctoral pathways that encourage purposeful social contribution, innovative forms of collaborative scholarship, and broader career readiness for students.

Jaime Semchuk, a Doctor of Philosophy in School Psychology student, is one of five scholars in the Faculty of Education selected to join the PSI network in 2016/17.

Jaime grew up in the town of La Salle, Manitoba, and she completed her Bachelors degree in Psychology at the Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg. Her background includes working with at-risk youth in emergency shelters, adolescents and adults with intellectual disabilities, and assisted with the provision of Psychology services as a Behaviour Technician.

In September, Jaime defended her Master’s thesis titled, “Adolescent Experiences of Seeking and Receiving Support at School for Significant Mental Health Concerns.”

Jaime’s PSI project, “Multiple Stakeholder Perspectives on a School-Based Mental Health Literacy Intervention”, has her collaborating with high schools in British Columbia to adapt, implement, and evaluate mental health literacy interventions with an aim to build capacity for promoting student wellbeing, reducing stigma, and effectively supporting students who experience mental health difficulties.

Check out Jaime Semchuk’s full PSI profile on the Graduate and Postdoctoral website for much more information.

Learn more about the UBC Public Scholars Award