Yasmina completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Waterloo with distinction, alongside a minor in philosophy and an advanced Diploma in French Language. She has worked for several nonprofit organizations, including the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, and in the violence against women and children sector.
Yasmina acquired experience working with refugee and immigrant populations in roles such as Injury Prevention “SmartStart” Program Facilitator for the Canadian Red Cross. She acquired additional group facilitation experience in the psychotherapeutic setting of brain tumour support groups, as facilitator for the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.
Yasmina is passionate about conducting research and writing. She is currently writing solicited book reviews in clinical ethics and has served as a journal peer reviewer and abstract award review committee member for bioethics conferences. She formerly worked as a neuroscience research assistant. Her current research projects involve investigating the unique psychosocial needs of brain tumour patients and key resilience factors moderating their life outcomes, the effects of child maltreatment on executive functioning and the developing brain, and PTSD incidence in refugee populations. She hopes to contribute to the growing academic literature on PTSD, trauma, adversity, and resilience.
Yasmina hopes to complete an MD degree and pursue a career in psychiatry or neurology, with a focus on clinical research, writing, and knowledge translation.