Maria Abbas, B. CogSci.
Maria Abbas is pursuing a Masters of Arts in Psychology Counselling and Spirituality at Saint-Paul University, to pursue a career as a Psychotherapist. She has completed a Bachelor of Cognitive Science with a specialization in psychology at Carleton University in 2018. She is also a certified cognitive coach who practices cognitive stimulation therapy to help with the advancement of dementia and improve the quality of life for seniors. Maria had initially started practicing as a cognitive coach in the geriatric unit at the Royal Mental Health Centre, where she has been volunteering since 2016. Through her work, Maria aims to rehabilitate individuals with brain injuries and/or cognitive delays such as dementia in geriatrics, and schizophrenia patients. Maria has joined the Cognitive Remediation and Neuroimaging lab in August 2018 as a graduate volunteer student. She has helped developing discussion activities for participants with mental illness involved in our cognitive remediation intervention study. She is now also co-authoring a meta-analysis on cognitive remediation therapy in major depressive disorder. When Maria is not volunteering, or practicing as a cognitive coach, you can find her playing basketball, spending time with her family and cooking Pakistani food.