Havin' a yarn with Katherine Rose
BA (Hons.) 2014
Where did you grow up? Where do you live now?
I was born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, where I spent the first 22 years of my life. I now reside in beautiful Kelowna, British Columbia.
What have you been up to since you graduated from Grenfell? You were working on graduate studies with a focus on forensic psychology. Can you tell me a little about that and what you're up to now.
Life post-Grenfell has certainly not been boring! In 2015 I relocated to the west coast to pursue graduate studies in psychological science at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. I've since been afforded the opportunity to study, research, publish and speak about my field: forensic psychology. Specifically, my interests include juvenile justice, deception, cyber-crime, sexual violence, psychopathy and trauma. My goal is to understand how to better treat both perpetrators and victims of crime, with particular interest in vulnerable populations such as youth. Most recently, I defended my master's thesis on the role of individual differences amongst young violent offenders. Shortly thereafter, I co-organized an international conference on deception at Stanford University. I'm now a first year PhD student funded by a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship (valued at $105,000).
What has been the highlight of your professional career?
The highlight so far has been the opportunity to connect and work with RCMP officers who specialize in crimes against children. I hope to be able to contribute meaningfully to their efforts to aid young victims of crime and their families.
How did Grenfell prepare you for the work you're doing now?
Attending classes with a small cohort of peers allowed for personalized guidance in academic writing, critical thinking, public speaking and professionalism that I employ daily. The professors at Grenfell went above and beyond to ensure I reached my goals, including mentorship, additional opportunities, constructive feedback, and personalized reference letters. As a teaching assistant, co-supervisor, and an aspiring professor, I work hard to deliver the same considerations to my students.
What would you tell someone who is thinking of going to Grenfell?
The campus charmingly reflects the Newfoundland culture that surrounds it: community, compassion, and adventure. If the university culture isn't inciting enough, Grenfell students are held to - and helped to achieve - extraordinary standards of excellence sought by graduate programs, employers and funding agencies.