Researcher Profile: Hailey Arsenault

Hailey Arsenault 
Masters Student, Prince Edward Island 

Hailey Arsenault was born and raised in Summerside, Prince Edward Island (PEI). While she had planned to be a veterinarian, her interests shifted during her time as an undergraduate student. Hailey switched her major to Psychology and completed her B.A degree from Saint Francis Xavier University (StFX) in 2015.

After the completion of her Bachelor degree, Hailey went on to complete both a diploma in Addictions Counseling and certificate in Criminal Behaviour in 2016. It was at this time that Hailey decided that she needed to expand her repertoire, and pursue her passions and interests in the research field. While in the final months of her Addictions program, Hailey enrolled at UPEI to complete an undergraduate level thesis project. Under the supervision of Dr. Edward Hansen and Dr. Annabel Cohen, this project aimed to identify whether singing was being used in self-help groups in PEI, specifically in the addictions self-help groups, and whether it was helping with their perceived success in treatment. Through this project, Hailey became aware of SPOR and MSSU initiatives, and ultimately this led to her receiving funding from SPOR for her work with this vulnerable population.

Hailey is now a Masters student with the Applied Health Services Research program (offered by the ARTC in collaboration with UPEI and other Atlantic Canadian universities). In line with her future plans of pursuing a career in clinical psychology, Hailey is now working with Dr. William Montelpare and Dr. Ed Hansen on her Master’s thesis, in which the objective is to look at the potential benefits of a COPD clinic on the mental health of its patients. This project incorporates several patient-oriented initiatives, including conducting focus groups with COPD patients to determine which areas of mental health should be focused on, based from their perspectives.

Hailey has no immediate plans to stop pursuing any type of experience – and this is evident with her jam packed schedule, which incorporates: a Master’s degree, tutoring for the local school board, volunteering for mental health and chronic disease organizations, attempting to train a seven month old golden retriever, and juggling two jobs! She hopes that her openness to all experiences and her drive will lead her to a doctorate degree in clinical psychology. With this goal in mind, Hailey hopes to complete her education, move back to PEI, and work in the field of addiction and/or mental health.