Welcome Kirsten as the GSA’s 2021-22 VP External

The GSA would like to welcome Kirsten Neprily, the new Vice President External for the Graduate Students’ Association. Kirsten was elected as the VP External by the Graduate Representative Council in its April 2021 meeting and started her term officially on May 15, 2021.

Kirsten Neprily completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Hons) at McGill University and her MSc in School and Applied Child Psychology at the University of Calgary. She is currently Doctoral student in School and Applied Child Psychology within the Werklund School of Education. Kirsten is a student in the Strengths in ADHD Lab at the University of Calgary under the expert supervision of Dr. Emma Climie. Kirsten’s research interest involves the investigation of social skills intervention programs for children and adolescents with ADHD. Broadly, Kirsten’s research interests include: developmental psychopathology, social competence, emotion regulation, and resilience associated with mental illness.

Kirsten joins the GSA as she believes that the UCalgary graduate students deserve experienced and passionate leadership that listens and is ready to be a strong advocate for students. Kirsten, herself, has garnered an extensive amount of student leadership experience throughout her undergraduate and graduate studies. She was involved in student governance at McGill University and, now, the University of Calgary. At UCalgary, she led the Graduate Programs in Education Student Association (GPESA), acted as the Speaker for the GSA Graduate Representative Council and the Chair of the GSA Judicial Board prior to the VP External role.

Prior to graduate students, Kirsten worked at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto (CAMH) as a research coordinator on an integrated care pathway for youth with depression and interned at the Child Study Centre at New York University.

As the 2021-22 VP External, Kirsten looks forward to building upon the advocacy achievements of the GSA and advocating for changes on numerous issues such as campus mental health services, tuition fees, graduate housing, international student support, and student financial aid. She is committed to working with external student lobbying groups including the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA), the Alberta Graduate Provincial Advocacy Council (ab-GPAC) to produce effective lobbying strategies.

As the Vice President External, Kirsten is focused on advocating for graduate student needs to the university, municipal, provincial, and federal government.

Prior to graduate students, Kirsten worked at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto (CAMH) as a research coordinator on an integrated care pathway for youth with depression and interned at the Child Study Centre at New York University. 

When not at school, you can find Kirsten travelling, hiking in the mountains, or on her yoga mat!

To connect with Kirsten, please email vpext.gsa@ucalgary.ca