Contact

416-979-5000 ext. 2369
 

Degree

2014 – BA (Honours) in Psychology, York University

Degree in Progress

MA in Clinical Psychology, Ryerson University 

 

Research Interests

Iris is a graduate student in the IMPACT lab at Ryerson and a research assistant in Toronto Western Hospital’s Bariatric Surgery Clinic, where she is conducting a qualitative study examining interpersonal relationships and body image changes following bariatric surgery in young adults. Iris’ research interests broadly include therapist and client variables as predictors of treatment outcomes within evidence-based interventions.

Selected Publications

  • Sijercic, I., Button, M. L., Westra, H. A., & Hara, K. M. (2015). The interpersonal context of client motivational language in cognitive-behavioral therapy. Psychotherapy. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pst0000017
  • Shnaider, P., Sijercic, I., Wanklyn, S. G., Suvak, M. K., & Monson, C. M. (in press). The role of social support in cognitive-behavioral conjoint therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder. Behavior Therapy. 
 

Selected Conference Publications

  • Sijercic, I., Ennis, N., Jin, D., Wagner, A. C., Stirman, S. W., & Monson, C. M. (2016, october). Early session client factors in relation to therapeutic alliance and treatment fidelity in cognitive processing therapy. Poster accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.
  • Sijercic, I., Stirman, S. W., Gutner, C. A., Lane, J. E. M., Thomas, F., & Monson, C. M. (2016, October). Predictors of initial fidelity to cognitive processing therapy: Individual clinician characteristics and perceptions of organization factors. Poster  G., & Monson, C. M. (2015, November). Convergence of self, close other, and clinician reports of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms acutely following trauma. Poster accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.
  • Snaider, P., Sijercic, I., Wanklyn, S. G., Suvak, M. K., & Monson, C. M. (2016, April). The role of social support in cognitive-behavioral conjoint therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder. Poster presented at the McMaster University Department of Psychiatry and behavioural Neurosciences Research Day, Hamilton, ON. 
  • Sijercic, I. & Westra, H. A. (2014, May). Disagreement more powerful than ambivalence in predicting outcomes in cognitive-behavioural therapy. Poster presented at the 44thAnnual Ontario Undergraduate Psychology Thesis Conference, Kingston, ON. 
  • Stirman, S. W., Shields, N., Deloriea, J., Landy, M. S., Sijercic, I., Maslej, M. M., Lane, J. E., & Monson C. M. (2015, November). Implementation outcomes after training and consultation in cognitive processing therapy for clinicians in routine care setting. In: Szodny, L. (Chair). Closing the research-practice gap: Advances in the dissemination and implementation of empirically supported treatment for psychological disorders. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Chicago, IL. 
  • Sijercic, I., Lane, J. E. M., Wiltsey Stirman, S., Shields, N., & Monson C. M. (2015, November). Clinician Attitudes of Evidence-Based Practices as Predictors of Treatment Adherence and Competence in Cognitive Processing Therapy. Poster accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, New Orleans, LA.
  • Lane, J. E. M., Shnaider, P., Wagner, A., Sijercic, I., Wiltsey Stirman, S., & Monson C. M. (2015, November). Predictors of PTSD symptom change in cognitive processing therapy: Effects of therapeutic alliance and treatment fidelity. Poster accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, New Orleans, LA.