Robert Valela joined the lab in 2019 as a research assistant for Dr. Monson’s research study, Couple HOPES. Robert assisted in efforts to obtain regulatory approval for the research study and is now involved in the lab as the Project Coordinator for Couple HOPES. Robert is a B.Com. graduate from Ryerson University’s Business Management program, where he majored in Human Resources and Organizational Behaviour, along with a minor and Certificate in Psychology. Furthermore, Robert is an Adv.Dip graduate from George Brown College’s Business Administration program, where he majored in Human Resources. Robert volunteers as a Crisis and Supportive Counselling Responder for the Distress Centres of Greater Toronto, and is particularly interested in the areas of counselling, consciousness, trauma, and interpersonal relationships.

Robert is a graduate of The Canadian Forces School of Military Intelligence and is a Military Officer within Canada’s Primary Naval Reserve Force. Robert’s work focuses on establishing strategic partnerships and applying strategic theory to the practical requirements of operational planning and implementation for business and military operations to create and implement scalable procedures, products, services, and solutions.