I am a fourth-year undergraduate student completing my Specialized Honours B.A. in Psychology at York University. My preferred name is Shihara (sha/ha/ra).
My research interest lies in creativity, sensory imagination (phantasia, aphantasia and hyperphantasia), episodic future thought and narratives, with a focus on its use through transitional periods. The primary goal of my research is to develop tools and learning strategies that can increase or improve upon creativity and foresight throughout development. Currently, I am interested in how narrative goal-setting strategies that utilize sensorial imagination may be used for integrating identity, minimizing stressors and future related fears through transitional periods. I intend to pursue Clinical and Counselling Psychology in graduate school to become a licensed Clinical Psychologist or Psychological Associate, and I aim to open my own private practice one day!
As a member of the South Asian community, I am eager to aid in the normalization of mental health conversations within the community while providing mental health solutions that are implementable and relevant for South Asian cultural dynamics.
Outside of academia, I am an avid artist with ongoing projects in music production, creative writing, acrylic painting, and clothes design – to name a few! I’m currently working on a dystopian space opera and novel (which is taking much longer than I anticipated), both of which I hope to publish one day!