Profiles

The PSI Network consists of 184 doctoral students and PhDs from across the full range of disciplines at UBC.

Below you can navigate their profiles based on year of scholarship, faculty, theme; read about their research; and watch brief videos of their talks. 

Courtney van Ballegooie

Switzerland
Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Oncology (PhD)
Patient Understanding of Modern Chemotheraputics: Has the increasing complexity of chemotherapy impacted patients quality of life and understanding?

Dacotah-Victoria Splichalova

United States
Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Narratives of Water: Exploring Hydrosocial Relations and Water (In)security in Canada and New Zealand

Kaye Hare

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Literacy Education (PhD)
All the Feels’ – Exploring Educators’ Embodied Experiences of Sex Education

Aidan Nikiforuk

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
Decentralization of Hepatitis C Virus Diagnostics to Rural Canadian Communities

Lois Evans

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Library, Archival and Information Studies (PhD)
More Zeros, Less Ones: Digital Storage Management, Big Data, and Climate Change

William Harding

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)
Educational Virtual Reality Simulations

Madison Stevens

United States
Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
‘Righting' Conservation: Exploring Pathways for Realizing Stewardship Rights in Protected Areas

Emily Jean Leischner

United States
Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (PhD)
For Future Generations: Museums and Well-Being in First Nations

Isobel Mouat

United States
Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)
Teaching science beyond content: introducing what science is and how it is done to first-year students

Benjamin Hopkins

United States
Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano (DMA)
Performance & Protest: The Political Pianist

Susan Sechrist

United States
Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies (PhD)
Go Figure: Writing Numerate Literary Fiction

Kimberly Sharpe

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
Geographic variation in healthcare spending and utilization and its impact on return to work for injured workers

Christine Ou

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)
Behavioral-educational sleep support for parents with postpartum mood disturbances

Wilson Mendes

Brazil
Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems (PhD)
Healing Synergies: Indigenous Land-based Pedagogies and Indigenous Food Sovereignty in the City

Meagan Curtis

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
The History and Economics of Food Sufficiency in the Alberni-Clayoquot Region

Max Chewinski

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology (PhD)
Public Participation and Disaster Governance: Procedural Justice in Rural British Columbia

Ildiko Kovacs

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum Studies (PhD)
Participatory Planning Pedagogy: How Children's Engagement in Community Planning Supports Environmental and Sustainability Education

Janina Krabbe

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies (PhD)
Stories of Resistance: identifying sites of change towards decolonizing research practices with women affected by violence

Francisco Javier Gómez López

Colombia
Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies (PhD)
Territorial Affirmation: Sustainable production and conservation practices in Colombian highland communities

April Mazzuca

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
The Cedar Project: Evaluating a culturally-safe program to support the delivery of optimal treatment of hepatitis C among Indigenous people who use drugs in British Columbia.

Santiago Farías Calderón

Mexico
Doctor of Philosophy in Theatre (PhD)
Crossing Borders: Translation, Translocation, and the Plays of Edgar Chías.

Celina Solís

Mexico
Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems (PhD)
Decolonizing Palates: Food Security Strengthening through underutilized vegetables revitalization in the Mayan Region of Chiapas, Mexico

Rishad Habib

Bangladesh
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration in Marketing (PhD)
Understanding the socio-cultural dynamics that shape our perceptions of morality and determine whether and why we act in ethical ways

Raphael Roccor

Germany
Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)
Spinning Straw into Golden Liquids – Making High-value Oils from Biomass Residues

Michael W Brunt

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Animal Biology (PhD)
How perceptions of transparency influence the social acceptability of animal use in science

Sarah Dickson-Hoyle

Australia
Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
Wildfire as a catalyst for co-management: Indigenous knowledge, stewardship and restoration of (post)fire landscapes in British Columbia

Alexa Tanner

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Natural hazard risk in context: Examining contextual factors that influence risk perceptions and associated decisions

Andrea Hoff

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Library, Archival and Information Studies (PhD)
Future Tense: Exploring young people’s agency and resilience towards the future through the creation of autobiographical comics

Patrick Dowd

United States
Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (PhD)
Golden Letters Arranged like Stars and Planets: An Ethnography of the Contemporary Life of Tibetan Language

Jonathan Eaton

United States
Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (PhD)
Exploring Cultural Heritage as an Opportunity for Recovery in the Aftermath of Disaster

Fernanda Rojas-Marchini

Chile
Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
Natural Grids: Environmental science, politics and sovereignty in the south of Chile

Taeh Haddock

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
Testing the Efficacy of Parental Intervention Workshops on Children's Social Cognition and Social-Emotional Health

Maya Lefkowich

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies (PhD)
Collaborative Digital Storytelling

Áurea Vericat Rocha

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies (PhD)
Braiding Lived Experiences: The Making of a Collaborative Inquiring Community of Indigenous Early Childhood Educators

Javiera Pumarino

Chile
Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
Examining the role of mental health disorders on adult functioning among emerging adults with a history of foster care: A mixed methods study

Stephanie Glick

United States
Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies (PhD)
From Graphic Violence to Graphic Novel: Engaging Art as Public Pedagogy to Disarm Public Mass Gun Violence

Jennifer Adkins

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology (PhD)
Dismantling Racial Ideology Through Intimacy: A Cross National Investigation of Black/White Interracial Couples

Emily Logan

Canada
Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano (DMA)
The effectiveness of a psychological intervention program for University Music Students as a way to manage Music Performance Anxiety

Dana James

United States
Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Enabling and Assessing the Transformative Potential of Agroecology

Magdalena Vergara

Chile
Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Literacy Education (PhD)
Reading the South in the North: A mixed method approach for the study of Latin American literature through educational practices in Vancouver

Sokyee Angela Low

Malaysia
Doctor of Philosophy in Human Development, Learning, and Culture (PhD)
Parenting pains and pleasures: examining the effects of cultivating happiness and self-compassion on parents' efficacy and well-being

Evan Koike

United States
Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (PhD)
Raising Smiling Fathers: The Construction of Masculinity in Japanese Nonprofit Organizations That Promote Engaged Parenting

Angelina Lee

Canada
Forgotten need: Re-constructing a sense of belonging through culturally grounded participatory action research with a local refugee community

Adriana Brodyn

United States
Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology (PhD)
A Comparative Analysis of How the Law Affects the Family Forms and Practices of LGBQ and Straight Households

Sandeep Pai

India
Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Evaluating ‘Just Transition’ policies for coal workers in Alberta, Canada

Roseanna Gamlen-Greene

New Zealand
Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
Western Toad ecology on Haida Gwaii: threats, genetics and conservation

Keith Dormond

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies (PhD)
Understanding Honour Related Violence and Oppression in Ways that are Helpful for Victims, their Communities and Canadian Society

Gerald Tembrevilla

Philippines
Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum Studies (PhD)
Technological [in]accessibility:Transnational Divide on Digital Literacy in STEM Education

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