Meet our scholars

The PSI Network consists of 223 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. 

Rena Del Pieve Gobbi

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies (PhD)
Mental Health Disability in higher Education: Images of stigma and resilience

Megha Kalia

India
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
Making Augmented Reality Feasible for Robot Assisted Surgery

Nance Cunningham

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
Untold Stories of True Strength: Bringing voices of patients into health professionals' education

Gaylean Davies

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Women, Water + Empowerment: Investigating connections and disconnections in small water enterprises in Ghana

Roger Yu-Hsiang Lo

Taiwan
Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics (PhD)
From annotation to assessment: Tools for sign language phonetic and phonological research

Verena Rossa-Roccor

Germany
Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Academics as activists? Leveraging political knowledge-to-action strategies to improve ecological determinants of health through climate policy

Natalie Payer

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
Shining a Light on Energy Injustice: Solar Energy Access and Urban Energy Poverty in the United States

Maya Daurio

United States of America
Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (PhD)
Mapping Against the Grain: An Ethnographic Approach to Digital Language Cartography

Saguna Shankar

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Library, Archival and Information Studies (PhD)
Caring for Information Practices: An Inquiry into Visions of Data, Digital Technologies, and Migration

Preetish Kakoty

India
Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD)
Impacts of M9 Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquakes and Basin Amplification on the Seismic Risk of Vancouver’s Tall Reinforced Concrete Shear Wall Buildings and Implications on Community Resilience

Gabriela Barragan Altamirano

Ecuador
Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
Planning forests for the future: incorporating multiple goals in forest restoration initiatives

Kalysha Closson

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
Unpacking gender and relationship power inequities to advance sexual and reproductive health among young South African women and men in the time of COVID-19 : A youth-engaged study

Kate Kysow

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
Clean-outs as a strategy for community agencies to address hoarding

Bonnie Tulloch

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Library, Archival and Information Studies (PhD)
Do the ends justify the memes? Exploring the relationship between youth, internet memes, and digital citizenship

Anne Bertrand

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics (PhD)
The grammar of scalarity in Ktunaxa

Cristina Rubino

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)
Uncovering unseen links between visual and motor impairment after stroke.

Sarah-Nelle Jackson

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in English (PhD)
Getting (Virtually) Medieval: Live-Streaming as Public Scholarship

Jeffrey Hicks

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Economics (PhD)
Using large-scale administrative data to study the long-term causes and consequences of social assistance use

Amanda Johnson

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
Bioplastic from agroforestry waste: end-of-life management

Esteban Morales

Colombia
Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Literacy Education (PhD)
Reimagining violence on social media: promoting critical media literacy and peace education in Colombia

Ine Beljaars

Netherlands
Doctor of Philosophy in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (PhD)
Toward a cultural politics of Afro-Latin partner dancing in the Netherlands

Jennifer Murray

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
Conducting community-based research to investigate risk factors associated with a high rate of preterm birth in a First Nations community in British Columbia (BC)

Michael Schwan

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics (PhD)
Gitksan Neologism Formation: The Future of Gitksan With Roots in the Past

Jason Winikoff

United States of America
Doctor of Philosophy in Music, Emphasis Ethnomusicology (PhD)
The Music of the Masks: Zambian Luvale Percussion, Makishi, and Timbral Aesthetics

Shota Iwasaki

Japan
Doctor of Philosophy in Asian Studies (PhD)
Fostering Awareness of Marginalized People through Literature: A Case Study of Critical Literary Pedagogy by a Marginalized Instructor

Jelena Todorovic

Serbia
Doctor of Philosophy in Classics (PhD)
Disability Theatre and Roman Comedy

Monica Shank Lauwo

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Literacy Education (PhD)
Stories of lives and literacies: Social class, translanguaging and imagined futures of Tanzanian children

Lara Sarlak

Turkey
Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (PhD)
Infrastructures of the Displaced: a case study of Istanbul

Matthew Tomkinson

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Theatre (PhD)
Peter Weiss’s Marat/Sade: A Podcast

Michelle Hak Hepburn

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (PhD)
Thinking with trees to see the forest: Huayruro trees and deforestation in San Martin, Peru

Fiona Beaty

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (PhD)
Marine resilience in the Anthropocene: understanding the adaptive capacity of marine socio-ecological systems to change

Sara Press

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in English (PhD)
Diagnosing Disparities: Unsettling the Anglo-Colonial Standards of Health and Normality in Canada and the United States

Mark Swetz

United States of America
Doctor of Philosophy in Theatre (PhD)
Disabling Dramaturgy: Directing, Dramaturgy, and Creative Audience Access

Pranav Shrestha

Nepal
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (PhD)
Affordable and portable microscopy for screening sickle cell disease in rural/remote 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 Language and Literacy Education (PhD)
Future Tense: Exploring young people’s agency and resilience towards the future through the creation of autobiographical comics

Courtney van Ballegooie

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

Dacotah-Victoria Splichalova

United States of America
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

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