Meet our scholars

The PSI Network consists of 261 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. 

Catherine Liao

United Kingdom
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)
Burn injury in underserved communities in BC. A Mixed-Methods study

Veronica Relano

Spain
Doctor of Philosophy in Oceans and Fisheries (PhD)
Socio-ecological management in San Antonio Marine Protected Area (MPA), Argentina

Ismalia De Sousa

Portugal
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)
Towards equitable stroke care: learning from young women's experiences

Louisa-May Khoo

Singapore
Doctor of Philosophy in Planning (PhD)
Ageing in a Neuropolis: The Social Epidemiology of Stress in Late Life among Older Adults in Global-City Singapore

Ryan Stillwagon

United States of America
Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology (PhD)
Queer Rights to the City: Exploring Mechanisms of Urban Food Security in Vancouver and the Underlying Processes that Imperil LGBTQIA2S+ Survival

Alison Ariss

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Art History (PhD)
Salish Weaving in Relation with the Land: The Work of Wrapping Territory and Critiquing Institutions

Max Cohen

United Kingdom
Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
Placing the Just Transition in Scotland and New Zealand

Paula Pinzón Hernández

Colombia
Doctor of Philosophy in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences (PhD)
Reducing women’s mortality through knowledge translation: closing the gaps between abortion care and public policy.

Prerna Gupta

India
Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Nuclear risk perception in India: risk in the context of political debates and economic insecurities

Michelle Kaczmarek

United Kingdom
Doctor of Philosophy in Library, Archival and Information Studies (PhD)
Fixing for Change: Stories of Information and Aspiration in Community Repair Initiatives

Addye Susnick

United States of America
Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science (PhD)
Trans Joy and Trans-Formative Justice: Imagining and Enacting Radical Futures

Hoda Amal Hamouda

Egypt
Doctor of Philosophy in Library, Archival and Information Studies (PhD)
Incorporating the view of archival diplomatics into the authentication practices of citizen journalists videos captured during historically significant events

Ife Adebara

Nigeria
Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics (PhD)
Inclusive by Design: Natural Language Technology for Africa

Anudeep Dewan

Nepal
Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (PhD)
Landing on Histories: Indigenous Experiences of Belonging in Nepal and India

Lianne Cho

Canada
Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MDPhD)
Community Brain Art

Icíar Fernández Boyano

Spain
Doctor of Philosophy in Genome Science and Technology (PhD)
Redefining preeclampsia in the placenta

Bri Watson

United States of America
Doctor of Philosophy in Library, Archival and Information Studies (PhD)
Supporting Equitable Naming Systems

Alejandra Botia

Colombia
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselling Psychology (PhD)
The role of peer support in eating disorders recovery

Rapichan Phurisamban

Thailand
Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Relationalities and River Flows: Toward a Socially-Equitable and Bioculturally-Conscious Environmental Flow Management

Denise Fong

Hong Kong
Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies (PhD)
Beyond Museum Walls: Storytelling Pacific Canada through Participatory Curation

Phoebe Wong

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies (PhD)
Development of speech perception testing material for hearing health care in the Inuktitut language

Rivkah Gardner-Frolick

United States of America
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (PhD)
Quantitative evaluation of local air pollution in collaboration with the Strathcona community to inform environmental injustice concerns.

Alberto Campos

Brazil
Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Rewilding the Brazilian Caatinga.

Evelyn Arriagada

Chile
Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Islander women mapping water-related problems and solutions

Caitlyn Yates

United States of America
Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (PhD)
Degrees of Visibility: the Journeys of Extra-continental Migrants through the Americas

Callista Ottoni

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies (PhD)
Loneliness and social connection: A community-engaged study with older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic using visual and traditional methods

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

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

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

Matthew Tomkinson

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

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

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

Pranav Shrestha

Nepal
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (PhD)
Affordable and portable microscopy for screening sickle cell disease in rural/remote communities

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

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