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. 

Younus Mushtaq Ahmed

India
Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (PhD)
Sanitizing ‘sanitation’: Caste, infrastructure, and the politics of development in Chennai’s slums

Tanzoom Ahmed

India
Doctor of Philosophy in Asian Studies (PhD)
Understanding Muslim Women in urban marginalized spaces of South Asia

Cheyanne Connell

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (PhD)
Naachin of Past and Present

Annie Lalande

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Food as medicine: Transforming hospital food to improve patient satisfaction, health, and the environment

Sydney Lines

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in English (PhD)
Romancing the empire: Race, ethnicity, and nationalism in the writings of Winnifred Eaton and Laura Goodman Salverson

Winy Vasquez

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
Food security in the Amazon: an investigation of the food security and nutrition of the Asháninka peoples living inside the Protected Forest San Matias-San Carlos

Anna Santo

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Inclusive public consultation about large predator recovery in the North Cascades Ecosystem

Lisa Ritland

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
Intersectoral and placed-based approaches to fostering equity in children's development

Jo Fitzgibbons

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Co-constructing a mutualistic city: Envisioning future scenarios to support people and nature in urban landscapes

Kevin Kuchinski

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PhD)
Sequencing avian influenza genomes in mud from wild bird habitats to prevent outbreaks and prepare for pandemics

Dana Johnson

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Co-constructing a mutualistic city: Envisioning future scenarios to support people and nature in urban landscapes

Sarah-Louise Ruder

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Food sovereignty, data justice, and the politics of novel agri-food technologies in Canada

Sammy Iammarino

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)
Complex health systems and power: responding to the toxic drug poisoning crisis through harm reduction and overdose prevention and response in nursing practice.

Emily Tilton

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy (PhD)
Knowing across difference

Steven Bristow

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Plant Science (PhD)
Precision irrigation under a changing climate: Preparing BC growers to monitor plant-water relations.

Daniel Forrest

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Co-constructing a mutualistic city: Envisioning future scenarios to support people and nature in urban landscapes

Tetiana Povshedna

Ukraine
Doctor of Philosophy in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PhD)
Healthy aging in women living with HIV: The relationship(s) between chronic/latent viral infections, inflammation, cellular aging, chronic pain, and comorbidities

Alysha Deslippe

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Human Nutrition (PhD)
EATing in a GENdered world (EatGen): How teens involved in high school sports can be empowered to make informed food choices

Fabiola Bazo

Peru
Doctor of Philosophy in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (PhD)
Exhibition: Feminist and queer interventions in contemporary urban popular music in Peru

Keisha Maloney

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Planning (PhD)
Navigating transitions: Remaking the planning engagement table with/by/for Indigenous peoples in Toronto (Tkaronto)
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Rachel Ramsden

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
Participatory planning with young children: A mixed methods approach to planning outdoor play environments
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Zitao Chen

China
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
Making machine learning reliable, secure and private
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Olivia Dreisinger

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in English (PhD)
Diagnosis grad school: A podcast series

Aram Bajakian

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Music, Emphasis Ethnomusicology (PhD)
Navigating nostalgias: Musical identities in the Armenian diaspora

Romina Tantalean-Castaneda

Peru
Doctor of Philosophy in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (PhD)
Working collaboratively with an Indigenous women's grassroots federation of the Peruvian Amazon, my research focuses on the Rights of Mother Nature from a strongly pluralist paradigm, while centering Indigenous women's leadership, knowledge, and voices

Neha Suvindran

India
Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering (PhD)
MELMET: A stable and sustainable Neural Interface (NI) to help neuroscientists understand the workings of the human brain and develop potential cures in chronic brain disease studies

Parboti Roy

Bangladesh
Doctor of Philosophy in Asian Studies (PhD)
Violence against Indigenous women in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh: the lived experiences of Adibashi women and their navigational mechanisms to address violence

Leilani Forby

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
Getting to know you: The frequency, intentionality, and content of mind wandering in autistic individuals

Erik Post

Netherlands
Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
Projects of life and death: Extractivism, climate justice, and decolonial futures in the Sierra Norte de Puebla, Mexico

Ace Chan

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
Primary prevention of cancers-related to tobacco and alcohol use in gender diverse communities across Canada

Laura Brass

Romania
Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Literacy Education (PhD)
Immigrant women language teachers’ identities

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)
Expanding the catalog: renaming and redescribing indigenous, Black, Queer, Disabled and communities of color in Galleries, Libraries, Achieves, Museums, and Special Collections (GLAMS)

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

Catherine Liao

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

Verónica Relaño-Ecija

Spain
Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (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

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