Meet our scholars

The PSI Network consists of 347 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. 

Max Chewinski

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

Christine Ou

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

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: Land Autonomy, Sustainable production and conservation practices in Colombian páramo 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.

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

Santiago Farías Calderón

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

Raphael Roccor

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

Rishad Habib

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

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

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

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

Patrick Dowd

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

Gabrielle Berry

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Cinema and Media Studies (PhD)
[♪♪♪]: The Sonic Resonances of Captions

Mai-Lei (Maggie) Woo Kinshella

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Women+ and Children's Health Sciences (PhD)
Investigating the relationship between maternal diet and pregnancy hypertension in sub-Saharan Africa

Jonathan Eaton

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

Kate Wahl

Germany
Doctor of Philosophy in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences (PhD)
Storytelling as a tool for sharing knowledge with health policy makers

Karl Zimmermann

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
Biological ion exchange: the power of biological water treatment

Fernanda Rojas-Marchini

Chile
Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
'Naturalezas emergentes': The Turn toward Market-based Biodiversity Conservation 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

Áurea Vericat Rocha

Canada
Braiding Lived Experiences: The Making of a Collaborative Inquiring Community of Indigenous Early Childhood Educators

Yeeun Lee

Korea, Republic of
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
Acts of kindness as an antidote to social disconnection: Validating an online intervention program to increase social engagement in Lower Mainland communities

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

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 of America
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

Gerald Tembrevilla

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

Khia Johnson

United States of America
Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics (PhD)
Investigating how Cantonese-English bilinguals produce and perceive speech sounds

Anamaria Crisan

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (PhD)
Visualizing Public Health Data

Natasha Orr

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences (PhD)
Educational videos on the pathophysiology of sexual pain in women with endometriosis

Estefanía Milla-Moreno

Chile
Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
Phytoremediation of Tailings from a Chilean Copper Mine

Sandra Schinnerl

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies (PhD)
Higher Education influence on Immigration Policy in Canada

Simon Lisaingo

Canada
Small Challenges, Big Challenges: A Collaborative Approach to Understanding and Supporting the Development of Emotion-Related Self-Regulation in Schools

Marie Paul Nisingizwe

Rwanda
Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
Evaluation of mass screening and treatment program for hepatitis C virus in Rwanda

Emily Amburgey

United States of America
Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (PhD)
The “condition” of migration: a multi-sited ethnography of belonging and transformation in Nepal, Northeast India, and New York City

Eric Simons

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (PhD)
Archaeological Contributions to Canadian Indian Residential School Reconciliation

Molly Sweeney Magee

Ireland
Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
Colorectal Cancer and Health Behaviours: Primary Prevention, Early Detection, and Improved Survivorship

Yujie Ji

China
Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (PhD)
Preserving the Tibetan Dialect Through the Documentation of Oral Tradition

Hossein Foroozand

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD)
Hydrological monitoring networks design

Susanna Klassen

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Assessing the contributions of organic agriculture to food system sustainability

Kirsten McIlveen

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
Prison Paradox and Post-Secondary Education: Challenges to Developing Innovative Curriculum in Women’s Prisons

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