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. 

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

Grace Nosek

United States of America
Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
Restorying the Climate Crisis

Colin Dring

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems (PhD)
Agricultural Planning, Equity, Participation, Food Sovereignty

Jennica Nichols

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies (PhD)
Reimagining Research-Based Theatre: An Arts-Based Approach to Engaging Veterans, Families, and Service Providers in the Co-Design of an Intervention to Improve Veterans' Success in Higher Education

Amir Michalovich

Israel
Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Literacy Education (PhD)
Language and literacy education of youth refugees

Erika Gavenus

United States of America
Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Interrogating Crown-imposed governance of First Nations’ fisheries through the lens of food justice

Saori Ogura

Japan
Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)
Devising Strategies for Food Security and Responses to Climate Change in Indigenous Villages in Zimbabwe and the Himalayas: Folding Visual Art into an Evidence-Based Project
Emily Acheson

Emily Acheson

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
Climate change, land use change, or both? How spatio-temporal modelling of the Cryptococcus gattii fungus in the Pacific Northwest may reveal determinants of emerging infectious diseases

Lindsay Cole

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies (PhD)
Building a public sector innovation lab in the City of Vancouver
Tebogo Thandie Leepile

Tebogo Thandie Leepile

Botswana
Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems (PhD)
Is household food security associated with nutritional status of indigenous women of childbearing age and young children? The case of the San in rural Botswana.

Sophie Lewis

United Kingdom
Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
The interaction of the International Forest Regime with forest governance and forest dependent peoples in Cambodia.
Bushra Mahmood

Bushra Mahmood

Pakistan
Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
Assessment of Physical Activity and Sedentary time in South Asian adults at risk for diabetes

Claudia Diaz-Diaz

Chile
Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies (PhD)
Places that Speak: Children, Subjectivities, and Diversity in Canadian Early Childhood Education

Sonia Medel

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies (PhD)
The (de)colonial potential of dance: Racialized womens' (her)stories
Nina Ebner

Nina Ebner

United States of America
Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
Working the Border: Economic Restructuring and Uneven Development on the US-Mexico Border
Barnini Bhattacharyya

Barnini Bhattacharyya

India
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration in Organizational Behaviour (PhD)
An Intersectional Study of the Invisibility of Women of Colour

Zarina Giannone

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselling Psychology (PhD)
Athletes in Transition: A novel intervention targeting elite athletes' identity development
Vincent Ricciardi

Vinny Ricciardi

United States of America
Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Examining the food security, climate resilience, and equity implications of farm size

Katrina Dunn

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Theatre (PhD)
Real Estate and Theatricality in Vancouver’s Downtown Core

Alexander Held

Germany
Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science (PhD)
Essays on Civic Participation and the Quality of Democracy

Tonya Smith

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
Lil'wat Food Security and Ecosystem Services
Assadullah Sadiq

Assadullah Sadiq

Afghanistan
Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Literacy Education (PhD)
Language and Literacy from the Periphery: Understanding the Language and Literacy Practices of Afghan Refugees in Pakistan

Jens Vent-Schmidt

Germany
Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
Patient Integrated Development of a New Cell Therapy for Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Simangele Mabena

Simangele Mabena

South Africa
Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Literacy Education (PhD)
The Team Effort Project: A South African Deaf and Hearing teaching partnership for d/Deaf education
Sharon Provost

Sharon Provost

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies (PhD)
A realist evaluation of violence prevention education in BC healthcare
Ketty Anyeko

Ketty Anyeko

Uganda
Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies (PhD)
Senses of Justice and Reparations: Women's Decision Making After Wartime Sexual Violence in Northern Uganda

Kelsey Copes-Gerbitz

United States of America
Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
Wildfire: Building Socially and Ecologically Resilient Communities in the British Columbia Interior

Kelsey Johnson

United States of America
Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
Social and economic geographies of blood plasma donation in the United States
Jose Arias-Bustamente

José Arias-Bustamante

Chile
Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
Contested lands and climate change: A case study of adaptation to change in the context of Mapuche People
Harini Rajagopal

Harini Rajagopal

India
Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Literacy Education (PhD)
Valuing ‘multilayeryed lifeworlds’: Working with children and teachers to explore the multimodal communicative practices and identities of young English language learners.
Helina Jolly

Helina Jolly

India
Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Investigating the perceptions and values of ecosystem functions through gender lens - A socioecological inquiry of Indigenous (Adivasi) communities in Kerala, India

Natalia Balyasnikova

Russian Federation
Doctor of Philosophy in Teaching English as a Second Language (PhD)
Exchanging Stories: A narrative inquiry into the learning experiences of seniors studying English as an additional language
Kaitlyn Jaffe

Kaitlyn Jaffe

United States of America
Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology (PhD)
Experiences of Medical Research Participation among People who use Drugs: An Ethno-epidemiological Approach

Analise Hofmann

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Genome Science and Technology (PhD)
Re-contextualizing interdisciplinary knowledge in biology laboratory courses to improve student learning outcomes.
Sarah Shamash

Sarah Shamash

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies (PhD)
Screen Cosmologies: Resistance and Sovereignty in Indigenous Cinema in Brazil
Kate McLeod

Kate McLeod

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
Evaluating the Integration of Health Care in Provincial Correctional Facilities Under the Ministry of Health
Neila Miled

Neila Miled

Tunisia
Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies (PhD)
Negotiating identity and belonging: A critical ethnography of Muslim youths’ lived school experiences in a British Columbian high school
Sina Fazelpour

Sina Fazelpour

Iran
Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy (PhD)
The Sense of a Possibility: The Nature and Significance of Counterfactual Imagination
Bronwyn Bragg

Bronwyn Bragg

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
Citizenship and the city: How migrant status shapes neighbourhood life

Andrea Johnson

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work (PhD)
Cancer as interruption: Exploring the experiences of adolescents who have recently completed treatment for cancer

Heather Palis

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
The relationship between illicit stimulant use and treatment outcomes among patients receiving supervised injectable opioid assisted treatment in Vancouver

Tugce Conger

Turkey
Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Green Infrastructure as a Resilience Building Tool to Reduce Coastal Flooding Risk

Kyle Loewen

United States of America
Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
To Market: Experimentation, Labor, and the Re-structuring of Last Mile Logistics

Severn Cullis-Suzuki

Canada
Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (PhD)
Learning the Ancestral Language of My Children: Charting a Course to Fluency in Xaayda Kil

Celestin Hategeka

Rwanda
Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
Improving Access and Quality of Emergency Care for Newborns and Children in Rwanda

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