Prospective Students


lab Halloween party (don’t pass the butter)


Thank you for your interest in our department and in this lab in particular. The application deadline has passed for the 2017-2018 academic year. The next deadline is December 1, 2017 for students interested in beginning study in the 2018-2019 academic year.

More information about the clinical program can be found here and a description of the graduate program in psychology at UBC can be found here, including information about how to apply. Although students apply to work with a primary mentor, this lab has a lot of collaboration with Dr. Charlotte Johnston, so students in both of our labs have many opportunities to work with both Dr. Johnston and myself. I keep this website well updated, so I encourage prospective students to look carefully at this site in order to gain information about the work in this lab. Because I tend to receive many emails from prospective students, I have listed below the most common frequently asked questions.

A note to prospective students who are not Canadian citizens

Please the links here which describe funding for international students. One thing that is not obvious to U.S. citizens is that despite the way that funding and admissions are explained, UBC does not have a terminal master’s program in psychology. Rather, for the typical student applying with a BA/BSc level degree, your first two years you are called a “Masters student” and then you will apply to the PhD program here to become a “PhD student”. However, this is a formality because we only accept Masters students whom we expect to transition directly into our PhD program (and who intend to continue on to our PhD program).

  1. Will you be accepting students for the 2018-2019 academic year?

I anticipate that I will be accepting students for 2018-2019 academic year. The application deadline is Dec 1 2017. I will update this website when it gets closer to the date (by September of 2017) so please check back to be sure.

  1. What are the current projects in your lab in which graduate students can become involved?

Please see this website under “Research Studies”. Graduate students are involved in all of the projects listed in this section.

  1. What future studies will you be doing in this lab?

Future studies will continue to look at social context influences on peer relationships among children with and without ADHD. Please see the Parental Friendship Coaching study under the Research Studies tab to see what we will be working on heavily from now through 2019. In addition, we will be working on adapting the Making Socially Accepting Inclusive Classrooms (MOSAIC) intervention to regular classrooms from 2016-2020.

  1. Can you tell me more detail about the research studies you have listed on the website?

Please read the articles that are bolded in the Publications section of this website. In addition, if you come to interview on the phone or in person, this will be a great opportunity to learn a lot more about the various studies going on. If you have specific questions about any study that would determine whether or not you want to apply, then please go ahead and ask me.

  1. Do you interview candidates?

Typically a short list of finalists are interviewed over the phone and then a smaller number come to in-person interviews. This process does not occur until January through February.

  1. What are you looking for in a prospective graduate student?

This program and my lab are best suited for students who are predominantly interested in research careers (which could include research about intervention efficacy); students who think they are predominantly interested in clinical practice would not be happy here. Therefore, the most important criteria for judging prospective students is research match. The ideal student has completed an independent research project, such as an honors thesis, manuscript, and/or a conference poster, about an issue related to what we study in lab (and related to what the student is proposing to study in graduate school). It is helpful for the student to demonstrate in his/her personal statement (a) good knowledge of the specific research literature in the proposed field of study; (b) past experience in that line of research, in the form of an honors thesis, independent poster, or other options; and (c) what projects s/he wants to do in graduate school to build on this literature. Of course, not all students who apply, or who get interviewed, have done this, but this is good general advice. Research match is more important than is GPA/GRE, but better scores help an applicant to be more competitive and also to qualify for scholarships (>80th percentile on GREs and >3.7 on GPA).

I jumped first

I jumped first

  1. I want to do research in graduate school that is about (autism, homeopathy for ADHD, social problems of children of refugees, etc.); will this be okay?

It is impossible to give a definitive answer without seeing your entire application, but in general, applicants are most competitive when they have a strong research match with me. This will make your life easier as a student because you will be able to use data from the existing studies we are doing in lab. Also I am best able to advise you about topics that I know well.

  1. Is it required that I am willing to go bungee jumping to be in your lab? (see tab under Graduate Students)

I swear, this isn’t the case! I told people they could observe but they all decided to take the plunge. They did make me jump first though, answering the age old question, “if your advisor jumped off a bridge, would you jump too?” with a resounding “YES”.


I am full for paid positions for lab coordinators for the 2017-2018 academic year. I anticipate having at least one paid position open for a lab coordinator beginning in summer/fall of 2018. I will begin looking at applications in February 2018. Ideally, lab coordinators should have their BA/BS in psychology and significant experience working on research studies and working with children, very strong organizational skills, lots of enthusiasm, and much patience. I am happy to talk to interested applicants about the position.

I may have 1-2 paid research assistant openings for students who are fully bilingual (English/Quebecois French) beginning in September of 2017. The work is 10 hours/week and I ask for a 1 year commitment. Please contact me if you are potentially interested.

sometimes in lab we play with the kids' toys

sometimes we play with the kids’ toys


I am now full for honors and directed studies students to work in my lab for the 2017-2018 academic year. These positions typically fill up by the summer of 2017. Please see the section under “for prospective undergraduate volunteer research assistants” for what materials I need from you if you are interested in applying.


I am full for students who wish to volunteer in the summer of 2017 and in the 2017-2018 academic year. Every year, positions are typically full before the start of the academic year.

I ask for a copy of your transcript (unofficial is fine) and CV or resume, along with the contact information of 2-3 references who can speak about your work. Research assistants during the academic year will work for a minimum of 10 hours per week  and work in lab for both semesters. Research assistants need to be available to work different hours every week (depending on when families want to come in) and to work on most weekends. The hourly commitment includes weekly lab meetings and training. Research assistants will administer measures for the Parental Friendship Coaching Study and the MOSAIC study, and therefore will have a lot of direct interaction with children, their teachers, and their families. They will also do transcribing, data entry, and coding of videotaped interactions between children and their families as well as children and their friends.