Prospective Students

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FOR PROSPECTIVE GRADUATE STUDENTS

Thank you for your interest in our department and in this lab. Unfortunately, I will not be accepting graduate students in the current application cycle (deadline Dec 1 2022 for study beginning in 2023-2024).

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.

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. I understand that applying to graduate school is quite a process, so I have listed below the answers to the most common frequently asked questions.

A note to prospective students who are not Canadian citizens

The links here 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 degree, you apply to the “MA program” not the “PhD program”. For your first 2 years you are called a “MA 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 MA students who 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 2023-2024 academic year (application deadline Dec 1 2022)?

I will not be accepting students for the 2023-2024 academic year. 

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

Please see this website under “Current Research”. 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 and peer interventions among children and adolescents with and without ADHD. At the moment we are completing the PRISM study involving online social interactions among teens/emerging adults. Please see the Current Research tab. We are also starting a new project to examine perceptions of ADHD and treatment decisions among Asian Canadian families.

There are also descriptions of existing datasets, such as the Parental Friendship Coaching study, and the MOSAIC study, on this tab. I continue to be interested in social functioning in children as well as parent and teacher interventions for social problems, so if you are interested in these topics this is also a good match.

  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/zoom and then a smaller number come to in-person interviews (which last year we also held over zoom). 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 are predominantly interested in clinical practice would not be happy here. Therefore, an 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 their 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 they want to do in graduate school to build on this literature. Of course, this is just a list of many ideal qualities. In reality, not all students who apply, or who get interviewed, have done all of these things. Everyone is an individual, and will have had different opportunities in their schooling.

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. The GRE is optional currently so if you do not have GRE scores, please still apply. We would just give greater weight to the other factors in your application.

We are also looking for people who sincerely care about the well-being of children and families, and their fellow lab members. In all our work, we strive for it to have a positive impact on the lives of people. We also aspire to approach our research and treatment with cultural humility, and to break down the structures in society that have resulted in inequity and health disparities. Students who are similarly committed to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in our program, and in our society, will best fit with our lab.

I jumped first

I jumped first

7. What is the culture of the lab?

This is a great question. I would describe us as definitely food and fun loving, with a hearty sense of adventure. Every member has something unique about them. Check out the other pages on the website to see the zoo in action. Also see the tab where we talk about why and how we value diversity, equity, and inclusion.

8. 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, the MA years (first two years) are quite packed with courses and the thesis, so it is important that you can complete your project on a topic that I know well, and a population where I already have an existing dataset (or data coming in). In the PhD years (after the MA is completed) there is more flexibility for you to branch out in terms of building your own program of research interests. In fact, I encourage you to develop your own study ideas further at that time.

9. Is it required that I am willing to go skydiving or bungee jumping to be in your lab? 

No really you don’t. I swear, they all wanted to go. 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”.

However, if you do come here, you will have to get yourself an animal onesie.


FOR PROSPECTIVE PAID STAFF

I am full for paid positions for lab coordinators for the 2022-2023 academic year. My paid positions are almost always given to students who have been a volunteer research assistant in my lab for at least 1 year first; however, it never hurts to apply because perhaps there will be an exception. 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.


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FOR PROSPECTIVE UNDERGRADUATE HONORS AND DIRECTED STUDIES STUDENTS

I am full for honors and directed studies students to work in my lab for the 2022-2023 academic year. I almost always give these positions to students who have been volunteering in my lab for at least 1 year previously. However, sometimes I make exceptions so it never hurts to ask. Thank you for thinking about us! I will be looking again for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Please see the section under “for prospective undergraduate volunteer research assistants” for what materials I need from you if you are interested in applying.


FOR PROSPECTIVE UNDERGRADUATE VOLUNTEER RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

At this moment, I am full for volunteers for the 2022-2023 academic year. However, we are starting some new projects this year so I could see these needs changing.

However, thank you for considering our lab! If you are really interested, it never hurts to ask, because sometimes there just happens to be a way to squeeze you in.

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 up to 10 hours per week  and work in lab for a minimum of two semesters.