FOR PROSPECTIVE GRADUATE STUDENTS
Thank you for your interest in our department and in this lab in particular. The application deadline is December 1, 2019 for students interested in beginning study in the 2020-2021 academic year. I will be accepting graduate students to work in my lab for this application cycle.
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, you apply to the “MA program” not the “PhD program”. If you come here, 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 whom we expect to transition directly into our PhD program (and who intend to continue on to our PhD program).
- Will you be accepting students for the 2020-2021 academic year?
Yes, I will be accepting students for the 2020-2021 academic year.
- 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.
- 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 and adolescents with and without ADHD. Please see the MOSAIC study under the Current Research tab to see what we will be working on heavily from now through 2020. In addition, I have interest in online social interactions among teens/emerging adults, and we have a new study about this topic running from 2018-2021. There are also descriptions of existing datasets, such as the Parental Friendship Coaching study, on this tab.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, 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 (generally, >80th percentile on GREs and >3.7 on GPA).
- 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.
- Is it required that I am willing to go skydiving or bungee jumping to be in your lab? (see tab under Graduate Students)
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 2019-2020 academic year. I am not sure yet whether will have openings for fall of 2020 and beyond, but I would begin looking at applications in February 2020. 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.
FOR PROSPECTIVE UNDERGRADUATE HONORS AND DIRECTED STUDIES STUDENTS
I am full for honors and directed studies students to work in my lab for the 2019-2020 academic year. I sometimes make exceptions though for students who have been volunteering in my lab for some time, so please speak to me if this describes your situation. I will be looking again for the 2020-2021 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
I full for volunteers for the 2019-2020 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 up to 10 hours per week and work in lab for both semesters. Research assistants will primarily be working on our social media study, where they will be giving questionnaires to participants about their social media use, and coding participants’ Instagram and Facebook pages. Participants will be UBC students and 18-24 year olds in the community.