WELCOME TO OUR ZOO
We call ourselves “The Zoo” because we all have animal onesies. This started a few years ago when some of the graduate students realized just how comfortable they are. Now, each of us has a onesie and we are each a different animal.
We have been known to wear them around to lab trips, dinner, around town (haha). However, there is also a special tradition related to these animals. Whenever a PhD student graduates, we go on a outing/event that the graduating student chooses. The only requirement is that we all wear our animal onesies where we go. In summer of 2018 we jumped out of a plane together. It remains to be seen what will happen next time!
Jennifer Na (BSc, University of Toronto) is a 5th year PhD student in the UBC Clinical Psychology program. Her past research has focused on interventions to reduce stigma about mental health conditions. Jennifer’s dissertation is investigating interventions to reduce public stigma of mental disorders.
Adri Khalis (BA, Simon Fraser University) is a 3rd year PhD student in the UBC Clinical Psychology program. He is interested in social interactions of youth in the digital world, such as online or through modern video games. He is also intrigued by the potential for online interventions to teach social skills. Adri’s MA thesis examined the correspondence between online and face-to-face social functioning.
Sophie Smit (BA, University of the Fraser Valley) is a 2nd year PhD student in the UBC Clinical Psychology program. She is interested in parent-child interactions and parenting interventions for families of children with ADHD. In her previous work, she designed and administered a mindfulness-based intervention for parents of children with behavioral issues.
Ian Fung (BA, Thompson Rivers University) is a 2nd year MA student in the UBC Clinical Psychology program. He is interested in teacher-student relationships, social support and interventions to enhance good social relationships among youth.
Vivian Qi (BA, Simon Fraser University) is a 1st year MA student in the UBC Clinical Psychology program. She has researched children’s social-emotional development and the role of culture, and is excited to apply this to the study of children with clinical disorders.
Kristen Hudec (BS, University of Oklahoma; MS and PhD, Oklahoma State University) is a postdoctoral fellow in our lab. Kristen did her graduate work with R. Matt Alderson and completed clinical internship at the University of Miami School of Medicine. She is interested in neuropsychological functioning among youth with ADHD and its relationship to social interactions.
Joanne Park (BA, University of Calgary) is a 5th year PhD student in the UBC Clinical Psychology program. She is currently on clinical internship. Her advisor is Dr. Charlotte Johnston,
and she is interested in parenting and ADHD. Dr. Johnston has recently retired, and Joanne is an honorary lab member for her final year in the program.
Luke Ellis is the project coordinator/wizard for this lab. He oversees the research studies, books participants, organizes the research assistants, and generally gets everything done that needs to get done. He is completing his undergraduate degree in psychology at UBC.
In addition, I have a team of tireless, multi-talented, wonderful, and fun research assistants, without whom this work would be entirely impossible.
GRADUATE STUDENT LAB ALUMNI
Allison Jack, PhD (2012 University of Virginia; co-supervised with James Morris) is an assistant research professor at George Washington University.
David Szwedo, PhD (2012 University of Virginia; co-supervised with Joseph Allen) is an Assistant Professor of psychology at James Madison University. We continue to collaborate on research regarding adolescents’ peer interactions in the digital world.
Matthew Lerner, PhD (2013 University of Virginia) is an associate professor of psychology at SUNY Stony Brook. His research focuses the mechanisms through which social competency interventions work, and how to improve these types of interventions.
Marissa Swaim Griggs, PhD (2013 University of Virginia) is a clinical psychologist at Sloan Academics, and adjunct faculty in at Salem College.
Christina Emeh, PhD (2014 University of Virginia) is a clinical psychologist at the Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center.
Meg Reuland, PhD (2015 University of Virginia; co-supervised with Bethany Teachman) is a clinical psychologist at Rogers Behavioral Health.
Mary Jia, PhD (2019 University of British Columbia) is finishing clinical internship at Northwestern University. Her dissertation examined social resilience among children with ADHD.