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!
Adri Khalis is a 5th 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 and dissertation examines the correspondence between online and face-to-face social functioning, and the role of psychopathology such as ADHD in these patterns.
Sophie Smit is a 4th 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. Her dissertation examines interventions to support parents of children with ADHD.
Vivian Qi (on leave in 2021-2022) is a 1st year PhD 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. Her MA thesis examined cross-racial versus same-racial friendships in children, and their associations with adjustment.
Caroline Miller is a 2nd year MA student in the UBC Clinical Psychology program. She is interested in comorbidities in ADHD (such as ASD) and patterns of association with social skills.
Vasia Karasavva is a 1st year MA student in the UBC Clinical Psychology program. Her background is in studying online social interactions (particularly aggressive/negative ones) and is interested in better understanding interventions for cyberbullying.
Hannah Kim and Chris Kong are the project coordinators/wizards for this lab. Together they oversee the research studies, book participants, organize the research assistants, and generally get everything done that needs to get done. They are recent graduates of UBC.
In addition, I have a team of tireless, multi-talented, wonderful, and fun research assistants, without whom this work would be entirely impossible. I am grateful for their presence and impact!
GRADUATE STUDENT LAB ALUMNI
Allison Jack, PhD (2012 University of Virginia; co-supervised with James Morris) is an assistant professor of psychology at George Mason University.
David Szwedo, PhD (2012 University of Virginia; co-supervised with Joseph Allen) is an associate 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 a clinical psychologist at Resilience Psychological Services.
Kristen Hudec, PhD (former postdoctoral fellow) is a research coordinator for the e-Mental Health Project at University of British Columbia.
Jennifer Na, PhD (2021 University of British Columbia)