Mary Jia (BSc, McGill 2012; MA, University of British Columbia 2014) is a 4th year PhD student in the UBC Clinical Psychology program. Her MA thesis investigated pathways to bullying and victimization among children with and without ADHD, and the potential effects of social preference and friendship on these pathways. Her dissertation is examining social resilience among children with ADHD. She has a particular interest in interventions for underserved populations.
Jennifer Na (BSc, University of Toronto 2012; MA, University of British Columbia 2015) is a 3rd year PhD student in the UBC Clinical Psychology program. Her past research has focused on interventions to reduce stigma about mental health conditions. She applied this work to the disorder of ADHD for her MA thesis, where she investigated peers’ pre-existing perceptions about the nature of ADHD and how these may influence their likelihood of forming social bonds with children with ADHD. Jennifer’s dissertation is investigating mindfulness as an intervention to reduce public stigma of mental disorders.
Adri Khalis (BA, Simon Fraser University 2014) is a 1st 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 2016) is a 2nd year MA 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.
Kristen Hudec (BS, University of Oklahoma 2007; MS, Oklahoma State University 2012; PhD, Oklahoma State University 2015) 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.
Rachelle Cervantes (B.A., University of British Columbia) and Laura Lu (B.A., University of British Columbia) are the project coordinators/wizards for this lab. They oversee the research studies, book participants and coordinate the research assistants, and generally get everything done that needs to get done. They are interested in social relationships and ADHD, and preparing to apply for graduate programs in psychology.
In addition, I have a team of tireless, multi-talented, wonderful, and fun anglophone and francophone research assistants, without whom this work would not be possible.
GRADUATE STUDENT LAB ALUMNI
Allison Jack, PhD (2012 University of Virginia; co-supervised with James Morris) is a postdoctoral fellow at the Yale Child Study Center. She is continuing her work to understand the social behaviors of youth with autism spectrum disorders.
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 on Facebook.
Matthew Lerner, PhD (2013 University of Virginia) is an Assistant 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 psychology practitioner at Sloan Academics, and adjunct faculty in at Salem College. She studies effects of parent and teacher behaviors for children with ADHD.
Christina Emeh, PhD (2014 University of Virginia) is a clinician at the Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center. Christina’s dissertation focused on whether children with ADHD can accurately predict what peers think of them, and if not, whether that is a problem.
Meg Reuland, PhD (2015 University of Virginia; co-supervised with Bethany Teachman) is a postdoctoral fellow at Judge Baker Children’s Center. For her dissertation she developed an intervention for children with internalizing symptoms.