Graduate Students


Elizabeth (Ellie) Zambrano

Ellie is in her second year of M.A. in Health Psychology. She is originally from Mexico, but is very excited to be exploring Canada. Her research interest are directed at healthy aging and how to improve quality of life for older adults. Given that goals are associated with improved well-being and the central role spouses play in each other’s lives, her research is focused on goal pursuit in older adults and how spouses can support each other to achieve what might not be possible alone.




Yoonseok Choi, M.A.

Yoonseok is in his first year of doctoral studies in Health Psychology. He completed his M.A. in Social Psychology at Sogang University, Korea, where he studied cross-cultural differences in the role of positive and negative affects in goal process. His current interests focus on 1) age differences in affect structure and its implication in emotional well-being; 2) sources of affect variability by looking into the role of both internal characteristics (e.g., personality, emotional ability, etc.) and external environments (e.g., different types of activity, social relationship, culture, etc.); and 3) diverse methods used to analyze intensive longitudinal data. Yoonseok received the Faculty of Arts Graduate Award for 2020.



Tiana Broen, BSc

Tiana is in her first year M.A. in Health Psychology. She completed her BSc in Psychology at the University of Victoria, where she also carried out an independent study project on the impact of REM sleep on cognitive performance in older adults. Her research interests are focused on healthy aging and promoting wellbeing for older adults. Currently, she is exploring the impacts of self- and other-efficacy on physical activity engagement in older adult couples.