Graduate Students

Victoria Michalowski, B.A., M.A.

Victoria is in her fourth year of doctoral studies in psychology (Health Psychology major, Quantitative Methods minor) under the supervision of Dr. Hoppmann. She also coordinates the Linked Lives couples study. Her research interests broadly center around how short-term fluctuations in affect, health behaviours (e.g. physical activity), and cognition in daily life can accumulate into longer term health and well-being outcomes, and how partners can help each other maintain positive aging trajectories. Victoria’s work is supported by a stipend from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, and she is the recipient of the 2013 Peter Crocker Award in Psychology.


Theresa Pauly, M.A. (Dipl.-Psych.)

Theresa is in her third year of doctoral studies in Health Psychology. She is currently coordinating a project investigating links between everyday spousal dynamics and health behaviours. Her research focuses on synchrony of health and health behaviours between and within individuals, utilizing ambulatory assessment methods. Theresa’s research is supported by a doctoral fellowship of the German Academic National Foundation and she was awarded a departmental scholarship from the UBC Psychology department (2017) and the Quinn Exchange Fellowship (2017).


Curriculum Vitae

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.