Lab Alumni

Former Graduate Students

Theresa Pauly, Dipl. Psych. Ph.D.

Dr. Theresa Pauly is a postdoctoral fellow at University of Zurich. Her doctoral studies at the University of British Columbia, which she completed in 2020, were funded by a stipend from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation and the Li Tze Fong Fellowship. Her research focuses on social health science across the adult life span. She is particularly interested in finding answers to the question how social relationships get under the skin. To do so, she uses an interdisciplinary approach focusing on health behaviours and health biomarkers (e.g., cortisol). She combines intensive longitudinal methods with the analysis of longer-term trajectories to better understand social determinants of health and well-being in adulthood and old age. Theresa’s Homepage

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.


Jennifer Lay, B.A. Hons., B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D

Dr. Jennifer Lay is a faculty member at the University of Exeter. She received her Ph.D from the University of British Columbia in 2018. Her research centers on social engagement and disengagement and how individuals make sense of their felt experiences. For example, “How does personality shape how we remember our emotions?” and “When and for whom is solitude conducive to wellbeing and prosociality?” She combines time sampling, photovoice, and experimental methods to study daily life processes among students and community- dwelling older adults. Some of her current work looks at cultural and migration influences shaping the relationship between solitude and mental health among older adults in Canada and Hong Kong. Jennifer’s work was supported by a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada.


Lea WilhelmB.Sc.

Lea was a visiting research student from the Master of Clinical and Health Psychology Program at the Freie Universitaet Berlin. She was visiting the Health and Adult Development Lab for a research internship for 5 months. Being interested in all aspects of health, especially in older adults, Lea worked in a project on social interactions between partners and health behaviours. She was also researching mechanisms behind health and well-being in old age in community-dwelling adults.

Amy Ho, B.A. Hons., M.A.
Laura Booi, B.A., M.A.
Loni Slade, B.Sc., M.A. 

Former Lab Managers

Kevin Chi, B.A.

Kevin graduated from UBC with a BA in Psychology and minor in Education. He worked as a lab manager in the Health and Adult Development Lab from 2015 to 2019. His research interests focus on understanding the behavioural mechanisms linking everyday social interactions to health and well-being. Kevin has received several awards and scholarships, including the 2019 Psi Chi Distinguished Undergraduate Research Award, 2017 Peter Crocker Award in Psychology (awarded to the most outstanding undergraduate student in Health Psychology at UBC) and the Quinn Research Assistantship Award in 2017 and 2018.

Former Study Coordinators

Stella Baehring, B.A. Hons.

Stella was the study coordinator for the PULSE study. She graduated with a BA Psychology (Honors) from UBC. Stella’s research interests include population health and chronic illness, which motivated her to stay closely involved with the PULSE study. She is currently a graduate student working with Dr. James Johnson in the Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences at UBC.


Former Research Assistants   

Isabelle Mianelli Fortuna (Izzie)

Izzie graduated from UBC with a major in Behavioural Neuroscience and a minor in Health and Society. She is interested in how sociocultural factors influence health, especially how social support and education play a role in illness prevention and recovery. Izzie has received the Work Learn International Undergraduate Research Award (2018 & 2019). Izzie was recently featured on “People of UBC”.


Phileas Heim

Phileas is a visiting international research student who graduated in Psychology at the Free University of Berlin. He is interested in relationships between physical and mental health and hopes to pursue graduate studies in clinical psychology. Outside of the lab, he enjoys spending time outdoors especially going on hiking and camping trips.


Johanna Bock

Johanna is a visiting international research student who is finishing her Master in Psychology. She is interested in factors that facilitate a healthy development throughout the lifespan, with special focus on the relationship between physical activity and cognitive outcomes. Her favorite place in Vancouver is Burrard Bridge, looking out on everything the city offers – sea, mountains and skyscrapers.



Emma Gangbar

Emma is a third-year science student majoring in Global Resource Systems at UBC and is currently a research assistant for the PULSE study. She is interested in researching how health behaviours, including healthy eating and exercise, can diminish and/or reverse the effects of chronic disease. Outside of the lab, Emma is a newly-minted yoga instructor and enjoys running outside, spending time with her family, and trying new food. She hopes to pursue a career in preventative medicine.



Chris Mabry

Chris Mabry graduated from UBC with a double major in Psychology and Philosophy. He is currently a research assistant in both the PULSE and GRIP studies. His interests center around where Psychology and Economics intersect, how belief mediates behaviour, the role of cognitive bias in belief and behaviour, advantageous cultural differences and research that leads to the increased quality of life of those with low socioeconomic status. He is currently looking to apply for graduate programs. Outside of the lab he reads and competes in MMA and submission grappling.

Anna Nicol

Anna is a fourth year psychology major at UBC, and is currently a research assistant for the PULSE study. She is interested in biopsychology and clinical psychology, with particular interest in anxiety and depression and its relation to substance use disorders. She hopes to pursue graduate studies in clinical psychology. Anna recently received the AURA undergraduate research award (2018) and will be working in the lab over the summer.



Paul Xu

Paul is a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology, and is currently volunteering as a Research Assistant for the PULSE Study. He is interested in understanding how behavioural and social factors can work towards rehabilitation and recovery from chronic conditions. Paul hopes to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy.

Erin Stevenson-Moore

Erin is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and is currently volunteering at the Health and Adult Development Lab with the PULSE study. She is interested in areas of research concerning mental health as it relates to adulthood and aging. She hopes to pursue graduate studies in clinical psychology. Outside of the lab, Erin enjoys exploring Vancouver’s vibrant cultural arts community and practicing yoga and ballet.

Chun Hoi (Alex) Lau

Alex is a fourth year Psychology student at UBC and is currently the Study Coordinator for the GRIP project. He is interested in research that spans across different topics, such as the intersection between culture, health, and social relationships. He is also currently the Editor-in-Chief for the UBC Undergraduate Journal of Psychology. He is currently working on a project investigating the experience of prosocial behavior. When not at the lab, you can find Alex rock climbing in various gyms in Vancouver or snowboarding during Winter.


Harry Ling 

Former research assistant for the Allies in Health Study


Sarah Park, B.Sc.

Jennifer Phan

Robyn Ma

Leanne Yeung, B.A.
Sarah May, B.A.
Maggie Zhou, B.Sc.
Janice Tong, B.A.
James Ou, B.A.
Richelle-Joy Chia, B.A.
Renyu Jiang, B.A.
Samantha Chong, B.A.
Esther Dang, B.A.
Menchi Liu, B.A.
Emily Siu, B.A.
Dania Salih, B.A.
Manjot Khosah, B.Sc.
Ian Lin, B.A.
Leigh Chu, B.A.
Leanne Huang, B.A.
Setareh Shayanfar, B.A.
Olga Klein, B.A.
Kaidi Liu, B. Kin.
Jessica Lee, B.A.
Hayley Schwarz, B.A,
Abisheikh Sharma, B.Sc.
Branden Brar, B.Kin.
Zorry Belchev, B.A.
Kendra Mack, B.A.
Jennifer Chun, B.A.
Carly Burton, B.A.
Marie Sproule, B.A.
Roy Zhou, B.A.
Rachel Wu, B.A.
Dorna Rahimi, B.A. Hons.
Melanie DiMenna, B.A.
Meghan Buckley, B.A.
Quinton Booher, B.Sc.
Jessica Lee, B.A.
Tracey Ma, B.A.
Anna Lusted, B.A.
Antony Au, B.Sc.
Darren Wong, B.Sc.
Kevin Huang, B.Sc.
Mei Lai, B.Sc.