Current Graduate Students
Sophie Ma Zhu (Ph.D. student, Measurement, Evaluation, & Research Methodology)
Sophie received her B.A. degree with a major in History and a minor in Psychology from Beijing Normal University (China). She completed her M.A. degree in Counselling Psychology at UBC in 2017. During her M.A. program, she was involved in several research projects in Dr. Richard Young’s Contextual Action Theory Lab and Dr. Hubley’s Adult Development and Psychometrics Lab. After graduation, she worked as a clinical counsellor and research assistant for two years. She is currently studying as a doctoral student in the Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology Program under the supervision of Dr. Hubley. She is funded by a SSHRC doctoral fellowship and was named a Paragon Doctoral Fellow for 2019/2020. Still involved in several studies in the lab, she is lab coordinator for Dr. Hubley’s SSHRC-funded Positive and Negative Wording & Keying research. She enjoys outdoor activities and learning different languages.
Zarah Chaudhary (Ph.D. student, Measurement, Evaluation, & Research Methodology)
Zarah completed her Master’s in Neuroscience at McGill University, researching human learning and memory systems in the brain. Prior to this, she received her B.Sc. in Psychology & Neuroscience at McMaster University. Before starting her doctorate, she worked as a researcher in Toronto advancing the understanding of clinical reasoning processes in medical expertise development as part of a provincial health-system change initiative with the Medical Psychiatry Alliance, the Wilson Centre, University Health Network and the University of Toronto. Zarah’s research interests are in health measurement and psychometrics, particularly in neuropsychological testing, contemporary validity & validation, the measurement of cognitive processes, and patient outcomes. She is a 4YF fellow and currently funded by a SSHRC doctoral fellowship. Zarah has interned at the National Board of Medical Examiners in the United States and, outside her research, she provides consultative support in behavioural science methodology, statistics and evaluation locally across faculties at UBC.
Xuyan Tang (Ph.D. student, Measurement, Evaluation, & Research Methodology)
Master’s Thesis: Adaptation and validation of the Hubley Depression Scale for Older Adults (HDS-OA) in China
Graduation: November 2020
Tang Xuyan received her B.Sc. in Psychology from Sun Yat-sen University (China) in 2017. She completed her M.A. degree in Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology (MERM) at UBC in 2020 and was and a Paragon Graduate Fellow for 2019/2020. In her Master’s thesis, she adapted the Hubley Depression Scale for Older Adults (HDS-OA) into Chinese and examined the psychometric properties of the translated HDS-OA in the general Chinese adult population. Currently, she is studying as a doctoral student in the MERM program under the supervision of Dr. Hubley. During her doctoral training, she hopes to keep exploring the applicability of the Chinese HDS-OA in more populations, such as the Chinese immigrant population in Canada, with the use of advanced psychometric methods. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching movies and listening to music.
Alexis Webster (M.A. student, Measurement, Evaluation, & Research Methodology)
Alexis completed her B.A. in Psychology (Hons.) in 2019 at Mount Royal University in Calgary, AB. She began her research journey with Dr. Naomi Grant, who later became her Honours thesis supervisor under whom she investigated self-esteem and self-enhancing behaviours. During her undergraduate studies, she was involved various interdisciplinary research projects. After graduation, she became a Research Coordinator for Dr. Lynne Lafave’s CHEERS for child care project, which explored the efficacy of a well-being education program for early childhood educators across Alberta. Alexis is currently a M.A. student in the MERM program under the supervision of Dr. Hubley. In her spare time, she enjoys the great outdoors as well as spending quality time with friends and family!