Past Graduate Students

Past Graduate Students

Sean Maxey (M.A. student, Counselling Psychology)

seanmaxeyMaster’s Thesis: Predictors of self-esteem in adults who are homeless or unstably housed

Graduation: May 2019

Sean completed his degree in Counselling Psychology in spring, 2019 under the supervision of Dr. Hubley. He is also employed by Providence Health Care. Sean received his B.A. in Psychology from Simon Fraser University in 2016. He spent the last two years of that degree working as a research assistant in the human neuropsychology lab, administering a battery of assessments to individuals based out of the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the Psychiatry Department at UBC. Previously, Sean was employed by Coast Mental Health, UBC’s Psychology Department, and a home care team.Outside of academia and the helping profession, Sean’s passions involve playing music, making visual art, and reading sci-fi.

Zachary Cornfield (M.A. student, Counselling Psychology)

zach1Master’s Thesis: Attitudes of counsellors towards working with clients with substance use disorders

Graduation: November 2018

Zach completed his B.A. in psychology at UBC in 2008, spending his final year as an R.A. in Dr. Stan Floresco’s behavioural neuroscience lab, where he assisted with research on the biological basis of effort and reward based decision making. The following year, Zach was hired as a community mental health worker at Coast Mental Health, where he continues to assist with the recovery of clients suffering from serious mental health issues and addictions. To further his career in the mental health field, Zach began his M.A. in counselling psychology in 2013 and is currently working on his thesis under the supervision of Dr. Hubley. In April 2015, Zach began a practicum placement as a clinical counsellor at Surrey Substance Use Services. When not involved in his academic and vocational endeavours, Zach enjoys singing and playing guitar in his Vancouver-based band Kernel Reggae, travelling, skiing, cooking, and playing tennis.

William Lee (M.A. student, Counselling Psychology)

screen-shot-2016-08-26-at-1-01-54-pmMaster’s Thesis: Predictors of antiretroviral adherence self-efficacy among people living with HIV/AIDS who use illicit drugs

Graduation: May 2018

William started as a student at UBC in 2006 and graduated with a B.A in Psychology. He defended his Master’s thesis in CNPS in Dec., 2017. Will has worked extensively in the health and psychology field, where he started in a psychobiological determinants of health lab looking at vicarious parental stress and its effects on the health of children. Since 2013, he has dedicated his time as a research associate working with people living with HIV/AIDS who use illicit drugs in the Downtown Eastside, under the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. As a result, Will has published several articles on the deleterious effects of childhood trauma, syringe sharing, and HIV medication adherence. His current focus bridges the gap between public health and counselling psychology, where he is looking at predictors of medication adherence self-efficacy among the same high-risk population. Most recently, Will is working simultaneously at Surrey Pretrial conducting mental health assessments for inmates in the Fraser Valley. During his free time, Will enjoys watching documentaries, playing ultimate frisbee and doing Muay Thai kickboxing.

Mihaela Launeanu (Doctoral student, Measurement, Evaluation, & Research Methodology)

mihaelaDoctoral Dissertation: Response processes as a source of validity evidence in self-report measures: Theoretical and methodological implications

Graduation: May 2016

Master’s Thesis: The relationship between subjective age identity and personality variables across the adult lifespan

Graduation: 2008

Mihaela received her B.A. in Psychology in 1998 and her M.A. in Psychological Assessment and Psychotherapy in 1999 from the University of Bucharest, Romania. Between 1998 and 2003, she worked in Romania, Belgium and Switzerland as a psychologist on various research and clinical projects. Mihaela came to Canada in December 2003 and started her M.A. in Counselling Psychology at UBC in 2005. She completed both her M.A. thesis and her doctoral dissertation under Dr. Hubley’s supervision. Her M.A. thesis was funded by a 2007 Faculty of Education Graduate Student Research Grant. During her graduate studies, Mihaela has been funded by SSHRC and other graduate funding. In the fall of 2013, while still working on her dissertation, Mihaela became an Assistant Professor in Counselling Psychology at Trinity Western University. Her research interests include existential issues in forensic psychology, process of change in psychotherapy, spirituality, process based validity in psychological assessment, and translational research methodologies. Mihaela also works as a clinical counsellor and psychotherapist.

Mauricio Coronel Villalobos (M.A., Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology)

mauricio-2016Master’s Thesis: Synthesis of reliability and validation practices used with the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale

Graduation: November 2015

Mauricio published his first study in 2008, which assessed physical health, stress, violence, risky sexual behaviour, and addiction. He received his B.A. in Psychology in 2011 from the Universidad Intercontinental in Mexico City, Mexico and moved to Vancouver in 2013 to study his M.A. in Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology (MERM). Mauricio also worked with Dr. Hubley on a study on subjective age and personality, and is currently working with Dr. Marshall researching governance transfer, documenting the use of tablets for survey data, and handling imputations for missing data. Mauricio started the MERM PhD program in 2015 under the supervision of Dr. Bruno Zumbo. He examined how Structural Equation Modeling and Item Response Theory can support each other in the description of psychometric properties of the Modified Depression Scale. Mauricio is interested in reliability and validity evidence, the use of item formats, and scaling. He is part of the Quantitative Methods Society at UBC.

Lara Russell (Ph.D., M.A., Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology)

Lara RDoctoral Dissertation: Content validation of the Quality of Life for Homeless and Hard-to-House Individuals (QoLHHI) Health and Living Conditions Impact sections: Implications for instrument use and content validation methodology

Graduation: November 2013

Master’s Thesis: Is it worth the weight? A comparison of weighted and unweighted scores in a quality of life measure

Graduation: May 2004

Lara has a B.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from McGill University and a B.S.W. from UBC. Lara has worked as a support worker for adults with developmental challenges, street-involved youth, and school-age children; a Research Coordinator at UBC; and a consultant assisting researchers with survey development (particularly online surveys). She is currently a post-doctoral fellow splitting her time between a study looking at quality of life of family caregivers of patients at end-of-life, funded by the Canadian Frailty Network, and a CIHR-funded study looking at response shift and measurement invariance in patient reported outcome measures. Both of these projects allow her to indulge her love of tricky methodological issues in data analysis. Lara is also one of the authors of the Quality of Life for Homeless and Hard-to-House Individuals (QoLHHI) instrument. During her PhD, Lara received funding from the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada, The University of British Columbia, and the UBC Faculty of Education.

Mary Chinni (M.A., Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology)

Master’s Thesis: A research synthesis of validation practices used to evaluate the Satisfaction with Life Scale.

Graduation: November 2013

Mary has had a long career as a freelance, professional writer and came to MERM hoping to expand her skill set. She worked as a research assistant on the Memory, Age, and Wellbeing study with older adults and later on the Health and Housing in Transition (HHiT) study doing data auditing and working with the various sites on the data entry, auditing, and cleaning. During her degree, Mary received some support from UBC Graduate Support Initiative funds. Her thesis work was published as a book chapter. She is currently the Program Coordinator for Practice Ready Assessment – British Columbia (PRA-BC), which provides qualified internationally educated family physicians with an alternative pathway to licensure in BC.

Shayna Rusticus (Ph.D., M.A., Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology)

Shayna RDoctoral Dissertation: Going beyond muscularity: Developing a multidimensional measure of male body concerns

Graduation: May 2010

Master’s Thesis: Measurement invariance of body image across the adult life span: Can we compare across age and gender with body image measures?

Graduation: November 2005

Shayna did her undergraduate in applied psychology at Kwantlen University College and her Master’s and PhD in Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology at UBC under Dr. Hubley’s supervision. For her Master’s thesis, Shayna examined the measurement invariance of three measures of body image in men and women across adult life span. For her doctoral dissertation, Shayna explored the concept of male body image and developed a new multidimensional questionnaire to assess male body concerns. Her general research interests are in the areas of body image (assessment, gender/age differences, media influences) and self-esteem. Shayna is married and has three beautiful children: Evan, Kaylee, and Amy. She also works part-time with the Faculty of Medicine Evaluation Studies Unit as a statistical analyst. In her free time, Shayna likes hanging out at the local parks with her kids, scrapbooking, and reading. During her studies at UBC, Shayna was a recipient of a University of BC Graduate Fellowship, the Catalyst Paper Corporation Fellowship, the Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Scholarship, Norske Skog Canada Limited Fellowship and SSHRC PG Masters Scholarship.

Sherrie Myers (M.A., Counselling Psychology)

Sherrie MMaster’s Thesis: Criterion, convergent, and discriminant validation of the Hubley Depression Scale for Older Adults (HDS-OA)

Graduation: November 2009

During her studies, Sherrie worked as a research assistant in the Adult Development & Psychometrics Lab, and focused her thesis research on the validation of the HDS-OA, a measure used to screen for depression in older adults. Her research was funded by a British Columbia Network for Aging Research (BCNAR) Student Data Collection Award, STAR Workshop Training, and UBC Faculty of Education Graduate Student Research Grant. Sherrie is currently working at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Janice Springford (M.A., School Psychology)

Janice SMaster’s Thesis: Visuospatial perception in signers and nonsigners

Graduation: November 2006

Janice Springford completed her M.A. in School Psychology in 2006. During her Master’s degree, she received the prestigious Cordula and Gunter Paetzold Fellowship. Her thesis focused on an examination of visuospatial skills in adult signers and non-signers. Currently, Janice is the Executive Director of the Deaf Children’s Society of B.C. ( The Deaf Children’s Society is a not-for-profit agency that provides support and services for deaf and hard of hearing children from birth to age 5, and their families.

Gail Low (M.A., Counselling Psychology)

Gail LMaster’s Thesis: Detecting depression after acute myocardial infarction and unstable angina using the Beck Depression Inventory II and Geriatric Depression Scale

Graduation: May 2005

Gail Low completed her M.A. in Counselling Psychology in April of 2005 and became a registered clinical counsellor. She published her thesis in the journal Social Indicators Research in 2007. After graduation, Gail worked as an intake counsellor with Interlock Employee and Family Assistance Corporation in Burnaby. She then spent more than 2 years working as a group counsellor in addictions for Family Services of Greater Vancouver. During this latter period of time, Gail also had a busy private practice in West Vancouver under the name of Gail Low Counselling Services. She specialized in counselling adults, families, and adolescents on issues relating to depression, stress, separation, loss, abuse, and addiction. From 2008-2014, Gail worked exclusively as an addictions counsellor for Vancouver Coastal Health and with the Drug Court Treatment & Resource Centre in Vancouver.

Danielle Conrad (M.A., Counselling Psychology)

Thesis: The meaning of weight loss for women.

Graduation: November 2004

Danielle’s Master’s thesis was supported by a Faculty of Education Graduate Student Research Grant.

Cecilia Sierra Heredia (M.A., Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology)

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Master’s Thesis: A study of the Spanish version of the Beck Depression Inventory-II

Graduation: May 2004

During her studies at UBC, Cecilia received a National Board of Science and Technology Graduate Studies Overseas Scholarship and a Faculty of Education Graduate Student Research Grant. After completing her M.A., Cecilia returned to Mexico where she continued her research on respiratory health issues. For almost nine years, she also taught undergraduate and graduate courses on research methodology and health psychology at La Salle University. Currently she is in her second year in a doctoral program at Simon Fraser University in the Faculty of Health Sciences. She lives in Burnaby along with her husband and two children.

Marla Simlett (M.A., Counselling Psychology)

Marla SMaster’s Thesis: The relationship between feeling fat and inhibited emotional expression in women

Graduation: May 2004

Marla’s Master’s thesis research was supported by a Faculty of Education Graduate Student Research Grant. She completed her M.A. in Counselling Psychology in 2004. After graduation, Marla worked as an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counsellor in Vancouver and then as the Regional Manager of Canada Revenue Agency’s Employee Assistance Program. She is currently a Senior Labour Relations Advisor for the Canada Revenue Agency, working in Labour Relations Policy on disability management programs and policies in Ottawa.

Revital Hayoun (M.A., Counselling Psychology)

Revital HMaster’s Thesis: What facilitates and hinders recovery from traumatic brain injury: A critical incident study

Graduation: May 2003

Revital Hayoun arrived in Vancouver, Canada in 1999 from Haifa, Israel. She started her MA studies in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia and graduated in 2003. Her Master’s thesis, supervised by Dr. Hubley, examined recovery from traumatic brain injury, specifically “What facilitates and hinders recovery from traumatic brain injury?” During her Master’s degree, Revital worked as a research assistant for Dr. Richard Young. This research focused on analyzing conversations between parents and their adolescent children regarding present-future opportunities for the adolescent. Following graduation, Revital received training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and worked for Touchstone Family Association (Richmond) for 3 years. Currently, Revital is a registered clinical counselor with a small private practice and mainly she is a mother to 3 young children.

Pre-UBC students

Graduation: 2000

  • Loriann Sydora (Psychology B. Sc. Hons.). Body image and subjective age in young and middle-aged men and women
  • Anne Norman (Counselling M.Ed. with thesis). The role of personality type in college adjustment
  • Irene Huse (Psychology Indep. Study). A study of the age at which older adults were happiest and why

Graduation: 1999

  • Kim Scoffield (Psychology B.Sc. Hons.). The role of appearance in the age you look
  • Melanie Domning (Psychology B.Sc. Hons.). Feelings and knowledge of aging in younger, middle-aged, and older adults
  • Keri Amundsen (Psychology B.Sc. Hons.). Relationships among body attitudes, subjective age, self esteem, and perceived physical fitness in young women

Graduation: 1998

  • Dawn Hemingway (Psychology M.Sc.). Performance on the Geriatric Learning and Memory Battery by persons with mild and moderate stage Alzheimer’s Disease (Supported by an Alzheimer’s Society of B.C. Training Award)
  • Diane Tremblay (Psychology B.Sc. Hons.). Three studies comparing the Rey-Osterrieth and Modified Taylor complex figures