Graduate Students

Alison Tracy

Ali received her B.A. (Hon’s) in Psychology in 2016 from the University of British Columbia Okanagan and is now a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Program at UBC. The overarching goal of her research is to better understand resiliency factors related to Major Depressive Disorder in order to inform intervention. She is currently examining the role of emotion regulation strategies in psychological and biological responses to stress in participants with MDD. Contact:


Ellen Jopling

Ellen is originally from Vancouver, and completed her BA (Honours) in Psychology and Philosophy at Queen’s University. The overarching goal of her research is to promote a greater understanding of the conditions in which depressive disorders emerge, and more specifically, in the long-term cognitive and biological effects of early life stress. Contact:


Alex Terpstra

Alex is an MA student in Clinical Psychology conducting research in Dr. Joelle LeMoult’s Depression, Anxiety, & Stress Lab and Dr. Rebecca Todd’s Motivated Cognition Lab at UBC. He received his BA in Psychology at the University of Ottawa in 2013 and MSc in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Toronto in 2015. His research interests include emotion, cognition, and mood disorders – specifically, how altered emotional processes may influence cognitive functioning among people with mood disorders. For his MA thesis, Alex is examining how bipolar mood symptoms relate to reward and punishment sensitivity and learning. His future research will focus on reward and punishment processing and emotionally biased attention in mood disorders. To examine these emotional and cognitive processes and related research questions, Alex will employ a combination of self-report, behavioural, and EEG methods. Contact:


Bita Zareian

Bita received her Pharm.D degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences in 2014 and her B.A in psychology form UBC in 2018. She is now a graduate student in Clinical Psychology Program at UBC and is working with Dr. Joelle LeMoult in Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Lab, and with Dr. Frances Chen in Social Health Lab. She is interested in investigating the role of social and biological factors in development and maintenance of depressive disorders. Contact:


Ashley Battaglini

Ashley received her B.Sc. (Honours) Specializing in Psychology at the University of Toronto and is now a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Program at UBC. Her research seeks to investigate how individual differences influence cognitions and emotion regulation during stress and its relationship with anxiety and depression. She is currently examining this in participants with co-morbid Social Anxiety Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder. Contact:



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