Kim completed her Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology from the University of British Columbia – Okanagan in 2013. She successfully defended her Master’s Thesis in the fall of 2015 and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Walsh. Her research interests include medical and recreational cannabis use, problematic alcohol use, personality, and intimate partner violence.
Jennifer is a fourth year PhD student in the Walsh Lab. Her dissertation research is on the relationships between social support and mental health in people who have had abusive intimate partners. Her clinical interests include Greenberg’s emotion focused therapy, motivational interviewing, programs for offenders, and therapeutic approaches for PTSD. She completed a Master’s in Clinical Psychology at the University of Regina in August 2010, with a clinical focus on treatment for sexual offenders. Her Master’s thesis examined women’s perceptions of police response to intimate partner violence. She completed her Bachelor’s of Applied Arts (Honours) at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2007. In her spare time, Jennifer can be found reading sci-fi, spending time with her family (including the cats!), teaching friends vegan cooking, or running random heroics on her mage.
I am currently working towards my Ph.D. in clinical psychology with Dr. Susan Holtzman as my supervisor. My areas of research include examining the role of medical cannabis for patients diagnosed with PTSD; investigating the relationship between exercise, depression, and relationship satisfaction; and understanding the role of text based communication in close relationships.
I received my M.A. in clinical psychology from UBCO in 2016, and my B.A. in psychology from the University of Calgary in 2011. During my undergrad I completed two research driven independent studies in central Alberta. The first of these studies examined student nurses perceptions of gerontological nursing before and after a geriatric placement. The second study examined the potential of assistive technology for persons with disabilities to improve independence and quality of life.
Michelle is a doctoral student in clinical psychology and a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar. She received her M.A. in clinical psychology in 2018. Her thesis sought to identify differences in pain perception between cannabis users and non-users. Her current projects involve examining the mediating role of expectancy and stress in cannabis analgesia. Michelle is active in drug policy reform and is the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy. Follow her on twitter @ms_thiessen
Sarah completed her Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus in 2017. Her Honours thesis examined the efficacy of Yoga Nidra in decreasing problematic substance use in young adults. She is currently working towards her Master’s in Clinical Psychology. Her current research interests include the use of cannabis in yoga, as well as prenatal cannabis use. She is quite active on campus as an executive member of the UBC Okanagan branch of Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy, as well as president of the UBCO Yoga Club. Outside of school, Sarah is an avid yoga educator, leading teacher trainings and classes with a focus on yoga as a complementary practice to support mental health. In addition, she enjoys snowboarding, paddleboarding, aerial yoga, hiking, and hanging out with her cat. Follow her on twitter @daniels__SEA
Tatiana completed her Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology from McGill University in 2016. Her honours thesis focused on the longitudinal effects of self-critical perfectionism on self-compassion and well-being. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Clinical Psychology under Dr. Walsh and Dr. Krank’s co-supervision. In her spare time, she likes to read (favourite authors include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Junot Diaz), listen to music (mostly Beyoncé) and cook.
Timothy is completing the final year of his undergraduate degree, and is working towards a Bachelors of Science in Psychology with Honours under the supervision of Dr. Walsh, and Michelle Thiessen. Timothy has previously completed a research study with Dr. Walsh on the relationship between cannabis use and intimate partner violence. Currently he is working on an honours study that further examines that relationship. His research interests include psychopharmacology, cannabis use for therapeutic and recreational purposes, intimate partner violence, and positive psychology.
Avery is in the final year of his undergraduate working towards a Bachelors of Science in Psychology with Honours under the supervision of Dr. Walsh. Avery has previously completed an independent research study with Dr. Walsh on the Amazonian psychedelic tea Ayahuasca, which is in the process of being submitted to an academic journal. Currently, he is working on a study regarding cannabis use and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). His research interests include psychopharmacology, psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, cannabis use for therapeutic and recreational purposes, and treatments for substance use disorders.