Lab Members


MyfanwyBakker Myfanwy Bakker
Myfanwy is a MA student in the Counselling Psychology program at UBC. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Queen’s University in 2005. Throughout her professional experience as a Registered Nurse, she has worked primarily in the areas of mental and sexual health. Myfanwy’s broad research interests include the role of self-compassion in emotional health and psychological well-being, the impact of trauma, depression and anxiety on close relationships, the relationships between stress, resilience and coping, suicide prevention, and the prevention of burnout in health professionals. Additionally, she is interested in mindfulness and its impact on well-being, particularly in those struggling with anxiety and depression, and investigating new ways to develop more accessible and holistic mental health services. She is a passionate advocate for reducing the stigma associated with mental health issues and for increasing public focus, funding, and research on the promotion of mental health and well-being.
Rajan Rajan Hayre
Rajan received his BSc in Health Sciences from SFU and is currently working towards in BA in Psychology at SFU. He has worked in a few research labs and has worked on projects in forensic psychiatry, children’s memory, moral psychology, social and contextual influences and consumer research. He is currently doing research with the Cognitive Science lab at SFU working on attention and expertise. Furthermore, he recently joined Dr. Cox’s Relationships, Mental Health & Well-being lab as a research assistant. His research goals include: Impulsivity, self-harm (both suicidal and as a coping mechanism) and predictors of suicidal ideation and intent. His interests outside of research include playing sports such as soccer and hockey, going to the gym and hanging out with friends and family.
Aga Agnieszka (Aga) Kotlarczyk
Aga is a MA student in the Counselling Psychology program. She completed her BA in Psychology with a minor in German at UBC in 2013, and has been involved in research projects within UBC’s Department of Psychology at the Social Emotion & Cognition Lab and Emotion & Self Lab. Aga also volunteers at the Vancouver Crisis Centre.  From her experience, she is interested in investigating de-escalation, disclosure, and relationships as a result of accessing mental health support services. Aga is an avid lover of Harry Potter, travelling, skiing, and cheese.

Emma Leonard
Emma is a BSc (Hons) student in Behavioural Neuroscience at SFU. She currently works in the Behavioural Endocrinology Lab and the Personality and Emotion Research Lab at SFU as a research assistant, and has joined the Relationships, Mental Health and Wellbeing Lab at UBC as a research assistant as well. Her current research is exploring cortisol levels as measured through hair in relation to chronic stress exposure in individuals engaging in self-harming behaviour, as supervised by Dr. Alex Chapman. Broadly, Emma’s research interests include adolescent mental health and the developmental stage as a whole, self-harm and self-harm etiology/epidemiology, trauma, abuse and neglect, emotion dysregulation, and quantitative research and methods. Outside of her academic endeavours, Emma is a staff member at the Vancouver Crisis Centre and a teaching assistant in the Psychology department at SFU, teaching critical analysis through issues in psychology. She enjoys spending time with her cats, yoga, and running.


Johnny Lo
Johnny completed his BA in Psychology and Masters in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia.  He joins the team with previous research experience in the areas of cognitive development and rehabilitation counselling.  Johnny enjoys working with adolescents and helping them overcome the challenges they face in life.  His personal interests include playing the guitar, photography, road cycling, and street magic.


Matthew McDaniel
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) at Simon Fraser University. Experience working with marginalized, homeless, and poverty stricken populations facing addictions, mental, and physical health challenges.  Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia (in progress) with a focus on stress and coping within mental health worker populations. Melomaniac.

Julia Julia O’Loughlin
Julia completed her B.A. (hons.) in Gender Studies at the University of Victoria in 2006. She joins the lab as a UBC graduate student in the Counselling Psychology program. Currently, her work explores the influences of traditional gender roles and attachment orientation on emotional disclosure. Julia is also a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and a faculty member at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.