Executive Team (2020-2021)
Co-President: Abhigyan Dasgupta (e-mail)
Abhi is a 3rd year B.A. Psychology student with a minor in Education (Interpersonal Development) at the University of British Columbia. He is determined to unlock people’s potential through a deeper understanding of interpersonal connection, counselling theories, personality and abnormal Psychology. He currently works as a Research Assistant at UBC’s Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Lab with Dr. Joelle Le Moult investigating the comorbidity between anxiety and depression as well as investigating the importance of incorporating RDoC to advance the Psychological sciences. He also enjoys hospitality and operations and therefore, spends a lot of his time working at the Shaughnessy Gold and Country Club a Front of House Service Team Member. Upon graduation, Abhi intends to pursue graduate studies in Counselling Psychology.
Co-President: Shuren Batkhuu (e-mail)
Shuren is a 4th-year B.A. Psychology student with a minor in Education (Interpersonal Development) at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests are an intersection between cultural, health, and positive psychology which she hopes to utilize in addressing mental health issues in Western and non-Western settings. She most recently volunteered as a research assistant at the Culture and Self Lab and is currently working at the Arts Co-op Office as a Student Advisor. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue the field of Counselling Psychology.
Vice-President Internal: Maria Shock (e-mail)
Maria is a 4th year undergraduate pursuing her BSc in Behavioural Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia. Maria is currently assisting Cecilia Jalabert in the Soma Lab with her PhD research investigating local sex steroid synthesis in the brain. Under the supervision of Dr. Kiran Soma, Maria is validating an ultra-sensitive method for measuring a panel of estrogens, using chemical derivatization and LC-MS/MS. Her studies have led to a current interest in investigating the roles of estrogens in breast cancer pathology, and the effects of estrogen therapies on post-menopausal women. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue clinical work with children, and conduct research on neurodevelopmental disorders.
Vice-President External: Rhea Chheda (e-mail)
Rhea is a 3rd year B+MM student pursing a BSc in Behavioural Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia. She is currently working as a research assistant with Dr. Todd at the Motivated Cognition Lab on a project that focuses on active and inhibitory avoidance in people suffering from anxiety and depression. She also works at an IME clinic where she assists doctors in clinical examinations as well as the managers with the business operations. Upon graduation, Rhea is keen on combining her knowledge in business with her interest in the healthcare industry.
Vice-President Events: Ria Gupta (e-mail)
Ria is in her fourth year of undergraduate studies pursuing a BA in psychology with a minor in education (interpersonal development). She is passionate about supporting the mental health and professional development of adolescents and young adults, which she has been able to do through a variety of past peer support positions. She is currently volunteering in Dr. Bedi’s Counselling Lab at UBC where she is working on analyzing how Punjabi/Sikh individuals view counselling, in order to shed light on issues faced by the community. She is also working as a Psychometric Research Intern for a company in India, in order to design a career assessment tool for high school students. Being able to support others, is what she believes has been the highlight of her degree and she is excited to keep pursuing that with a career in counselling psychology in the future.
Vice-President Marketing: Salud Fidelis (Fides) Arguelles (e-mail)
Fides is a BA Psychology major in her third year at the University of British Columbia. She is particularly involved in the directed studies program under the supervision of Dr. Bedi at the Bedi Counselling/Psychotherapy Research, Teaching, and Service Lab. Her undergraduate thesis seeks to contribute to the body of research that identifies conventional psychotherapy/counselling services as culturally-dependent practices, thereby opposing dominant frameworks that assume such services as universal. Additionally, her past involvements within the psychology department include research assistant positions at the Emotion and Self Lab as well as the Bedi RTS Lab. Her future research interests fall under the domains of developmental and clinical psychology, and intersectional research. In particular, she hopes to one day conduct research addressing the ever increasing amount of severe mood disorders experienced by adolescents at younger ages.
Faculty Advisor: Dr.Steven Barnes (e-mail)
Steven is the associate professor of teaching and associate head of the Department of Psychology at UBC. Steven J. Barnes is well-regarded for his work related to online learning technologies (e.g., the Tapestry Project; see tapestry-tool.com), student mental health and wellbeing, and bipolar disorder (BD). Steven co-directs the Collaborative RESearch Team to study psychosocial issues in BD (CREST.BD, see crestbd.ca), a BD research and knowledge exchange network which received the 2018 CIHR Gold Leaf Prize for Patient Engagement, Canada’s most prestigious recognition for patient engagement in research across all health disciplines.
Executive Team (2019-2020)
President: Aaron Zhuo
Aaron is a 4th year B.A. Psychology Honors Undergraduate at the University of British Columbia passionate about unlocking professional development opportunities for students at an undergraduate level. He currently works as a project manager with Dr. Elizabeth Dunn at the Happy Lab running separate projects exploring the way phone use and feedback influence happiness and social interactions; and with Dr. Jiaying Zhao at the Behavioral Sustainability Lab investigating the influence of financial scarcity on prosociality. Aaron has held positions as the President of World Vision UBC, Managing Editor for the UBC Undergraduate Journal of Psychology, and the VP Sponsorship at UBC Partners in Health Canada. He is interested in the intersection between positive psychology, applied intervention-based research as well as decision-making and choice in an industrial-organizational or urban planning setting. Upon graduation, Aaron intends to pursue graduate studies in Business with a specialization in Behavioral Sciences in hopes of being able to make people happy for a living.
Vice-President Internal: Brandon Forys
Brandon is a 4th-year Honours Psychology student at the University of British Columbia. He is currently carrying out research on avoidance behaviours in humans for his honours thesis with Dr. Rebecca Todd in the Motivated Cognition Lab; conducting directed studies research on the computational modelling of steroid regulation with Dr. Kiran Soma in the Soma Lab; and developing a real-time behavioural analysis system and brain region segmentation system for mice with Dr. Tim Murphy in the Murphy Lab in the Department of Psychiatry. Brandon also works as a TA with Dr. David King, is a co-founder and vice-president of the AMS Turing Club @ UBC, and is an executive with UBC’s Model UN Student Association. He is interested in exploring the neural networks and signals – as well as behavioural phenotypes – that underpin decision making, especially avoidance behaviours and risk-benefit analyses. Upon graduation, Brandon intends to pursue cognitive psychology and computational neuroscience in graduate school.
Vice-President External: Amanda McKinnon (e-mail)
Amanda is a 4th year BSc student double majoring in Behavioural Neuroscience and Biology at the University of British Columbia. Her studies have led to an interest in research relating to the impacts of psychopathology on brain function from a physiological standpoint. Amanda is also currently the VP Internal of the UBC Neuroscience Club, and works with an educational outreach charity. Upon graduation, Amanda intends to pursue graduate studies in clinical psychology.
Vice-President Events: Ningxin Jiang (e-mail)
Ningxin is a 3rd year BA psychology student at the University of British Columbia. She is currently working in Dr. Heine’s Culture and Self Lab, while having a strong interest and involvement in NGOs that promote health and education. Ningxin is interested in many fields of psychology, particularly in cultural, health, developmental and clinical psychology. She plans to pursue a career related to real world application of psychological knowledge before getting into graduate studies.
Vice-President Communications: Manreet Bhullar (e-mail)
Manreet is a 3rd year Behavioural Neuroscience student at the University of British Columbia. She is a research assistant for the Centre for Mindfulness at BC Children’s Hospital, works at a daycare with toddlers, and is an on-campus mental health ambassador with the UBC Mental Health Network. In the future, Manreet intends to pursue a career as a clinician-scientist, practicing psychiatry with the early developmental population and researching the effects of prenatal environmental factors on a child’s development.
Faculty Advisor: Lillian May (e-mail)
Lily is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, where she teaches undergraduate courses including Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 102), Infancy (PSYC 302), Childhood and Adolescence (PSYC 315), and Applied Developmental Psychology (PSYC 319). She conducted her PhD research in Developmental Psychology at UBC, studying infants’ neurological and social perception of speech and language. Lily first joined Psi Chi while obtaining her B.A. from Pomona College in California.
Our executive alums:
Aaron Zhuo (2019-2020) Hiro Ito (2018-2019); Alexia Miller (2017-2018); Brandon Woo (2016-17); Robin Richardson (2015-16); Rachel Wong (2014-15); Christina van den Brink (2013-14); Jenn Ferris (2012-13); Kaitlyn Goldsmith (2011-12)
Brandon Forys (2019-2020) Jean Dong (2018-2019); Rose Zhao (2017-2018); Natalie Wong (2016-17); Anica Villamayor (2015-16)
Amanda McKinnon (2019-2020) Aaron Zhuo (2018-2019); Tom Chung (2017-2018); Yousef Shahin (2016-17); Agnes Choi (2015-16)
Ningxin Jiang (2019-2020) Vanessa Kong (2018-2019)
Manreet Bhullar (2019-2020) Keith Patena (2018-2019)
Hiro Ito (2017-2018)
Vice President (position split into two Vice-Presidency positions 2015w):
Robin Richardson (2014-15); Naiomi Neufeld (2013-14); Navio Kwok (2012-13); Ashley Whillans (2011-12)
Director of Membership (position discontinued in 2015w):
Heather Herriot (2014-15); Pegah Mortazavi (2013-14); Breanna Morrow (2012-13); Jenn Ferris (2011-12)
Dr. Michael Souza (2011-16)
Dr. D. Kyle Danielson (2016-2017)
Dr. Andrew Rivers (2018-2019)
Dr. Lillian May (2019-2020)
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