Current Lab Members





Rajeena Kumar began her MA in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia in 2016. She would like to expand knowledge surrounding diversity and cultural awareness and its application to the counselling processes. Her research interests also include the examination of group dynamics and its benefits to counselling. She is currently working with Dr. Bedi on projects related to counselling indigenous individuals and method bias in using PsycInfo. Her thesis is related to masculinity, coping and resilience with university men using Grounded Theory.


Ava Outadi began her MA in Counselling Psychology in September 2017. Her research interests are cross-cultural /multicultural counselling, specifically the intersection of sociocultural identities, as well as addictions counselling. Her thesis will be examining religious bias in the counselling process.


Lauren Currie began her PhD in Counselling Psychology in September 2020. Her research interests include addictions counselling, trauma, and forensic psychology. Lauren completed her M.A. in Counselling Psychology in May 2020 and her thesis examined the psychometric properties of a hope based measure for career with an addictions population. Her doctoral research will be on the topic of addiction and identity.


Syler Hayes joined the lab as a PhD student in 2019. His dissertation project is focused on the transitions that occur in recovery from addiction. Beyond addiction, his research interests include: emotional coping, campus mental health, and the process of counselling. His Master’s thesis was on overcoming learned helplessness in academic environments. His poster presentation for his thesis won the Best Master’s Poster Award for Counselling Psychology at the International Congress for Applied Psychology in 2018. He published a guide on peer support at post-secondary campuses with Healthy Minds | Health Campuses and co-authored a book chapter about clients’ perspectives on the working alliance in counselling.


Tom Douce became involved with the lab in November 2017 in an informal basis, and officially joined as a volunteer research assistant in May 2018. His academic background is in cell & molecular biology (BS), biomedical engineering (MSE), and theology (MA). Tom is investigating how/why Canadian counselling psychology doctoral students choose their programs. He is also interested in the role of religion & spirituality (RS) in coping and vocational choices, as well as how RS-related concerns are addressed in the counselling process and is also assisting in a survey related to this topic. He is interested in pursuing graduate study in psychology.


Mohit Bassi began his MA in Counselling Psychology in September 2018. His thesis aims to better our understanding of counselling theories and counselling processes as they relate to Indo-Canadian populations. His undergraduate thesis was on cultural framing as it relates to attitudes towards Physician-Assisted Suicide. His research interests broadly include: cultural psychology & evolution, personality theory, mindfulness & third-wave therapies, and human creativity.


Tom Willman is a graduate of the Psychology Undergraduate program at the University of British Columbia volunteering in Dr. Bedi’s lab. He is presently working on a study investigating the use of religion and spirituality in counselling and psychotherapy. Tom hopes to specialize in Indigenous youth counselling methodology in the future.


Sabina Lupasco is a master’s student (M.Ed.) in Counselling Psychology at UBC and officially joined the lab as a volunteer research assistant in May 2019. Her research volunteer work is centered around the topic of immigrants and refugees and is done in partnership with DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society. She is working on a project that has as a goal to implement standard outcome measures for assessing counselling effectiveness with immigrant and refugees, including for the Schwartz Outcome Scale. As future career goals, Sabina would like to specialize in the area of cross-cultural counselling.


Jessica Ahn completed her BSc. Psychology at McGill University in December 2018. Her research interests include stigma towards counselling, how cultural factors influence help-seeking behavior, and forensic psychology. She joined the lab in May 2019 and is currently working on a project investigating ethnic/national identity, cultural values, and cultural mistrust and its relationship with the choice of going to counselling.


Dorna Rahimi is a doctoral student in the school psychology program and a graduate research assistant in this lab. Her lab work is focused on evaluating a program related to providing culturally-adapted settlement and counselling services to immigrant/refugee female survivors of intimate partner violence in partnership with DIVERSEcity Community and Resources Society. Her research interests are understanding immigrant parents’ experiences in the schools, immigrant cultural identities, and culturally and linguistically responsive ways of providing psychological services.


Jennifer Lingbaoan began her MA in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia in September 2019. Through her thesis, she hopes to explore the implications of a contextual model of counselling amongst a sample of Filipino participants. A Psychology Honours and Counselling Minor graduate from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, her undergraduate thesis focused on cultural frame-switching and meaning in life among a sample of Filipino and Western bicultural participants. Her primary research interests are in the areas of cultural psychology, community psychology, positive psychology, and knowledge translation.


Virginia Dreier began her MA in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia in September 2019 (under the supervision of Dr. Beth Haverkamp) and joined the lab in January 2020. Her research interests include multicultural and cross-cultural counselling, grief, transitions and wellbeing–especially concerning international student and immigrant populations. As an undergraduate at Oberlin College in Ohio, her research in ethnography included how Buddhist and Christian beliefs impacted environmental attitudes and practices, travelling to India, Thailand, Taiwan and Japan for research. Her volunteer work in the lab relates to a project exploring the religious competencies of various mental health professionals in collaboration with Dr. Betty Cardona from the University of Northern Colorado.


Maria Stahre began volunteering with the lab as a research assistant in May 2018. She began her MA in Counselling Psychology in September 2020. Her research interests are focused on the intersection of gender, race, sexuality, and religion on counselling outcomes. Maria’s thesis will investigate the potential bias of counsellors against prospective Sikh clients.


Iva Erceg is currently a master’s student (M.A.) in Counselling Psychology at UBC and officially joined the lab as a volunteer research assistant in January 2020. Iva previously practiced corporate law in Vancouver before returning to UBC to pursue counselling psychology. Her research interests include identity development, life and career transitions, and recovery from addictions. Iva’s thesis will investigate identity transformation among adults with a history of addiction.


Fides Arguelles is currently an undergraduate psychology major and joined the lab as a volunteer research assistant in April 2020. She is also a part of the lab as a directed studies student working on a study that will address whether counselling and psychotherapy practices are more prevalent and utilized in Western societies. Her future research endeavours involve dealing with issues within the domains of clinical and developmental psychology through an intersectional lens.



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