Past Lab Members





Triston Plante is an Undergraduate Psychology student at the University of British Columbia. He is currently working on a project involving integrating family yoga into group counselling addiction treatment for South Asian men. In addition to his interest in yoga, other research interests include psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and harm-reduction methods for the treatment of addiction.


Niguel Barrio is a Psychology Undergraduate at Western Washington University, where Dr. Bedi was formerly at. He became a member of Dr. Bedi’s lab in May 2019. His research interests focus around the area of cross-cultural counselling. He is working on a project translating and adapting a specific psychological health and well-being measure, called the Schwartz Outcome Scale 10, for a Punjabi-reading population and to be used by a local community organization that specializes in serving immigrant and refugees. He is interested in pursuing a graduate program in clinical psychology.



Kesha Pradhan started in the lab during her terminal MA degree in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia and is now in the PhD program in counselling psychology under the supervision of Dr. Richard Young (Dr. Bedi is on her dissertation committee). Her master’s thesis was related to investigating love marriage in India using Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis.


Jesus Calderon Villalon was an undergraduate psychology student at Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City. He became a member of Dr. Bedi’s lab in May 2019, being part of the Globalink Mitacs research intership program for 12 weeks. His research interest focus on psychometry, neuroscience, neuropsychology, human sexuality and gender areas. His bachelor thesis was oriented to analyze the correlation between the cortical volume in Huntington’s disease patients and high order visual processing.  In Dr. Bedi’s lab, he was assisting with a psychometric research project related to measuring career-related hope in individuals with a past/present history of problematic substance use.


Dr. Rajneesh Choubisa was an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus. He is a behavioral scientist by training and teaches courses such as Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Development at his home institution. Dr. Choubisa was associated with Dr Bedi’s Lab as a Visiting Assistant Professor (for summer term May to July 2019) where the research team worked on understanding the attitude of Indian students towards counselling and seeking professional help as a function of variables such as acculturation, Asian values, European values, collective self-esteem, cultural mistrust, westernization, and ethnic identity.
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Dr. Nimarta Mann joined the lab as Visiting Assistant Professor in July 2018 until December 2018. She was also serving as Assistant Professor, permanent faculty, at Punjabi University since 2012.  Her major field of specialization is Banking & Finance, and minor is E-Business and Personnel Psychology. Her present field of active research is focussed on psychological and social health of all stakeholders of a business, and is committed to social justice through research and teaching of Business Ethics and Corporate Governance. She worked on collaborative research with Dr. Bedi pertaining to the scope of Corporate Social Responsibility in addressing the societal drug abuse, both amongst Indo-Canadians and Punjabi Sikh Indians resident in India.


Xiaoxiao Jin was Mitacs-funded, summer research intern in the lab from June 2018 to September 2018. She was enrolled in Wuhan University in China pursuing a major in global health. She is interested in cross-cultural counselling as well as counselling with children. She is devoted to promoting human health from a psychology perspective.


Dr. Reetinder Kaur joined the lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow in February 2018 until June 2018. Her research interests include South Asian traditional healing, mental health, and environmental health. She worked with Dr. Bedi on “Traditional healing practices among Punjabi Sikh mental health clients in India and Canada: Insights for counsellors and psychotherapists” using qualitative research methods. Her research in Canada is being funded by the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, New Delhi. In India, she is a University Grants Commission Postdoctoral Fellow in Department of Anthropology at Panjab University, Chandigarh.



Dr Mohit Bhatara previously served for one year as an non-resident member of the lab in 2016/2017 (first as a non-resident postdoc researcher and then as affiliate faculty while he was a professor in Africa) while working on a survey of counselling psychologists in India. Dr. Bhatara has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and a PhD in Psychology. His professional career has been focused on wellness in both the hospitality and healthcare domains of practice.  Dr. Bhatara’s research interests pertain to counselling psychological and behavioural interventions related to illnesses.

Huimin Xu was a Mitacs-funded, summer research intern in the lab from June to September 2017. She was enrolled in Nanjing University in China. CN with a major in information management and a minor in journalism. She was interested in exploring the field of Counselling Psychology.


Isaac Kelly was a volunteer High School research assistant  intern in the lab from July to August 2017. He was studying at the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY. His objective for his internship was to learn as much as possible about psychology research methods and expand his understanding of the field.


Dr. Bedi’s 2015/16 Research lab team from Western Washington University (where he remained on as a Research Associate until March 2016). Some of these individuals will continue to work with Dr. Bedi from a far.



Prior lab members from Western Washington University (2008 to 2015):











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