Current Lab Members

 

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Rajeena Kumar began her MA in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia in 2016 and joined the PhD program in 2020. She is currently working with Dr. Bedi on projects related to counselling indigenous individuals and method bias in using PsycInfo. Her thesis wasrelated to masculinity, coping and resilience with university men using Grounded Theory. Her dissertation is related to examining counselling access disparities for individuals of Punjabi Sikh descent.

 

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.

 

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 as a volunteer and joined the MA program in Counselling Psychology in September 2023. Her thesis pertains to investigating help-seeking for psychotherapy by Korean individuals using the lens of Frank’s common factors model.

 

 

Maria Stahre began volunteering with the lab as a research assistant in May 2018. She began her MA in Counselling Psychology in September 2020. Maria’s thesis investigated the potential bias of counsellors against prospective Sikh clients.

 

Teresa Maynes completed her MA in Counseling from Boise State University in Idaho, USA. She joined the lab in September 2021 and is completing her PhD in Counselling Psychology. Her research interests include addictions counselling, domestic violence/sexual assault, and spirituality. Her dissertation project will study the impact of a hope-based career counselling intervention for individuals with addiction.

 

Debopriya Sen began her MA in Counseling Psychology at the University of British Columbia in September, 2022. Her research interests include cross-cultural psychology, culturally-suited counselling modalities for South Asian populations, and traditional healing methods. Her thesis research focuses on understanding attitudes towards seeking counselling within India and factors influencing such attitudes.

 

Isabella Panagos completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus in 2019. She joined the lab in February 2022 as a volunteer research assistant and then became an independent study student before being promoted to project coordinator on a large scale SSHRC-funded research project in 2024. She began her MA in Counselling Psychology in September 2024. Her undergraduate independent study research project was about developing a typology system that could be used to describe and evaluate the progression of identity and career-focused group counselling sessions among participants who have a history of problematic alcohol use. Her thesis project is investigating how hope may mediate vocational outcomes in a career counselling intervention for individuals with a history of problematic substance use. 

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