Alumni Stories

These stories share alumni work achievements, reflections on the psychology experience, and the value of a psychology degree.

Lesley Duncan is combining data and psychology to inform strategies
Three-time UBC Psychology graduate Lesley Duncan’s pursuit of knowledge and passion for psychology is making room for social science research at the boardroom table. Putting her psychology background to good use, Duncan is now the Chief Scientific Officer and co-founder of Distill Analytics. Distill Analytics commercializes social science research by generating assessments of the psychological drivers […]

Michael Muthukrishna’s quest to understand the human puzzle
Michael Muthukrishna’s curiosity about human systems and the psychology underlying culture led him to UBC—and ultimately to a ground-breaking career as a scientist. Muthukrishna, currently an assistant professor at the London School of Economics, received his PhD in Psychology in 2015. He was awarded the prestigious 2016 CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences for his dissertation ‘The […]

Meet psychology alum and serial entrepreneur Wilson Lee
What can you do with a psychology degree? Wilson Lee (BA ’09, Psychology) is a self-professed ‘serial entrepreneur’. He heads a marketing agency, an event production company, and an ice-cream chain. In May 2016 he was named a BC Business 30 under 30 for his efforts. 30 Under 30 celebrates future business leaders under 30 […]

For Jennifer Ferris, BA Psychology 2013, curiosity is key
When UBC Psychology alumna Jennifer Ferris talks about her research, her face becomes animated and her eyes cast that certain light of a person with a desire to discover. Ferris, an MSc candidate in UBC’s Graduate Program of Neuroscience, completed her undergraduate degree at UBC with Honours in Psychology. You’ll now find her performing research under […]