Alumni Stories

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

Alumni profile: Allison Brennan is bridging the gap between academia, industry, and community
UBC psychology alumna Allison Brennan is using her own research background to help facilitate partnerships between academic researchers, companies, and community organizations. Brennan is a Director of Business Development at Mitacs, a not-for-profit organization that connects research to industry and community organizations throughout Canada. Working with 60 universities, 4,000 companies, and both federal and provincial […]

UBC Psychology alumna wins the 2018 CAGS Distinguished Dissertation Award
Dr. Ashley Whillans (PhD ’17) has been selected as the winner of the prestigious 2018 Canadian Association for Graduate Studies Distinguished Dissertation Award for her dissertation Exchanging Cents for Seconds: The Happiness Benefits of Choosing Time Over Money. The CAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award recognizes outstanding Canadian doctoral dissertations. The initiative seeks to showcase original research that […]

Dr. Christine Chambers is putting her research on managing children’s pain into the hands of parents
At an early age, psychology alumnae Dr. Christine Chambers knew she wanted to be a child psychologist when she grew up. After reading a book about a child psychologist, she was hooked. This led her to UBC to study with Dr. Kenneth Craig, one of the world’s leading experts in the psychology of pain. Her […]

Julie Bélanger is taking her psychology degree to international heights
Combining her research skills with a passion for education, alumna Julie Bélanger is working to improve the frameworks of educational systems on an international level. Bélanger received her MA and PhD in Developmental Psychology from UBC in 2006. After graduating, Bélanger continued her pursuit in the area of research. She worked as an analyst at […]

Meet Mohit Sodhi, a neuro-ophthalmologic researcher and charity co-founder
An owner of many hats, UBC Psychology alumnus Mohit Sodhi is making the most out of his BSc degree in Behavioural Neuroscience. Sodhi received his BSc in Behavioural Neuroscience in 2016, and is currently pursuing his Master’s of Science in Experimental Medicine at UBC. His research focuses on the analysis of prescription drugs, working to […]

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 […]