Outstanding Psychology Students Attend Special Dean’s Reception

Deans Reception

2016 Dean’s Reception. Photo: Amanda Kurek

In recognition of student contributions, UBC’s Dean of Arts hosts an annual Dean’s Reception for Graduating Student Leaders. Each year, outstanding students who are nearing the completion of their undergraduate degree are nominated by their department to attend the reception. This year the reception was on March 22 and it celebrated and honoured Arts undergraduate students’ leadership and contributions to the UBC community. Featured below are the nominees from the Department of Psychology. Please join us in congratulating them on their achievements and upcoming graduation!

Adrienne Young


Volunteering around Vancouver provides Adrienne with an avenue to use her skills to help others in her community. Adrienne has often found that the organizations that have helped her to connect to other community members have had their own profound impacts on her. The cycle of giving and receiving that being in a community allows for has fueled her desire to immerse herself in the Vancouver community and take on leadership to encourage others to want to do the same.

Chloe Lam


Chloe is a 5th year Arts Student Majoring in Psychology and French. Having been involved in Residence Life, UBC sororities, UBC Continuing Studies, and UBC orientations, she has developed a passion for community building and creating positive interpersonal relationships. Her aspiration is to become an elementary school teacher and follow her passion for early child development. Presently, she leads after-school literacy and daycare programs at three Vancouver Elementary Schools.

Hayami Lou


Hayami is a 4th year BA Psychology major. As an undergraduate research assistant at the National Core of Neuroethics, Hayami is currently working on a project examining cognitive enhancement in the workplace. She is involved in the Department of Psychology both as a research assistant and as part of the Student Engagement Program. As well, she is a sponsorship coordinator for the Mental Health Awareness Club and on this year’s Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference planning committee. Hayami is grateful to have been able to give back to the UBC community, especially for all of the available opportunities for involvement that helped her discover her passion for both research and mental health promotion. Outside of school, she loves scouring new restaurants and recipes to try.

Jason Proulx


Jason is a 4th year Psychology honours student. Currently conducting research with Dr. Elizabeth Dunn, he explores the effects of technology on people’s emotional well-being and social interactions. Jason’s passions lie in conducting meaningful research and helping undergraduate researchers gain the skills, knowledge, and support they need to flourish in research, their academics, and personal lives throughout their university careers.

Jenny Ho


Jenny is a Psychology and English Literature double major in the Arts Co-op Program. This year, Jenny is involved with the Psychology Students’ Association, Arts Co-op Students’ Association, Dr. Peter Suedfeld’s REST Lab, and the Canucks Family Education Centre. She also serves as the Psychology student representative at Faculty of Arts meetings. In her spare time, Jenny practices yoga and trains for full and half marathons.

Kaitlyn Tissington Turner


A passion for people motivates Kaitlyn’s Psychology major and minor in Gender, Race, Sexuality & Social Justice. She has been fortunate to have opportunities to give back to UBC communities in many capacities: The UBC Residence Hall Association, the UBC NRHH, Residence Life, Her Campus at UBC, CiTR’s Accessibility Collective, and the First Year Experience team. One may often find Kaitlyn: Baking vegan cookies, lifting weights, or writing about and photographing food.

Laura Lu


Laura is a Psychology major who’s passionate about child development, language, and childhood disorders. During her time at UBC, she has been involved in many things, including Residence Life, working in 2 research labs in the Department of Psychology, the Trek Student Leader program, the Reading Week Program, the Arts Undergraduate Society, the Residence Hall Association, UBC Orientations, and many more! Most days she can be found drinking London fogs while researching her next travel destination. Her other hobbies include going to the beach, yoga, reading, skiing, and binge watching TV shows.

Leanne Huang


Leanne Huang is a double-major in Sociology and Psychology, with a love for life and people. While at UBC, she has devoted much time and energy to the growth and success of other students through her various involvements such as being an Orientations Leader, a Student Coordinator for the Arts Tri-Mentoring Program, and a Peer Academic Coach. Within the Department of Psychology, Leanne has volunteered as a research assistant in Dr. Christiane Hoppmann’s Health and Adult Development Lab and served as the Vice-President Arts Academics in the Psychology Students’ Association. When she is not immersing herself in student issues at UBC, you might catch Leanne reading a Chinese newspaper in a local hipster coffee shop.

Mackenzie Lockhart


Mackenzie is a 5th year Political Science and Psychology Major and will be graduating this May. While at UBC, he has been involved in many different things from UBC Orientations to AMS Clubs to Go Global. Mackenzie has also sat on AMS and AUS Council this past year. When he’s not working on something for UBC, Mackenzie is hard at work applying to graduate schools.


Robin Richardson


Robin is a 4th -year honours Psychology major. She works as a research assistant in two labs in the department where she studies postpartum depression and suicide. She is also a leader for the Student Engagement Program, as well as the president of UBC’s chapter of Psi Chi. Additionally, she currently co-facilitates a student-directed seminar about executive functions and the prefrontal cortex.

Samantha Robinson


Samantha is a double major in Psychology and Sociology. She has been involved with the Arts Co-op Program, the Collegia Program, and the Student Leadership Conference (SLC). She possesses a passion for interacting with others, and has really enjoyed supporting other students in her various roles on campus. She hopes to continue to be a part of the campus community after graduating.

Jimmy Wan

Carmen Fu