Volunteers

  • Coco Lee

    Coco Lee

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Coco is completing her bachelor’s in Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia. She is interested in exploring tools to create more accessible sexual healthcare for women. Coco hopes to pursue a career as a healthcare practitioner, either as a pelvic floor physiotherapist or as a dentist. She is currently volunteering as an eSense navigator at the Sexual Health Lab. 

  • Hannah Nolan

    Hannah Nolan

    she/her

    Social Media Assistant

    Hannah graduated from UBC in 2022, completing a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology and a minor in Law and Society. Within the field of sexual health, she has worked as a research assistant studying the development of virtual and augmented reality systems to be used in clinical care settings. In addition, she is a social media assistant for the B.C. Centre for Vulvar Health. She has also volunteered for the Neil Squire Society, working as a private tutor to develop lesson plans for disabled clients to achieve individualized goals of computer literacy. Hannah is a social media assistant to the lab and is passionate about making sexual health research accessible.

  • Astrid Bradshaw

    Astrid Bradshaw

    she/her

    Honours Thesis Student

    Astrid is a 4th year undergraduate student studying cellular, anatomical, and physiological sciences at UBC. She is currently working on her honours thesis in the lab, exploring the impact of mode of delivery (i.e. C section vs. vaginal delivery) on postpartum sexual concordance. She hopes to eventually attend medical school with the goal of becoming an OBGYN!

  • Gabby Combs

    Gabby Combs

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Gabby is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Xavier University, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology and Gender and Diversity Studies. She is currently in the process of applying to PsyD programs in hopes of becoming a clinical psychologist. Her interests include hiking, reading (especially mystery), and cooking! 

  • Gabi Fisher

    Gabi Fisher

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Gabi is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia majoring in Psychology with a minor in Education in the Interpersonal Development stream. She has previously worked with the Psychosocial Health and Flourishing Lab and is now involved in the eSense study within the Sexual Health Lab. Gabi’s research interests include studying varying therapeutic interventions/techniques and their respective effectiveness as well as how the delivery of interventions can affect patients. Gabi is excited to contribute to a study geared toward women’s sexual health and is eager to learn more about holistic approaches when supporting patients through CBT and MBT.

  • Erin Watt

    Erin Watt

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Erin is in her third year at the University of British Columbia, studying Psychology and Business in the B+MM program. She is currently working as a volunteer in the ABYSS study, performing literature reviews and helping with consent form development. She hopes to develop her research skills during her time with the lab and is incredibly excited to be on board during the beginning phases of a study. Her areas of research interest extend to sexual arousal disorders in women, as well as their relation to and distinction from sexual orientations on the asexuality spectrum.

  • Hayal Musla

    Hayal Musla

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Hayal is a third year undergraduate student at UBC completing a BSc in Behavioural Neuroscience. She is passionate about creating a safe spaces for people to express their feelings and partake in a community of vulnerability. Hayal is involved in the eSense study at the lab and hopes to pursue a future in clinical practice. Her research interests include mindfulness based therapy, sex differences in sexual expression, and sexual trauma counselling.

  • Fiona Chen

    Fiona Chen

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Fiona is a current undergraduate student at UBC and is studying Behavioural Neuroscience with a minor in Health and Society. She is passionate about sexual wellness and its relations to mental wellbeing. Fiona aims to improve sexual health literacy and awareness with the Sexual Health lab and currently works as a sexual health educator for teens.

  • Sophie Zhu

    Sophie Zhu

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Sophia is a 3rd-year undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia majoring in Psychology and minoring in Education. She is interested in how individual differences and personal factors can act as possible barriers for women to seek help or express concerns regarding levels of sexual desire. As a volunteer for the eSense project, she is excited to learn more about how CBT and MBT are incorporated into sexual health research. Sophia is also a research assistant at the Health and Adult Development Lab. In the future, she hopes to enter graduate school in counselling psychology.

  • Zahrah Khan

    Zahrah Khan

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Zahrah is a third-year behavioural neuroscience student at the University of British Columbia. She is interested in investigating the societal factors that have contributed to the stigma behind sexuality, and is passionate about overcoming those barriers to allow for a more sex-positive outlook. In addition to this, she wants to learn more about clinical psychology and is excited to volunteer as a navigator for the eSense project. 

  • Sara Cole

    Sara Cole

    she/her

    Directed Studies Student

    Sara is completing her BA in psychology at the University of British Columbia with the hopes of pursuing Clinical Psychology in the sexual health research field. Her other research interests include intimate relationships, stress, and coping. Sara is currently involved as a navigator in the eSense study and is excited about all the learning opportunities that come with being part of the team.

  • Micah Hall

    Micah Hall

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Micah is in her final year of study at the University of British Columbia majoring in Kinesiology and minoring in Psychology. She is interested in de-stigmatizing sex and sexuality, and improving access to fun and comprehensive sex education. Her research interests include pelvic floor pain and dysfunction and how this might contribute to individuals’ sexual experiences. Micah is passionate about women’s empowerment initiatives and hopes to pursue a career in medicine or physiotherapy. She is excited to develop her research skills by volunteering at the UBC Sexual Health Laboratory.

  • Sanjam Suri

    Sanjam Suri

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Sanjam is a fourth year undergraduate student pursuing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Health and Society from the University of British Columbia. She is currently volunteering for the eSense project, a clinical trial assessing treatment interventions for female sexual dysfunction. She also aims to pursue a masters degree and career in clinical psychology.

  • Stephanie Chen

    Stephanie Chen

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Stephanie is in her third year at the University of British Columbia majoring in Psychology. Passionate about sexual health and education, Stephanie volunteers as a Youth Sex Educator at Vancouver Coastal Health’s BLUSH program. She is also a research assistant at the Sexuality and Well-Being (SWell) Lab. Her research interests include sexual dysfunctions, individuals’ and couples’ sexual well-being, sexual and romantic relationships, and paraphilias. In the future, Stephanie hopes to pursue graduate studies in clinical psychology and a career as a clinician-scientist.

  • Isabel Robertson

    Isabel Robertson

    she/her/they

    Volunteer

    Isabel graduated from McGill University in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. She is passionate about the fields of sexual health and anti-violence, and is currently a crisis line volunteer with WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre where she supports survivors of sexual assault. She is currently involved in the FSIAD measure validation project. Isabel’s research interests include the sexual wellbeing of survivors of sexual assault and treatments for sexual pain. In the future, Isabel hopes to pursue a career in counselling.

  • Preet Kang

    Preet Kang

    they/them

    Volunteer

    Preet is involved in the lab as a patient navigator for the eSense study. 

  • Jasmin Batth

    Jasmin Batth

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Jasmin is currently a second-year undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia, majoring in psychology. She is a navigator with the eSense project at the Sexual Health Lab. Interested particularly in health psychology, she is motivated to explore interactions between different biological, psychological, and social factors in women’s sexual health.

  • Angelina Hollihn

    Angelina Hollihn

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Angelina is a 3rd year UBC psychology and health & society student. She is currently involved in the SUPPORT study, which aims to develop a an accessible, web-based resource for postpartum depression and anxiety.

  • Elena Zettelmeyer

    Elena Zettelmeyer

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Elena is a 4th year psychology major interested in how stigma and misconceptions around sexual health and sexuality impact relationships, self-esteem and overall mental health. She is currently working as a volunteer on the eSense study where she guides participants through online material. This involves psychoeducation and exercises that aim to alleviate their sexual difficulties. She will soon start her directed studies project with the lab for the winter term of 2022/23, and hopes to continue getting involved with sexual health research in the future.

  • Judy Song, Bsc

    Judy Song, Bsc

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Judy graduated from UBC with a BSc in Nutritional Sciences and is currently studying medicine at UBC. She is involved in the lab as a patient navigator for the eSense study. In the future, Judy hopes to go into family medicine with a focus on women’s health. 

  • Shahrazad Amin

    Shahrazad Amin

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Shahrazad is a third year Integrated Science student majoring in Neuroscience and Physiology. She is currently working on VIVID, investigating the use of VR exposure therapy as a potential treatment for vaginismus. She is also a research assistant with the Psychopathology Lifespan and Neuropsychology (PLAN) Lab at UBCO, investigating body image dissatisfaction in Asian individuals. Her research interests include neuropsychology, virtual reality, eating disorders, and the physical manifestations of psychological disorders. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career as a clinician. Shahrazad is excited to develop her research skills with the UBC SHR team.

  • Lena Deschner

    Lena Deschner

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Lena is an undergraduate psychology major, critical studies minor interested in addressing sexual shame and guilt, social barriers to pleasurable experiences and alternative methods of embracing sexuality such as through sensual dance. In 2019, after 2 gap years, she transferred from the UVIC Philosophy and Applied Ethics program to continue her studies in psychology and sexuality here at UBC. Lena plans to apply for a graduate program in clinical psychology in the hopes to combine education and clinical work in her future. 

  • Patricia Melgar

    Patricia Melgar

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Patricia is an undergraduate kinesiology student at the University of British Columbia. Driven by her passion for sexual healthcare and education, she is ecstatic to be volunteering with the SEQUOIA-PC study. Patricia’s research interests include sexual quality of life, physiology, and LGBTQIA+ representation in research.

  • Brittany Ha

    Brittany Ha

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Britney completed her Bachelor in Kinesiology, with a minor in Psychology at the University of British Columbia in 2021. Her current research interests include the psychophysiological manifestations of sexual dysfunctions, relationship between biopsychosocial factors within the healthcare setting, and de-stigmatization of sexual disorders. Passionate about physical and mental health, she is excited to explore the field of clinical psychology as part of the UBC Sexual Health Laboratory Team. In the future, she plans to pursue a career in medicine.

  • Lakshmi Menon

    Lakshmi Menon

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Lakshmi is a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia, completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Food, Nutrition and Health. She is currently involved in the BREAST study at the UBC Sexual Health Laboratory. Hoping to pursue a career in the medical field in the future, her research interests include psychiatry, identifying effective methods to de-stigmatize members pertaining to sexual health and ways to improve access to unbiased sexual health information across various cultural communities.

  • Wyatt Fitzgerald

    Wyatt Fitzgerald

    he/him

    Volunteer

    Wyatt is currently an undergraduate student at UBC majoring in Behavioural Neuroscience. Passionate about sexual and mental well-being, Wyatt also volunteers with the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. Wyatt is beyond excited to be a part of the UBC sexual health laboratory team as he is particularly motivated to help bridge the gap between healthcare, sexual healthcare, and mental healthcare.

  • Kirkland Halliday

    Kirkland Halliday

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Kirkland is a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia majoring in Kinesiology and minoring in Psychology. Her involvement in the lab has to do with the EXCITE study. Once completing her degree, Kirkland hopes to pursue a career in health sciences, where her knowledge about the human body and inner workings of the brain will compliment one another. 

  • Denise Zhu

    Denise Zhu

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Denise is an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia. As a volunteer for the BRACE study, she is extremely excited to contribute to stimulating and fascinating work, while learning and developing research skills. She hopes to spend her time at the UBCSHR Lab delving deeper into the world of sexual health and to explore varying topics of research.

  • Yana Svatko, BA (Hons)

    Yana Svatko, BA (Hons)

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Yana completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Honours) at the University of British Columbia in 2019. Yana has been with the lab since 2016, where she completed her first honours thesis on Emotional Intelligence and Sexuality and later become the coordinator on a series of studies investigating sexual concerns and disordered eating. Yana’s research interests include the psychophysiological processes that can promote or impair sexual response, the impact of body image and cognitive distractions on sexual function, and the mechanisms behind attraction.  Yana is currently involved with the eSense project as a navigator. 

  • Alyssa Greco, BA

    Alyssa Greco, BA

    she/her

    Volunteer

    Alyssa recently graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2021 completing her Bachelor of Arts with a major in psychology and a minor in counselling and human development. Alyssa’s interests lie in the field of sexual health and supporting women who have experienced domestic violence. In addition to her volunteer work at the lab, Alyssa volunteers at the Domestic Abuse Services helpline and works in a transition house for women feeling violence. Alyssa is currently involved in the eSense study at the lab and has stepped into a role as a navigator. Her time at the UBC Sexual Health Lab has led Alyssa to working towards a career in counselling, with a focus on women’s sexual health.